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The Act Of Sigh: Group show ex...

by Nayha Jehangir Khan

Viewers are invited into the open, crisp and inviting VM Art Gallery space that has …

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Sun’s reflection on the ...

by Nayha Jehangir Khan

The transient beings in Wardha Shabbir’s work are engulfed in a thick wall of thriving …

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Copper, steel, iron, silver, 1...

by Haroon Shuaib

“Copper, Steel, Iron, Silver, 1080 – 666” opened on Tuesday 13 July 2021 at Koel …

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Encounters with the Miniature ...

by Art Now Pakistan

It was 2009 when I was first introduced to the Neo-Miniature in Pakistan. I was …

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Tazeen Qayyum: The Anatomy of ...

by Zohreen Murtaza

There is a price to pay for apathy. One thinks of poor Gregor in Kafka’s …

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War Photographer Jonathan Alpe...

by Haroon Shuaib

  When Jonathan Alpeyrie, a French American war photographer was on his way to cover …

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Perspectives...

by Nayha Jehangir Khan

 Perspectives- An Exploration of Pursuits in Photography is a four-person exhibition hosted by VM Art …

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Upon healing: Collaboration wi...

by Yi Chin Hsieh

  “I was so traumatized last year. You have no idea.” Qinza Najm said as …

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Aesthetic Innovations...

by Khuram Hussain

A postcolonial nation like Pakistan encompasses the viewpoints and ideologies of various historically marginalized groups, …

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Satrang Art Gallery – Left A...

by Haroon Shuaib

  ‘Left a Mark’, a group show of some recent work by renowned artists including …

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Summerscape...

by Nayha Jehangir Khan

  The offerings of summertime can be the beginning of a romance, blossoming and joyous …

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Iqbal Geoffrey: The Incredible...

by ArtNow

“I took two hundred drawing to Ali Imam and asked him to pick 100, which …

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Keeray Makoray Kar-ache-ee...

by Raheel Lakani

 This photo essay is inspired by the plane landings at Karachi Airport at nights, where …

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Peepal & Banyan: A Cosmop...

by Nayha Jehangir Khan

    The artworld is re-opening its doors and gallery shows are back after the …

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Emotional spectrum of sentient...

by Nayha Jehangir Khan

  Classical traditions of figurative painting use anatomically precise drawing techniques, complex compositions that optically …

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Annual Display PAFSOIREE 2021...

by Shumaila Islam

  PAFSOIREE 2021 opened on March 22nd in Lahore. The show comprised on an array …

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Karachi Biennale’22: A p...

by Maheen Aziz

        “To me, biennales have an opportunity to present a city to …

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Open studios by Noor Ahmed at ...

by Art Now Pakistan

  Karachi is an alpha city which has a fast pace to follow however COVID-19 has affected …

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S.M. Sultan – An Impressive ...

by Ali Adil Khan

I recently came across a set of rare pre-1971 paintings by Sheikh Mohammed Sultan (1923-1994) …

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Remembering Zahoor Ul Akhlaq...

by Shumaila Islam

  “Zahoor ul Akhlaq –  Friend. Artist. Teacher.” started from 4th to 16th February 2020. …

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Pearls of peace season III...

by Maheen Aziz

  Jamshoro holds the history of being the host of the first ever biennale held …

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The Weight of Paint...

by Noor Ahmed

  A harmonious orchestration of material and artistry, replete with quaking compaction of gluttonous elements …

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The Residency; as Retreat, Rel...

by Madyha Leghari

The cropping up of artist residencies in past two or so decades, seems almost be …

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The Politics of Annihilation &...

by Rabia S. Akhtar

  As the narratives of brutality, apprehension and danger, woven into Karachi’s fabric are dwelled …

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Classical Perspectives...

by Nahya Jahanghir Khan

We are consumed by urbanisation and modernity, facing the great challenge of disconnecting from our …

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Body Memories...

by Ammara Jabbar

  A gentle murmur, the thrashing ballet of the bear, a hair swung across the …

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The whimsy of 1×1...

by Ammara Jabbar

  1×1 was a simultaneous occurrence of shows in three different cities that brought together …

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Letter from the Editor-in-chie...

by Fawzia Naqvi

Welcome all to the April 2020 issue of ArtNow, “Art Residencies 2020”, a point of …

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Red on the Spectrum...

by Nageen Shaikh

  Does red magic exist in cultural settings where insidious black magic or “kala jadoo” …

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Artists’ Residencies and...

by Saulat Ajmal

  It’s not that you can’t hear the birds chirping every day. You just have …

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“UN-WEAVE”: The Quiet Imag...

by Laila Rahman

  In her recent solo exhibition titled Un-Weave, at Lahore’s prestigious Rohtas 2 Gallery, in …

