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3 Dialectics of the Local and Global in the Work of Subodh Gupta

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This essay explores how notions relating to the local and global are articulated in the works of the artist Subodh Gupta. I also consider how such terms relate to the notion of ‘Indianness.’ My examination is grounded within materiality, in particular the stainless steel utensils that have become the artist’s primary, most well-known medium. This material is a culturally-specific phenomenon, located in a number of contexts within India (Gupta’s country of origin). It is also associated with Gupta’s ascent, when he became globally renowned in the mid-to-late 2000s, gaining recognition through his stainless steel sculptures and installations, as well as paintings depicting such objects.



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