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Telangana Today | The making of modern Indian Art

Telangana Today | The making of modern Indian Art

Featuring: Jamini Roy, F. N. Souza, S. H. Raza, M. F. Husain.

The News on Sunday

The News on Sunday

An (in)complete year

As compared to the previous year, 2021 allowed art to stage a comeback with shows and exhibitions.

 

Featuring: Faiza Butt, Adeela Suleman, Sadequain, Seher Naveed, Khadim Ali, Waqas Khan, Aisha Khalid, Salman Toor

Inspire Design | Capturing the Capital City

Inspire Design | Capturing the Capital City

Victor Ekpuk

The lobby [of the Kimpton Banneker in Washington DC] also features an abstract mural by Nigerian-American artist Victor Ekpuk in addition to work from Aziza Claudia Gibson-Hunter, a co-founding member of Black Artists of DC.

Cultbytes | Pattern, Decoration, and the New Avant-Garde at Art Basel Miami

Cultbytes | Pattern, Decoration, and the New Avant-Garde at Art Basel Miami

Suchitra Mattai

Kavi Gupta showed A mended heart, a lightened soul and A murmer of a prayer, both 2021 by Guyanese artist Suchitra Mattai who has used every day wearable objects tied to her cultural heritage – cut, woven, and tied vintage saris with mounts of ghungroo bells – to create new landscapes, or maps.

The New York Times | The Depths of our Humanity

The New York Times | The Depths of our Humanity

Rachid Koraïchi

One such site is Zarzis in southeastern Tunisia, where last June Rachid Koraichi, an Algerian artist, decided to build a cemetery, scented by jasmine blossoms and flowering orange trees, that he calls the Jardin d’Afrique, or Garden of Africa. I have not been to see this garden-cemetery, but I was struck by a beautiful description in the newspaper Le Monde, in which a reporter noted the presence of “yellow and green cups, meant to attract rainwater and birds,” set into the white graves. Mr. Koraichi offers this paradisiacal beauty to — in his words — those “damned by the sea,” as compensation for the suffering they endure on the way to their deaths. The Garden is already nearly full to capacity, bearing witness to the scale of this horrific modern hecatomb.

artnet news | ‘We Cannot Keep Up’: Dealers Return to a Red-Hot Market at Art Basel Miami Beach, Where VIPs Are Clamoring for Contemporary Art

artnet news | ‘We Cannot Keep Up’: Dealers Return to a Red-Hot Market at Art Basel Miami Beach, Where VIPs Are Clamoring for Contemporary Art

Suchitra Mattai

“Olivia Walton, who recently took over as chairperson of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art from billionaire founder Alice Walton, bought a work by Suchitra Mattai made of saris from the artist’s mother and grandmother, priced around $30,000.”

artnet news | What’s On Your Walls: Lawyer Schwanda Rountree on Collecting Without Regrets and Why Art Is an ‘Essential Part’ of Her Being

artnet news | What’s On Your Walls: Lawyer Schwanda Rountree on Collecting Without Regrets and Why Art Is an ‘Essential Part’ of Her Being

Mequitta Ahuja

The Washington, D.C.-based lawyer, philanthropist, and art collector Schwanda Rountree has long recognized the importance of assembling a collection carefully, with intention, and over time. “I first fell in love with art when I was a kid,” Rountree said. “Whenever I got a chance to be surrounded by art, I was in a joyful space.”

The National News | UAE at 50: artist Mohammed Kazem reflects on the rapid rise of the country's art scene

The National News | UAE at 50: artist Mohammed Kazem reflects on the rapid rise of the country's art scene

As the UAE celebrates its Golden Jubilee, Kazem reflects on how rapidly the art scene has evolved – from once-in-a-year shows in the 1980s to an amalgamation of galleries, institutions, collectives and increasingly global events today.

Indulge Express | Celebrated artist Paresh Maity's work on display at CIMA and Birla Academy of Art and Culture

Indulge Express | Celebrated artist Paresh Maity's work on display at CIMA and Birla Academy of Art and Culture

Seeing how the idol makers brought the Goddess Durga to life, a seven-year-old child from a remote village in Midnapore’s Tamluk area tried his tender hands in clay molding and even managed to sell a few pieces at the local fairs for as little as 10-15 paise in the early 70s. Who would have thought back then that some 48 odd years later that very child’s artwork would sell at a premium all over the country and beyond? That’s Paresh Maity for you.

