Zarina: Atlas of Her World and Susan Philipsz: Seven Tears at Pulitzer Arts Foundation, September 6, 2019 – February 16, 2020

Zarina: Atlas of Her World 

“Born in Aligarh, India, in 1937, New York-based artist Zarina Hashmi (who prefers to be referred to by her first name only) originally studied mathematics with an interest in architecture—fields that have influenced her work throughout her more than five-decade career. Her prints and sculptures, the works for which she is best known, bring abstraction and minimalism together with an ongoing engagement with themes of memory, place, and loss. 

With some forty prints, sculptures, and collages dating from the 1960s to the present, Zarina: Atlas of Her World is the first exhibition to also include examples of artworks and objects—spanning cultures and centuries—that have inspired the artist throughout her career, from an etching by Dürer, to a drawing by Malevich, to an architectural fragment from Mughal era India. In the process, it will show how Zarina has synthesized these diverse points of inspiration into her unique practice.” — Pulitzer Arts Foundation 

Traces

Zarina, Traces, 1980. Paper cast, 29 1/2 x 29 1/2 x 1 inches (74.9 x 74.9 cm) © Zarina; Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York

Home is a Foreign Place

Zarina, Home is a Foreign Place, 1999. Portfolio of 36 woodcuts with Urdu text printed in black on Kozo paper and mounted on Somerset paper. Edition of 25 and 5 Roman Numeral sets. Image size: 8 x 6 inches (20.32 x 15.24 cm) Sheet size: 16 x 13 inches (40.64 x 33.02 cm) © Zarina; Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York

Delhi Triptych

Zarina, Delhi, 2000. Portfolio of 3 woodcuts printed in black on handmade Nepalese paper, mounted on Arches Cover white paper. Edition of 25. Image size: 17 x 13 inches (43.2 x 33 cm) Sheet size: 25 1/2 x 19 1/2 inches (64.8 x 49.5 cm) © Zarina; Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York

Veil 2012

Zarina, Veil, 2011. 22-karat gold leaf on bamboo blinds, 142 x 48 inches (360.7 x 121.9 cm) © Zarina; Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York

Susan Philipsz: Seven Tears 

“Born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1965, Turner Prize-winning artist Susan Philipsz is best known for her works that explore the potential of sound—often including her own, untrained voice—to define space and its interaction with architecture. Created in response to specific spaces and their architectural, environmental, and historic contexts, Philipsz’s sound installations bring to life the meaning of the places in which they are sited. She has said, “I work with sound but that sound is always installed in a particular context and that context with its architecture, lighting, and ambient noises forms the entire experience of the artwork. It is a visual, aural, and emotive landscape.” 

Susan Philipsz: Seven Tears will include a specially commissioned installation created for the Pulitzer’s Tadao Ando-designed building. Situated in the museum’s central water court, where a reflecting pool offers dynamic views of the surrounding environment, the installation features Philipsz’s own voice singing a seventeenth-century lament on the themes of reflection, tears, and mourning. Other works—poetic meditations on loss, hope, and longing—will animate the museum’s galleries and surrounding architecture, creating a constellation of singular, immersive environments.” — Pulitzer Arts Foundation

TBG18183_Seven Tears

Susan Philipsz, Seven Tears, 2016. Installation view at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York. Seven-channel vinyl installation. Dimensions variable. Edition 1 of 3, 2 AP. Courtesy the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York / Los Angeles

TBG18183_Seven Tears_detail

Susan Philipsz, Seven Tears (detail), 2016. Seven-channel vinyl installation. Dimensions variable. Edition 1 of 3, 2 AP. Courtesy the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York / Los Angeles

Philipsz_Vernebelt V_2016

Susan Philipsz, Vernebelt V, 2016. Chromogenic print mounted on Aludibond behind glass, 12 7/8 x 19 5/8 inches (32.7 x 49.8 cm). Courtesy the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York / Los Angeles

Philipsz_Vernebelt VII_2016

Susan Philipsz, Vernebelt VII, 2016. Chromogenic print mounted on Aludibond behind glass, 13 3/16 x 19 11/16 inches (33.5 x 50 cm). Courtesy the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York / Los Angeles

Organized by the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, Zarina: Atlas of Her World is curated by Tamara H. Schenkenberg, Curator at the Pulitzer, and Susan Philipsz: Seven Tears is curated by Associate Curator Stephanie Weissberg. 

Images courtesy Pulitzer Arts Foundation.