Middle Eastern Art
New Art from the Middle East
Hardcover ISBN: 1861543131
“At its best, this candid collection from the Islamic world is inventive and truly fearless.”- [The Observer,](http://observer.guardian.co.uk/) London This lavish volume, published to accompany an exhibition at London’s new Saatchi Gallery, is a striking collection of contemporary art from the Middle East. As Lisa Farjam, founder of Bidoun magazine, writes in her introduction, “The Middle East today is routinely viewed through the all-too-predictable prism of strife, oppression and terrorism, which obscures a great deal.” With works gathered from artists of Middle Eastern origin living all over the world, Unveiled reveals a region of dizzying complexity and energy, characterized by diverse cultural, historical and political influences that stretch back centuries. Diana Al-Hadid, Ahmed Alsoudani, Nadia Ayari, Ramin and Rokni Haerizadeh, Barbad Golshiri and Shadi Ghadirian are just a few of the artists whose work is represented in these vibrant, stunning pages.
Visions Of Japan
Kawase Hasui's Masterpieces
Paperback ISBN: 9074822681
Visions of Japan: Kawase Hasui's masterpieces brings together in a single volume one hundred of the artist's most celebrated prints. Fully illustrated, this publication includes annotated descriptions for each work, as well as two essays on Hasui's life and work by Dr. Kendall H. Brown. Kawase Hasui (1883-1957) is considered the foremost Japanese landscape print artist of the 20th century, and he is most closely associated with the pioneering Shin-hanga (New prints) publisher Watanabe Shozaburo (1885-1962). Hasui's work became hugely popular, not only in his native Japan but also in the West, especially in the United States. His valuable contribution to the woodblock print medium was acknowledged in 1956, a year before his death, when he was honoured with the distinction of 'Living National Treasure'.
We Are Iraqis
Aesthetics and Politics in a Time of War
Hardcover ISBN: 0815633017
With media representations of resistance to the US-led occupation of Iraq conflating disparate groups under the broad label of "insurgents," note Al-Ali (gender studies, U. of London, England) and Al-Najjar (a doctoral candidate in American studies and ethnicity at the U. of Southern California, US), there has been little analysis of the actual political and armed resistance to the occupation, much less the everyday forms of resistance that do not involved violence. It is to this last form of resistance as it manifests in art and activism that this collection turns. Produced entirely by Iraqis, this volume brings together a range of materials highlighting how Iraqis of have used art and activism to respond to the trauma of the American invasion and the violence of the occupation, from straightforward descriptive essays to examples of poetry and art. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)