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 in Karachi, India (now Pakistan), and raised in Bombay. After studying at St. Martins School of Art in London from 1954-57, she returned to India to join the Bhulabhai Institute for the Arts. While there, Mohamedi’s interest in abstraction revealed significant differences from the figurative approach of many of her peers. Through her mentorship with the renowned abstract painter V.S. Gaitonde, Mohamedi developed her personal sense of the sublime in abstraction. In 1961, the artist had her first solo exhibition at Gallery 59 in Bombay. She traveled throughout the Middle East in the mid 1960s and was influenced by Islamic architecture. From 1972 to 1988, Mohamedi was on the Faculty of Fine Arts at the M.S. University in Baroda, India, where she was revered as a teacher. In 1990, Mohamedi died of Parkinson’s disease in Kihim, India.