Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Shahzia Sikander Urges a Rethinking of Art History

By Nageen Shaikh
Arose, 2019-2020 ink and gouache on paper paper: 76 x 51 inches (193 x 129.5 cm) ShS-WP.20.070
“I wanted to create an animation that played with the idea of displacement and pollution,” explained Pakistani-American artist Shahzia Sikander in a recent conversation with writers Ayad Akhtar and Sadia Abbas. Discussing her new artworks, including the single-channel animation Reckoning (2020), Sikander continued: “Reckoning for me is about the transcendental homelessness of the modern era and the lurking threat of possible eco catastrophe.” Reckoning is one of several works that will be on view in "Weeping Willows, Liquid Tongues," her debut show with Sean Kelly Gallery, opening November 5. [More]
Weeping Willows, Liquid Tongues opens November 5 at Sean Kelly Gallery (475 10th avenue, Chelsea, Manhattan) and will continue through December 19.
Shahzia Sikander, “Promiscuous Intimacies” (2020), patinated bronze, 42 x 24 x 18 inches, edition of 5 with 2 APs (© Shahzia Sikander; photo by Chris Roque of UAP)