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Letter from the Editor...

by Quddus Mirza

  Mahatma Gandhi, in his usual attire of loin cloth and with a walking stick, …

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Caravaggio-Bernini: Baroque in...

by Shireen Ikramullah Khan  

  Caravaggio-Bernini. Baroque in Rome is an exhibition of more than seventy masterpieces by Caravaggio, Bernini …

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ART IN PURSUIT, AGAIN  ...

by Fatima Ghulam  

  Interestingly public is not aware of public art, at least in Pakistan. Still artists …

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THP Daak...

by Baneen Mirza & Shamama Hasany

    Bookmaking and self publishing as an artistic practice has embodied a counterculture spirit …

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A Juvenile Tale...

by Shumaila Islam

A show displaying multiple puerile cartoon characters in mini scale creating a weaved pattern for …

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Indispositions...

by Ammara Jabbar

Talha Rathore’s recently concluded show at Chawkandi Art Gallery titled Indispositions, engages with the organic …

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Letter from the Editor-in-Chie...

by Fawzia Naqvi

Welcome to the March 2020 issue of ArtNow, “Art and Internationalism”. This month’s issue focuses …

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Godfather of contemporary art ...

by Maheen Aziz

        The name of MF Husain is not unfamiliar to the world; …

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Claudia Andujar, The Yanomami ...

by Shireen Ikramullah Khan

Claudia Andujar, The Yanomami Struggle By Shireen Ikramullah Khan“I am connected to the indigenous, to …

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From boys to men...

by Numair A. Abbasi

  Throughout millennia, artists have continually portrayed men in a gamut of ways. These depictions …

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Father Figure...

by Samar F. Zia

The Rangoonwala Foundation London presented its first ever exhibition at the Asia House in London …

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Parallel Trends...

by Aasim Akhtar

  The new millennium is a privileged vantage point from which to consider the major …

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Lahore Biennale 02: Samina Iqb...

by Samina Iqbal

Dr. Iftikhar Dadi is Associate Professor in the Department of History of Art and Director …

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Between the Art & the Cit...

by Hurmut ul Ain

    Ghulam Abbas’s acclaimed short story Over Coat is a character sketch of an …

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Letter from the Editor...

by Quddus Mirza

  The world is small and huge at the same instance. In terms of distance, …

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NAZIA ANDALEEB PREEMA AND FRAN...

by Francesca Carol Rolla

  Francesca Carol Rolla: Dhaka, Bangladesh. February 2020. Here we are together to push forward …

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Letter from the Guest Editor...

by Qudsia Rahim

Tracing the Journey to LB02   The Lahore Biennale Foundation (LBF) has aimed to create …

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Abid Hasan Unearths Scintillat...

by Haroon Shuaib

  Abid Hasan’s exhibition titled, “Scintillating Allegories”, opened at Gallery 6 Islamabad this February, comprises …

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Book Review: Because of Iqbal ...

by Fatima Ghulam  

  Pakistan’s primer art institution, the National College of Arts, recognizing the great contribution of …

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AROUND THE BIENNALE IN 33 DAYS...

by Quddus Mirza

  Jean Paul Sartre wrote “We live in time”; but as there is no singular …

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View Within...

by Sanie Bokhari

  Most art today employs technology at one if not most, stages of its production, …

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Finding Karachi at IPAF 2020...

by ArtNow Pakistan

In recent years several organisations have emerged in Pakistan that are dedicated to bringing art …

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A relationship examined...

by Numair A. Abbasi

  From the tombs of ancient Egypt to the private storage facilities and the overwhelmingly …

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Vagueness between the modern a...

by Nageen Shaikh

    “Modern Contemporary” is a tricky title for an art exhibition. Quite simply, modern …

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Guest Editorial...

by Osman Khalid Waheed

  From its cultural zenith in the days of Akbar, Lahore has remained a major centre of knowledge and creativity in …

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In conversation with the curat...

by Nahya Jehangir Khan

  Shaikha Hoor Al Qasimi, curator of the Lahore Biennale, shares her insights and experiences …

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Letter from the Editor...

by Quddus Mirza

    The work of art in the age of biennale offers new ways to …

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Lahore Biennale 02...

