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The Politics of Art in Modern Egypt: Aesthetics, Ideology and Nation-Building

The Politics of Art in Modern Egypt: Aesthetics, Ideology and Nation-Building
Patrick Kane

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Art and cultural production in Egypt during much of the last hundred years has operated against a backdrop of political crisis and confrontation. Patrick Kane focuses on the turbulent changes of the 1920s to 1960s, when polemical discourse and artistic practice developed against the entrenched and co-opted conservatism of elite and state culture. Radical forms of cultural criticism and dissonance emerged, and this legacy continues to resonate through contemporary activism and dissent. Kane charts the rise of key art movements, like the Egyptian Surrealists and the Contemporary Art Group, and explores their resistance to the Nahda paradigm of elite culture, as well as Nasser's state authoritarianism and nationalist agenda. Through the work of artists and critics like Abd al-Hadi al-Gazzar and Gamal al-Sagini, Kane provides rare insight into the Egyptian cultural and aesthetic experience, and how it has been shaped within a context of political and social conflict.

Author Info

Patrick Kane is Instructor of General Education at Sharjah Women's College, Sharjah Higher Colleges of Technology in the United Arab Emirates. He previously taught History in the Social Science Department at Clatsop Community College in Astoria, Oregon. He received his PhD in Philosophy, Interpretation and Culture from the State University of New York at Binghamton, an MA in History from Temple University, and a BA in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas.


‘Patrick Kane has brought us both the first social history of modern Egyptian art and the first work breaking with the Cairo-centered narrative approach to modern Egyptian history. This is a remarkable achievement.’
Peter Gran, Professor of History, Temple University, Philadelphia

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

ISBN: 9781848856042
Publication Date: 30 Nov 2012
Number of Pages: 320
Height: 216
Width: 134
Illustrations: 40 bw integrated illustrations

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