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Thukral & Tagra
B. 1976; B. 1979
STOP THINK GO
Signed, dated and inscribed 'THUKRAL & TAGRA/ MEDIUM: ACRYLIC, OIL & CANVAS/ DATED: DEC 06/ SIZE: (6 X 6) + (6 X 4) FEET/ TITLE: ' on reverse


Acrylic and oil on canvas


Diptych 183 by 183 cm. (72 by 72 in.) and 183 by 121.3 cm. (72 by 48 in.)
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Exhibited

Thukral and Tagra, "Put it On" Bose Pacia, New York, 27 April - 23 June 2007

Literature

Thukral and Tagra, "Put it On" Bose Pacia, New York, 27 April - 23 June 2007, pp.44-45 illustrated.
Enrico Navarra, Made by Indians, 2006, pp.606-607.
The Alluring Snare of Deceptive Scenographies, Nature Morte, New Delhi, pp.35, 37, 45.

Catalogue Note

'Stop Think Go' was part of T&T's first exhibition in New York that addressed the problem of HIV and AIDS in India. 'They conceived a series of works... around the act of condom use, bringing humour to the process of demystification. The centrepiece of the show were large-scale paintings that illustrated couples of all genders sleeping amid T&T signature devices' ('Put it On', Bose Pacia, 2007, p.29). 

'Advertising is one of the most powerful mechanisms of communication to a broad audience; as such it has long been a source of inspiration for artists. Even as Thukral and Tagra use contemporary viral marketing tools, social conscious branding and super graphics, their paintings appear almost anachronistic. I am not talking here about their subject matter which is very much drawn from contemporary lifestyle advertising - sculpted attractive young bodies, lying in various states of repose in figure flattering underwear. These bodies are lying on and under attractive patterned bed linens that suggest a social location of consumer desire while optically acitvating and abstracting the picture surface.' (ibid. p.41).

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