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The expansive vision of miniaturist Shahzia Sikander

Dana Friis-Hansen

SHAHZIA SIKANDER, Uprooted Order, 1997, vegetable colour, watercolour,, dry pigment, tea wash on wasli, 43.5 x 28 cm.

Early in 1997 the New York art world was abuzz with talk about a young Pakistani artist working in Houston, Texas. Even though the Whitney Biennial selection was more diverse and more carefully considered than in previous years, few of even the most avid artworlders knew Shahzia Sikander's name when it appeared on lists leaked a few months before the much-anticipated opening. To most…

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