Iftikhar Dadi (Ed.)
Layering postwar geometric abstraction with Arabic calligraphic forms, Anwar Jalal Shemza’s rich and imaginative body of work combining the visual traditions of East and West is surveyed for the first time in this comprehensive volume. Born in India in 1928, Shemza attended art school in Lahore, Pakistan, and was a leading artist and literary figure when he moved to London in the mid-1950s to study at the Slade College of Fine Art. His subsequent work in painting, drawing and printmaking engaged dilemmas of identity, culture and place in rigorously deployed geometric and calligraphic forms. Accompanying over 130 illustrations of works and rare archival material, a text by art historian Iftikhar Dadi provides an overview of his career alongside essays by artists Shezad Dawood and Rachel Garfield, art historian Courtney J. Martin and London-based curator Hammad Nasar on his work, contemporary reception and influence on younger generations. This publication coincides with Tate Britain Spotlight exhibition (2015–16).
9 ¾ x 11 ¾ inches / 216 pp / 132 color
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