In the most intimate moment of the Drawing Center's graceful exhibition of the late East Indian artist, Nasreen Mohamedi (1937-1990), a diary page smudged with black ink, Untitled, (1978) speaks volumes about the artist's profound sensibility.
Nasreen Mohamedi: Lines among Lines, introduces the contemplative abstract drawings and photographs of the influential yet under-recognized Indian artist Nasreen Mohamedi (1937-1990). Lines among Lines will be the first solo exhibition in New York to focus primarily on Mohamedi’s drawings.
This Drawing Room exhibition is presented as a counterpart to The Drawing Center’s concurrent main gallery exhibition, 3 x Abstraction: New Methods of Drawing by Hilma af Klint, Emma Kunz, and Agnes Martin. Both exhibitions will re-visit rarely seen abstract geometric drawings by innovative women artists. Although Mohamedi’s drawings may suggest visual similarities to Constructivist compositions, Futurist diagrams, and the grids of Agnes Martin, her works are part of an inspired visual language that emerged from an alternative modernity in India.
"All I can say is, don't dismiss the show because it looks at first like something you've seen before. You haven't. Mohamedi is worth the effort, and she will stay with you."
THE NEW YORK TIMES
Nasreen Mohamedi was born in 1937 in Karachi, India and passed away in 1990 in Kihim, India. Since her first solo outside of India at Talwar, New York in 2003, Mohamedi has been featured in numerous museum exhibitions worldwide. Mohamedi has been the subject of solo presentations at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET Breuer), New York (2016); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain (2015); Tate, Liverpool, UK (2014); Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, India (2013) and The Drawing Center, New York (2005). Mohamedi’s works have also been on view at Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, NY; Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia; Documenta XII, Kassel, Germany; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Harvard University Art Museum, Cambridge, MA; Institute of Arab and Islamic Art, NY; Fotomuseum, Winterthur, Switzerland; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA; Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City, MO; and Whitechapel Gallery, London.