Milton Keynes

Nasreen Mohamedi

MK Gallery

Housed in the airy precincts of a light-filled gallery, “Nasreen Mohamedi: Notes—Reflections on Indian Modernism” was an invitation to look and linger. Curated by Bangalore–based Suman Gopinath and Antwerp, Belgium-anchored Grant Watson, this retrospective (significantly expanded from the version seen at Office for Contemporary Art Norway in Oslo earlier in 2009) followed Mohamedi’s aesthetic journey from the early 1960s to the late ’80s (she died of Parkinson’s disease in 1990). Here, monochromatic pen, ink, and pencil drawings and black-and-white photographs were accompanied by glass vitrines containing personal possessions—her favorite geometrically embroidered cushion. Offering cleverly chosen samples of Mohamedi’s oeuvre, “Notes” accommodated silvery gray, semiabstract collages from the ’60s, delicate penciled grids from the ’70s, and fragile ink drawings of lines, triangles, and

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