Beth Citron

Apt Pupil

The 3rd Kochi-Muziris Biennale

December 2016 KOCHI, INDIA

“YES, IT IS A MONDAY” noted the sly public invitation to the third edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale. “That just means it’ll be a great start to the week.” But in the days prior to the December 12 opening, the extended family of India’s… READ ON

DIARY

S. H. Raza (1922–2016)

Beth Citron on S. H. Raza (1922–2016)

September 2016

WHEN THE PAINTER Sayed Haider Raza passed away on July 23, 2016, he was ninety-four years old and the last surviving founding member of the Progressive Artists’ Group and the exceptional community that it animated in Mumbai (then Bombay) in… READ ON

PASSAGES

M. F. Husain’s Through the Eyes of a Painter

SLANT

October 2012

IN A RADICAL AND SHORT-LIVED initiative in the 1960s, India’s national Films Division (established as a documentary unit just after independence in 1947) invited artists and filmmakers to develop their own experimental projects. Under the … READ ON

IN PRINT October 2012 [TOC]

“Zarina: Paper Like Skin”

October 2012

Since the early 1960s, Indian-born American artist Zarina Hashmi has developed a minimal artistic language that balances materiality with themes of home, displacement, and memory.… READ ON

PREVIEWS

“HomeSpun”

September 2011

Though conceived to survey notions of domestic space, “HomeSpun” features some of South Asia’s leading globe-trotters, including Subodh Gupta, Rashid Rana, and Sudarshan Shetty, among more than two dozen others. … READ ON

PREVIEWS

Sandeep Mukherjee

September 2010

Six stories above the noisy bustle of Chinatown, Sandeep Mukherjee’s first solo exhibition in New York (and the inaugural show of Brennan & Griffin) offers a quiet and beautiful respite. Manipulating various combinations of acrylic and embossed… READ ON

PICKS

Liz Magic Laser

May 2010

In her exhibition “chase,” Liz Magic Laser renders a contemporary, layered interpretation of Bertolt Brecht’s 1926 play Man Equals Man––a harsh, if comedic, parable about the perils of capitalist greed. Laser’s show features a full-length … READ ON

PICKS

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

May 2010

The larger-than-life portraits comprising the London-born Ghanaian artist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s exhibition “Essays and Documents” confront the viewer with strong gazes and bold brushstrokes. In contrast to what the show’s title suggests, … READ ON

PICKS

Walt Cassidy

April 2010

In his first solo exhibition, “The Protective Motif,” Walt Cassidy maps his own unconscious through a group of photographs, drawings, and sculptures filled mostly with geometric forms. Whether these triangles, dots, and lines are meditations… READ ON

PICKS

Risham Syed

April 2010

In her first solo exhibition in the United States, Lahore, Pakistan–based Risham Syed presents a striking landscape of Victoriana and contemporary violence. Comprising a series of paintings set into theatrical installations and unusual … READ ON

PICKS