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Imran Qureshi
     

Imran Qureshi

by Ian Alteveer, Navina Najat Haidar, Imran Qureshi, Sheena Wagstaff
 

Named the Deutsche Bank Artist of the Year for 2013, Imran Qureshi combines traditional motifs and techniques of Islamic art with contemporary reflections on the relationship between Islam and the West. His investigations into ornamentation reference both the miniature painting of the Mughal tradition, in which he was trained, and large, site-specific installations

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Named the Deutsche Bank Artist of the Year for 2013, Imran Qureshi combines traditional motifs and techniques of Islamic art with contemporary reflections on the relationship between Islam and the West. His investigations into ornamentation reference both the miniature painting of the Mughal tradition, in which he was trained, and large, site-specific installations in architectural space, which address both the building itself and its historical and political meanings. In May 2013, Qureshi will create the latest rooftop installation for the Metropolitan Museum. This volume discusses the specific interplay between the artist’s vision and the particulars of the space for which the work was created. An interview with Qureshi highlights the traditions from which his work derives, as well as the political and aesthetic connotations that inform this latest creation.

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Publishers Weekly
08/19/2013
The inaugural book in a series covering the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Roof Garden commissions, this slender, vibrant volume places Pakistani artist Qureshi at the intersection of several celebrated histories into conversation with contemporary installation and architecture. For the Roof Garden, Qureshi splattered blood-red paint across the roof itself, then painted into these smears an ornate and unreal flora that approaches the sublime. Recalling both violence and contemplation, the painting is uniquely considered in relation to the landscape surrounding the museum. The text places this work alongside Qureshi's previous installations, exploring the images primarily through a long conversation with the artist. He maps his own education with traditional methods of painting and contemporary techniques, in turn illuminating a number of art historical influences on his work. Ultimately, this lands on the political dimensions of the installations, concerned as they are with the violence surrounding them. Evocative in content and brilliant in image, the book pleasantly engages even as it remains clear that there is much more that could be said about Qureshi and the striking beauty of the Roof Garden. (July)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300197754
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
07/02/2013
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
4.40(w) x 7.20(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Sheena Wagstaff is chairman of the department of modern and contemporary art; Ian Alteveer is assistant curator in the department of modern and contemporary art; and Navina Najat Haidar is curator and administrator in the department of Islamic Art, all at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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