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ZARINA (1937-2020)
ZARINA (1937-2020)
ZARINA (1937-2020)
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PROPERTY FROM A NEW YORK PRIVATE COLLECTION
ZARINA (1937-2020)

House with Four Walls

Details
ZARINA (1937-2020) House with Four Walls signed, dated and numbered '5/25 Zarina 91' (on the reverse) each etching, letterpress and chine colle with handmade Nepalese paper on paper 8 5/8 x 8 in. (21.9 x 20.3 cm.) each plate; 16 ½ x 29 ½ in. (41.9 x 74.9 cm.) each sheet Executed in 1991; portfolio of seven prints, one title sheet and original box; number five from an edition of twenty five
Provenance
Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner, circa 2000
Literature
A. Naqvi, 'The House that Zarina Built', The Herald, September 1993, pp. 124-125 (two prints from another edition illustrated)
R. Samantrai, ‘Cosmopolitan Cartographies: Art in a Divided World’, Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism, Vol. 4, No. 2, Bloomington, 2004, pp. 176, 178 (two prints from another edition illustrated)
Zarina: Weaving Memory 1990-2006, exhibition catalogue, Mumbai, 2007 (another edition illustrated, unpaginated)
M. Machida, Unsettled Visions: Contemporary Asian American Artists and the Social Imaginary, Durham, 2009, p. 218 (one print from another edition illustrated)
Zarina: Paper Like Skin, exhibition catalogue, New York, 2012 (another edition illustrated, unpaginated)
S. Kumar, 'Zarina: Paper and Partition', Art in Print, Vol. 3, No. 6, March-April 2014, p. 23 (another edition illustrated)
N. Adajania, 'Flying for truth – celebrating the life of Zarina Hashmi', STIR online, 2 May 2020 (another edition illustrated)
M. Milford-Lutzker, M. Machida, G. Sen and R. Karode, eds., Zarina: Mapping a Life, 1921-2001, Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, 2001, pp. 22, 23 (two prints from another edition illustrated)
Exhibited
New York, Bronx Museum of Arts, House with Four Walls, 1992 (another edition)
Mumbai, Bodhi Art, Weaving Memory 1990-2006, 2007 (another edition)
Los Angeles, Hammer Museum; New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, Zarina: Paper Like Skin, September 2012 - September 2013 (another edition)

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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 revisited 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, Volume XI, Issue 1, Mumbai, 2006, p. 49).

Exploring the ideas and feelings of home, belonging, displacement, memory and loss, Zarina's autobiographical prints invite the viewer to find refuge in the homes she represents, both physically and metaphysically. In House with Four Walls, the artist combines text and images to reflect on her childhood home in Aligarh. Through poetic phrases and symbolic forms, she brings her memories of living there alive several decades after she moved away. Her minimalist forms include a spiral that reminds her of a snake that once slithered into the house, the horizontal lines that recall the slatted bamboo window shades that would be lowered for afternoon naps in the summers, and a series of arched T-bars that are like the pillar that the children believed harbored a ghost on rainy nights.

Initially trained in mathematics and deeply influenced by architecture, the prints in this portfolio reflect Zarina's understanding of space and proportion and her affinity for both poetry and geometry. House with Four Walls was executed during the artist's residency at the Women's Studio Workshop, a visual arts organization dedicated to printmaking in Rosendale, New York in 1991.

Zarina passed away earlier this year after a long illness. Leaving behind a rich artistic legacy, she will be remembered as one of the most important printmakers of South Asian origin practicing in the last century. Greatly admired by those who knew her, Zarina was a keen observer of society, politics and culture. She will be deeply missed for her playful wit, kindness and generosity all of which were extended to anyone she was acquainted with. Christie’s is honored to begin this auction with a portfolio by the artist.

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