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Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois
Recommendation by Robin Dluzen

Zarina, ''Pool I,'' 1980, cast paper, 21 1/2 x 21 1/2 x 3''. Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York. Photo by Robert Wedemeyer.


Continuing through September 22, 2013


“Zarina: Paper Like Skin” is the Indian-born American artist’s first retrospective. Featuring work from the 1960s to the present, this exhibition traces Zarina’s artistic career chronologically in the context of her personal travels and relocations. Zarina’s works most often reference the cartographic and architectural structures that objectively define a “home,” counterbalanced with a visceral treatment of material and the unique inconsistencies of her handicraft.


Zarina’s interest in grids and hard-edged geometry reference cool, academic Minimalism, especially in her early pieces. Later works are increasingly punctuated with meditative repetition as she prints on, cuts, scratches, punctures, weaves, molds and folds variety of mostly handmade paper — a material full of connotations related to place and time. “Crawling House” is one of Zarina’s few non-paper works, though the hundreds of miniature, wheeled, tin house-like objects swarming the gallery wall nonetheless reinforce one of the fundamental themes of her oeuvre: that a home is something mobile, changeable and alive. 

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