Los Angeles

Zarina Hashmi, Shadow House, 2006, cut Nepalese paper, 69 x 39".

Zarina Hashmi, Shadow House, 2006, cut Nepalese paper, 69 x 39".

Los Angeles

“Zarina: Paper Like Skin”

Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
September 30–December 30, 2012

Curated by Allegra Pesenti

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. Her first retrospective—long overdue—features approximately sixty pieces from the past five decades and includes prints, paper-pulp casts, and sculptures. While the influence of Zarina’s studies of mathematics and architecture are evident across her oeuvre, rarely seen early relief prints such as In the Woods I, 1971, manifest the importance and impression of nature in her practice, and recent works such as the obsidian-covered Dark Night of the Soul, 2011, suggest a subtle turn toward contemplative spirituality—aspects that are further explored in the exhibition’s catalogue with essays by Allegra Pesenti, Aamir Mufti, and Sandhini Poddar.