Art | Sparse narratives2 min read . Updated: 19 Apr 2014, 12:07 AM IST
Minimalist, yet breaking through cold material to convey the mind and hand of artist Prem Sahib
Encountering Prem Sahib’s minimal objects in Tongues, his solo show at the Jhaveri Contemporary in Mumbai, Donald Judd’s seminal essay, Specific Objects, defining minimalism, springs to mind. Judd, a pioneer of the movement, defined his works not as sculpture per se, but “three- dimensional objects" removed from the traditional ways of making sculpture, where the hand of the artist is not perceived—“three-dimensional work usually does not involve ordinary anthropomorphic imagery"—to disconnect minimalism from modernism. His objects, he felt, did not fall into the then conventional categories of painting or sculpture.
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