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Talha Rathore

(1969 )
TALHA RATHORE A New Degree Of Separation

Christie's
Jun 11, 2012
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Talha Rathore - Many Matters Remain Unexplained

Talha Rathore - Many Matters Remain Unexplained

Original 2003
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Lot number: 19
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Talha Rathore

Many Matters Remain Unexplained

Talha Rathore's oeuvre reflects the artist's deep associations with issues of identity, displacement and womanhood. Her works, with their almost sculptural qualities, incorporate different experiences from her life and weave together conversations about coexistence that extend beyond the surface, and beyond time and place. Trained at the Miniature Painting department of the National College of Arts in Lahore, her laborious technique is well...

Talha Rathore's oeuvre reflects the artist's deep associations with issues of identity, displacement and womanhood. Her works, with their almost sculptural qualities, incorporate different experiences from her life and weave together conversations about coexistence that extend beyond the surface, and beyond time and place. Trained at the Miniature Painting department of the National College of Arts in Lahore, her laborious technique is well grounded in the ancient tradition of miniature painting, yet progressive given the themes and narratives it expresses.

In 1997, Rathore undertook a residency at the Sanskriti Akademi in New Delhi which resulted in a crucial shift in her practice. As Salima Hashmi explains, this time spent in Delhi "gave Rathore the opportunity to put her repertoire of traditional techniques under the microscope of an analytical process" (Between Worlds - and Other Matters, Bose Pacia exhibition catalogue, 2003, not paginated). The second major shift that impacted the artist's practice was her move to New York in 1998. Hashmi notes, "In understanding the complexities of the Diaspora, there occurred a deepening of content and the construction of a fresh formal vocabulary… The definition of the self, and of the 'other' in the diasporic community is contentious terrain. Observant and concerned, Rathore notes the sites of conflicts that make up the warp and weft of the lives around her. Separation and nostalgia are inevitable and she maps these with irony and waspish humor. There is a binary here, but a benign one according to Rathore. The opposing positions are set apart by color and ground" (Ibid.).

"These preferences are confirmed by the use of medium and technique. She links areas of opaque gouache with nuanced linear descriptions of patterned fragments and layered washes. The handcrafted wasli is laid bare at the edge, exposing the process of its making. The rough and ready edge bears no resemblance to its lineage of courtly tradition. In order to ensure that this subversion is noted, Rathore block prints the border, a nod to the textile connection" (Ibid.).

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Talha Rathore

Many Matters Remain Unexplained

2003

Gouache, collage, block printing and thread on Wasli

36 x 28.5 in | 91.4 x 72.4 cm

Signed and dated in Urdu (lower left)

EXHIBITED:

Continuity and Change: Islamic Tradition in Contemporary Art, Williamsburg Art Historical Center, New York, 2007

Karkhana: A Contemporary Collaboration, Asia Society and Museum, New York, 2007; Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, 2006; The Aldrich Museum traveling exhibition, 2005- 2006
Acquired directly from the artist, 2003
Talha Rathore - A New Degree Of Separation

Talha Rathore - A New Degree Of Separation

Original 2005
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Lot number: 18
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TALHA RATHORE (B. 1969) A New Degree of Separation/Togetherness signed in Urdu (lower left) gouache, collage, block print and thread on wasli 22¼ x 15¼ in. (56.5 x 38.7 cm.) Executed in 2005
Ridgefield, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Kharkhana: A Contemporary Collaboration, August 2005-March 2006; San Francisco, Asian Art Museum, August-November 2006
Moving from Pakistan to New York in 1998, Talha Rathore's work reflects on issues of identity, displacement and womanhood. Rathore uses the traditional of the miniatures as a paradigm to express her feelings on life in one of the world's most cosmopolitan metropolises. In a A New Degree of Separation/Togetherness, Rathore depicts trees, referencing the iconography found in Indian court painting from Rajasthan. The trees serve as a metaphor for the transition from life to death made all the more personal by the loss of her father. Trees literally root this work as they transform into skyscrapers forming the topography of Manhattan. Rathore uses an actual subway map as the medium for her works. This use or urban cartography, a lexicon for contemporary living is juxtaposed with the classical tradition of miniature painting. "Rathore also conjures a visual vernacular of displacement and disconnection by upending the rituals of miniature making and tearing the pristine wasli, the paper ground meticulously, prepared with wheat paste and burnished to a glossy sheen for each painting." (K. Phillips, Gendering Detail: Exhibition of Contemporary Miniature Paintings, South Asian Gallery of Art, Toronto, May 2006, unpaginated)
Talha Rathore - Seeking, Sleeping, Spreading Vi

