ZARINA: PAPER LIKE SKIN @ THE GUGGENHEIM
January 15- April 21, 2013
This retrospective of Indian-born American artist Zarina Hashmi is the first major exploration of the artist’s career, charting a developmental arc from her work in the 1960s to the present and includes many seminal works from the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Established as a printmaker, Zarina, also considers herself to be a sculptor, because her works often begins with the activity of carving blocks of wood. Paper is central to her practice, both as a surface to print on and as a material with its own properties and history. Zarina’s visual vocabulary is minimal, yet rich in associations with her life and themes of displacement and exile, memory and nostalgia. The concept of home—whether personal, geographic, national, spiritual, or familial—resonates throughout her oeuvre.
Her most recent works are imbued with a meditative spirituality. She has made a series of sculptures based on strands of Muslim prayer beads and increasingly incorporates luminous elements like gold and obsidian into her compositions. In paper works, she employs single sheets rising 6 feet tall. With sculptural tasbihs, precious materials, and augmented scale, Zarina directs the viewer’s mind to ideas of nothingness and infinity, encumbrance and enlightenment, eternity and nevermore. Zarina: Paper Like Skin encompasses autobiographical topographies of distances traveled and time spent, presenting works that superimpose historical events and personal experience by way of the elusive, ineffable yet essential idea of home.
An exhibition not to be missed.
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