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Judy Blum Reddy & Krishna Reddy

A world-renowned print maker, sculptor and teacher, Krishna Reddy spent his early years in India. Born in a village in South India in 1925, Krishna Reddy went at the age of 16 to the Kala Bhavan at Santiniketan in Bengal to study under Nandalal Bose ~ there he was a contemporary of K.G. Subramanyam.

After his studies were complete, he went on to set up the visual arts department and teach at Kalakshetra in present-day Chennai before leaving for Europe at the encouragement of the philosopher J. Krishnamurti. After attending the Slade School of Fine Arts, London, he studied sculpture with Osip Zadkine between 1952 and 1955 in Paris and then with Marino Marini in Milan from 1956 to 1957. While in Paris, he also studied engraving with S.W. Hayter between 1953 and 1955, where they revolutionized the world of color intaglio printmaking. The Indian Government awarded him Padma Shri in 1972.

Judy Blum Reddy is an alumni of Cooper Union and has been exhibiting art for 40 years. A major player in the New York art-scene, Judy’s work has also been shown in California, Paris and New Delhi, among other cities. Unlike her husband, Judy works with a variety of media and techniques. She creates intimate pieces using text, line and color to effect concept-heavy imagery ~ oftentimes within the underlying framework of lists and maps, which Peter Nagy points out “is nothing less than a direct approach from which to go around in circles.” He continues “The art of Judy Blum may have discovered its rational moorings in genres of creation we associate with New York in the 1970s (thinking precisely of the disciplines of Minimalism, Conceptualism and Process Art) but it may have found its raison d'être in the cultures (both ancient and contemporary) of India.”