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Sudarshan Shetty: 

Toying With Objects

by Murtaza Vali

SUDARSHAN SHETTYHome, 1998, paint on fiberglass and wood, 6 x 9 x 3 feet. Courtesy GallerySKE.

Toys have long fascinated Sudarshan Shetty. A line from an essay he often cites, “A Philosophy of Toys" by the 19th-century poet-critic Charles Baudelaire, suggests a possible reason why: "The toy is the child's earliest initiation to art, or rather for him it is the first concrete example of art, and when mature age comes, the perfected examples will not give his mind the same feelings of warmth, nor…

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