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    Lahore Biennale has opened on the 26th of January 2020 and will continue …

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An Archive of Abstraction: Aye...

by Nageen Shaikh

  Rarely an exhibition comes by that instigates curiosity and quite simply, have you leave …

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Biennale Fervor and Fever...

by Rabeya Jalil

  New local models and place-based structures have emerged as a result of four major …

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Zealous Director of Lahore Bie...

by Maheen Aziz

Art activist, writer, curator and currently the Executive Director of Lahore Biennale Foundation is in …

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Save Our Seeds...

by Yusra Tanveer

    The concept of nature in self claims that after spending the majority of …

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Biennials of the Periphery...

by Amina Ejaz

  Despite the turbulent history of the country and an image of terror and violence, …

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REALISTIC ARTISTRY – S M FAW...

by Aliyah Ashraf

  Realistic paintings of S.M Fawad seem to be a sentimental testimony of not only …

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CEAD and Karachi University th...

by Maheen Aziz

  Art Kaam and Art One 62 have been busy in the month of December …

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Best of the best | Profiles...

by Maheen Aziz

    With this exciting theme of the first issue of the year 2020 “Best …

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Letter from the Editor...

by Quddus Mirza

Time cannot be contained and chained to a dial with numerical or a sheet with …

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Art of the future: NCA Thesis ...

by Sanié Bokhari

    Something wonderful is happening in the heart of Lahore. The NCA undergraduate thesis …

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In conversation with Dyala Nus...

by Quddus Mirza

    Abu Dhabi Art Fair is a grand art event that highly focused on …

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Adha Musalman: a dialectical d...

by  Shumaila Islam

    “Adha Musalman” an art exhibition by the eminent Pakistani artist Shiblee Munir opens …

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    Main kham.e kucha.e judai tha Sab guzarte gaye barabar se   – Jaun …

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“Artist is a messenger of ar...

by Maheen Aziz

  Hard time makes a person stronger to face and deal with the harsh realities …

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Book Review | The Life of Nahi...

by Fatima Ghulam

  Both Nahid Raza and Marjorie Husain have been part of Pakistani art for many …

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In Conversation with Qudsia Ra...

by Nimra Khan

    Qudsia Rahim is the Executive Director of the Lahore Biennale Foundation and is …

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Dolls Don’t Lie...

by Yusra Tanveer

For years unravelling humanity has been and still remains to be complex and utterly impossible …

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Best of the best | Interviews...

by Maheen Aziz

    With this exciting theme of the first issue of the year 2020 “Best …

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Longing for Mecca...

by Shireen Ikramullah Khan

  The Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam, a prior colonial museum and one of the major ethnographic …

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Exit Strategy at IAF 2019: A ...

by Rabeya Jalil

      Supremely committed to multi-disciplinary practices and an alternative pedagogy that offers a …

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Drawing Room Diamonds...

by Ammara jabbar

  Drawing Room Diamonds was a satirical appraisal of contemporary art in Pakistan; a project …

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Alternative Imaginary...

by Sara Yawar

A show titled ‘Alternative Imaginary’ by Affan Baghpatee took place at Koel Gallery in Karachi …

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Nostalgia...

by Sara Yawar

A show titled ‘Nostalgia’ took place at Artciti Gallery on the 14th of November, 2019. …

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Letter from the Editor-in-Chie...

by Fawzia Naqvi

Welcome readers to the December 2019 issue of ArtNow, “International Artists”, with profiles of Saba …

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Book Review: MASTER AND THE MA...

by Fatima Ghulam  

  There are many ways an artist dies. Besides natural causes, and accidents, a number …

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Home is Anywhere and Nowhere!...

by Samina Iqbal

  This essay does not attempt to explore or resolve terms such as assimilation, diaspora, …

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Stop Time, Rewind  ...

by Yusra Tanveer

  Have you ever pondered upon the extent of reality that exists in the phrase …

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Transplanted Artists and Citie...

by Nabah Ali Saad

  For many decades and even centuries, artists have crossed borders to increase cross-cultural understanding …

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Letter from the Editor...

by Quddus Mirza

  Long before long-distance flights were initiated, art performed this task. Art transported an individual …

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Feica, the Inborn Cartoonist...

by Muhammad Ashraf

Interview with Cartoonist Feica was conducted and recorded by Muhammad Ashraf on Oct 29th, 2019 …

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The Skin We Live In...

by Mubeen Arif         

  It is not something that is handed to you or something you attain over …

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UNSETTLING GEOGRAPHIES  ...

by ZOHREEN MURTAZA

  Saba Qizilbash is a Dubai based artist who explores themes that tackle the complexity …

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10,000 YEARS OF MAGNITUDE...

by Quddus Mirza  

Luxury is a household item difficult to earn, yet one finds many yearning for it. …

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Father Figure Review...

by Samar F. Zia

  The Rangoonwala Foundation London presented its first ever exhibition at the Asia House in …

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Sacha Kagan on art’s rol...

by Maheen Aziz

  Sacha Kagan is an independent researcher in the transdisciplinary field of arts and (un) …

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Zain Mustafa: Demanding the Ri...

by Nimra Khan

Zain Mustafa is an architect and interior designer with a passion for animal rights and …

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Highlighting the environment- ...

