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ON LINE: DRAWING THROUGH THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

November 11, 2010 - February 7, 2011

 

NASREEN MOHAMEDI
SHEILA MAKHIJANI
ALIA SYED
ALWAR BALASUBRAMANIAM
RANJANI SHETTAR 

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On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century

On Line explores the radical transformation of the medium of drawing throughout the twentieth century, a period when numerous artists subjected the traditional concepts of drawing to a critical examination and expanded the medium's definition in relation to gesture and form. In a revolutionary departure from the institutional definition of drawing, and from the reliance on paper as the fundamental support material, artists instead pushed line across the plane into real space, thus questioning the relation between the object of art and the world. On Line includes approximately three hundred works that connect drawing with selections of painting, sculpture, photography, film, and dance (represented by film and documentation). In this way, the exhibition makes the case for a discursive history of mark making, while mapping an alternative project of drawing in the twentieth century. The exhibition includes works by a wide range of artists from different eras of the past century and from many nations, including Wassily Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich, Paul Klee, Piet Mondrian, Alexander Calder, Jean Arp, Marcel Duchamp, Picasso, Gego, Eva Hesse, Anna Maria Maiolino, Lygia Clark, Cy Twombly, Ellsworth Kelly, Agnes Martin, Annie Albers, Sol Lewitt, Marisa Merz, Giuseppe Penone and Julie Mehretu.

This exhibition was curated by Catherine de Zegher and Connie Butler.  

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Ranjani Shettar

Just a bit more, 2006

Hand-molded beeswax, pigments, and thread dyed in tea

288" x 432" x 144"

Nasreen Mohamedi

Untitled, ca. 1970s

Ink and graphite on paper

18 3/4" x 18 3/4"

Nasreen Mohamedi

Untitled, ca. 1970s

Ink and graphite on paper

18 3/4" x 18 3/4'

Nasreen Mohamedi

Untitled, ca. 1970s

Ink and graphite on paper

18 3/4" x 18 3/4"

Nasreen Mohamedi

Untitled, ca. 1970s

Ink and graphite on paper

18 3/4" x 18 3/4"

Nasreen Mohamedi

Untitled, ca. 1970s

Ink and graphite on paper

18 3/4" x 18 3/4"

Alwar Balasubramniam

Rest in Resistance, 2007

Fiberglass, acrylic, two fishing hooks, and elastic

37" x 40" x 15"

Alia Syed

Priya, 2011
16mm film
12 minutes, 58 seconds

 

Sheila Makhijani

Take a Leap, 2009

Gouache, cotton thread on paper, plastic sheets

12 1/2" x 25"

Sheila Makhijani

Like This You Mean, 2009

Gouache, cotton thread on paper, plastic sheets

17 1/2" x 15 1/2"

Sheila Makhijani

Moving Around A Lot, 2009

Gouache, cotton thread on paper, plastic sheets

15 1/4" x 22 3/4"

Sheila Makhijani

So Now Move It! 2009

Gouache, cotton thread on paper, plastic sheets

17 1/4" x 22 1/4"

Ranjani Shettar

Just a bit more, 2006

Hand-molded beeswax, pigments, and thread dyed in tea

288" x 432" x 144"

Nasreen Mohamedi

Untitled, ca. 1970s

Ink and graphite on paper

18 3/4" x 18 3/4"

Nasreen Mohamedi

Untitled, ca. 1970s

Ink and graphite on paper

18 3/4" x 18 3/4'

Nasreen Mohamedi

Untitled, ca. 1970s

Ink and graphite on paper

18 3/4" x 18 3/4"

Nasreen Mohamedi

Untitled, ca. 1970s

Ink and graphite on paper

18 3/4" x 18 3/4"

Nasreen Mohamedi

Untitled, ca. 1970s

Ink and graphite on paper

18 3/4" x 18 3/4"

Alwar Balasubramniam

Rest in Resistance, 2007

Fiberglass, acrylic, two fishing hooks, and elastic

37" x 40" x 15"

Alia Syed

Priya, 2011
16mm film
12 minutes, 58 seconds

 

Sheila Makhijani

Take a Leap, 2009

Gouache, cotton thread on paper, plastic sheets

12 1/2" x 25"

Sheila Makhijani

Like This You Mean, 2009

Gouache, cotton thread on paper, plastic sheets

17 1/2" x 15 1/2"

Sheila Makhijani

Moving Around A Lot, 2009

Gouache, cotton thread on paper, plastic sheets

15 1/4" x 22 3/4"

Sheila Makhijani

So Now Move It! 2009

Gouache, cotton thread on paper, plastic sheets

17 1/4" x 22 1/4"