June 18 - September 3, 2022
POWER FLOWER - NICE BIENNIAL 2022
An exhibition, in the Grande Halle of Le 109, brought by Marie Maertens and Cédric Teisseire as part of the Nice Biennial, organized by Jean-Jacques Aillagon and in collaboration with several institutions in the city.
VERNISSAGE: 17 June 2022 on the occasion of the inauguration of Eclairage Public #6
EXHIBITION: June 18 - September 3, 2022
OPENING: Wednesday to Saturday from 2pm to 7pm
As far back as ancient Greece, frescoes or friezes of flowers have seduced spectators and the motif even became established long before that of the landscape, accompanied by the notion of the sublime in the 18th century.
In the history of art, the flower was very early on the bearer of symbols and attributes of saints or of various gardens of Eden, when Dutch paintings assigned to it a role as much as a representation of opulence, as a testimony to the fragility and finitude of life.
Even today, visual artists are far from considering it as a simple decorative object. As shown by the forty artists in Power Flower, some of whom will be creating works especially for Le 109, the flower accompanies the subjects that today feed the field of contemporary art, but also societal or environmental debates. Thus, the flower is displayed as a feminist or political tool, its form having an assumed sexual connotation. Admired in its natural or urban context, the flower questions modernity and ecological progress, while at the same time being a projection towards a prospective or futuristic world.
From the root to the ridge, it rises and creates the link between the past and the future, especially if we think of the transformation from its state of bud to blossom. In contemporary art, it is as much intellectual as it refers to the various senses, and is it not said that the sense of smell remains the one that is most permanently inscribed in the memory?
The flower thus symbolizes the metamorphosis and evolution of the living, displaying a form of power grab, although it is soft, subtle, infra-thin, sometimes close to the invisible... but always very intoxicating.
May 15 - September 4, 2022
Blemish, In Deep Pink Everyplace Begins
Hunterdon Art Museum
Opening Reception Sunday, May 15th 2-4pm
Artist Talk with Q&A in the Main Gallery
MAY 5 – JUNE 3, 2022
Curated by Jason Vartikar
Aicon New York is pleased to present Radical Enchantments, a guest-curated group exhibition featuring ambitious works by eight artists. The exhibition asks: how do contemporary artists resist oppression with enchantment—that is, with artwork that connects to the divine?
For example, in Rina Banerjee’s wall-bound sculpture, The Earth as a Company, neon-yellow, nylon tubes make an arterial connection between a pair of horns that seem to drip with hair. This form suggests a hairy beast summoned to life with a Frankenstein-like alchemy. Banerjee uses the enlivening, electrifying powers, what might be called the witchcraft of art, to resist the deadening, numbing, or killing effects of global capitalism. The horns, as if a carcass leftover after deforestation, capitalist extraction, the “earth as a company,” are now shocked into a new being, perhaps even a deity, emerging from the wall.
The artists in this show enchant with a subtle use of materials. But in so doing they voice resistance to oppression. Their works are like oracles or constellations in the sky: beacons that guide the viewer to imagine important forms of political and social change.
Artists include Rina Banerjee, Max Colby, Alison Saar, Jason Vartikar, T. Venkanna, Autumn Wallace, Charlie Williams, and Alisha B. Wormsley. Jason Vartikar is a Joan Tisch Teaching Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Co-Curator Erica Kyung is Sales Associate at Aicon.
Opening Reception: May 5, 6:00-8:00 pm
March 25 - August 14, 2022
What is Left Unspoken, Love
curated by Michael Rooks
High Museum of Art
Is love intrinsic, or is it a habit? What is the difference between love and friendship? What is the relationship of love to truth, freedom and justice? These are just some of the questions to be explored in “What Is Left Unspoken, Love,” featuring contemporary artworks from 1987 to 2021 that address the different ways the most important thing in life — love — is expressed. Organized during a time of social and political discord, when cynicism often seems to triumph over hope, this exhibition will examine love as a profound subject of critical commentary from time immemorial yet with a persistently elusive definition. As poet and painter Etel Adnan wrote, love is “not to be described, it is to be lived.” “Love” will feature more than 70 works, including paintings, sculpture, photography, video and media art, by more than 35 international artists based in North America, Europe and Asia such as Rina Banerjee, Patty Chang, Jeffrey Gibson, Tomashi Jackson, María de los Angeles Rodríguez Jiménez, Rashid Johnson, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Kerry James Marshall, Wangechi Mutu, Ebony Patterson, Magnus Plessen, Gabriel Rico, RongRong and inri, and Carrie Mae Weems. This exhibition is organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta.
