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Tajreed : Arab Abstract Art - The Modern Period, 1908-1960
Tajreed : Arab Abstract Art - The Modern Period, 1908-1960
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Author(s): Huneidi, Amer
ISBN No.: 9788857220314
Pages: 304
Year: 201503
Format: Trade Cloth (Hard Cover)
Price: £42.00
Status: Out Of Print (Not available from Oakleaf Books)

This richly illustrated volume aims at mapping the abstract art trends in the Arab world during the modern period. Including artists born between 1910 and 1960, it offers a panorama of selected personalities in order to shed light on 50 years of artistic production that needed to be revisited after three decades of oblivion and neglect. Seventy years after its irruption in the mid 1940s, the mysteries around the birth of abstraction in Arab art remain a challenge. For the first time, Arab artists were producing art within which the references to the visible world disappeared. So far, there were no precedents in the Middle East, although abstract art in the West goes back to 1910. And while technological progress and scientific knowledge can elucidate the mysteries of birth of Western abstraction, it is clear that on the Arab front, the adoption of this artistic revolutionary movement was more of an identitarian issue and a statement of modernity and progressiveness.


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