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Khujwa Recollected by Dr.Akbar Naqvi Order a copy info@unicorngalleryblog.com

Khujwa Recollected by Dr.Akbar Naqvi
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KHUJWA RECOLLECTED – Autobiographical essays by leading art critic and historian Dr. Akbar Naqvi

About the book: IN KHUJWA RECOLLECTED the author recollects the journeys of his ancestors over more than a millennium. Who they were and how they travelled through Bhukkur, Sindh from Bukhara and from there went to Uch and settled there. A branch arrived in Ahmedabad, India and from there went to Agra and various other places of North India. The author’s ancestor, Mir Ghulam Muhammed established Khujwa after clearing a forest in North Bihar in the eighteenth century, which was then in the kingdom of Awadh. The book is also a biography of ‘roshan khayal’ village of ‘ashraf’, one among hundreds and thousands in al-Hind. It also recounts the way of life and beliefs of its people. It contains the author’s recollection of his grandfather and father who maintained the values of their ancestors while negotiating changes right up to the British Raj. The book is an adventure into the identity of the author which is rooted in the basic values of his family, and the special study of the enlightenment in al-Hind which arose from Muslim presence in the Sub-continent.

Dr.Akbar Naqvi's 'Khujwa Recollected'

Dr.Akbar Naqvi’s ‘Khujwa Recollected’ is a must read

About the author: AKBAR NAQVI as a Ph.D. in English Literature from Liverpool University. He has written on Art and Architecture for Pakistani newspapers like The Sun, Dawn, and The Muslim for over twenty years. He is the author of a monograph on Shahid Sajjad, and wrote for the magazine Herald. Akbar Naqvi has taught the history of art at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture in Karachi, for several years as well as lectured at the National College of Arts, Lahore. He read a paper entitled ‘Modern Pakistani Painting’ at the seminar of The Royal Asiatic Society and the centre of South Asian Studies (SOAS), University of London, on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the independence of India and Pakistan. Akbar Naqvi conducted a seminar on Modern Pakistani Art upon invitation from the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University. He is also the author of Image and Identity: 50 years of Painting and Sculpture in Pakistan 1947-1997, the first scholarly investigation of the history and development of modern and contemporary art in the sub-continent, as well as Pakistan: The Making of Art, a book for secondary school children. Akbar Naqvi’s books are also represented by Barnes and Noble, Waterstones, OUP (UK), Borders, Abe Books, Mary Martin books, Berkelouw, Paramount, amazon, and leading publishers across U.S, U.K, Australia etc.

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mona

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MONA – Studio life and biography of the subject-based artist Mona Naqsh by Seemah Niaz

About the book: MONA is the biography of Pakistani painter, Mona Naqsh (b.1968). Mona selected flowers as the subject of her paintings learning still-life drawing and painting from her Father, Jamil Naqsh, the eminent modern painter of Pakistan. Mona the book covers the artistic career of the painter, spanning over twenty-five years. The book features articles, reviews and in conversation with section by authors/critics such as S.Amjad Ali, Lubna Agha, Dr.M.A.Siddiqui, Salwat Ali, Marjorie Husain, Mohsin S.Jaffri. In this biography the artist shares her private and studio life, comments on childhood and early influences, and training. A separate section features the artist´s collectors, list of plates and early exhibits. Mona has been described by art critics as a classic.

About the author: SEEMAH NIAZ was educated at St.George’s School in London, England and Lahore, Pakistan. She is a M.A previous in English Language and Literature from Punjab University, and B.A. in French and English Literature from Kinnaird College. She has been a freelance journalist and has contributed articles to Herald, Newsline, Dawn, Star etc. She has curated numerous exhibitions on South Asian Art in Dubai, New Delhi, Singapore and London and is the Founder of Unicorn Gallery, Karachi, and Unicorn Space, Dubai. She is widely travelled and has taught at The Lyceum School, St. Patrick’s, Karachi, Westminster College and David Game.
Seemah is actively involved in social work, promoting literacy and child health in Pakistan. She is the author of the ‘Mona Naqsh’ biography. Niaz has lectured on Pakistani Art at the Royal Asiatic Society, London.

