Middle Eastern Art
Alhambra Palace (Blank Sketch Book)
Alhambra Palace (Blank Sketch Book)
Hardcover      ISBN: 1786641585

Part of a series of exciting and luxurious Flame Tree Sketch Books Combining high-quality production with magnificent fine art, the covers are printed on foil in five colours, embossed, then foil stamped. The thick paper stock makes them perfect for sketching and drawing. These are perfect for personal use and make a dazzling gift. This example features Alhambra Palace Tiles

Alhambra Palace (Foiled Pocket Journal)
Alhambra Palace (Foiled Pocket Journal)
Hardcover      ISBN: 1786641542

Part of a series of exciting and luxurious Flame Tree Notebooks. Combining high-quality production with magnificent fine art, the covers are printed on foil in five colours, embossed, then foil stamped. And they're powerfully practical: a pocket at the back for receipts and scraps, two bookmarks and a solid magnetic side flap. These are perfect for personal use and make a dazzling gift. This example features Alhambra Palace

Art of Islam: Language and Meaning: Commemorative Edition (Commemorative)
Art of Islam: Language and Meaning
Commemorative Edition (Commemorative)
Paperback      ISBN: 1933316659

Known as an expert on Islam, Sufism, and Islamic arts & crafts, Burckhardt presents in-depth analyses of seminal examples of Islamic architecture, from Spain and Morocco to Persia and India. He examines Koranic calligraphy and illumination, arabesque, carpets and rugs, Persian miniatures, and much more while making illuminating comparisons with Christian, Hindu, and Buddhist art. Beautifully illustrated in color, this masterpiece is presented in a revised, commemorative edition containing 285 new illustrations and a new Introduction.

Art of Mesopotamia
Art of Mesopotamia
Paperback      ISBN: 0500292752

Mesopotamia is considered the cradle of Western civilization, and the diverse societies that flourished there, nestled around the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, were as culturally rich as this attribution would suggest. Spanning a significant historical period, from 8000 BCE to the arrival of Islam in 636 CE, Art of Mesopotamia explores spectacular structures and objects, as well as the techniques artists used, in order to gain insight into the beliefs and practices of ancient peoples. The volume also introduces the archaeologists who discovered these sites more than a thousand years later.

Richly illustrated with more than 400 full-color photographs, Art of Mesopotamia is an astounding record by award-winning author Zainab Bahrani of artworks from this region, many of which have in recent years been damaged or destroyed by war, and as such is of particular and lasting importance. It includes the most up-to-date scholarship and reflects significant new approaches to Mesopotamian art over the past few decades.

Art of the Middle East: Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab World and Iran
Art of the Middle East
Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab World and Iran
Paperback      ISBN: 185894628x

Artistic expression in the Middle East is experiencing something of a renaissance. Domestic patronage is flourishing, and an impressive array of new museums and art fairs across the region is helping to stimulate international interest in an increasingly influential movement. Art of the Middle East is an accessible overview of modern and contemporary art of the Middle East and Arab world from 1945 to the present, with an emphasis on artists active today. This new revised and expanded edition features the work of 12 additional artists, as well as a consideration of the impact of the revolutions of the so-called Arab Spring, which erupted across the region in 2011. The featured works are divided into seven themed sections - including literature, portraiture and the body, and politics, conflict and war - while extended captions provide an engaging commentary on each artwork and the artist behind its creation. Lavishly illustrated throughout, this landmark publication is an authoritative guide to a challenging and exciting body of work.

The Artist, the Censor and the Nude: A Tale of Morality and Appropriation
The Artist, the Censor and the Nude
A Tale of Morality and Appropriation
Hardcover      ISBN: 0997003421

This hybrid book examines the art and politics of "The Nude" in various cultural contexts, featuring books of canonical western art pirated and either digitally- or hand-censored in Iran by anonymous government workers. Author Glenn Harcourt uses several case studies brought to the fore by American painter Pamela Joseph in her recent "Censored" series. Harcourt's rigorous, culturally-measured and art historical approach complements Joseph's appropriation of these censored images as feminist critique. Harcourt argues that her work serves as a window toward larger questions in art. These include an examination of the evolution of abstraction; the role of women in western society, as seen through the history of painting the body; the effects of western art on cultures outside the west (sometimes referred to in Iran as "west-toxication"); and how artists in non-western countries, specifically those in Iran living under rules of censorship that specifically prohibit representation of the body, engage with the history of western art found in the censored books.

