Exploring the long and aesthetic role of text in contemporary Middle Eastern art

The National News | Melissa Gronlud
Exhibitions in the UK shine a spotlight on the importance of lettering in the development of modern art in the region.
Whether scribbled in minute scale, expansively painted, crafted out of bent bronze or telling a story in folded artists' books, text has long remained a major - albeit receding - element of modern and contemporary Middle Eastern art.
Curiously, this feature is having a moment, as it is under the spotlight of two exhibitions, running simultaneously in London at SOAS's Brunei Gallery, and the British Museum. The shows, each curated by pioneers in the field, span three generations of artists from the Islamic world.
March 15, 2023
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