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Laila Shahzada - exploring an inner landscape

Laila Shahzada – exploring an inner landscape

Laila Shahzada – Exploring an Inner Landscape by Salwat Ali

About the book: LAILA SHAHZADA was foremost among the handful of women artists of the 60s brave enough to forge a modern idiom to articulate their aesthetic sensibilities. Fascinated by driftwood washed along the seashores of Karachi, she conjured her singular ‘Driftmoods’, a series of contorted, swirling rhythms laden with emotive content. The first artist to draw inspiration from the archaeological sites of the Indus Valley and Taxila region, Laila’s oeuvre played an important role in initiating and popularizing the ancient history of Pakistan as viable subject matter. An artist with a number of international exhibitions to her credit, she was the only Pakistani to be honoured with the key to the city of New York. Always exploring an inner landscape, Laila’s art was characterized by rich colouration and stirring organic undulations with strong accent on the surreal and the mystical. Free spirited and bohemian by nature she was a very warm and generous person who enjoyed the goodwill of the art fraternity.

About the author: SALWAT ALI is a practising artist with a strong interest in the history and culture of Pakistan. She has been writing on art since 1990s. Her articles, reviews, essays and reports are published on weekly and monthly basis in Pakistan’s leading newspaper and periodicals. Salwat Ali regularly contributed articles to Dawn Gallery, Daily Dawn & Artline, and Newsline and is the author of Laila Shahzada-exploring an inner landscape, Journeys of spirit: Pakistan art in the new millennium.

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Making Waves

Making waves (contemporary art in pakistan) by Salwat Ali. Order a copy info@unicorngalleryblog.com

 

Making waves – Contemporary art in Pakistan by Salwat Ali

About the book: MAKING WAVES – CONTEMPORARY ART IN PAKISTAN rooted in the practice of the present, Making waves, a compilation of published art reviews, attempts to identify and examine recent art trends and the forces defining their development. New media arts are established genres in the West but their artistic expression and public displays have escalated in Pakistan only in the last few years. Retooling their kits with fresh ideas, young minds are seeking new pastures. Their art is fueled by the technology revolution and mass media proliferation and they are locating their subjects and accessing materials from the wide spectrum of populist culture. Art making is evolving in an atmosphere of cultural turmoil, where tradition and modesty exist in (un) happy confusion. Volatile political conditions, religious constraints, socio-economic crisis, gender inequalities, ethnic strife, violence and state censorship are other significant determinants. This volume reviews these shifts and the changing look and feel of art. Diverse manifestations of this new sensibility are documented in the opening chapter, Mixed Media and Multi-Media. Pages devoted to the Contemporary Miniature chronicle the indigenous disciplines’ new adventures.

This radical redefinition of traditional art practices continues in the chapters on Sculpture, Drawing and Painting. Struggling genres and art related activities are gaining momentum and their journey is chartered in segments pertaining to Print Media, Video, Ceramics, Art Craft, Curators Wanted and Residency Programs. The status of graduate art is deliberated upon in Art Education. In many places where contemporary art institutions are in their infancy conceptually centered art, as against a tradition based aesthetic, is seeking new frontiers for its validation and text in Dialogues on Art examines these new realities through a transnational perspective. A new history is in the making and this volume concentrates on this progression by evaluating art and artists in the light of what they are exhibiting, who is responding to their art and why.
About the author: SALWAT ALI is a practising artist with a strong interest in the history and culture of Pakistan. She has been writing on art since 1990s. Her articles, reviews, essays and reports are published on weekly and monthly basis in Pakistan’s leading newspaper and periodicals. Salwat Ali regularly contributed articles to Dawn Gallery, Daily Dawn & Artline, and Newsline and is the author of Laila Shahzada-exploring an inner landscape, Journeys of spirit: Pakistan art in the new millennium.

