Gar Is the Most Influential Modernist Artist You’ve Never Heard Of

Portrait of Doug Meyer in his Hudson, New York studio with Almora. Photography by Mark Roskams. All images courtesy of the artist and Daniel Cooney Fine Art and artwork from from "GAR: THEN, AND NOW."

Artist Gotama Adani Ram was a polymath. The New Delhi-born artist was as likely to draw inspiration from René Descartes as Robert Rauschenberg. After graduating from Kala Bhavana Art Institute in 1952, Gar, as he was commonly known, embarked on a transformative journey, meeting Modernist leading lights like Cy Twombly and Merce Cunningham before eventually landing at the celebrated Black Mountain College in North Carolina.

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