Sunaparanta Goa Centre for the Arts is delighted to present a show celebrating the legacy of Nasreen Mohamedi, from the prestigious collection of the Glenbarra Art Museum.
Mohamedi is one of the sub-continent’s most significant female abstract artists to have broken away from the milieu of representational art pervasive in post-independence India.
As one of the key figures of South Asian modernism, she was a distinct figure who largely anchored her work in minimalism and abstraction. Her vision was as infinite as her line drawings and her soulful expressions weaved the narrative of modernity through abstract geometric and architectural shapes.
Through grid marks on subliminal surfaces, she created a visual language that was austere, the barely visible patterns tracing emotions of solitude and a mystical vision of the universe.
Her sparse abstraction put her in the league of great artists such as V.S. Gaitonde and Jeram Patel who became her mentors.
Nasreen Mohamedi: From the Glenbarra Art Museum traces the complex and remarkable visual subtlety of the artist’s corpus, bringing together for the first time over forty works that include paintings, drawings, collages and photographs from the ’60s until the ‘80s.
The show provides an opportunity to analyse the trajectory of Mohamedi’s transition from grey-and-ochre paintings to grid works, the shapes and forms shrinking and moving towards delicate and almost imperceptible lines.
Part of a travelling exhibition, this show that moved through eleven cities across Europe, and North America, launched in Goa, on the shores of the Arabian Sea, to which Nasreen returned repeatedly in her work and writing. Following this, it will travel to Vadodara, New Delhi and Mumbai, the cities the artist lived and worked in.
The exhibition will remain open to the public until 18 November 2022
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Nasreen Mohamedi (1937–1990) was an Indian artist born in Karachi and raised in Mumbai. She studied at St. Joseph’s Convent in Bandra and grew up in a cosmopolitan and refined atmosphere.
After studying art at Central Saint Martin's in London, Mohamedi worked in Europe before returning to India in the early 1970s, and joined the Faculty of Fine Arts, MS University, Baroda. It was here that she worked alongside many notable artists and began to develop her abstraction, producing small-scale, geometric drawings, painstakingly composed on an architects’ table using pencil and pen.
Mohamedi has been the subject of solo exhibitions at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET Breuer), New York (2016); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain (2015); Tate, Liverpool, UK (2014); Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, India (2013) and The Drawing Center, New York (2005). Mohamedi’s works have also been on view at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, NY; Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia; Documenta XII, Kassel, Germany; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Harvard University Art Museum, Cambridge, MA; Institute of Arab and Islamic Art, NY; Fotomuseum, Winterthur, Switzerland; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA; Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City, MO; and Whitechapel Gallery, London.
Glenbarra Art Museum
Masanori Fukuoka established the Glenbarra Art Museum in Himeji, Japan in 1991 to explore and promote practices of Indian contemporary artists. Over time the collection has come to focus on the works of a select group of artists that includes Arpita Singh, Jogen Chowdhury, Nasreen Mohamedi and V. S. Gaitonde. The collection is housed in an award winning building designed by architect Junichiro Kawazoe in 2019.