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Zahoor ul akhlaq - the rest is silence Order a copy, email: info@unicorngalleryblog.com

Zahoor ul akhlaq –
the rest is silence
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The rest is silence – Zahoor ul Akhlaq by Roger Connah

About the book: THE REST IS SILENCE charts the story of the elusive artist, Zahoor ul Akhlaq and provides a glimpse into his prolific career. Beginning with an interest in calligraphy, Akhlaq went on to search, explore and develop a vibrant cultural practice in contemporary Pakistan. The book begins to recount a life in flux, a life on the move, a life exploring the traditions of Islam, within a Muslim mind. The necessity and urgency of negotiating the invasions and seductions of modernity produces unusual reversals in Akhlaq´s art and within the contemporary narratives about Pakistani society and culture.
About the author: ROGER CONNAH is a writer, independent scholar and researcher based in Ruthin, North Wales. He has taught for three decades, held solo exhibitions and curates other exhibitions. Connah is an Associate Director of Graduate Studies, Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.

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The Last of the Bohemians BASHIR MIRZA by Marjorie Husain

About the book: The Last of the Bohemians BASHIR MIRZA – From the time Bashir Mirza held his firat exhibition of drawings and paintings in Karachi in 1963, at the residence of the Nigerian Ambassador, he was the darling of the media. Bold, innovative and extremely talented, Bashir Mirza was one of the city’s pioneers of modern art. Bashir was outspoken, fearless, always forward thinking and he was keen to initiate a positive art ambience in Karachi, having great respect for the talent of his peers. He started the first commerical art gallery in the country in 1965, puiblished an art magazine and opened an advertising agency. In 1967, he brought out a portfolio of prints, Portraits of Pakistan, which was enormously popular. After visiting Europe, 1969-71, he returned with a collection of paintings, ‘The Lonely Girl’ that he showed for the first time in Karachi and made art history. Bashir had a host of friends from all walks of life. He surprised many in 1995, when he was appointed Pakistan’s first Cultural Attache and posted to Australia. He tired of diplomatic life and returned home in 1996 to work on his last important series showing concerns for a threatened environment. He explained that as his work had once expressed personal feelings about his life, love abd plans for the future, in the later years his concerns were for the entire universe. In 1994, Bashir Mirza was awarded the President’s Award for the Pride of Performance.

 

About the author: MARJORIE HUSAIN is a Karachi based art critic and author. She has curated exhibitions in the UK, Germany and India as well as Pakistan. In 2003 she co-curated a historic retrospective exhibition at the Mohatta Palace Museum, Karachi. The author has written biographies of many important artists in Pakistan, including: Anna Molka Ahmed, Ali Imam, Ahmed Parvez, Bashir Mirza, Iqbal Hussain and Colin David. She has the unique distinction of preparing Pakistan’s first art education text book: ‘Aspects of Art’. She has also documented the development of art in Karachi under the OUP title: ‘Karachi, Megacity’. In her book ‘Art Views’ she has touched upon the trail of art transformation and development in pre-and post-partition Pakistan, which touched upon the works of icons such as Chughtai, Allah Bux, Zubeida Agha, Sadequain, A.R.Nagori, Gulgee and artists of the current generation. Marjorie was also the recipient of the Fatima Jinnah Award for servuces to art in 2004.

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AHMED PARVEZ by Marjorie Husain. Order a copy email info@unicorngalleryblog.com

AHMED PARVEZ by Marjorie Husain.
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Ahmed Parvez Zuberi – Life and Work Compiled and edited by Marjorie Husain

