reading Mohamedi – posted 10/20/14 in Boulder

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I have loved reading about Nasreen Mohamedi. I missed the recent major exhibitions of her work: at the Tate Liverpool this last summer, at the Talwar Gallery in New York in 2013 and at the Kiran Nadar Museum in New Delhi in 2013. I have heard that there will be a major exhibition of her work in the U.S. in 2015 but have not heard where and when yet. Luckily there are some wonderful essays on her work and a few of them are on line and listed below.

Geeta Kapur’s essay “Elegy for an Unclaimed Beloved: Nasreen Mohamedi (1937-1990)” is perhaps the seminal writing on Mohamedi and was written shortly after her death. It is a beautiful read and linked below on the Tate Museum’s website. Geeta Kapur is a remarkable woman herself, and was a good friend of Mohamedi’s. Kapur (b 1943) is an internationally renowned art critic, art historian and curator who is based in New Delhi.

Other smart writers on Mohamedi’s work are: John Yau, Grant Watson, Susette Min, Anders Kreuger, Suman Gopinath, Holland Cotter, Eleanor Clayton and there are many others as well. There are only a few printed books available in the U.S. The catalogue “the grid, unplugged Nasreen Mohamedi” is available from the Talwar Gallery in New York for a hefty $125 http://talwargallery.com/publications/ The Talwar Gallery in New York and New Delhi represents Mohamedi and their website also has an excellent list of press writings on Mohamedi http://talwargallery.com/nasreen-press/ The catalogue “Nasreen Mohamedi Lines among Lines” Drawing Papers #52 is pictured above and available from the Drawing Center in New York for $15. http://www.drawingcenter.org/en/book/71/// It documents the Mohamedi exhibit there in 2005. I am a fan of the Drawing Center and its publications, a whole museum that only shows drawings! http://www.drawingcenter.org/

Here are some links to essays on her work:

Clayton, Eleanor, “Seeking a ‘Blazing Reality’: Nareen Mohamedi’s Photographs,” Tate Liverpool Reading Room, 2014: http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-liverpool/exhibition/nasreen-mohamedi/blazing-reality

Gopinath, Suman, “There is always chaos and confusion, but it is in the mind and the will that bring order,” Tate Liverpool Reading Room, 2014: http://www.tate.org.uk/context-comment/articles/there-always-chaos-and-confusion-it-mind-and-will-bring-order

Kapur, Geeta, “Elegy for an Unclaimed Beloved: Nasreen Mohamedi 1937 -1990,” Tate Liverpool Reading         Room,   2014:    http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-liverpool/exhibition/nasreen-mohamedi/elegy-for-unclaimed-beloved

Yau, John, “India’s Nasreen Mohamedi Belongs to Everyone,” Hyperallergic, November 17, 2013, http://hyperallergic.com/93951/indias-nasreen-mohamedi-belongs-to-everyone/

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