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Artist unknown, Astrological birth chart used to name a baby, ca. late 19th century, gouache and ink on paper, 4 1/4 x 8 1/4".

“Indian Drawings”

33 Orchard

Artist unknown, Astrological birth chart used to name a baby, ca. late 19th century, gouache and ink on paper, 4 1/4 x 8 1/4".

Ritual acts—personal and parochial alike—are meant to free the practitioner’s mind from worldly concerns. The meditational Tantric scripts and yantras (mystical geometric diagrams) assembled for this jewel box of a show had the additional effect of producing a hushed calm that engulfed its viewers. “Indian Drawings,” curated by artist/collector Alexander Gorlizki with 33 Orchard’s Jane Kim, closely followed New York’s Outsider Art Fair (where Gorlizki had a booth), but it quietly sidestepped the burrs that tend to adhere to the term outsider (and to the dealers who position their wares as such). Along with the devotion of their makers, these drawings evidenced the passion of a collector driven not by novelty or cult of personality but by a genuine care for and investment in Indian religious art. Gorlizki chose these thirty-six pieces, made over the span of more than two

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