Reverberating Echoes: Contemporary Art Inspired by Traditional Islamic ArtGTU
Published on occasion of an exhibition, Reverberating Echoes: Contemporary Art Inspired by Traditional Islamic Art comprises an introduction and two essays, "Engaging Tradition Today," and "What is 'Traditional Islamic Art'?" plus exhibit catalog and bibliography.
Text by Carol Bier, historian of Islamic art, argues for an algorithmic aesthetic of pattern as a defining feature of 'traditional Islamic art.' The full-color catalog illustrates each of thirty-five works selected for the exhibition, accompanied by an explanatory curatorial note. The works, by seven American artists of diverse backgrounds, interests, and training, are inspired by traditional Islamic art, echoing historic aesthetic concerns, often advancing human knowledge and understanding by experimenting with new technologies. Traditional and contemporary concerns focus on the spatial dimension and the effects of light on form, the association of Arabic language and script with revelation, and patterns in the plane, exploring the nature of two-dimensional space. Participating artists are all US-based: Hooman Koliji, Nazanin Hedayat Munroe, Chris Palmer, Manzar Rassouli, Mamoun Sakkal, Nathan Voirol, Phil Webster.
The exhibition was organized by the Center for the Arts & Religion at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley CA (January 31st - May 26th 2017).
Author Carol Bier