November 19, 2021 – June 26, 2022
Our whole, unruly selves
San Jose Museum of Art
Our whole, unruly selves celebrates the boundlessness of human beings through an exploration of artistic figuration. The human form has inspired artists throughout history, and the desire to represent and respond to the nuanced experience of existing within a specific body continues to drive new visual languages and approaches. While the inclusion of underrepresented bodies has been a critical step in diversifying museum walls and collections, many artists who experience oppression and erasure—whether due to race, sexual orientation, disability, or immigration status—resist or recast the burden of representation, as the pressures of both hypervisibility and invisibility can eclipse the complexity of lived experience.
Centering artists of color as well as queer, immigrant, disabled, and undocumented artists, Our whole, unruly selves features over 90 works from the 1960s to the present, largely drawn from the Museum’s permanent collection. Demonstrating an alignment with philosopher and poet Fred Moten’s “consent not to be a single being,” the artists on view—including Laura Aguilar, Benny Andrews, Felipe Baeza, Rina Banerjee, Huma Bhabha, Woody De Othello, Carlee Fernandez, Genevieve Gaignard, Tim Hawkinson, Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, Oliver Lee Jackson, Steffani Jemison, Hayv Kahraman, Wardell Milan, Senga Nengudi, Kambui Olujimi, Christina Quarles, Miljohn Ruperto, Alison Saar, Aislinn Thomas, Axis Dance Company, and many others—insistently bring their whole selves, uncontainable and irreducible. Each of their artworks embodies strategies for a complex figuration, highlighting forms of resistance, flexibility, openness, and an embrace of opacity.
November 11, 2021 - January 8, 2022
curated by Alison Saar
SeenUNseen builds its energy around the idea of Spirit Portraiture. The belief that spirits can be captured in visual form predates ancient history, but emerged forcefully around the turn of the 20th century with the advent of popular photography. This new medium ushered in manipulations of image that could “capture” spirits and evoke other phenomenal presences on film. Extending this idea into the present day, the artists gathered here are believers, agitators, healers, and mediums, channeling power and narrative from history, folklore, politics, and ancestral inheritance. They catch hold of something from the great beyond and bring it to life within their work, giving face to the intangible energies that infuse our world.
October 23 - November 24, 2021
Where We Are
In a sprawling group exhibition marking this moment in history (and celebrating the 25th anniversary of Hosfelt Gallery) the work of 34 artists is employed to reflect on the zeitgeist of the year 2021. What defines the spirit or mood of this particular point in time?
The function of art — the job of artists — is to hold up a mirror, to help us understand our lives in terms of social, cultural, intellectual and art history. And of course, to address the big existential questions: Who are we? How did we get to this place? How do we know what we think we know? And where do we go from here. Artists include:
Rina Banerjee, Judith Belzer, Jim Campbell, Julie W. Chang, Bruce Conner, Jean Conner, Russell Crotty, Reed Danziger, Anoka Faruqee & David Driscoll, Nicole Phungrasamee Fein, Max Gimblett, Jutta Haeckel, Tim Hawkinson, Andrea Higgins, Birgit Jensen, Isabella Kirkland, Stefan Kürten, Crystal Liu, Bernard Lokai, Emil Lukas, John O'Reilly, Driss Ouadahi, Patricia Piccinini, Liliana Porter, Angelina Pwerle, Alan Rath, Lordy Rodriguez, Gideon Rubin, Andrew Schoultz, Cornelius Völker, William T. Wiley, Michael Light, Tyrell Collins
October 2 - November 20, 2021
Dialogue: Rina Banerjee and Zai Kuning
Ota Fine Arts Singapore
Ota Fine Arts Singapore is delighted to present "Dialogue", a duo exhibition by Rina Banerjee and Zai Kuning. This exhibition features recent works on paper by the two artists, which are characterized by their usage of bold colors and multi-layered compositions. While Banerjee's works depict mythical-looking figures painted in acrylic and incorporating collage elements, the new series of works on paper by Zai present abstract forms drawn in ink, watercolour and organic pigments. Through this exhibition, we hope to create a lively dialogue between the works of these two artists, which resonate strongly in the time that we live in.
