Crafting Geometry: Abstract Art from South and West Asia

A Selling Exhibition Curated by Murtaza Vali | 17 JULY 2020 - 31 JULY 2020 | NEW YORK

C rafting Geometry presents an unprecedented intergenerational dialogue between contemporary artists from across West and South Asia (and their respective diasporas) who explore the enduring language of geometry in their work. Pushing their work beyond the reductive logic of Minimalism, which unduly privileges the orthogonal structure of the grid, the included artists simultaneously challenge geometry’s association with reason and divine order within Islamic and South Asian aesthetics and philosophies. While some deploy vivid color, complex pattern and dynamic structure to enliven geometric form, others re-embed it into various artisanal traditions, from mirrorwork and ceramic tiles to calligraphy and jewelry-making, foregrounding its material basis. Together these approaches position the production and reception of geometric form as vital and essentially embodied practices. In their art, geometry emerges not as a fixed set of forms and meanings but as a potent language for abstraction, one that is carefully crafted, conceptually and physically.

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Murtaza Vali on Curating 'Crafting Geometry'Click to Read Sotheby’s Interview with the Exhibition Curator
Highlights
Anish Kapoor
UNTITLED, 2010

Stainless steel and paint
39 x 39 x 9.4 in.

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Rana Begum
No. 888 L Fold, 2019

Paint on rimix
45 x 56 x 14 in.

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