ZARINA (B. 1937)
ZARINA (B. 1937)

HOUSE WITH FOUR WALLS

Details
ZARINA (B. 1937)
HOUSE WITH FOUR WALLS
SIGNED, NUMBERED AND DATED '16/25 ZARINA 91' (ON THE REVERSE) EACH
CHINE COLLé LAID DOWN ON HANDMADE NEPALESE PAPER
16½ X 29½ IN. (42 X 74.9 CM.) EACH
EXECUTED IN 1991
PORTFOLIO OF SEVEN WORKS ON PAPER
Provenance
ACQUIRED DIRECTLY FROM THE ARTIST
Literature
ZARINA: WEAVING MEMORY 1990-2006, EXHIBITION CATALOGUE, BODHI ART, MUMBAI, 2007 (ANOTHER FROM THE EDITION ILLUSTRATED, UNPAGINATED)
Exhibited
NEW YORK, BRONX MUSEUM OF ARTS, HOUSE WITH FOUR WALLS, 1992
MUMBAI, BODHI ART, WEAVING MEMORY 1990-2006, JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2007 (ANOTHER FROM THE EDITION EXHIBITED)

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Lot Essay

"I LIVED IN ALIGARH WITH MY SIBLINGS AND MY PARENTS A LONG TIME BACK. THROUGH MY PRINTS, I HAVE REVISTED MY CHILDHOOD. [...] IN 2000, WHEN I WAS IN DELHI, I DECIDED TO GO TO ALIGARH FOR A DAY-TO VISIT THIS PLACE ABOUT WHICH I HAD CREATED A WHOLE NARRATIVE, WHICH IS ONLY 81 MILES AWAY FROM DELHI BUT WHICH IS 3,438 MILES AWAY FROM NEW YORK! I WENT TO SEE THE HOUSE FROM WHICH I HAVE DERIVED SO MUCH INSPIRATION-THE HOUSE WITH FOUR WALLS. IT WAS VERY STRANGE-I FELT VERY CLOSE AND YET VERY DISTANT. MY PARENTS WERE NO LONGER THERE, MY BROTHERS WERE SCATTERED ALL OVER THE WORLD. I DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO CONNECT WITH MY OWN FEELINGS. IN A WAY, IT WAS LIKE CLOSING A BOOK SHUT. (G. SEN, 'INTERVIEW: ZARINA HASHMI', ART INDIA, MUMBAI, VOLUME XI, ISSUE 1, QUARTER 1, 2006, P. 49)

DEPICTING THEMES OF HOME, DISPLACEMENT, MEMORY AND LOSS, ZARINA'S AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL WORKS INVITE THE VIEWER TO FIND REFUGE IN THE HOMES, BOTH PHYSICALLY AND METAPHYSICALLY THAT SHE CREATES. INITIALLY TRAINED IN MATHEMATICS AND DEEPLY INFLUENCED BY ARCHITECTURE, HER PRINTS REFLECT HER UNDERSTANDING OF SPACE AND PROPORTION AND AN AFFINITY FOR BASIC GEOMETRIC SHAPES; THE SQUARE, CIRCLE AND TRIANGLE. HOUSE WITH FOUR WALLS WAS EXECUTED DURING ZARINA'S RESIDENCY AT THE WOMEN'S STUDIO WORKSHOP, A VISUAL ARTS ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO PRINTMAKING IN ROSENDALE, NEW YORK IN 1991.

AN INSPIRATION AMONG HER CONTEMPORARIES, STRADDLING THE ART SCENE ACROSS FOUR DECADES, ZARINA WAS ONE OF A GROUP OF ARTISTS WHO REPRESENTED INDIA AT THE 54TH VENICE BIENNALE IN 2011. A RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION OF HER WORK IS SCHEDULED TO OPEN IN SEPTEMBER 2012 AT THE HAMMER MUSEUM, LOS ANGELES. HER WORK IS IN THE PERMANENT COLLECTIONS OF THE MOMA, NEW YORK, THE SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, NEW YORK; WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, NEW YORK; HAMMER MUSEUM, LOS ANGELES; VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM, LONDON; THE BIBLIOTHQUE NATIONALE, PARIS; AND THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF MODERN ART, NEW DELHI.

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