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January 16, 2015

Femme Focus

Text by Huzan Tata

Travel through the abstract world with artworks of Indian women artists of the 20th century

For those who think the world of Indian art has been dominated by men, here’s a show that would change that perception. Approaching Abstraction, a group exhibition, displays the artworks of women artists from the subcontinent, many of whom emerged on the art scene in the 1970s and ’80s.

The creations that are a part of the show are abstract works of various types – biomorphic, transcendental and geometric – and each piece brings out the talent of the artist.

‘Was the embrace of abstract modernism by so many women an escape from gender talk in art? Could it be that they wanted the freedom to create, unshackled by censorship of what was proper?’ – These are a few of the questions that this women-centric exhibition attempts to raise.

Works by acclaimed artists Nasreen Mohamedi and Zarina Hashmi, black ink drawings by Arpita Singh, and photograms (camera-less photographs) by Nalini Malani can be seen at the show. For those whose interest isn’t limited to paintings and photos, tapestries by Monica Correa and sculptures by Mrinalini Mukherjee are some impressive works that are on display.

Approaching Abstraction is on display at Jhaveri Contemprary, Mumbai (2, Krishna Niwas, 58A Walkeshwar Road) until February 14, 2015.

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