Established in 2010 by sisters Amrita and Priya Jhaveri, Jhaveri Contemporary is a Mumbai-based art gallery that aims to represent the work of South Asian artists whose heritage informs their practice. The gallery is known for providing a platform to not only established artists but also emerging voices within the field of contemporary South Asian art.
Prior to starting the gallery, co-founder Amrita headed the Indian branch of Christie’s (1995–2000), following which she started an independent art consultancy, which her sister joined in 2006. Two years later, with the intention of bringing the work of the South Asian artists they had encountered internationally back to India, the sisters exhibited the work of artist Simryn Gill. This project subsequently led to the establishment of Jhaveri Contemporary, which was initially located in Amrita's apartment on Walkeshwar Road, Malabar Hill. The current space is in the historical art district of Colaba — on the third floor of a nineteenth-century heritage building called Devidas Mansion — where the gallery was relocated in 2018. The space was chosen for its high thirteen-foot ceilings, large windows, unplastered concrete walls and exposed beams, which were thought to be a welcome departure from the sterile, “white cube” convention of contemporary exhibition spaces.
Jhaveri has represented artists such as Mrinalini Mukherjee, Rana Begum, Iftikhar Dadi & Elizabeth Dadi and Raghubir Singh, among others. In 2010, in what was considered a milestone in Indian contemporary art, the gallery hosted the first ever public exhibition of British-Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor. Jhaveri has also had a considerable international presence, having participated in a number of international art fairs, such as Art Dubai; Frieze, New York, London; the Abu Dhabi Art Fair; and the India Art Fair, New Delhi. In 2018, the gallery won the New York Frieze Stand Prize for its presentation of the rarely seen works of Mohan Samant.
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