With over 500 stunning colour illustrations New Vision: Arab Contemporary Art in the 21st Century offers the most comprehensive, scholarly and in-depth survey yet of what is happening at the cutting-edge of art in the Arab world.
In the perpetual quest for the new, the exciting and the innovative, the attention of the global art community has in recent years been more and more focused on the Middle East. Exhibitions and articles have highlighted a remarkable burst of creativity in the region, as Arab countries from Syria to Algeria, Egypt to Lebanon and Palestine to Saudi Arabia have launched some of the most fascinating artists in recent years.
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 thoughtfulness. Until now, however, nobody has captured the vitality of the region’s art in a single book.
Five groundbreaking essays offer the best context to date for contemporary Arab art. These are followed by some 90 superbly illustrated profiles of 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, this book is set to become the touchstone publication on this increasingly important and exciting subject.
About the authors
Hossein Amirsadeghi is a writer, publisher, editor and documentary filmmaker. He has written, edited or published several books on Iran and its culture. His main area of interest in recent years has been creativity in the Middle East and the Muslim world, and he is currently working on a book on contemporary Turkish art.
Tarek Atrissi runs a Netherlands-based multi-disciplinary design studio that focuses on creating a modern Arabic graphic and typographic design language. Atrissi has received several prestigious awards and is a regular speaker at international design events.
Salwa Mikdadi is a curator and art historian whose work in the field of Arab art spans over twenty-five years. She is a lecturer at John F. Kennedy University Museum Studies Program, Berkeley, and is the curator of the first Palestinian exhibition for the 53rd Venice Biennale.
Venetia Porter is a curator in the department of the Middle East at the British Museum, London. She curated Word into Art: Artists of the Modern Middle East, shown at the British Museum and Dubai.
Sarah Rogers received her PhD with a dissertation on Postwar Art and the Historical Roots of Beirut’s Cosmopolitanism. She is a founding board member of the Association for Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab World, Iran and Turkey (AMCA).
Nada Shabout is the author of Modern Arab Art: Formation of Arab Aesthetics, and the founding president of the Association for Modern and Contemporary Art from the Arab World, Iran and Turkey (AMCA).