Women Artists from 20th century India find A Place in the Sun

Mar/31/2022 / by Pratika Yashaswi

The Owl and the Pig by Devyani Krishna
The Owl and the Pig by Devyani Krishna

DAG, a gallery based in India and New York, is presenting an exhibition exploring the phenomenal contribution of women artists in the context of Indian modernism.

A Place in The Sun: Women Artists from 20th Century India, which began two weeks ago, will be held up to May 28 at DAG New York. It has been curated by Kishore Singh, Senior VP-Exhibitions and Publications at DAG.

Featured in the exhibition are ten female artists born at different times in the last century, all representing a period where female artists’ visual language stopped being contextualized only to their gender and women were also starting to be treated as equal partners in modern and contemporary discourse for Indian art.

The artists featured are India’s first art school-trained woman artist, Ambika Dhurandhar, Sunayani Devi, who began painting in 1905 at the age of thirty, Devyani Krishna, born five years after, and Zarina Hashmi, born a decade before independence in 1947. It features 10 artists, including Devayani Krishna, Madhvi Parekh, Shobha Broota, Anupam Sud, Gogi Saroj Pal, Latika Katt, Navjot, Rekha Rodwittiya, and Mrinalini Mukherjee. Mukherjee was recently chosen as one of the 213 artists to be shown at the 2022 edition of the Venice Biennale, the world’s largest and most prestigious art exhibition.

Some artists unapologetically embraced the politics of the zeitgeist, highlighting feminist concerns in their work and addressing questions of gender, class, marginalization, and environments. Others responded to folk, abstract, tantra, or other aspects of art-making.

Commenting on the exhibition, the curator says “The exhibition looks at a handful of trailblazers who, each in her own way, has crafted a unique identity and practice, thereby contributing to the rich dialogue around the diversity in style, medium, material and context of India’s twentieth-century art. Each of these women artists has come up with the difficult way to find a well-deserved place in the sun.”


A Place in the Sun: Women Artists from 20th Century India
March 15 – May 28, 2022
Tuesday-Saturday, 11 am-6 pm, otherwise by appointment
Exhibiting at:
The Fuller Building
41 East 57th Street, Suite 708
New York, NY 10022