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Phenomenal Nature: Mrinalini Mukherjee

Met Breuer / New York / Art

When it comes to work with fiber, artists usually choose silk, cotton, or wool. The Indian artist Mrinaline Mukherjee, who died in 2015, reached for rope—hemp rope drenched in strong color, the vegetable dyes indigo, madder, and saffron. Mukherjee wields and weaves the rope into huge temple totems, figures clothed in rolls, openings, swells, and symmetries unabashedly and imperiously genital. A retrospective not to be missed. —L.J.

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