Middle Eastern Art
Contemporary Voices from the Asian and Islamic Art Worlds
Hardcover ISBN: 8857234762
The first available book to cover the Asian and Islamic contemporary art scene. Over the past twenty years, no other part of the world has undergone as many changes as the Asian and Islamic regions. Since 1997, the London based Asian Art Newspaper has been covering on a monthly basis the world of Asian and Islamic art. Each issue has been featuring an interview with a contemporary artist, providing the reader with the opportunity to discover an artist through his own words and not through the lens of a curator, an art historian or a dealer. The featured illustrations allow the reader to have a clear understanding of what the artist’s practice and vision are about whether dealing with painting, sculpture, installation, photography, performance, video, film or music. The book compiles some of these interviews, covering the Asian and Islamic contemporary art scene and providing a relevant snapshot of this area's developments.
Dancing in Damascus
Creativity, Resilience, and the Syrian Revolution
Paperback ISBN: 1138692174
On March 17, 2011, many Syrians rose up against the authoritarian Asad regime that had ruled them with an iron fist for forty years. Initial successes were quickly quashed, and the revolution seemed to devolve into a civil war pitting the government against its citizens and extremist mercenaries. As of late 2015, almost 300,000 Syrians have been killed and over half of a total population of 23 million forced out of their homes. Nine million are internally displaced and over four million are wandering the world, many on foot or in leaky boats. Countless numbers have been disappeared. These shocking statistics and the unstoppable violence notwithstanding, the revolution goes on. The story of the attempted crushing of the revolution is known. Less well covered has been the role of artists and intellectuals in representing to the world and to their people the resilience of revolutionary resistance and defiance. How is it possible that artists, filmmakers and writers have not been cowed into numbed silence but are becoming more and more creative? How can we make sense of their insistence that despite the apocalypse engulfing the country their revolution is ongoing and that their works participate in its persistence? With smartphones, pens, voices and brushes, these artists registered their determination to keep the idea of the revolution alive. Dancing in Damascus traces the first four years of the Syrian revolution and the activists’ creative responses to physical and emotional violence.
The Dragon in Medieval East Christian and Islamic Art
Hardcover ISBN: 9004186638
In this painstaking iconography, Kuehn compiles an exhaustive survey of the occurrence of dragons in art and architectural decoration in Turkey, especially Anatolia, and stretching east into Central Asia and Iran. The examples range from the pre-Islamic era to the time of the Seljuks, Armenians, Mongols and other dynasties both large and small of the 9th-13th centuries. The images discussed include memorial steles, ceramics, metalwork, stone carving, textiles, and manuscripts. The dragon imagery is divided into categories according to the mythical contexts of the dragon and the natural world; in royal or heroic associations; in astrology, alchemy, medicine, and magic; and as a mystical metaphor, thus expanding the usefulness of the work to scholars in other fields, including folklore and Chinese art. The study concludes with an exhaustive bibliography and series of b&w and color plates mainly of good quality. Kuehn (Austrian Museum of Applied Arts) distilled this text from her PhD dissertation of 2008, from the Free U. of Berlin, Germany. Oversized: 8.75x11.75". Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Journey to the Heart of Islam
Hardcover ISBN: 0674062183
The Hajj is the largest pilgrimage in the world today and a sacred duty for all Muslims. With contributions from renowned experts, this book opens out onto the full sweep of the Hajj: as a sacred path walked by early Islamic devotees, as a sumptuous site of worship under the care of sultans, and as an expression of faith in the modern world.