Sheela Gowda
Born in Bhadravati, India, 1957
Lives and works in Bangalore, India
Solo Exhibitions
2020 It.. Matters, LENBACHHAUS, München (31-03-2020 – 18-10-2020)
2019-2020 Remains, BombasGens Centre D’Art, València
2018 Of All People and others, GALLERYSKE, Bangalore
2017 Utsav 2017, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham
2016 Battarahalli Corner and Left, GALLERYSKE, New Delhi
2015 Battarahallli Corner, GALLERYSKE, Bangalore
Solo Project, Perez Art Museum, Miami
Para Site, Hong Kong
2014 Of all people, daadgalerie, Berlin
Open Eye Policy at Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
Open Eye Policy, curated by Annie Fletcher, Grant Watson, Marianne Lanavere, Centre International D'Art and Du Paysage, Vassiviere
2013 Open Eye Policy, curated by Grant Watson, co-curated by Annie Fletcher, Lunds konsthall, Lund
Open Eye Policy, curated by Annie Fletcher, co-curated by Grant Watson, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven
2011 Suboverseer, Ambarish TV, Highcourt, Battery, Naatikothambari and others, GALLERYSKE, Bangalore
Therein and Besides, curated by Grant Watson, Iniva, Rivington Place, London
2010 Postulates of Contiguity, curated by Marta Kusma, Office For Contemporary Art (OCA), Norway
Behold, curated by Katie Dyer, NAS Gallery, Sydney
2008 Touching Base, Museum Gouda, Gouda
Crime Fiction, GALLERYSKE, Bangalore
2006 Bose Pacia Gallery, New York
2004 On earth and in heaven, GALLERYSKE, Bangalore
1993 Venkatappa Art Gallery, Bangalore
Gallery Chemould, Bombay
1989 Yelwala, Mysore
Gallery 7, Bombay
1987 Venkatappa Art Gallery, Bangalore
Group Exhibitions
2016 Soil and Stones, Souls and Songs, co-curated by Cosmin Costinas and Inti Guerrero, Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Philippines
Suzhou Documents, curated by Zhang Qing and Roger M. Buergel, Suzhou Art Museum, Suzhou
2013-2014 Art Walk: Water, curated by Gayatri Sinha, Europalia, Liege
2013 Textiles: Open Letter, curated by Rike Frank and Grant Watson, Museum Abteiberg, Monchengladbach
Difficult Loves, curated by Roobina Karode, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi
Delhi inaugural show, GALLERYSKE, New Delhi
2012 Kochi Muziris Biennale, curated by Bose Krishnamachari and Riyas Komu, Kochi
Garden of learning, curated by Roger Buergel, Busan Biennale, South Korea
India Today, Arken Museum, Copenhagen
Indian Highway, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing
2011-2012 Shadow Lines, curated by Suman Gopinath and Alia Swastika, Biennale Jogja XI 2011, Equator #1, Jogja
2011 Indian Highway, MAXXI - National Museum of XXI Century Arts, Rome
Paris-Delhi-Bombay, Centre Pompidou, Paris
Indian Highway, The Musee d'Art Contemporain, Lyon
Unbound, curated by Jenny Pinto, an exhibition of book sculpture, Bangalore
Open House, curated by Trevor Smith and Russel Storrer, Singapore Biennale, Singapore
2010 Indian Highway, Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Herning
Orientation, Trajectories in Indian art, curated by Deepak Ananth, Foundation de 11 Lijnen, Oudenburg, Belgium
2009 Thessaloniki Biennale, curated by Gabriela Salgado, Bisi Silva, Syrago Tsiara, The state Museum of Contemporary Art-Costakis Collection and the Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki
Textiles: Art and Social Fabric, curated by Grant Watson, MuHKA, Antwerp
Provisions, Sharjah Biennial, curated by Isabel Carlos, Tarek Abou El Fetouth
Venice Arsenale, curated by Daniel Birnbaun
Where in the world, Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi
2008-2012 Indian Highway, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Julia Peyton Jones and Gunaar B Kvaran, Serpentine Gallery, London. Travelled to Astrup Museum, Oslo, HEART, Denmark, Lyon, MAXXI - National Museum of XXI Century Arts, Rome, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing
2008-2009 India Moderna, curated by Juan Guardiola, IVAM Museum, Valencia
2008 Santhal Family, curated by Grant Watson in collaboration with Anshuman Dasgupta and Suman Gopinath at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp (cat)
Reflections of Contemporary India, curated by Luisa Ortinez, La Casa Encendida, Madrid
