Mori Art Museum Tokyo
February 4–June 11
Curated by Mami Kataoka
In the painting Come Give Us a Speech, 2008, rows of pastel-clad figures sit waiting. Some gaze into space, others gossip, adjust their saris, scratch. Are they expecting the arrival of a sage, a superstar—or N. S. Harsha himself? Unlike his impatient painted folk, Harsha’s fans need tarry no more: They can visit the largest assembly of the Indian artist’s work to date. Organized by Mami Kataoka, the Mori Art Museum’s chief curator, the extravaganza boasts more than seventy-five artworks from the past two decades.
Image: N. S. Harsha, Come Give Us a Speech (detail), 2008, acrylic on six canvases, each 72 × 72"