Art Review City | Nigerian-born artist and architect Peju Alatise on her back-to-back Venice Biennales, Yoruba influences, and giving back to Africa

Art Review City | Nigerian-born artist and architect Peju Alatise on her back-to-back Venice Biennales, Yoruba influences, and giving back to Africa

We recently sat down with Nigerian-born artist and architect Peju Alatise at her new Glasgow studio to find out more about her back-to-back Venice Biennales, how she juxtaposes being a contemporary architect and fine artist, and how Yoruba culture has helped her work stand out in today’s global art world.

Accidentally on Purpose: Conversations with Monika Bravo and Youdhi Maharjan

Accidentally on Purpose: Conversations with Monika Bravo and Youdhi Maharjan

The Rubin Museum of Art

The works of Youdhi Maharjan and Monika Bravo are as different as the artists’ personalities yet exemplify these ideas, and the two share strong connections in their approaches to creativity and the meaning of art. Together with the other artists featured in the exhibition The Power of Intention: Reinventing the (Prayer) Wheel, which brings together select examples of traditional and contemporary art, they take the Tibetan prayer wheel on a conceptual spin.

canvas | Waters of Hope

canvas | Waters of Hope

Rachid Koraïchi

For Algerian artist Rachid Koraïchi, art has the power to enact change, and his paradisical cemetery for migrants who drowned while crossing the Mediterranean is a shining beacon of hope.

Phillips | Centennial Art Commissions

Phillips | Centennial Art Commissions

Victor Ekpuk

The Phillips Collection presents bold, contemporary site-specific commissions by DC-based artists Wesley Clark, Nekisha Durrett, and Victor Ekpuk.

Experiment Station | Decoding Victor Ekpuk's New Installation - What Do You See?

Experiment Station | Decoding Victor Ekpuk's New Installation - What Do You See?

Phillips Collection

2021-22 Sherman Fairchild Fellow Shiloah Coley speaks with Victor Ekpuk about the sociopolitical signs and symbols in his centennial commission.

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art | Drawing Memory: Essence of Memphis

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art | Drawing Memory: Essence of Memphis

Featuring Victor Ekpuk and Rachid Koraïchi

Ekpuk, a Nigerian American artist, painted a mural for a new gallery, Arts of Global Africa, in March 2017. His art is inspired by nsibidi, a sacred means of communication among male secret societies in southeastern Nigeria. Evolving out of the graphic and writing systems of nsibidi, Ekpuk’s art embraces a wider spectrum of meaning to communicate universal themes.

Writing is drawing | Rachid Koraïchi at Centre Pompidou-Metz

Writing is drawing | Rachid Koraïchi at Centre Pompidou-Metz

November 6, 2021 - February 21, 2022

The exhibition juxtaposes precious old manuscripts, grouped together in three display cases, and works by contemporary artists and writers, most of which are from the Cabinet d’Art Graphique at the Centre Pompidou, in which writing is combined with imagery, sometimes even disappearing completely. This journey through inscriptions bears witness to a primordial interweaving of writing and drawing and reveals a universal vital energy. This energy circulates through gestures and lines, fragile crucibles of history, human beliefs and emotions.

Rachid Koraïchi | "Art and Faith"

Rachid Koraïchi | "Art and Faith"

A portrait by Boualem Gueritli

Widewalls | 11 Contemporary Artists to Watch Right Now

Widewalls | 11 Contemporary Artists to Watch Right Now

A contemporary American painter of African American and South Asian descent who lives in Weston, Connecticut, Mequitta Ahuja casts herself as mythic warriors, epic heroes, and power figures descending from traditions across cultures. She synthesizes her multicultural heritage into works that evoke the process of identity construction.

Cornell Business Review: Fall 2020 | Observing the Art World from Six Feet Away

Cornell Business Review: Fall 2020 | Observing the Art World from Six Feet Away

Pages 32-35

"The difficulty of having a show during this time is that the atrocities in the world today make it difficult to have any kind of celebration while so many around the world find themselves in mourning, but I suppose that revelation is a continuous need. I wish that people could come and enjoy it with me but I understand that that's not possible at the moment."

