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Zarina Hashmi papers, 1950-2015

Zarina, 1937-2020

Printmaker, Sculptor

Collection Information

Size: 4.28 Gigabytes; 1.1 Linear feet

Summary: The papers of New York artist Zarina Hashmi date from 1950-2015. The extent measures 1.1 linear feet and 4.28 gigabytes. This small collection documents Hashmi's life and career through biographical material; correspondence with friends, dealers, and curators; writings, including diary pages, a digital video recording of a lecture, and notebooks; project files containing sketches, studies, and reference material; printed material; and over 100 photographs from various stages in the artist's life.

Biographical/Historical Note

Zarina Hashmi (1937- ) is an artist living and working in New York City. Born in Aligarh, India, Hashmi studied mathematics before discovering printmaking and papermaking in the 1960s. She studied intaglio with Stanley William Hayter at Atelier 17 in Paris, and woodblock printing at Toshi Yoshida Studio in Tokyo. Through printmaking, drawing, and sculpture, Hashmi explores themes of geographical and social borders, migration, and home, often incorporating text in her native Urdu.


Donated to the Archives of American Art in 2015 by Zarina Hashmi.

Language Note

Collection is in English and Urdu.