Talha Rathore - Seeking, Sleeping, Spreading Vi

Original 2007
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Lot number: 395
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TALHA RATHORE (B. 1969)
Seeking, Sleeping, Spreading VI
signed and dated in Urdu (lower left)
gouache, block print and thread on wasli
22 1/8 x 30 1/8 in. (56.3 x 77.3 cm.)
Executed in 2007
Exhibited
London, Aicon Gallery, Lahore Lovelies: Talha Rathore HasnatMehmood, June - July 2007
Talha Rathore - Grieving Tranquility - Ii

Talha Rathore - Grieving Tranquility - Ii

Original 2006
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Lot number: 247
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TALHA RATHORE (b. 1969)
Grieving Tranquility - II
signed in Urdu (lower left)
gouache, block print, thread and New York City subway map on waslipaper
14¼ x 24¼ in. (37.2 x 62.5 cm.)
Executed in 2006
Provenance
South Asian Gallery of Art (SAGA), Toronto Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2006
Lot Notes
Moving to New York in 1998, Rathore's work reflects deeply onissues of identity, displacement and womanhood, using the laboriousand archaic language of traditional miniatures to express herfeelings on life in one of the world's most industrialised andcontemporary cities. Literally rooting this series of works in the grid-like topographyof Manhattan, she uses an actual subway map as the 'canvas' for herpaintings. Executed with the meticulous attention to detail typicalof miniatures, in Grieving Tranquillity, Rathore illustrates adiptych of rounded trees stylistically suggestive of theiconography found in Indian Rajput painting. Produced from late2005 to early 2006, this work is partially a response to the lossof her father and the two trees serve as an eloquent metaphor forthe transition from life to death. Rathore has severed the work inthe centre and rejoined the two halves with a series of simplestitches. According to Dr. Kristy Phillips who discusses this workin a recent exhibition catalogue, "In Grieving Tranquillity Rathorealso conjures a visual vernacular of displacement and disconnectionby upending the rituals of miniature making and tearing thepristine wasli, the paper ground meticulously, prepared with wheatpaste and burnished to a glossy sheen for each painting. Bysplitting and suturing the wasli with orderly stitches, she notonly does violence to its sacredness, but also implicates theprocess in the question of domestic "women's work," juxtaposing theconstructed interior of the domain of women with the realities ofan external life, and forcing a re-evaluation of where the femininespeaks, and survives, in each location." (K. Phillips, GenderingDetail: Exhibition of Contemporary Miniature Paintings, South AsianGallery of Art, Toronto, May 2006, illustrated,unpaginated)
Talha Rathore - Traversing Territories - I

Talha Rathore - Traversing Territories - I

Original 2008
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Lot number: 31
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Talha Rathore (b. 1969)
Traversing Territories - I
signed and dated in Urdu
gouache on wasli paper
12 x 19 in. (30 x 47.5 cm.)
Painted in 2008
Lot Notes
Talha Rathore incorporates the language of traditional Basholi, Guler and Kishangarh schools of miniature painting in her work and utilises its techniques and iconography to create startlingly unique and contemporary works. Rathore's works reflect issues of identity, displacement and womanhood. A Pakistani immigrant now based in New York, Rathore uses the painstaking technique of traditional miniatures to express her feelings on life in one of the world's most industrialised and contemporary cities, New York. Literally rooting this series of works in the grid-like topography of Manhattan, she uses an actual subway map as the 'canvas' for her paintings.
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