Kajal | One Piece by Mequitta Ahuja, Xpect

Kajal | One Piece by Mequitta Ahuja, Xpect

Saad Qureshi at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Saad Qureshi at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park

05/27/2017

We are delighted to offer our congratulations to artist and friend Saad Qureshi on his participation in the exhibition “Tread Softly” at Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s 40th anniversary. The exhibition will run from the May 27th through September 3rd.

Rasheed Araeen at the 57th Venice Biennale and Documenta 17

Rasheed Araeen at the 57th Venice Biennale and Documenta 17

11/01/2016

We are thrilled to announce the participation of Rasheed Araeen in the 57th Edition of the Venice Biennale, which runs from May 13 through November 26, 2017. Additionally, we are pleased to announce his participation in Documenta 14 in Athens, Greece from April 8 through July 16, 2017, and Kassel, Germany from June 10 to September 17. The projects will lead up to the opening of his major Retrospective at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, the Netherlands, which will run from December 2, 2017 to April 8, 2018.

NYC Premier - BBC Four's Treasures of the Indus | Pakistan Unveiled

NYC Premier - BBC Four's Treasures of the Indus | Pakistan Unveiled

By Sona Dutta, Curator of South Asian Art, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA

10/19/2016

We are delighted to announce the New York premier of the first installment of BBC Four's documentary series Treasures of the Indus - Pakistan Unveiled, hosted by Sona Dutta, on Friday, October 21, 2016 at 6pm. The screening is held in conjunction with the first major New York exhibition by Anila Quayyum Agha, Walking with My Mother's Shadow

Rasheed Araeen at the Van Abbe Museum, Netherlands

Rasheed Araeen at the Van Abbe Museum, Netherlands

Rasheed Araeen: A Retrospective

09/24/2016

We are delighted to announce that a special exhibition showcasing the full retrospective of the works of Rasheed Araeen will be held at the Van Abbe Museum in Eindhoven, Netherlands from December 2, 2017 through April 8, 2018. The exhibition will showcase 60 years of Araeen's works, including significant institutional and private loans, selections that form the artist’s archives, and works realized specifically for the exhibition

Saad Qureshi | Places for Nova

Saad Qureshi | Places for Nova

Major Public Installation Commissioned for Nova, Victoria, London

09/21/2016

Aicon Gallery is delighted to offer our warmest congratulations to artist and friend Saad Qureshi on being commissioned by NOVA to create a major new site-specific public installation for the district of Victoria in Central London. The project launches on November 22, 2016 and "looks at the portability of landscapes, and the human mind as a vehicle that allows places to travel, to be carried in the memory from one location to another,” Qureshi explains.

Salman Toor at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016

Salman Toor at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016

09/21/2016

We are delighted to announce the participation of Salman Toor in the 2016 edition of the prestigious Kochi-Muziris Biennale, which runs from December 12, 2016 through March 29, 2017. Toor's work, installed in the Aspinwall section of the Biennale, will consist of a large installation of works on canvas both inspired by and presented alongside his multi-media collaboration with exiled Pakistani poet Hasan Mujtaba, which was born of the artist's 2015 exhibition Resident Alien at Aicon Gallery, New York.

Rasheed Araeen at Haus Der Kunst, Munich

Rasheed Araeen at Haus Der Kunst, Munich

Postwar: Art Between the Pacific and the Atlantic, 1945–1965

09/10/2016

We are excited to announce the inclusion of Rasheed Araeen in the upcoming exhibition Postwar: Art Between the Pacific and the Atlantic, 1945 - 1965, on view at Haus de Kunst, Munich, Germany from October 14, 2016 through March 26, 2017. Alongside Araeen's works My First Sculpture (1959) and Burning Bicycle Tires (1959-61), the exhibition features the work of Joseph Beuys, Robert Rauschenberg and many others. "The exhibition examines the vibrant and turbulent postwar period as a global phenomenon for the first time in recent exhibition history. In eight dramatic chapters, the exhibition guides visitors through the first 20 years following the end of World War II..."

Rasheed Araeen Speaking at The Guggenheim New York

Rasheed Araeen Speaking at The Guggenheim New York

But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa | April 29 - October 5, 2016

09/09/2016

We are pleased to annouce that Rasheed Araeen will be speaking at the Guggenheim New York on Friday Sept. 23, 2016 at 2pm as part of the museum's seires of lectures (De)Coupling as Discourse on the Global South, taking place concurrent with the exhibition But a Storm is Blowing from Paradise, on view until October 5, 2016. The discussion, organized by Sara Raza, will explore "the autonomous rise of contemporary art in the Global South, this two-day symposium traces aesthetic and contextual change to identify an elastic discourse around global visual culture."

