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San Jose Museum of Art

Roots in the Air, Branches Below

MADHVI PAREKH, Durga, 2005. Acrylic on canvas, 152.4 x 182.9 cm. 

Collection of Asha and Rajeev Motwani. Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd.

Vishnu is worn out and has plopped down on his cobra couch, still wearing his stylish workout tracksuit. Clearly the protector of the universe needs a break, and Vinod Balak’s Vishnu with Bonsai (2006), an updated Indian miniature painting, pays tribute to the god’s afternoon nap. At 28 years old, Balak was the youngest artist featured in “Roots…

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