New in Town # 2

A set of catalogues showcasing two art exhibitions held at the Amin Gulgee Gallery have been launched a few days back by the Oxford University Press, Karachi. Each Catalogue is a 190 Page Paperback edition with a 1,595 Rupee price tag. The complete set will cost you Rs.3,190 but you can get a 10% discount if you buy it from any of the two Oxford University branches in Karachi.
Following Are the details :

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Artists’ Voices: Body [Amin Gulgee Gallery]

The present volume is a catalogue showcasing the exhibition which took place on 6 April 2006 at the Amin Gulgee Gallery, Karachi. The thematic exhibition, entitled ‘Artists Voices: Body’ focused on calligraphy and presented the work of thirty artists, both young and established, from all over Pakistan.

The artists used conventional and novel mediums to examine a subject that has particular significance for all of us–the body. The aim was to initiate a critical dialogue in an art community as disparate as the Pakistani art community. The goal was not to reach a consensus but to let the individuals speak for themselves.

190 pages, Paperback
Price: Rs 1,595.00

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Artists’ Voices: Calligraphy [Amin Gulgee Gallery]

The present volume is a catalogue showcasing the exhibition which took place on 28 March 2006 at the Amin Gulgee Gallery, Karachi. The exhibition focused on calligraphy and presented the work of thirty artists, both young and established, from all over Pakistan.

The thematic exhibition, entitled ‘Artists Voices: Calligraphy’ was a ‘first’ for most of the contributors who had never worked in this art form before. Contrary to popular belief, Islamic Calligraphy is not particularly favored among the artists of Pakistan. Presently the art scene is eclectic and artists are experimenting with many different mediums and topical concerns. Islamic calligraphy, however, is rarely attempted.

The art of writing calligraphy takes a lifetime of training. The artists in this exhibition simply agreed to engage with calligraphy at some level. The idea behind the show was to create a dialogue on the subject of calligraphy and to bring fresh ideas and experimentation to a great historical tradition that very much belongs to Pakistan.

The work took many different approaches, both in content and medium and was organized into three broad categories. The first included artists who had used Islamic text before, the second included artists who had used Urdu or Arabic letters in their works, and the third included artists who had used secular text.

190 pages, Paperback
Price: Rs 1,595.00

4 Comments so far

  1. Moiz Kazmi (unregistered) on August 13th, 2006 @ 3:31 pm

    a must have in my mini library !!! :)


  2. mansoor (unregistered) on August 13th, 2006 @ 4:11 pm

    jamash ma man! thanks for opening up my eyes to karachi’s art world! i admit, before your posts.. i was quite unaware we had such a vibrant art scene going on here


  3. yo yo (unregistered) on August 13th, 2006 @ 5:19 pm

    MANSOOR.. KMB should also find and give chance to a right wing blogger in Karachi. KMB is uninamously anti Mullah. And it gives KMB a one sided feeling. Someone who can promote the difference between bad-mullahs and the good ones.


  4. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 13th, 2006 @ 6:47 pm

    “Right Wing”? err,can you teach me about it?do you call all KMB bloggers “leftists”? =)



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