Middle Eastern Art
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 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.

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.
Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition
Byzantium and Islam
Age of Transition
Hardcover      ISBN: 0300179502

This groundbreaking volume explores the epochal transformations and unexpected continuities in the Byzantine Empire from the seventh to the ninth century. As the period opened, the Empire's southern provinces--the vibrant, diverse areas of North Africa and the eastern Mediterranean--were at the crossroads of trade routes reaching from Spain to China. These regions experienced historic upheavals when their Christian and Jewish communities encountered the emerging Islamic world, and by the ninth century, an unprecedented cross-fertilization of cultures had taken place.

This extraordinary age is brought vividly to life by leading international scholars, their writings accompanied by sumptuous illustrations of the period's most notable arts and artifacts. Resplendent images of authority, religion, and trade--embodied in precious metals, brilliant textiles, fine ivories, elaborate mosaics, manuscripts, and icons, many of them never before published--highlight the dynamic dialogue between the rich array of Byzantine styles and the evolving Islamic aesthetic. With its masterful exploration of two centuries that would shape the emerging medieval world, Byzantium and Islam provides a revelatory interpretation of a period with profound ramifications for the modern era.

The Calligrapher's Garden
The Calligrapher's Garden
Paperback      ISBN: 0863566197

"A feast for the eyes and balm for the soul."--Telerama

Hassan Massoudy's elegant calligraphy depicts the four seasons of the garden. From the icy palettes of winter to delicate spring growth, and from the dazzling sunshine and blooms of summer through the fading hues of autumn, he captures in calligraphy what countless poets have crafted with words.

The proverb or quotation that inspired each artwork is handwritten in Arabic by Massoudy alongside the English texts on the facing page.

Hassan Massoudy was born in Najaf, Iraq. He moved to France in 1969, where he studied at L'Ecole des Beaux-Arts. His work has been exhibited throughout Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East.

Contemporary Voices from the Asian and Islamic Art Worlds
Contemporary Voices from the Asian and Islamic Art Worlds
Hardcover      ISBN: 8857234762

For over two decades, the London-based Asian Art Newspaper has been covering the varied and evolving world of Asian and Islamic art. Published monthly since 1997, each issue features a one-to-one interview with a chosen contemporary artist. Accompanying illustrations allow the reader to form a clearer understanding of each artist's practice and vision, whether it be painting, sculpture, installation, photography, performance, video, film or music.

Contemporary Voices from the Asian and Islamic Art Worlds presents a selection of the art journal's interviews, and is the first such book to cover the Asian and Islamic contemporary art scene, comprising both internationally acclaimed artists as well as emerging voices. These include Etel Adnan, Ghada Amer, Rina Banerjee, Cai Guo-Qiang, Tehching Hsieh, Y.Z. Kami, Lee Bul, Lee Ufan, Daido Moriyama, Yoko Ono, Nam June Paik and Walid Raad. Over the past 20 years, few other parts of the world have undergone as many changes as the Asian and Islamic regions; this book provides an intimate view of these developments from the dynamic perspective of artistic expression and creativity.