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The Open Window

Tara Sabharwal
25th September 2017 - 25th October 2017

Art Alive Gallery

S - 221

Panchsheel Park

New Delhi



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Tara Sabharwal

Tara Sabharwal

Biography

Tara Sabharwal was born in Delhi, studied painting at MS University, Baroda and completed her Masters from the Royal College of Art in London on a British Council scholarship. As a student in London, the Victoria and Albert Museum bought her work and she showed at Bernard Jacobson and Christopher Hull galleries.

On returning to India she had solo shows at Art Heritage and Cymroza galleries and after three years left for the UK on the Myles Meehan fellowship. This was followed by the Durham Cathedral fellowship and shows at the Laing Art Gallery, DLI Museum, and the Darlington Art Center along with teaching in Newcastle and Sunderland Art colleges.

In 1990 Tara visited New York and since then lives between India, UK and NY, making paintings and prints and continuing to show internationally. She has had solo shows at Harewood House, Mercury, La Monte, East West and Rebecca Hossack galleries in London; Galerie Scherer, Michael Oess, Galerie Schwerpunkt and Martina Janzen in Germany; Henry Street settlement, John Jay, Stephen Harris and Gallery 678 in New York and Art Heritage, Cymroza, Nazar, Sakshi and Art Alive galleries in India. She has shown at HISHIO, Japan, Orvieto arts festival, Italy and Versailles, Chamalieres and Duoro Print Triennials in France and Portugal. In 2013 she has had solo shows at Arts Karsruhe (Germany), Idler gallery (London), Martina Janzen gallery, Dusseldorf and later at the Manhattan Graphic Center, NYC.

She has taught art at the Guggenheim Museum, Cooper Union, Studio in a school, City University (CUNY) and the Rubin Museum of Art. She has received the Henry Street fellowship, International Cultural Collaboration Grant, Cooper Union Residency, Hishio International Exchange Residency in Japan and her work is in the collection of the British Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum (a second collection) in London, the Peabody Essex Museum in Boston and the Library of Congress in Washington DC.




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“If a mirror plays a critical role in a Indian feminist politics of the 80ies, by asserting subjectivity of women artists, Sabharwal seeks the transparency of an open window to look on to the world in which abstraction as a style warrants neither apology nor justification. It is a language that is open for all, which can be made one’s own by a tautology of one’s practice- I paint because I paint.

They are about deep spaces, of the mind, of the subconscious, undersea, night sky or about light itself. They are floating spaces without a horizon ……. they set into motion the poetics of paint and a dialectic between the familiar and the uncanny.”                                                                                      

                                                                                                  - Parul Dave Mukherji, Professor, JNU, Delhi

 

 

“In these paintings I aim to hold my mind in suspension over a field of possibilities, in raw, potent \'shapes’ before my conscious mind orders them into structures and narratives, in shapes that stir a deep, mysterious longing within me.”

                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                     –Tara Sabharwal

 

Tara Sabharwal is an international artist who hails from Delhi and is based in USA, since the last 30 years. She left India in 1982, after completing her graduation at MS University, Baroda, to pursue a Master’s degree at the Royal College of Art, London. Over a career that spans 35 years, she has had over 40 solo shows in USA, UK, Japan, Germany and India.


Having received wide acclaim in the West, including several international awards, grants and residencies: the British Council, Myles Meehan, and Durham Cathedral fellowships in the UK, the Joan Mitchell (CALL), Gottlieb and International collaborations awards in USA, among others.  She has taught art at the Newcastle and Sunderland art colleges, UK, The Guggenheim Museum, Cooper Union, Studio in a school, City University (CUNY), Rubin Museum of Art, Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop and the Women’s Studio Workshop, USA.


Her work is in the collection of the British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum and DLI Museum (UK): the Peabody Essex Museum, New York Public Library and the Library of Congress (USA).

Tara Sabharwal will feature at a VoCA Talk (Voices of Contemporary art) in Nov 2017. She will be in conversation with Robin Clark of MOMA (SF) to discuss her life, work, and legacy as an international artist.



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