About the book: AHMED PARVEZ was born in Rawalpindi, Pakistan in 1926. He was educated at St. Joseph’s College, Baramulla, Kashmir and Gordon’s College, Rawalpindi. Abandoning the world of commerce, Parvez joined the studio of his artist uncle Jacobus Michael, Lahore and in 1952 he was awarded Top Honours at the Annual Visual Arts Exhibition held at the Punjab University. Between 1952 and 1965 Ahmed Parvez exhibited his work throughout Pakistan then proceeded to London. Between 1955 and 1964 Ahmed Parvez lived in London where he married Rani. There were four children to the marriage, a daughter Noori and three sons. For a short period Parvez worked in the Pakistan High Commission, London. Parvez participated in numerous group exhibitions in Britain and countries abroad and showed his work in solo exhibitions at the New Vision Gallery, London, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, Commonwealth Institute, London and Clement Stephen’s Gallery, London, before returning to Pakistan in 1964. From 1964-66 Parvez lived in Karachi where he opened a studio. He painted constantly and showed his work in Karachi and Lahore. In 1966 he moved to New York where he married Reiko. A son, Aleem, was born. In 1968, a solo exhibition of Parvez’s work was held at the Gallery International, New York. His marriage to Reiko ended and Parvez returned to Pakistan in 1969 where he lived turbulently on the sale of his work. In 1978 Ahmed Parvez was awarded the long overdue President’s Pride of Performance. A trip to Sri Lanka proved disastrous and Parvez returned within days in a state of depression. Following an exhibition in May 1979 Ahmed Parvez died of a massive cerebral hemorrhage.

 

About the author: MARJORIE HUSAIN is a Karachi based art critic and author. She has curated exhibitions in the UK, Germany and India as well as Pakistan. In 2003 she co-curated a historic retrospective exhibition at the Mohatta Palace Museum, Karachi. The author has written biographies of many important artists in Pakistan, including: Anna Molka Ahmed, Ali Imam, Ahmed Parvez, Bashir Mirza, Iqbal Hussain and Colin David. She has the unique distinction of preparing Pakistan’s first art education text book: ‘Aspects of Art’. She has also documented the development of art in Karachi under the OUP title: ‘Karachi, Megacity’. In her book ‘Art Views’ she has touched upon the trail of art transformation and development in pre-and post-partition Pakistan, which touched upon the works of icons such as Chughtai, Allah Bux, Zubeida Agha, Sadequain, A.R.Nagori, Gulgee and artists of the current generation. Marjorie was also the recipient of the Fatima Jinnah Award for servuces to art in 2004.

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Contemporary painting in Pakistan Order a copy email info@unicorngallerybllog.com

Contemporary painting in Pakistan
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Contemporary painting in Pakistan by Marcella Nesom Sirhandi

About the book: Contemporary painting in Pakistan traces the evolution of painting in Pakistan in the context of national and local art movements and the personal development of its major painters. While emphasis is directed towards the period after Partition of the subcontinent in 1947, considerable attention has been devoted to the early twentieth century so that the connection with seminal movements, artists, and local history is established. Of special interest are the social and political developments of the subcontinent and world events that have affected the philosophy and production of art. In the fifties and sixties most painters were eager to paint in an international manner, consequently they looked to Europe for inspiration, albeit, choosing outdated movements as their model. By the mid seventies, Pakistani painters had outgrown European influence and were seeking to reflect their own culture and history in their art. This study reveals that struggle and coincidentally illustrates an opus of visually rich and aesthetically beautiful artwork.
About the author: MARCELLA NESOM SIRHANDI received a B.A. in drawing and painting from California State University, Turlock in 1964 and an M.A. in Art and Art History from California State University, Fresno in 1974. Before embarking upon a career in Art History she taught Art in high school and college. Inspired by an extended visit to Europe, the Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan, Dr.Nesom entered the doctoral program at Ohio State University, Columbus, and received her Ph.D. in Asian Art History in 1984. She has taught Art History at Southwest Missouri State University, California State University, Fresno, and the University of Oregon, Eugene. Currently Dr.Nesom is Assistant Professor of Art History at the Kansas City Art Institute.

