Contemporary Stories: Revisiting South Asian Narratives

Nalini Malani, Indian, born 1946. In Search of Vanished Blood, 2012. Digital pigment print with hand-painted acrylic on Hahnemuhle bamboo paper, 92.7 × 110.5 cm. Courtesy Nalini Malani and Galerie Lelong / © Nalini Malani

Featuring major works by five internationally renowned artists, this exhibition explores the continuing power and role of narrative in the art of South Asia. While some of these works directly refer to or reinterpret techniques and stylistic manners found in earlier art, others take inspiration from the symbiotic relationship between text and image in many traditional paintings. Together, they provide a glimpse into the varied ways in which contemporary South Asian artists draw on the past while grounding their work unambiguously in the realities of the twenty-first century.



Contemporary Stories: Revisiting South Asian Narratives has been made possible by support from the Bagley Wright Jr., Class of 1946, Contemporary Art Fund; and by Stacey Roth Goergen, Class of 1990, and Robert Goergen.