maybe this will help me feel better

I’m slowly stopping the coughing, at least. I’m dragging, everybody is dragging…I’m still waiting for people to send me stuff that I need to post/press/stuff. So in the meantime, I am feeling stuffed and pressed.

So should we look at some art from MOMA?

I never paid attention to how well they organize their art. And so I enjoyed finding people who matched the art.

Let’s take a look, shall we?

I was fascinated by a piece called “Home is a Foreign Place”. Unfortunately, I don’t think I did the piece justice with my own photos. No question, even in my muddled state, I know that. I found a better link that I’ll repost here. The only one that looks decent, the shot of the musical notation is from this. What’s amazing about this piece is that each one does work on its own with complete symbolism. She’s making a map of her homelessness, both chronological and spatial. Amazing.

Detail Image

And this is what the website states about her:

Zarina Hashmi
Born 1937

The work of Zarina Hashmi is defined by her adherence to the personal and the elemental. An early exposure to architecture is reflected in her use of geometry and her emphasis on structural purity. While her work reveals a minimalist sensibility, it is imbued with a materiality which mitigates the starkness of her reductive approach. Her art poignantly chronicles her life and recurring themes include home, displacement, borders, journey and memory.Best known as a printmaker, Hashmi prefers to carve instead of draw the line, to gouge the surface rather than build it up. She has used various mediums of printmaking including intaglio, woodblocks, lithography and silkscreen. She frequently creates series of several prints in order to reference a multiplicity of locales or concepts. For example, her seminal work Home is a Foreign Place consists of 36 woodblock prints, each of which represents a particular notion or memory of home. Each subject is inscribed in Urdu beneath the print to signify the vital role language plays in her work, as well as to pay homage to a mother tongue in decline. Other works such as These cities blotted into the wildernessCountries, and Dividing Line explore geographical borders and contested terrains, particularly those areas which are scarred from political conflict. Hashmi also creates sculpture using a variety of media, including bronze, steel, aluminum, wood, tin and paper pulp.Zarina Hashmi was born in 1937 in Aligarh, India. After receiving a degree in mathematics, she went on to study woodblock printing in Bangkok and Tokyo and intaglio with S. W. Hayter at Atelier-17 in Paris. She has participated in numerous exhibitions, including most recently Mind and Matter: Alternative Abstractions from 1940s to Present at the Museum of Modern Art, New York,The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia 1860-1989 at the Guggenheim Museum, New York, Gouge: The Modern Woodcut at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles and WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution a traveling exhibition organized by MOCA, Los Angeles. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. The artist lives and works in New York.

Her work is in the permanent collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Hashmi was one of a group of artists who represented India at the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011. The artist lives and works in New York.


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