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Modern Art in Pakistan

History, Tradition, Place, 1st Edition

By Simone Wille

Routledge India

144 pages

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Modern Art in Pakistan examines interaction of space, tradition, and history to analyse artistic production in Pakistan from the 1950s to recent times. It traces the evolution of modernism in Pakistan and frames it in a global context in the aftermath of Partition.A masterful insight into South Asian art, this book will interest researchers, schola

Table of Contents

Plates. Acknowledgments. Preface Monica Juneja. Introduction: A New Sense of Place in Modern Pakistan Art 1. Shakir Ali (1916 75) 2. Zahoor ul Akhlaq (1941 99): The Idea of Space as an Abstract System 3. The Legacy of Pakistan‘s Modernism in Contemporary Art 4. Conclusion. Afterword Iftikhar Dadi. Bibliography. About the Author. About the Series Editor. Index

About the Series

Visual and Media Histories

This series takes as its starting point notions of the visual, and of vision, as central in producing meanings, maintaining aesthetic values, and relations of power. Through individual studies, it hopes to chart the trajectories of the visual as an activating principle of history. An important premise here is the conviction that the making, theorising, and historicising of images do not exist in exclusive distinction of one another.

Opening up the field of vision as an arena in which meanings get constituted simultaneously anchors vision to other media such as audio, spatial, and the dynamics of spectatorship. It calls for closer attention to inter-textual and inter-pictorial relationships through which ever-accruing layers of readings and responses are brought alive.

Through its regional focus on South Asia the series locates itself within a prolific field of writing on non-Western cultures, which have opened the way to pluralise iconographies, and to perceive temporalities as scrambled and palimpsestic. These studies, it is hoped, will continue to reframe debates and conceptual categories in visual histories. The importance attached here to investigating the historical dimensions of visual practice implies close attention to specific local contexts which intersect and negotiate with the global, and can re-constitute it. Examining the ways in which different media are to be read into and through one another would extend the thematic range of the subjects to be addressed by the series to include those which cross the boundaries that once separated the privileged subjects of art historical scholarship from the popular – sculpture, painting, and monumental architecture – from other media: studies of film, photography, and prints, on the one hand; advertising, television, posters, calendars, comics, buildings, and cityscapes on the other.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / History / Modern (late 19th Century to 1945)
ART / Asian
ART / Museum Studies
HISTORY / Asia / India & South Asia
RELIGION / Islam / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies