Arab Contemporary Art in the 21st Century
Editors: Hossein Amirsadeghi,
Salwa Mikdadi, Nada Shabout
Hardback, 29 x 25 cm, 288 pp.
531 colour illustrations
Recent years have seen the attention of the global art community focused more and more on the Middle East as Arab countries from Syria to Algeria, Egypt to Lebanon and Palestine to Saudi Arabia have launched raft after raft of fascinating artists. The conceptual playfulness of Hassan Khan, the charged paintings of Jeffar Khaldi, the organic sculptures of Diana Al Hadid, and the moving photography of Yto Barrada have dazzled audiences with their variety, innovation and depth.
New Vision captures all the energy and creativity of this scene to create the most comprehensive survey of Arab contemporary art yet. Beginning with five groundbreaking essays by Tarek Atrissi, Salwa Mikdadi, Venetia Porter, Sarah Rogers and Nada Shabout that place contemporary Arab production in context, the book then takes an in-depth look at some 90 key artists, organizations and galleries, mixing the well known (such as Mona Hatoum or Susan Hefuna) with the up and coming (for example, Steve Sabella or Mireille Astore). Exclusive interviews with artists and key curators give an unrivalled insight into the aims, ideas and inspirations of this new generation.
Perfect for all scholars, students and lovers of art, as well as all those interested in the broader Arab cultures, New Vision is the touchstone publication on this increasingly important and exciting subject.
Hossein Amirsadeghi is a writer, publisher and documentary filmmaker. He has written and edited several books on Iran and its culture, including Peerless Images: Persian Painting and its Sources and Different Sames.
Tarek Atrissi was born in Beirut and studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York. He runs a Netherlands-based multi-disciplinary design studio that focuses on creating a modern Arabic graphic design language.
Salwa Mikdadi is a curator, art historian and lecturer at John F. Kennedy University Museum Studies Program, Berkeley. She is a founding board member of the Association for Modern and Contemporary Art of Arab World, Iran and Turkey (AMCA).
Venetia Porter is a curator in the department of the Middle East at the British Museum, London, responsible for the acquisition and display of modern and contemporary Middle Eastern art. She curated ‘Word into Art: Artists of the Modern Middle East’, shown at the British Museum and Dubai.
Sarah Rogers received her PhD from the Department of Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is a founding member of the Association for Modern and Contemporary Art of Arab World, Iran and Turkey (AMCA)
Nada Shabout is an Associate Professor of Art History and the Director of the Contemporary Arab and Muslim Studies Institute at the University of North Texas. She is the author of Modern Arab Art: Formation of Arab Aesthetics (2007), and the founding president of the Association for Modern and Contemporary Art from the Arab World, Iran and Turkey.
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