Painting Is My Everything is really something very different, and the exhibition opens tomorrow and runs through December 30 at the Asian Art Museum. Here’s how the museum describes the works on display:
With precise skill and bold artistic vision, the 17 contemporary artists included in this exhibition, many of them women, employ a centuries-old regional style to express personal experiences and viewpoints. They paint traditional subjects such as Hindu gods but also use their brushes to document and comment on everyday life as well as national and global events.
The backstory on this exhibition is extraordinary: Mithila is a region in India, and the style of painting found there was originally practiced exclusively by women on the walls of their homes. In the wake of a severe drought in the 1960s, this mural tradition was transferred to paper, a format that could be sold to bring much-needed income to rural villages. The paintings on display at the Asian Art Museum are a visually delightful expression the Mithila aesthetic.
For more information on the exposition, the history behind it, and tickets, please click here.