Shilpa Gupta's monograph in Phaidon Contemporary Artist Series is fiercely personal

By Radhika Iyengar | Architectural Digest India
One of the first things you learn while thumbing through ‘Shilpa Gupta: Phaidon Contemporary Artist Series’—a comprehensive monograph dedicated to the renowned artist’s 25-year-old practice—is how she had to doggedly elbow her place in the art world.
This assertion of self, it seems, first began at home. The idea of pursuing a career as a woman, let alone becoming an artist, was considered incongruous and off-kilter in Gupta’s family. “I come from a family where few girls I have grown up with have had a career,” she relays in the book. “In fact, I’m the only one from my generation!”
In the past, Phaidon’s Contemporary Artist Series has profiled a constellation of heavy-weights such as Yayoi Kusama, Ai Weiwei, Cecily Brown and Paul McCarthy. Each title offers an in-depth insight into the artwork produced by the world’s most remarkable minds, while providing a glimpse into their creative dispositions.
4 July 2023