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American artist Mary Obering dies at 85, Chennai show exhibits 45 stalwarts, and an exhibition that portrays Ukraine’s resistance against the war

Mary Obering, a painter who made geometric abstractions, dies at 85


New York’s Bortolami gallery, which added Mary Obering to its roster in 2019, said that she died in New York of natural causes on July 29. ARTnews reports how Obering’s paintings merged the pared-down aesthetics of newer movements like Minimalism with techniques and styles that date back multiple centuries. Though she had been working for decades and sometimes even shown with top dealers, Obering’s fanbase has remained small but passionate. It included figures such as artist Susan Cianciolo, who once called Obering’s work “perfection” and even designed a fashion line based on it, as well as the Minimalist sculptor Carl Andre, who encouraged Obering to take up residence in SoHo during the 1970s. Read the entire story on ARTnews.

Chennai art show brings together works of 45 Indian artists


SH Raza’s Shanti, a 40×40-inch signed limited edition serigraph, is a collection of ivory concentric circles. It unceremoniously draws the viewer to it but imbues a sense of calm. Another of the legendary artist’s limited-edition serigraphs, is wildly different — a brightly coloured uplifting piece titled Rang Raas that features his signature geometric patterns. Both will be on show at Value Beyond 2.0, a group exhibition featuring the works of 45 Indian artists at Chennai’s Gallery Veda from August 6 to September 12. Read more on The Hindu.

An exhibition that showcases how artists in Ukraine are depicting war through art


While several efforts have been directed toward safeguarding Ukraine’s art and artifacts during the Russian onslaught, its artists are also striving to depict the war and its impact through their works. An exhibition titled ‘The Captured House’, which opened at Espace Vanderborght in Brussels this week features works of contemporary Ukrainian artists made after the Russian invasion began on February 24. The project was reportedly ideated by Taylor around April after she noticed that Ukrainian artists were creating works responding to the war. Soon, she began following the works, leading to the exhibition that has already travelled to Berlin, Rome and Amsterdam. Read more on The Indian Express.

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