Artist | Nasreen Mohamedi (1937 - 1990)

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Exhibition at Talwar Gallery

Exhibition at Talwar Gallery

Nasreen Mohamedi (1937 – 1990)
Photoworks from Nineteen Sixties and Seventies
September 18 through October 25, 2003
Opening Reception, Thursday, September 18, 2003, 6-8 pm
TALWAR GALLERY , 108 East 16 Street, New York, NY 10003, +1-212 - 673 3096

Talwar Gallery is delighted to announce an exhibition of works of Nasreen Mohamedi. The exhibition will open to the public on Thursday, September 18, and will be on view through October 25. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition in the United States.

On exhibit are rare photographic works created by the artist from the early 1960s to the late seventies. These black and white photo works, from the artist’s collection, are being exhibited in their entirety for the first time. The shadowed lines of the steps in a Mughal courtyard, the patterns on a road in Japan, or the lines in the sand on a washed beach all explore the creation and consumption of form by light. Further investigations and experiments with light processing and imaging in certain works result in an unfamiliar yet dreamlike landscape.

Capturing the evanescent, while distilling the monumental, Nasreen strove to find the essence of things, creating a unity of form and connecting life as a whole, using a line. The apparent fragility and frugality of her work is in sharp contrast to the strength of their forms and the commitment to a vision. Despite the employment of formal structural geometry, Nasreen’s work is infused with perceptible sensuality and poetic elegance.

Nasreen Mohamedi’s life and work embodied simplicity, purity, resolve. She is one of the rare Indian artists who, with minimal means and a sincere susceptibility to perception, created work that was in sharp variance with the figurative and expressionist painters that dominated the early decades of the post-independence Indian art milieu.

Nasreen Mohamedi was born in 1937 in Karachi, India (now Pakistan), and raised in Bombay. She studied at St. Martins School of Art in London from 1954-57. On her return to India, she joined the Bhulabhai Institute for the Arts and worked in the company of artists such as M.F. Husain, Tyeb Mehta and V.S. Gaitonde, who became her mentor for years. In 1961 she had her first solo exhibition at Gallery 59 in Bombay, India. She was awarded a scholarship by the French government to pursue work at Monsieur Guillard’s private atelier from 1961-63. In 1964, Nasreen accompanied M.F.Husain as a still photographer to the deserts of Rajasthan for the shooting of his film “Through the eyes of a painter”. For next few years she traveled frequently through the Arab world, including Bahrain, Turkey & Iran and was influenced by Islamic architecture. In 1972 she joined the Faculty of Fine Arts at the M.S. University in Baroda, India where she continued teaching till 1988, and where she is still deeply revered by students and her colleagues. In 1975 she exhibited at the Third Triennial in New Delhi, India. In 1985 Nasreen’s works were exhibited in “Artists Indiens en France” at the Centre National de Arts Plastiques in Paris, France. In 1991, a retrospective of her work was held at the Jehangir Art Gallery in Bombay, India. In 2000 her works were featured in “Drawing Space”, an exhibition at Iniva in London, UK. Later this year, in October, 2003, her works will be on exhibit in “The Last Picture Show” at The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, which will travel to The Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California, in 2004.

Nasreen Mohamedi passed away in 1990 in Kihim, India.

The Estate of Nasreen Mohamedi is represented by Talwar Gallery, New York.

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Venue types: Gallery / Museum / Non-Profit / Collector
Exhibitions in artist-info 15 (S 6/ G 9) Did show together with - Top 5 of 328 artists
(no. of shows) - all shows - Top 100
Sol LeWitt (6)- 490
Adrian Piper (6)- 124
Marcel Broodthaers (5)- 269
Mel Bochner (5)- 129
Exhibitions by type
15:   4 / 6 / 5 / 0
Venues by type
14:   3 / 6 / 5 / 0
Curators 8
artist-info records Oct 2000 - Jun 2016
Countries - Top 5 of 5
United States (5)
United Kingdom (3)
Switzerland (2)
Spain (1)
Belgium (1)
Cities - Top 5 of 9
New York (4)
London (3)
Los Angeles (2)
Minneapolis (1)
Winterthur (1)
Venues (no. of shows ) Top 5 of 14
Talwar Gallery - New York (2)
Drawing Room (1)
Hammer Museum / UCLA (1)
The Met Breuer (1)
Fotomuseum Winterthur (1)
Curators (no. of shows) Top 5 of 8
Iwona Blazwick(1), Richard Deacon(1), Douglas Fogle(1), Magnus af Petersens(1), Christian Rattemeyer(1)
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Nasreen Mohamedi

The Met Breuer S Mar 2016 - Jun 2016 New York (7) +0
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Adventures of the Black Square

 - Abstract Art and Society 1915–2015
Whitechapel Gallery G Jan 2015 - Apr 2015 London (415) +0
Blazwick, Iwona (Curator)       +0
Petersens, Magnus af (Curator)       +0
Drawing Room G Feb 2014 - Apr 2014 London (35) +0
Deacon, Richard (Curator)       +0
Talwar Gallery - New York S Sep 2013 - Dec 2013 New York (16) +0
WIELS Contemporary Art Centre S May 2011 - Aug 2011 Bruxelles / Brussels (44) +0
Kunsthalle Basel S Feb 2010 - Apr 2010 Basel (484) +0
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