Vivan Sundaram

Camel, 1965

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Sundaram’s Camel eludes quick interpretation. The elegant black contours of the camel’s foreshortened torso and long slender neck lead the eye toward decorative window panels. The inky black night sky, seen through the slightly ajar panels, contrasts sharply with the drawing’s white areas. In her diaries, Abby Grey notes that this work merges eroticism with humor, and mentions that it is part of a narrative series inspired by the city of Jaisalmer.

Medium Ink wash on paper
Dimensions 14 3/8 x 10 1/2 in.
Credit Line Grey Art Gallery, New York University Art Collection
Donor Gift of Abby Weed Grey
Object ID G1975.218

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Collection Years: 1965