Adila Laïdi-Hanieh, Fahrelnissa Zeid: Painter of Inner Worlds
The story of Fahrelnissa Zeid’s (1901–91) life is truly like no other. A Turkish noblewoman by birth and Iraqi princess by marriage, she was the first female artist to have a solo exhibition at London’s prestigious Institute of Contemporary Arts. Friend and relative of kings, queens, and statesmen, and busy wife of an ambassador, she was also a leading figure of Turkish modernism in the 1940s and a prominent member of the avant-garde in postwar Paris, praised by fellow artists and critics alike. Despite her privileged background, she fought personal tragedy, psychological turmoil, and social and artistic prejudice to chart a unique and innovative path all of her own. She became celebrated in her lifetime for her monumental and dynamic abstract compositions that engulf the viewer in fields of colour, light, and energetic movement, as well as for her later expressionistic portraits of family and close friends. These works reflect her conception of art as a ceaseless forward quest, driven by a spiritual need to produce painterly renditions of cosmic journeys and inner psychic universes.
Coinciding with a retrospective exhibition at Tate Modern, this book is written by a former student of the artist and based on unprecedented access to her private papers and personal archive. It provides a revisionist and definitive account of both her extraordinary life and the constant innovation and reinvention that characterized her career right up until her final decades working and teaching in Jordan. It foregrounds the importance of her extensive knowledge of European culture and her shifting mental state on her artistic vision, and challenges orientalist interpretations of her art. In doing so, it redefines Fahrelnissa Zeid for the contemporary reader as one of the most important modernists of the twentieth century.
This illustrated volume examines the spaces created by and for Jews in areas under the political or religious control of Muslims. Covering regions as diverse as Central Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Spain, it asks how the architecture of synagogues responded to contextual issues and traditions, and how these contexts influenced the design and evolution of synagogues. As well as revealing how synagogues reflect the culture of the Jewish minority at macro and micro scales, from the city to the interior, the book also considers patterns of the development of synagogues in urban contexts and in connection with urban elements and monuments.
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Number of pages: 448, number of color illustrations: 200
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Focusing on travel images and cross-cultural exchange, Mediterranean Encounters examines interactions between the Ottoman Empire and Europe from 1774 to 1839, highlighting mutual dependence and reciprocity.
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edited by U. Franke and M. Müller-Wiener, with 21 contributions by various authors
This volume, published as vol. 3 of the Ancient Herat series, has 732 pages with 1950 colour images and 250 line drawings and maps.
The volumes are not available through commercial distributors; the webpage www.ancient-herat.de provides detailed information on the content and an option to order the books. The contact email is email@example.com. The two forthcoming volumes will be placed on that page too.
Islamic Arts and Crafts: An Anthology by Marcus Milwright (Edinburgh UP, 2017) is a collection of written sources (dating from the seventh to the twentieth centuries) that explores numerous aspects of the crafts of the Middle East from the processing of raw materials to the manufacture of finished artefacts.
Anthony Eastmond, Courtauld Institute of Art
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