Image: Mrinalini Mukherjee (Indian, 1949–2015). Vriksh Nata (Arboreal Enactment)

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Sculptor Mrinalini Mukherjee (1949–2015) is the subject of a revelatory retrospective at The Met Breuer. Phenomenal Nature: Mrinalini Mukherjee, on view through September 29, 2019, marks the first comprehensive display of the artist’s work in the United States. Bringing together 57 pieces by Mukherjee, the exhibition explores the artist’s longstanding engagement with fiber, along with her significant forays into ceramic and bronze. Born in Mumbai in 1949 to artist parents, Mukherjee studied painting, printmaking, and mural making at the M.S. University in Baroda, India, with the influential artist K.G. Subramanyan, who had studied under her father. A committed sculptor who worked intuitively, never resorting to a sketch or preparatory drawing, Mukherjee explored the divide between figuration and abstraction. Nature was her primary inspiration, and this was further informed by her enthusiasm for Indian historic sculpture, modern design, and local crafts and textile traditions. The exhibition seeks to highlight the radical intervention Mukherjee made by adapting crafting techniques with a modernist formalism.