Anwar Jalal Shemza

Texts by Iftikhar Dadi, Shezad Dawood, Rachel Garfield, Courtney J Martin and Hammad Nasar
Ridinghouse 2015
£29.95  |  $49.95

28.5 × 24.5 cm   |  11 1/4 × 9 5/8 in
Hardback
216 pp, 132 colour ill
ISBN: 978 1 909932 13 5

Layering postwar geometric abstraction with Arabic calligraphic forms, Anwar Jalal Shemza’s rich and imaginative body of work is surveyed for the first time in this comprehensive volume.


Born in India in 1928, Shemza attended art school in Lahore, Pakistan, and was soon recognised as a leading artist and literary figure. He then moved to London in the mid 1950s to study at the Slade School of Fine Art, where his art underwent a fundamental transformation. His subsequent work in painting, drawing and printmaking rigorously deploys geometric and calligraphic forms to engage with dilemmas of identity, culture and place in the modern and contemporary era.

 

Accompanying over 130 illustrations of works and rare archival material, a text by Iftikhar Dadi provides an overview of his career alongside essays by Shezad Dawood, Rachel Garfield, Courtney J Martin and Hammad Nasar that offer perspectives on his work, contemporary reception and influence on a younger generation.

 

This publication coincides with BP Spotlight: Anwar Shemza at Tate Britain, London (12 October 2015 – autumn 2016).

Iftikhar Dadi is an artist and an associate professor in the Department of History of Art at Cornell University, Ithaca. Shezad Dawood is an artist based in London whose work includes painting, sculpture and video. Rachel Garfield is an artist, writer and associate professor of art at University of Reading, Reading. Courtney J Martin is an assistant professor in the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Brown University, Providence. Hammad Nasar is a curator, writer and Head of Research and Programmes at Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong.

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