September 18, 2021
SJMA 2021 Gala + Auction
A free, virtual celebration of art and philanthropy to raise critical funds for the San José Museum of Art honoring artist Rina Banerjee.
Please register here.
September 10, 2021–January 9, 2022
On the Basis of Art: 150 Years of Women at Yale
On the Basis of Art: 150 Years of Women at Yale showcases and celebrates the remarkable achievements of an impressive roster of women artists who have graduated from Yale University. Presented on the occasion of two major milestones—the 50th anniversary of coeducation at Yale College and the 150th anniversary of the first women students at the University, who came to study at the Yale School of the Fine Arts when it opened in 1869—the exhibition features works drawn entirely from the collection of the Yale University Art Gallery that span a variety of media, such as paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, photography, and video.
Yale University Art Gallery
1111 Chapel Street
New Haven, Connecticut 06510
September 3 - October 31, 2021
Vågsallmenningen 12, N - 5014
August 6 - December 19, 2021
Williams College of Art in conjunction with the Feminist Art Coalition
Consisting of works in all media drawn from WCMA’s collection, this exhibition explores the difficulty and labor of “coming up against … and trying to transform a world.”
Organized by WCMA in conjunction with the Feminist Art Coalition, a platform for art projects informed by feminisms presented at various museums and nonprofit organizations beginning in the fall of 2020 and over the course of one year, Sweaty Concepts is also coincident with the fiftieth anniversary of coeducation at Williams College and the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment.
15 Lawrence Hall Drive Williamstown, MA 01267
July 31 – August 2, 2021
AICON X HAMPTONS
Presented by Aicon Gallery
May 21 - November 1, 2021
Sculpture in Celebration! The 10 Years of the Villa Datris Foundation Collection Exhibition
Villa Datris Foundation
Villa Datris offers a rereading of its exhibitions through a selection of works acquired during its first decade of existence which allows to discover the richness, the diversity as well as the aesthetic qualities of the Collection of the Villa Datris Foundation.
January 14 – October 10, 2021
Art in Focus: Women From the Center
This exhibition celebrates women artists in the collection of the Yale Center for British Art. Inspired by Yale University’s celebration of fifty years of coeducation in Yale college and 150 years of coeducation in Yale graduate programs, Art in Focus: Women From the Center highlights women artists whose inventive art practices have enabled them to stake out space in the art world. The title for this exhibition references both the use of the collection of the Yale Center for British Art and Lucy Lippard’s influential collection of feminist essays, From the Center (1976).
Yale Center for British Art
1080 Chapel Street
New Haven, Connecticut 06510
October 28 – December 19, 2020
8 rue Charles Decoster
1050 - Ixelles-Brussels - Belgium
October 20, 2020 - January 16, 2021
45 at 45 L.A. Louver Celebrates 45 Years with 45 Artists
The group exhibition 45 at 45, which includes works by 45 artists, timed to celebrate the forty-fifth anniversary of the gallery located at 45 North Venice Boulevard in Venice, California.
As the global pandemic has required we distance from one another and engage through screens, 45 at 45 celebrates
L.A. Louver’s reopening of our gallery, and physical connection expressed through the materiality of the artworks on view.
The largest group exhibition in L.A. Louver’s history, over half of the participating artists are based in Los Angeles, and
reflects the gallery’s founding principle: To champion L.A. artists within an international program. 45 at 45 features long represented L.A. Louver artists and those from L.A. Louver’s Rogue Wave program of emerging L.A.-based artists, as well as many others including Rina Banerjee.
45 at 45 draws upon many thematic strands, from the body and sensuality, to personal narrative and magical thinking,
among other connections we will highlight in curated, contextual online presentations.
45 North Venice Blvd
Venice, CA 90291
October 17, 2020 – January 10, 2021
Visions from India 21st-Century Art from the Pizzuti Collection
Visions from India presents a breathtaking sweep of 21st-century painting, sculpture, and multimedia works from India and its diaspora. It features some of the most sought-after international artists alongside younger rising stars.
The exhibition showcases a remixing of traditional crafts with radical new applications, interactive sculpture and stunning paintings. Based on private collectors Ron and Ann Pizzuti’s original 2017 presentation in Columbus, Ohio, this will be the only other opportunity to see Visions from India in the United States.