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Rabia Zuberi – Life and Work Order a copy email info@unicorngalleryblog.com

Rabia Zuberi – Life and Work
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Rabia Zuberi – Life and Work by Marjorie Husain

About the book: RABIA ZUBERI Pakistan’s premier woman sculptor and the recipient of numerous national awards, has dedicated her life to art and art education in Pakistan. The Principal of the Karachi School of Art established over forty years ago, Rabia received her art education from the Lucknow College of Art, and after graduation in 1963, made her home in Karachi. Finding no art school in the city, Rabia with her sister Hajra and aided by Mansur Rahi opened the Karachi School of Art, flourishing today. In India, Rabia was awarded top honours for sculpture from National Youth Art Exhibitions, held in Calcutta and New Delhi in ’61, ’62 and ’63. In Pakistan, the changes in Rabia’s life found a reflection in her maturing work. She expressed abstract thought and feeling in form. In the 70s, she began to analyze the human anatomy working in a simplified form that gave reference to abstraction. The ‘Dignity of Labour’ series was the outcome of the work entailed in the construction of the Karachi School of Art. In the ’80s, Rabia looked at design as an element of sculpture, approaching it as a gender issue. In the ’90s the artist’s concern for the troubled city was expressed in the series: Quest for Peace. In Pakistan, Rabia Zuberi’s work has been nationally acknowledged by way of awards in 1986, 87 and 88, and in 1996 when she was awarded top honours from the 7th National Art Exhibition. In 2003, she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Pakistan National Council for the Arts. A monumental sculpture ‘Plea for Universal Peace’ is in the collection of the National Art Gallery, Islamabad.
About the author: MARJORIE HUSAIN is a Karachi based art critic and author. She has curated exhibitions in the UK, Germany and India as well as Pakistan. In 2003 she co-curated a historic retrospective exhibition at the Mohatta Palace Museum, Karachi. The author has written biographies of many important artists in Pakistan, including: Anna Molka Ahmed, Ali Imam, Ahmed Parvez, Bashir Mirza, Iqbal Hussain and Colin David. She has the unique distinction of preparing Pakistan’s first art education text book: ‘Aspects of Art’. She has also documented the development of art in Karachi under the OUP title: ‘Karachi, Megacity’. In her book ‘Art Views’ she has touched upon the trail of art transformation and development in pre-and post-partition Pakistan, which touched upon the works of icons such as Chughtai, Allah Bux, Zubeida Agha, Sadequain, A.R.Nagori, Gulgee and artists of the current generation. Marjorie was also the recipient of the Fatima Jinnah Award for services to art in 2004.

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Lubna Agha – Points of Reference by Marcella Nesom Sirhandi

About the book: LUBNA AGHA emerged on the art scene during the early 1970s. Young, prolific, and talented, she took Pakistan’s art world by storm. Within only a few years, she won numerous laurels, held voluminous one-person exhibitions, and participated in shows with distinguished senior artists. With a career spanning over three decades, this preeminent artist’s work has seen monumental shifts in style- marked by courageous experimentation and innovation- constantly propoelling her work in new and challenging directions. In this compellingly written monograph, a foremost scholar and critic of modern South Asian art, Dr.Marcella Sirhandi, captures the journey of Agha’s creative mind. As poignantly described by Salima Hashmi, ‘Lubna Agha’s reclamations take her into a kaleidoscope of vivid color, an inescapable zone of wonder” -the reader is invited to share in this in-depth look into this artist’s stirring and immutable world.
About the author: MARCELLA NESOM SIRHANDI received a B.A. in drawing and painting from California State University, Turlock in 1964 and an M.A. in Art and Art History from California State University, Fresno in 1974. Before embarking upon a career in Art History she taught Art in high school and college. Inspired by an extended visit to Europe, the Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan, Dr. Nesom entered the doctoral program at Ohio State University, Columbus, and received her Ph.D. in Asian Art History in 1984. She has taught Art History at Southwest Missouri State University, California State University, Fresno, and the University of Oregon, Eugene. Currently Dr. Nesom is Assistant Professor of Art History at the Kansas City Art Institute.

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