Alex Traub

  • Ram Kumar, Benares, 2015, oil on canvas, 36 × 24".

    Ram Kumar

    Ram Kumar is one of the last living artists from the triumphant period of painting that followed India’s independence. Along with contemporaries such as Akbar Padamsee and the recently deceased S. H. Raza, Kumar took the end of World War II as an opportunity to move to Paris; there he studied under Fernand Léger and André Lhote and briefly joined the Communist Party. Upon returning home in 1952, he was confronted by the post-partition refugee camps of Delhi; his response was a gritty, social-realist style of portraiture that sought to represent the traumas of his new countrymen. Meanwhile,

  • Nadia Kaabi-Linke, Spic and Span in February, 2016, silk paper and graphite on canvas, 79 1/2 × 74".

    Nadia Kaabi-Linke

    Nadia Kaabi-Linke’s art is a record of her wanderings. She has taken wax and ink prints from the walls of a coastal railway terminal, a suburban schoolyard, and the Ministry of Tourism in Tunisia; from an old mausoleum and an elevated train line in Berlin; and, most recently, from the Rialto Bridge in Venice. Another work involved stray paint chips collected in cities ranging from Bizerte to Cologne to Marseille. It might seem surprising for an artist as cosmopolitan as Kaabi-Linke—who is half-Tunisian, half-Russian; speaks six languages; and has lived much of her life in Dubai and