The Columbia Museum of Art
1515 Main Street
Columbia, SC 29201
October 7, 2020 - January 17, 2021
100 Drawings from Now
Exhibition featuring drawings made by an international group of artists since early 2020, 100 Drawings from Now provides a snapshot of artistic production during a period of profound global unrest that has resulted from the ongoing health and economic crises, as well as a surge of activism in response to systemic racism, social injustice, and police brutality in the United States. Together, the works in the exhibition spotlight the urgency, intimacy, and universality of drawing during moments of upheaval and isolation.
The Drawing Center
35 Wooster St.
New York, NY 10013
September 17, 2020 - June 6, 2021
Never Done: 100 Years of Women in Politics and Beyond
100 Years of Women in Politics and Beyond is organized by Rachel Seligman, Assistant Director for Curatorial Affairs and Malloy Curator, and Minita Sanghvi, Assistant Professor of Management, Marketing, and Business, Skidmore College.
The Frances Young Tang
Teaching Museum and Art
Gallery at Skidmore College
815 North Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
September 5, 2020 - July 1, 2021
Unbreakable: Women in Glass
organized by Fondazione Berengo
curated by Nadja Romain and Koen Vanmechelen
"Unbreakable: Women in Glass" is a celebration of the many female artists Berengo Studio has had the honor to collaborate with during its 30 year history. Although the art of glass has historically been dominated by men, over time more and more women have measured themselves against the infinite creative possibilities of this material. It is precisely women artists, such as Laure Prouvost, Renate Bertlmann and Monica Bonvicini, who have most often encouraged the Masters of the Studio to experiment with innovative techniques and try to redefine the limits of glass.
At a time when women artists, despite the progress achieved in recent years, continue to fight for their full recognition, with this exhibition Berengo Studio intends to honor their "unbreakable" spirit.
Rina Banerjee's "In the Darkest Blossom was a Mythical Beast, Mythical Island, Mythical Sea" from Glasstress 2015 will be featured.
Fondazione Berengo Art Space
Campiello Della Pescheria
Fondamenta dei Vetrai,
Venezia – ITALY
August 3, 2020 - October 25, 2020
Project Atrium: Rina Banerjee Irresistible, irreplaceable Earth
curated by Ylva Rose
Irresistible, irreplaceable Earth, open over interior screams, shouting in folds creased by vapors that thread fire and earth, between ground and sky; Masculine Mythologies play upon us, heavy and heaving, as the Feminine escapes, the embers beneath breathing, to tired exile.
In this installation Banerjee draws inspiration from the story of the faithful Hindu goddess Sita. In this ancient myth of exile and trial, Sita is made to endure a circle of fire to prove her innocence and devotion to her husband. For Banerjee, the story of Sita becomes a story of historic gender division, where women are valued in relation to their purity; and of Earth as a place, both valued and undervalued, in a relational pull of domination.
There are three main protagonists featured in the installation: the Dome (Mother Earth), the Sita figure, and Hanuman the monkey, a “savior” figure, mounted on the wall above. Joined by delicate threads and wrapped in folds of translucent nets, cloth, and other symbolic materials laden with multi-cultural meaning, Banerjee's installation invites us to consider our connectedness to the crisis of adaptation and human migration, and to revisit the cycle of rejuvenation and transformation that was invested in the hopes of the New World, that became the American Dream.
Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville
333 North Laura Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Video available to view here.
October 28, 2018 - March 31, 2019
Make Me a Summary of the World
Rina Banerjee Retrospective
118-128 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
March 5 - 7, 2020
The Armory Show 2020
New York, NY
August 25 - October 28, 2018
November 18, 2017 - February 25, 2018
Prospect 4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp
January 28 - March 4, 2017
January 28 - March 4, 2017
260 Utah Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
February 13, 2017
Review by Hilarie M. Sheets
Rina Banerjee's Mutant Creatures are Us!
February 2 - September 17, 2017
En toute modestie - Archipel Di Rosa
Group exhibition curated by Julie Crenn
February 2 - September 17, 2017
May 21 - September 4, 2016
Displacement: Symbols and Journeys
Curated by Amy Galpin
Cornell Fine Arts Museum
1000 Holt Ave
Winter Park, FL 32789
Banerjee will be exhibiting 2 sculptures:
"Lady of Commerce-Wooden. Hers is a transparent beauty, her eager sounds, her infinite and clamorous land and river, ocean and island, earth and sky...all contained, bottled for delivery to an open hole, a commerce so large her arms stretched wide and with her sulfurous halo-a ring of glass, she will swallow it al!"