Harcourt's discussion of Iranian contemporary artists focuses on censorship tropes in portraiture, including works by Aydin Aghdashloo, Gohar Dashti, Katayoun Karami, Daryoush Qarezad, Manijeh Sehhi, Newsha Tavakolian, and others. Issues of privacy and security prevent some Iranian artist insiders from being named, but studio images as well as recipes for removal of the censored marks along with testimony from artists who are now living outside Iran provide reference for many English-speaking readers who don't otherwise have knowledge of the country's strict policies.

Image reproductions ranging from the pages of the censored books themselves, to Joseph's paintings, to artwork by contemporary Iranian artists, make the book visually intriguing, timely, and visually fascinating reading.

Arts & Crafts of the Islamic Lands: Principles Materials Practice
Arts & Crafts of the Islamic Lands
Principles Materials Practice
Hardcover      ISBN: 0500517029

The book covers a range of artworks and media from intricate geometric drawing, decorative Kufic calligraphy, and Persian miniature painting to ceramics, wood parquetry, mosaics, and glassblowing. Common tools and materials, such as gesso panels, gilding, and brush and wasli paper are presented along with information on their historical significance. Each chapter introduces a principle, tool, or technique along with examples of masterworks found across the Islamic world before providing a fully illustrated step-by-step guide to creating specific designs.

Baghdad Arts Deco: Architectural Brickwork, 1920-1950
Baghdad Arts Deco
Architectural Brickwork, 1920-1950
Hardcover      ISBN: 9774163567

An homage to the modern architectural landscape of Iraq.

Despite dictatorship, international sanctions, and the ravages of war, Baghdad endures with a surprisingly exceptional modern architectural heritage. This beautifully illustrated study reveals the splendors of early twentieth-century architecture that still stand on the streets of Iraq's capital.

From 1920 to 1950, in the process of nation-building, Baghdad was transformed into a true city built of brick, one that became the harbinger of the Arab architectural renaissance, its local traditions reinterpreted and adapted into a modern vernacular style. Caecilia Pieri's documentation foregrounds the physical reality of modern Baghdad, very different from the image that we normally receive from the media. She draws on a number of unpublished sources and documents, to present Baghdad's architecture in a historical perspective, and her striking photographs taken between 2003 and 2006 document the residential areas of the twentieth-century city, providing an unprecedented resource for historians, urban planners, and general readers interested in discovering a new face of a world capital. With essays by Rifat Chadirji, Ihsan Fethi, and Na m Kattan.
Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme: Incidental Insurgents
Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme
Incidental Insurgents
Paperback      ISBN: 0884541347

Taking contemporary Palestine as a starting point, New York and Ramallah-based artists Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme (both born 1983) fold Godard into Bola o into Victor Serge, using a suspiciously slick video component and a convoluted script made of sampled text and images.

Between Exits: Paintings by Hani Zurob
Between Exits
Paintings by Hani Zurob
Paperback      ISBN: 1907317910

Between Exits is the fist monograph to trace the evolution of Palestinian artist Hani Zurob, from his initial paintings produced in Palestine, through to his most recent works, developed during the artist's exile in France.

The volume is organized chronologically to offer the reader a comprehensive insight into Zurob's key paintings and series of the past two decades.

Writer and curator Kamal Boullata takes the reader through Zurob's artistic development and carefully reveals how each body of work reflects the evolving approaches to the understanding of self as well as strategies of collective belonging, which the artist's work constantly addresses. The conflicted Palestinian identity is recurrently mediated and questioned throughout Zurob's work. Between Exits simultaneously evokes the notion of movement and displacement that are central to the Palestinian everyday reality.