Fire Walkers: Contemporary Artists from India and South Asia, organized in collaboration with South Asian Women's Creative Collective (SAWACC) and curated by the Stux Gallery, Stefan Stux Gallery, New York
2007 Horn Please, curated by Bernard Fibicher along with Suman Gopinath, Kunstmuseum, Bern (cat)
Documenta 12 (artistic director, Roger M. Buergel, curated by Ruth Noack), Kassel
Lyon Biennale (artistic director, Thierry Raspail, overall curation: Stephanie Moisdon and Hans Ulrich Obrist, artist curation by Suman Gopinath), 2007, France
2006 Play/Lila: Contemporary Miniatures and New Art from South Asia, curated by Haema Sivanesan, Melbourne 2006
with Love, curated by GALLERYSKE and Tilton Gallery, at Miami Design District, Miami
2005 World Information City - Bangalore, curated by Ayisha Abraham, Institute of New Culture Technologies, Vienna, Alternative Law Forum, Bangalore
Indian Summer - Contemporary Art from India, Paris, France, curated by Deepak Ananth, Paris
2004 Cabin Baggage, project by Open Circle at the World Social Forum in Bombay.
Subtlety-Minimally, curated by Marta Jakimowicz, New Delhi
Contemporary Art from India, Thomas Erben Gallery, New York
Iconography in Transient Times, curated by Marta Jakimowicz, New Delhi
2003 Sites of Recurrence I, curated by Tamara Maelmestrom and Elisabet Haglund, Dakshina Chitra, Chennai
Sites of Recurrence II, Boras Museum, Sweden
How Latitudes become Form, curated by Phillippe Vergne with Douglas Fogle and Olukemi Desanmi, The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA. Traveled to Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo per l Arte, Turin, Italy; Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, Texas; Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City
Tamayo, Mexico City
City Park at Project, curated by Grant Watson, Suman Gopinath, at Project, Dublin
Khoj 2003, International Workshop, Bangalore
2002 Moving Ideas - Secular practice, curated by Peter White, Gallery La Centrale, Montreal, Canada; Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver
2001 Art and Nature, site-specific work executed at Bangalore, organized by the Goethe Institute
2000 Drawing Space, inIVA, curated by Grant Watson, Suman Gopinath, Beaconsfield Gallery, London, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham
1999 Tales of Six Cities, Lakeeren Gallery, Bombay
Peep-Peep Bangalore, curated by Stephan Bohnenberger, Jayamahal Palace, Bangalore
1998 Private Mythology: Contemporary Art from India, curated by Akira Tatehata, The Japan Foundation, Tokyo
1997 Telling Tales, 5 women artists from India, curated by Rasna Bhushan, Jane Connarty, Victoria Gallery, Bath
Telling Times, British Council, New Delhi
1996 Traditions/Tensions, 27 South Asian Artists, curated by Apinan Poshyananda, Asia Society/Queens Museum, New York
Travelled to Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
1995 Art and Nature, International workshop and exhibition organized by Goethe Institute, Buddha Jayanti Park, New Delhi
Africus, South African Biennale, Johannesburg
Material-Immaterial, Bangalore, organized by the Goethe Institute
1994 Tangente, Schaffhausen, Switzerland
1989 Timeless Art, Victoria Terminus, Mumbai
1988 Bharath Bhavan Biennale, Bhopal
1987 Two Artists Show at Gallery 7, Bombay
1984 National Exhibition, New Delhi
1981,1982,1985 State Lalit Kala Akademy annual exhibitions
1977-1983 Annual Shows with the art group Samyojitha, Bangalore
Grants, Awards
2013 Rajyotsava Award
2012 Shortlisted for Artes Mundi 5, Cardiff
1998 Sotheby's Prize for Contemporary Indian Art
G.S. Shenoy Award
1994-1996 Senior Fellowship, Government of India
1985 Karnataka Lalith Kala Academy Award
1984-1986 Inlaks Foundation Scholarship for postgraduate studies at the RCA, London
1979-1982 Karnataka Lalith Kala Academy scholarship for higher studies
Tate Modern, UK
Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis, USA
Private collections in India and abroad
2007 Trevor Smith, 'Potentially Subversive - Interview with Sheela Gowda', Metropolis M - 2007, Issue No. 6: India Stories
Sheela Gowda - Artist Monograph (with texts by Aisha Abraham, Trevor Smith and Abhishek Hazra), Steidl & Partners (in association with Bose Pacia).