Rasheed Araeen to Open New Major Solo Exhibition in New York

Rasheed Araeen to Open New Major Solo Exhibition in New York

Geometry and Symmetry | New Works by Rasheed Araeen - Opens September 20th at Aicon New York

09/01/2016

Aicon Gallery New York is proud to announce Geometry and Symmetry | New Works by Rasheed Araeen, a major new exhibition by the London-based, Pakistani-born artist. A pioneering artist and voice for alternative and Non-Western interpretations of Minimalist and Conceptual art in the 1960s and 70s, Araeen’s work in this exhibition spans his oeuvre from his beginnings in Pakistan and London to the present day. 

Rasheed Araeen on Display at Tate Modern, London

Rasheed Araeen on Display at Tate Modern, London

Between Object and Architecture | On Permanent View

07/15/2016

We are delighted to announce that Rasheed Araeen's work Lovers (1968) is now on permanent view in the exhibition Between Object and Architecture at the Tate Modern in London. The exhibition, on display in Switch House, Level 2, West, explores the ongoing dialog between Contemporary Art and Architecture, and between materials and space. Araeen's Lovers is joined in the West Room by work from artists such as Carl Andre, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Yayoi Kusama, and many others. Lovers was acquired by the Tate in 2011, joining the works 3Y + 3B (1969), Rang Baranga (1969), Bismullah (1988), and Zero to Infinity (1968 - 2007) in their permanent collection.

Rasheed Araeen - Recent Institutional Acquisitions

Rasheed Araeen - Recent Institutional Acquisitions

07/01/2016

Aicon Gallery is proud to announce the most recent set of insitutional acquistions by artist Rasheed Araeen. Since Araeen's last solo exhibition, Minimalism Then and Now, held at Aicon Gallery in May, 2015, we are delighted to have placed his work with the following collections. The Guggenheim, Abu Dhabi - Chakras (1969-70), The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY - Pehli Si Muhabut (1971/2015), The Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi - Rang Baranga II (1969/2014), The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York - Chaar Yaar II (1968), and The Art Institute of Chicago, IL - Punj Neelay (1970).

Rasheed Araeen at Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Rasheed Araeen at Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Defining Sculpture | June 18 - October 9, 2016

06/01/2016

We are pleased to announce that Rasheed Araeen's work will be on view in the exhibition Defining Sculpture at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York. The exhibition, which centers around the question of "What sculpture is and is not" runs from June 18 - October 9, 2016, and is comprised of work from the museum's permanent collection, featuring artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, Claes Oldenburg, Tara Donovan, and many others. Araeen's work was acquired by the museum for their permanent collection in Spring of 2015.

Nadia Kaabi-Linke and Mohammed Kazem at the Guggenheim Museum, New York

Nadia Kaabi-Linke and Mohammed Kazem at the Guggenheim Museum, New York

But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa | April 29 - October 5, 2016

04/28/2016

Aicon Gallery congratulates artists Nadia Kaabi-Linke and Mohammed Kazem on their participation in the Guggenheim New York's first major survey of art from North Africa and the Middle East, But a Storm is Blowing from Paradise, running from April 29 - October 5, 2016. We are honored to be showing both artists, concurrent with the Guggenheim, in our exhibition Between Structure and Matter: Other Minimal Futures, on view from May 26 - July 2, 2016. The Guggenheim exhibition "through painting, drawing, sculpture, installation and video...presents a spectrum of artistic voices and critical concerns from a rapidly evolving region."

Rachid Koraichi at the 2016 Marrakech Biennale

Rachid Koraichi at the 2016 Marrakech Biennale

Not New Now | February 24 - August 5, 2016

02/24/2016

Aicon Gallery congratulates artist Rachid Koraichi on his participation in the 2016 Marrakech Biennale, Not New Now, running from Feburary 24 - August 5, 2016. During the Biennale's run, we are honored to be hosting the first major showing of Koraichi's work in New York, in collaboration with October Gallery, London, with the exhibition Rachid Koraichi | Love Side by Side with the Soul, on view from March 3 - April 16, 2016.