Zehra Jumabhoy

Prize Possessions

The 7th Artes Mundi prize

November 2016 NEWCASTLE, UK

AS THE TRAIN TRUNDLED INTO NEWCASTLE, I had a vision: A vast figure rose out of the gray mist. Its wings outstretched, it threatened to engulf me in a steely embrace. I’d encountered The Angel of the North.  The rust-red sculpture might look… READ ON


Bhupen Khakhar

October 2016

Walking into “Bhupen Khakhar: You Can’t Please All” is like stepping into two worlds at once. The late Mumbai-born, Vadodara-based artist’s paintings provide glimpses of the Indian street, its burning-hot colors teeming with workaday characters.… READ ON

IN PRINT October 2016 [TOC]

Please and Thank You

Bhupen Khakhar at the Tate Modern

June 2016 LONDON

I MET BRITISH ARTIST ANDREW LOGAN at the VIP preview of ART16. “Everyone deserves a sunny smile,” beamed the founder of Britain’s Alternative Miss World, a dazzling sun-shaped broach pinned to his crimson kurta. I wondered if Logan was a … READ ON


“Bhupen Khakhar: You Can’t Please All”

May 2016

Curated by Chris Dercon with Nada Raza In the 1981 self-portrait from which Bhupen Khakhar’s retrospective takes its title, we see the artist standing nude at a balcony and gazing out over a town in which various scenes from an Aesop fable … READ ON


“Silent Explosion: Ivor Davies and Destruction in Art”

March 2016

“THIS IS NOT A RETROSPECTIVE,” warned Ivor Davies as I walked into the octogenarian’s mega-exhibition, up through March 20, at the National Museum Cardiff. An unsuspecting visitor to the show—dedicated to one of the Welsh art scene’s leading… READ ON

IN PRINT March 2016 [TOC]

Anwar Jalal Shemza

March 2016

As readers of The Arabian Nights know, carpets can transport us to lands far, far away. Anwar Jalal Shemza’s minute Magic Carpet, 1984, is no exception. Here, a piece of cloth with frayed edges is hand-dyed red, blue, and saffron. A painted… READ ON

IN PRINT March 2016 [TOC]

Such Great Heights

The 3rd Dhaka Art Summit


IF I HAD PAID more heed to the US government’s strident security alerts about Bangladesh, I might have been more concerned about the dead, decaying body lying at my feet. Thankfully, any fears proved unwarranted for travelers on the latest … READ ON


“Nasreen Mohamedi: Waiting is Part of Intense Living”

September 2015

Curated by Roobina Karode This retrospective follows on the heels of Nasreen Mohamedi’s exquisite solo show at Tate Liverpool in 2014. But Madrid’s contribution—which tracks the late artist’s minimalist images from the 1950s to the ’80s, … READ ON


Central London

The Art15 fair in London

May 2015 LONDON

I BLINKED. Sitting in front of me was a blond Yeti. Stepping closer, I noticed that his “hair” consisted of rubber bands. “Oh, you’ve met our monster!” said a girl at the booth. “He has lots of admirers.” Admiration wasn’t quite the word I’d… READ ON


Seven Year Itch

The 7th India Art Fair

February 2015 NEW DELHI

NOW IN ITS SEVENTH YEAR, this year’s India Art Fair recalled a debutante at the end of the season, i.e., a wee bit weary. The preview to the four-day affair boasted less zest than prior iterations. Of course, familiar faces could still be … READ ON