KEYNOTE: Tracing the artist's career in full from the early 1960's to the present, this book offers the first retrospective of the Indian-born American artist Zarina. Zarina Hashmi's main working medium is paper, which she employs in woodcuts, etchings, drawings, rubbings, and casts made from paper pulp. Minimal yet rich in associations, her abstract compositions are inextricably linked to her life and to the themes of dispossession and exile that have marked it. The concept of home whether personal, geographical, national, spiritual, or familial resonates throughout Zarina's work. Appearing in different guises throughout her oeuvre, her distinctive line is the unifying element of her compositions, like an umbilical cord that ties her to this world regardless of where she is. This generously illustrated volume places Zarina's work within a tradition of the use and fabrication of paper on the Indian Subcontinent, while also examining the themes of dispossession and exile that are subtly yet poignantly raised by her art. AUTHOR: Allegra Pesenti is Curator, Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. She is the author of Rachel Whiteread Drawings. Aamir R. Mufti teaches comparative literature at UCLA and is the author of Enlightenment in the Colony: The Jewish Question and the Crisis of Postcolonial Culture. Sandhini Poddar is Assistant Curator of Asian Art at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, where she curated Being Singular Plural and Anish Kapoor: Memory. ILLUSTRATIONS: 65 colour



ISBN: 9783791351667
Audience: General
Format: Hardback
Number of Pages: 128
Publication Date: 30 Sep 2011
Publisher: Prestel
Publication City, Country: Munich, Germany
Dimensions (cm): 27.9(H) x 22.9(L)


Author Biography

ALLEGRA PESENTI is Curator at the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. She is the author of Rachel Whiteread Drawings (DelMonico Books*Prestel).

Zarina: Paper Like Skin

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