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Prabhavathi Meppayil

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Introduction by Michaëla de Lacaze Mohrmann, Texts by Rosalind Krauss, Wells Fray-Smith, Mami Kataoka
Design by (opens in a new window) A Practice for Everyday Life
136 pages
9.75 x 14 in
85 color images


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Prabhavathi Meppayil


Prabhavathi Meppayil
May 13 – Jun 18, 2022

Accompanying Prabhavathi Meppayil’s 2022 solo exhibition with Pace in New York, this book reflects the gestural subtleties of the artist’s abstract paintings, sculptures, and installations in its typography and design.

Featuring semitransparent and colored paper, the publication situates text and images of Meppayil’s work within a modernist grid, enacting a sense of balance and harmony that is central to the artist’s compositions.

The publication includes essays by critic Rosalind Krauss; Mami Kataoka, director of the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo; and art historian and curator Michaëla de Lacaze Mohrmann. Also featured is an interview with Meppayil conducted by curator Wells Fray-Smith. The book examines Meppayil’s use of traditional Bangalorean goldsmithing tools and techniques, foregrounding her deep engagement with histories of cultural production in India and the aesthetics of Minimalism and Postminimalism.


The ornamental tools used in the metalworking trade certainly hold more meaning for Meppayil than just found objects—memories of many unknown craftsmen are contained within each small metal cube.

Mami Kataoka


I am critically engaging with the language of the work through the context of my lived experience. This is where the histories of artisanal practice, or personal narratives, come into the picture and overlap with the visible geometric vocabulary.

Prabhavathi Meppayil

  • Pace Publishing — Prabhavathi Meppayil, May 10, 2022