The cover for this issue of Artkrush is a detail of Condoms Are Sexy-1, a 2006 mixed-media painting by design powerhouse Thukral & Tagra. This human still life premiered in Put it On, the artists' recent show of HIV/AIDS-aware works on view at Bose Pacia Gallery in New York through June 23. The duo is also showing in the Art Statements section of Art Basel through June 17 with Bose Pacia Gallery and Nature Morte from New Delhi.
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The Daily Desi suggests that we run out to see Thukral & Tagra's exhibit "Put It On" at Bose Pascia in Chelsea, Manhattan, while it's still hot. Hosting the show until June 9, and established in 1994, the gallery was the first in the West to specialize in and promote contemporary and avant-garde art from South Asia.
New Delhi-based Jiten Thukral and Sumir Tagra work collaboratively in a wide variety of media including painting, sculpture, installation, video, graphic and product design, websites, music and fashion.
In their latest exhibition, "Put It On," they channel their collaborative artistry into "arriving at a range of probable solutions for HIV awareness and vigilance through the visual arts." The resulting works include stylistic and creative placement of pictures of proper condom usage throughout large-scale canvas paintings and mixed-media installations with custom-designed underwear and flip-flops.
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'PUT IT ON: THUKRAL & TAGRA' Jiten Thukral and Sumir Tagra, collaborating from New Delhi, are artists for a new century :Passionately partisan , socialy engaged, yet pleasantly fresh and stylish with an eye on today's buoyant art market. Their latest offering is an installation at Bose Pacia Gallery meant to raise an awareness of H.I.V., especially in India, where more than five million people are infected ……
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The exhibition, intended to create greater awareness and vigilance of HIV through the visual arts, includes installations (using products such as undergarments and foot wear, designed by the artists themselves) and paintings. The project has been described by the artists as `an eye opener' which has `taken us to places where things have become transparent, sensitive and responsible.' The artists will attend the opening reception on 27 April.
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