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Contemporary Art from the Middle East: Regional Interactions with Global Art Discourses: Volume 18

Contemporary Art from the Middle East: Regional Interactions with Global Art Discourses: Volume 18

Edited by: Hamid Keshmirshekan

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How is home-grown contemporary art viewed within the Middle East? And is it understood differently outside the region? What is liable to be lost when contemporary art from the Middle East is 'transferred' to international contexts - and how can it be reclaimed? This timely book tackles ongoing questions about how 'local' perspectives on contemporary art from the Middle East are defined and how these perspectives intersect with global art discourses. Inside, leading figures from the Middle Eastern art world, western art historians, art theorists and museum curators discuss the historical and cultural circumstances which have shaped contemporary art from the Middle East, reflecting on recent exhibitions and curatorial projects and revealing how artists have struggled with the label of 'Middle Eastern Artist'. Chapters reflect on the fundamental methodologies of art history and cultural studies - considering how relevant they are when studying contemporary art from the Middle East - and investigate the ways in which contemporary, so-called 'global', theories impact on the making of art in the region. Drawing on their unique expertise, the book's contributors offer completely new perspectives on the most recent cultural, intellectual and socio-political developments of contemporary art from the Middle East.

Author Info

Hamid Keshmirshekan is a Research Associate at the London Middle East Institute (SOAS). Before this he was a Barakat Trust Fellow at Oxford University, where he taught at the Khalili Research Centre for Islamic Art for eight years. He is a leading authority on the contemporary art of Iran.


'Modern and contemporary art of the Middle East is increasingly visible in museums and markets globally, but its aesthetic values and its social negotiations have not been clearly articulated in art-historical terms. The contributors in this volume offer provocative insights into key methodological questions and the institutional and social frameworks that shape this vibrant scene. Essential reading.'
Iftikhar Dadi, Cornell University

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
Series: International Library of Modern and Contemporary Art

ISBN: 9781784530020
Publication Date: 30 Jan 2015
Number of Pages: 256
Height: 240
Width: 170
Illustrations: 24pp colour plates, 70 black & white integrated

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