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Modern Art in the Arab World : Primary Documents - (Paperback)

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Modern Art in the Arab World: Primary Documents offers an unprecedented resource for the study of modernism: a compendium of critical art writings by twentieth-century Arab intellectuals and artists. The selection of texts—many of which appear here for the first time in English—includes manifestos, essays, transcripts of roundtable discussions, diary entries, exhibition guest-book comments, letters, and more. Traversing empires and nation-states, diasporas and speculative cultural and political federations, these documents bring light to the formation of a global modernism, through debates on originality, public space, spiritualism and art, postcolonial exhibition politics, and Arab nationalism, among many other topics. The collection is framed chronologically, and includes contextualizing commentaries to assist readers in navigating its broad geographic and historical scope. Interspersed throughout the volume are sixteen contemporary essays: writings by scholars on key terms and events as well as personal reflections by modern artists who were themselves active in the histories under consideration. A newly commissioned essay by historian and Arab-studies scholar Ussama Makdisi provides a historical overview of the region’s intertwined political and cultural developments during the twentieth century. Modern Art in the Arab World is an essential addition to the investigation of modernism and its global manifestations.

Publication of the Museum of Modern Art
Distributed by Duke University Press
Number of Pages: 462 p. ;
Genre: Art
Sub-Genre: History, Middle Eastern
Series Title: Moma Primary Documents
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Duke Univ Pr
Book theme: Modern (late 19th Century to 1945), Contemporary (1945-)
Language: English
Street Date: June 7, 2018
TCIN: 53203242
UPC: 9781633450387
Item Number (DPCI): 248-56-4999
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