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Google dedicates a doodle to Indian artist Zarina Hashmi

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Tribute to the Indian sculptor, who was a prominent figure in feminist circles of the New York art scene in the 1970s, on her birthday

Today’s Google Doodle celebrates Indian-American artist and graphic artist Zarina Hashmi, widely regarded as one of the most important artists associated with the minimalist movement. Created by New York-based artist Tara Anand, the Doodle captures Hashmi’s use of minimalist geometric and abstract forms to explore concepts of home, displacement, boundaries and memory.

Tsarina’s Career

Zarina Hashmi, known simply as Zarina, was an Indian artist, graphic artist and sculptor. She was born on July 16, 1937 in Aligarh, India and died on April 25, 2020 in London. She and her 4 siblings lived an idyllic life until the Partition of India in 1947. This tragic event displaced millions and Zarina’s family was forced to flee to Karachi in the newly formed Pakistan. At the age of 21, she married a young foreign service diplomat and began to travel the world. She has lived in Bangkok, Paris and Japan where she immersed herself in art movements such as modernism and abstraction.

Mostly known as an engraver

Zarina’s artistic output spanned a variety of mediums, including drawing, printmaking and sculpture. She was associated with the minimalism art movement and was known for using abstract and geometric shapes. Best known as an engraver, she also created works with drilling, scratching, weaving and sewing on paper. Zarina also made sculptures with different materials such as bronze, aluminum, steel, wood, tin and paper pulp.

In Italy at the Venice Biennale

In 2011, Zarina was one of four artists chosen to represent India at the Venice Biennale. In 2012, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles hosted its first retrospective titled “Zarina: Paper Like Skin”. The exhibit was also on display at other museums, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago. Her contributions to the art world have made her an important figure, especially in the fields of minimalism, printmaking and sculpture.

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