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Approaching Abstraction: Modernist Art from India

Written by Aksel Ritenis

At the Rubin Museum of Art, New York

Among the most distinctive, smaller museums in New York, the Rubin Museum of Art is recognized as the premier museum of Himalayan art in the Western world. Located at 150 West 17th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues, the museum holds a significant collection of the paintings and sculptures of Tibet, Nepal, Mongolia and Bhutan.

One of the Museum’s latest shows Approaching Abstraction is the second in a three part series devoted to the history of modernist art in post-colonial India. While figuration remained the dominant tradition in Indian art, by the mid-1950s leading artists, including M.F. Husain and S.H. Raza, began incorporating non-representational forms into their work signaling the beginning of the Progressive Artists Group in Bombay. Their paintings along with others created a new Indian artistic identity for the new nation.

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