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After Egypt's 2011 revolution, any look at Contemporary Art in Egypt must include Egyptian street art and election posters, and probably photo journalism too - as well as the important contemporary tapestry weaving and modern art of Egypt.
MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ART OF THE ARAB WORLD AND IRAN by Saeb Eigner and Foreword by Zaha Hadid (19 Feb 2010)
The work of 70 artists from 1910 to the present day - 280 illustrations in colour and black and white. In Egypt, art-making has become an unexpectedly central part of the heated cultural politics in today's Arab world, and Egypt's art and artists are currently providing insights into current struggles for cultural identity and sovereignty in the Middle East.
This academic book offers a lively analysis of the battles between artists, curators, and audiences over cultural authenticity, cultural policy, public art in a changing urban Egypt, and the new global marketing of Egyptian art.
This study - 384 pages - shows how the Egyptian art world (the oldest and largest in the Arab Middle East) is now exposing the ways that global transformations
modify the culture of societies with colonial and socialist pasts.
Ahmad Hamid builds on Hassan Fathy's ground breaking work, which attempted to re-integrate the artistic traditions of Islam with contemporary design.
Following the establishment of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture and a re-emergence of Islamic art and architecture as a vital force within the modern world, the author proposes a new critical theory of modernity for the 21st century.
A gorgeous and comprehensive book featuring more than 70 artists, as Liliane Karnouk shows how modern Egyptian art mirrors it's social and political environment.
In the early twentieth century, Egyptian artists were rejecting European politics and culture and artistic expression was increasingly reflected Egypt's growing national consciousness. But after the 1952 revolution, Egypt's cosmopolitan art world lost its wealthy patrons, and by the 1960s, the state exercised full control over all cultural activities, including the arts - leaving Egyptian artists unsettled by the cultural changes happening worldwide and reported by various new media.
Enjoyable and informative for both artists and general readers.
A beautiful collection of contemporary art by some great Egyptian artists showing the development of the visual arts in Egypt since the 1960s - analyzed and assessed by Cairo-born Liliane Karnouk. Her own work as a visual artist has earned her several grants and awards, and she has exhibited successfully in Egypt, Europe, and Canada.
Artists featured incude: Effat Nagui, Ramzi Moustafa, Mounir Canaan, Wissa Wassef, Adam Henein, Ahmad Nawar, Group of Modern Art, Ministry of Culture, Gazbia Sirry, Mohamed Taha Hussein, Ahmad Fouad Selim, Farghali Abd, Farouk Wahba, Mohammed Abla, Reda Abd, Saleh Reda, Chant Avedissian, Hassan Fathi, Indji Aflatoon, Moustafa Abd, Noha Tobia, Salah Abd, Third World, Abou Ghazi and Ahmad Moustafa.
Egypt's developing coastal resorts have generated a new kind of wall painting - modern images of beach and party lifestyles. Barry Dawson's colourful photographs record show an amazing diversity of street images - ancient Egyptian designs, the developing Western international style and traditional Arabic calligraphy.
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Painter Georges Bahgory was born in Luxor in 1935. his keenly observed vignettes - Cairo street scenes - a man riding a bicycle bearing a tray of bread on his head - boys playing football - women in a market - cafe life - musicians - all bring Georges Bahgory's sketchbook diaries to life. This new collection of the artist's paintings, accompanied by extracts from his autobiographical novel conveys his sense of place - which is often markedly abstract and dark.