Sohan Qadri: A New Vision

When 31 Dec 1969

A New Vision: Sohan Qadri

April 8 – May 8 2010

Sundaram Tagore Gallery
547 W27th St, NY NY 10001
Tel. 212-677-4520

Press Release:

A poet, painter and Tantric yogi, Sohan Qadri is deeply engaged with spirituality. For this show, Qadri unveils a new series of luminous, dye-infused works on paper exploring the notion of emptiness or voids. Qadri rhythmically serrates and punctures the surface of paper as part of his meditation practice. Relying on a language of orifices and elongated paths or lines, he abandons representation in search of transcendence. Serenely composed, his works are intended to arrest the viewer’s thinking process and invite him or her to enter a metaphysical realm. The artist started exploring spiritual themes in the 1950s, and a selection of his iconic oil paintings from early in his career will also be on view.

About the Artist:

Qadri was born in 1932 in Punjab, India. He received his MFA from the Government College of Art in Simla, India. After finishing his studies, Qadri formed the Loose Group of painters and poets in India in 1964. A year later, he left India and traveled through East Africa, North America, and Europe. He eventually set up a studio in Zurich before settling in Copenhagen where he has lived for the past 40 years. Throughout the course of his career Qadri has interacted with an array of intellectual figures including the architect Le Corbusier, the surrealist painter René Margritte and the Nobel laureate Heinrich Böll.

Sohan Qadri has had numerous exhibitions across the United States, Europe, Asia and Africa. His works are in the collections of the Peabody Essex Museum, Massachusetts; the Rubin Museum of Art, New York; and the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi. His paintings are also in notable private collections, including those of Cirque du Soleil, Heinrich Böll, and Dr. Robert Thurman.  Qadri lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark.

About the Gallery:

Established in 2000, Sundaram Tagore Gallery is devoted to examining the exchange of ideas between Western and non-Western cultures. We focus on developing exhibitions and hosting not-for-profit events that engage in spiritual, social and aesthetic dialogues. In a world where communication is instant and cultures are colliding and melding as never before, our goal is to provide venues for art that transcend boundaries of all sorts. With alliances across the globe, our interest in cross-cultural exchange extends beyond the visual arts into many other disciplines, including poetry, literature, performance art, film and music.

For more information please visit www.sundaramtagore.com.