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Artist Zarina Hashmi passes away at 83

Staff Report
Filed on April 26, 2020

The Aligarh-born artist was a proponent of minimalist art.

Artist Zarina Hashmi passed away at the age of 83 in London, reported the Hindustan Times. The artist, who was born in Aligarh, was a proponent of minimalist art, and had several ongoing shows, including solos at New Delhi's Kiran Nadar Museum of Art and the Pulitzer Arts Foundation in Missouri, and group exhibitions at the Guggenheim and Met Breur in New York.

"She passed away after a long illness, but she died peacefully, in London where she was living with her niece and nephew," Delhi-based gallerist and Hashmi's friend Renu Modi told PTI.

Modi, who has known and represented the artist for over two decades, said it was difficult to "quantify the loss".

"Zarina was one of the foremost artists of her generation, a pioneer who lived and created art on her own terms, drawing from her life, and true, always, to her own convictions and singular artistic vision.

"The stark minimalism of her visual language was ahead of the times when she first began exploring it in the 1960s and 1970s, but its simplicity and quiet meditativeness speaks to all of us today grappling with a world in disarray," Modi said.


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