Palestinian art 1850-2005 /

"This pioneering book offers an insider's analysis of the development of Palestinian art from the 19th century to the present day. Kamal Boullata's diverse selection of pre-1948 paintings through contemporary media works highlights the political concerns of Palestinian artists and the...

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Main Author: Boullata, Kamal, 1942-
Other Authors: Berger, John, (Pref.)
Format: Book
Language:English
Published:London ; Berkeley, Calif. : Saqi, 2009.
Edition:1st ed.
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Main Author:Boullata, Kamal, 1942-
Summary:"This pioneering book offers an insider's analysis of the development of Palestinian art from the 19th century to the present day. Kamal Boullata's diverse selection of pre-1948 paintings through contemporary media works highlights the political concerns of Palestinian artists and their unique contributions to modern Arab culture. Work by artists who continued to live in their homeland is examined alongside that of artists of the Palestinian diaspora, including art world luminary Mona Hatoum. Particular attention is paid to the role of women artists, revealing how strategies of resistance have been employed against the dominant artistic expression."--Publisher description.

"Boullata takes the reader close to the struggle of those visionary, obstinate Palestinian artists who create so that their anonymous heroic land with its ancestral olive trees may survive."--John Berger

"It is rare and exciting to find an art book full of persuasive, urgent visual imagery whose language and strategies are ultimately unfamiliar, whatever their surface appearance, to the complacent western eye. And it is refreshing to sense that the pull of much of the work derives from and points back to Palestinian culture itself, rather than being necessarily part of the self-conscious east-west discourse which so preoccupied Edward Said. As such it represents another advance in international understanding of Palestinian history and aspiration, but determinedly through the artist's eye."--Guardian UK

This diverse selection features pre-1948 paintings alongside contemporary media works, highlighting the political concerns of Palestinian artists and their unique contributions to modern Arab culture. Works by artists who live in Palestine are examined alongside those of artists from the Palestinian diaspora.

Kamal Boullata is a painter and writer. His writings on Palestinian art have appeared in numerous art and academic periodicals, and he recently edited Belonging and Globalisation: Critical Essays on Contemporary Art and Culture (Saqi Books).

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Physical Description:363 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 27 cm
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (pages 341-349) and index.
ISBN:9780863566486 (pbk.)
0863566480 (pbk.)
Author Notes:

Kamal Boullata is a painter and writer. His writings on Palestinian art have appeared in numerous art and academic periodicals, including The Encyclopedia of the Palestinians and the Journal of Palestine Studies.

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