"Her captivity was once someone's treasure and even pleasure but she blew and fled away took root which grew. We knew this was like no other feather, a third kind of bird that perched on vine intertwined was neither native nor her queen's daughters, a peculiar other"
April 22 - June 11, 2016
Women in Print
521 W. 26th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10001
April 6 – June 5, 2016
Hey You! ~ Who Me?
Curated by Robert Storr, Dean of the Yale School of Art
32 Edgewood Gallery
Yale School of Art
New Haven, CT
January 28-31, 2016
Hosfelt Gallery at the India Art Fair
India Art Fair
Kailash Colony Market
HS-37, First Floor
New Delhi, India 110046
December 6, 2015
Review by Virginia Whiles of Rina Banerjee's work in "Human Traffic" at Galerie Nathalie Obadia in Paris.
Artists' work: Of similarities and differences
Review by Allie Biswas of Rina Banerjee's work in "Human Traffic" at Galerie Nathalie Obadia in Paris.
'Human Traffic': Rina Banerjee at Galerie Nathalie Obadia in Paris
October 15, 2015
New York Times
Review by Holland Cotter
At 'Greater New York,' Rising Art Stars Meet the Old School
October 11, 2015 - March 7, 2016
Greater New York
22-25 Jackson Ave. at 46th Ave.
Long Island City, NY 11101
Recurring every five years, the "Greater New York" exhibition showcases the work of established and emerging artists living and working in the New York metropolitan area.
September 30, 2015
Review by Valérie Duponchelle
Rina Banerjee, La Magicienne
September 22, 2015
Le Quotidien de l'Art
Feature story by Alexandre Crochet
La Donation Florence et Daniel Guerlain à la lumière scandinave
September 20, 2015 - February 28, 2016
Donation Florence & Daniel Guerlain
Group exhibition of works from the Florence & Daniel Guerlain Collection at the Centre Pompidou on loan to the Nordiska Akvarellmuseet.
Sodra hamnen 6
471 32 Skarhamn
Sept 12 - Oct 24, 2015
Rina Banerjee Human Traffic
Galerie Nathalie Obadia
Bourg-Tibourg, Paris, France
Rina Banerjee 2006 - 2015
Published by Editions Dilecta
Essay Forward by Wangechi Mutu and Courtney Martin, Cedric Vincent
Thanks to Galerie Nathalie Obadia and OTA fine Art
Review by Anne Doran
Rina Banerjee at Jacob Lewis
May 10 - July 12, 2015
New Ways of Seeing: Beyond Culture
11-03 45th Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101
April 10 - June 6, 2015
Rina Banerjee: Tropical Urban
Jacob Lewis Gallery
521 West 26th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Feature story on Banerjee's solo exhibition at Jacob Lewis Gallery
Rina Banerjee's New York is a Tropical Paradise Populated by Mythical Women, Serpents, and Monkeys
March 27, 2015
Feature on Banerjee's solo exhibition at Jacob Lewis Gallery
Rina Banerjee "Tropical Urban" @ Jacob Lewis Gallery, NYC
January 23 - March 21, 2015
Rina Banerjee: Migration's Breath
OTA Fine Arts - Singapore
7 Lock Road, #02-13, Gillman Barracks, Singapore
Feature story on Banerjee's solo exhibition at Ota Fine Arts
Rina Banerjee Makes Migration Magical
September 20, 2014 - March 1, 2015
Interrupting Entropy: Selections from the Betlach Collection
Santa Clara University
University Library Gallery, Santa Clara, CA
Interview with Rina Banerjee by Federica Bocina
Dio Selvaggio - Rina Banerjee
May 14, 2014
Review by David Pagel
Rina Banerjee "Disgust" at L.A. Louver
Rina Banerjee: Disgust (L.A. Louver 2014)
Step inside Rina Banerjee's studio for a glimpse into her practice and concepts.
View video on Vimeo
Perspectives: Rina Banerjee - Behind the Scenes
Watch Banerjee install A World Lost at the Smithsonian's Sackler Museum in Washington, DC.
View video on YouTube
December 3, 2013
WETA Around Town - Perspectives: Rina Banerjee
Discussion of Rina Banerjee's installation at the Sackler on PBS Channel 26 in Washington, DC.
View the video on YouTube
Rina Banerjee: Disarming the Goddess Durga
Rina Banerjee discusses her works in the exhibition "The Matter Within: New Contemporary Art of India" at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA.
View video on YouTube