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Fault Lines: Contemporary Abstraction by Artists from South Asia

March 6, 2020–April 9, 2022

The power of a line: for the four female artists featured in this exhibition, it’s both an infinitely malleable form and a poetic metaphor for the borders and divisions that make up our world. Discover abstract paintings, sculptures, and works on paper that uniquely embrace and rethink the minimalist approach to explore questions about memory, home, and belonging.

Artists in the Exhibition
  • Tanya Goel (born 1985, New Delhi; active New Delhi)
  • Sheela Gowda (born 1957, Bhadravati; active Bangalore)
  • Prabhavathi Meppayil (born 1965, Najibabad; active Bangalore)
  • Zarina (1937–2020, born Aligarh; active New York)

In memoriam of Zarina

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Get a sneak peek at works in the exhibition.


This exhibition has been made possible with support from the museum’s endowment, through the Daniel W. Dietrich II Fund for Excellence in Contemporary Art.


Amanda Sroka, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art. Organized in collaboration with the museum’s South Asian Art Department.
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Behind the Scenes
Behind the Scenes
Watch this time-lapse video to see how artist Tanya Goel installed her site-specific drawing Index V.

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