Grant Watson et al, Santhal Family - Positions Around an Indian Sculpture, curated by Grant Watson with Anshuman Dasgupta and Suman Gopinath at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp. Exhibition catalogue, published by MuKHA and Bodhi Art, India.
Roger M. Beurgel, 'Die Documenta 12 Setzt auf die Migration der Form' (Documenta 12 emphasizes the Migration of Form), Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 21 April.
Bernard Fibicher, Suman Gopinath and Parul Dave Mukherjee, Horn Please - Narratives in Contemporary Indian Art, Kunstmuseum, exhibition catalogue, Bern
2006 Abhishek Hazra, Art and Deal magazine
2005 Marta Jakimowicz, Subtlety-Minimally, exhibition catalogue, New Delhi
Marta Jakimowicz, Iconography in Transient Times, exhibition catalogue, New Delhi
Deepak Ananth, Indian Summer, Contemporary Art from India, curated by Deepak Ananth, exhibition catalogue, Paris
Geeta Kapur: 'Art and Social Change Contemporary Art in Asia and the Pacific', edited by Caroline Turner. Published by Pandanus Books.
2004 Rasna Bhushan: On Earth And In Heaven, exhibition catalogue, GALLERYSKE, Bangalore
Marta Jakimowicz: Art India Magazine
2003 Elisabet Haglund: Dakshina Chitra, exhibition catalogue, Chennai (Workshop by Madras Craft Foundation and Boras Art Museum, Sweden)
Douglas Fogle: How Latitudes Become Forms, exhibition catalogue, Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis
2001 Geeti Sen: Art in Nature, exhibition catalogue, German Festival in India, MMB 2002 ERDE (p. 257-60, Seminar: Earth Bonn 2001), edited by Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, published by Wienand Koeln
2000 K.S. Srinivasa Murthy: Peep-Peep Bangalore, curated by Stephan Bohnenberger for MMB, exhibition catalogue, Bangalore, Salon Verlag
Geeta Kapur: 'When was Modernism?' Essays on Contemporary Cultural Practice in India, Tulika Press, New Delhi
Rycroft, Dan: Drawing Space, exhibition catalogue, Institute of International Visual Arts (inIVA), London
1999 Geeta Kapur: 'Framing/Unframing', Art India Magazine, October
1998 Akira Tatehata and Victoria Lynn: Private Mythology, Contemporary Art from India, exhibition catalogue, The Japan Foundation, Tokyo
1997 Rasna Bhushan and Jane Connarty: Telling Tales, exhibition catalogue, Bath, England
1996 Apinan Poshyananda: Tradition/Tensions, Contemporary Art in Asia, exhibition catalogue, Queens Museum / The Asia Society, New York
Art and Nature Lalit Kala Contemporary 42
International workshop organized by Goethe Institute (MMB)
Victoria Lynn: 'Sensuality and Violence in the art of Sheela Gowda', Art Asia Pacific (Art Quarterly, V. 3, No. 4, Sidney, Australia), October
Art Asia Pacific (Art Quarterly, V. 3, No. 4, Sydney, Australia), October
1995 Geeta Kapur: 'Dispossession', Africus, exhibition catalogue, Johannesburg Biennale
1993 K. S. Srinivasa Murthy: 'Anatomy of Sacrilege', exhibition catalogue, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai
Marta Jakimowicz: 'About things sensual and violent', The India Magazine
1986 Residency for three months at Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris
1984-1986 M.A. in Painting, Royal College of Art, London
1982 Post-Diploma in Painting, Vishwabharati University, Santiniketan
1980-1982 B.A. Bangalore University
1979 One year non-collegiate study under Prof. K.G. Subramanyan, M.S.University, Baroda
1974-1979 Diploma in Painting, Ken School of Art, Bangalore