by Sara Yawar

The Second Karachi Biennale was inaugurated on the 26th of October, 2019 at Bagh Ibne …

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Letter from the Editor-in-Chie...

by Fawzia Naqvi

Welcome readers to the November 2019 issue of ArtNow, where we weigh in on the …

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Opinion Knowledge & Truth...

by Nahya Jehanghir Khan

In the last few years, many art galleries in Islamabad have been forced to either …

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Karachi Biennale 2019: Spotlig...

by Nageen Shaikh

“…I am looking at the public and my curation is in relation to this nuanced …

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Bringing ecology to focus, KB1...

by Sanya Hussain

In the midst of the global climatic catastrophe that is upon us, the Karachi Biennale …

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Without Permission...

by Hurmat Ul Ain

  In Saadat Hasan Manto’s short story, ‘Beghair Ijaazat’ (Without Permission), the protagonist finds himself …

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In conversation with Mariah Lo...

by Jovita Alvares

Mariah Lookman is an artist, researcher and curator, and holds holds a DPhil from the University …

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The Creation of the Archive: K...

by Zarmeene Shah and Zeerak Ahmed

ZS: This is a strange position to be in – and a strangely difficult one …

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On a Carousel of Time...

by Schezré Syed

When F. Scott Fitzgerald spoke about the human condition, he took its relationship with time …

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Book Review: Consolidating Kar...

by Fatima Ghulam  

  The remarkable success of Karachi Biennale 17, is repeated, again, in the form of …

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Percolating the Politics of (M...

by Numair A. Abbasi

“A cultural interventionist is anyone who comes from a more proactive space and aspires to …

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Banal Phrases and Lost Meaning...

by Nageen Shaikh

  The act of creating contemporary art has challenged set norms of image making. Indian …

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The BP Portrait Award (London ...

by Shireen Ikramullah Khan

  Portraiture is, without any doubt, one of the most important categories in history of …

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Letter from the Editor...

by Quddus Mirza

  One is not sure how long the institution of biennale would last, but one …

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Becoming a Woman...

by Ammara Jabbar

To occupy,  to salivate,  to satiate,      to claim, reclaim, to bequeath, to retain, maintain, …

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Microcosm III...

by Noor Ahmed

  Microcosm III, Curated by Adeel uz Zafar at Gandhara Art Space spotlights the characteristic, …

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Dr Emily Pott in conversation ...

by Dr Emily Pott

    Veeda Ahmed was trained as a painter and sculptor and later completed her …

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Sacredness and Art...

by Saulat Ajmal

  Objects, places, deities, rituals, constructed monuments, mountains, rivers, the inner geography of the body, …

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Letter from the Editor-in-Chie...

by Fawzia Naqvi

  Welcome to the latest issue of ArtNow! This month we are proud to be …

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The moral vision...

by Sehrish Mustafa

#Selfie; The digital age has managed to enslave its social animals in a much greater …

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What is Art? By Leo Tolstoy...

by Nabah Ali Saad

  London: Penguin Classics, P.1995. 202 pages     ‘What is Art?’ is the culmination …

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Letter from the Editor...

by Quddus Mirza

  Seyyed Hossein Nasr, the eminent Iranian scholar in his lecture at the National College …

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Misunderstandings...

by Nageen Shaikh

  In his latest solo show “Misunderstandings”, contemporary artist Muzzumil Ruheel creates forms that probe …

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New Worlds...

by Ambereen Siddiqui

  A cohort of seven, having spent the better part of two years together, they …

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Old Rules, New Aspiration: Nay...

by Nageen Shaikh

  It seems that dreams for a better governmental system that shall lead to better …

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SACRED REMAINS...

by Mehr Javed

  In 2011, the British Museum ran a highly popular and acclaimed exhibition, showcasing some …

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Is it Possible to Live Outside...

by Noor Butt

Commissioned by the Goethe Institut Pakistan, in collaboration with Indus Valley School of Art and …

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Standing up to stigma |Art for...

by Numair A. Abbasi

  Perhaps the only intersection between mental health and art that the majority is familiar …

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Wardha Shabbir’s In A Free S...

by Olivia Burt

  Wardha Shabbir’s work is alive- growing, evolving, and breathing. Shabbir’s career as an artist …

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Zara Se Baat – The myste...

by Haroon Shuaib

‘Chinese Whisper’ is an internationally famous game and usually refers to when one announcement or …

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LOOKING FOR LUMINESCENCE...

by Quddus Mirza

  Regardless of whether an artist belongs to the Renaissance period or modern times, working …

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Letter from the Editor in Chie...

by Fawzia Naqvi

RWelcome all to our September 2019 issue, “Lives in Art”, which brings its focus to …

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Homeward Bound...

by Manisha Gera Baswani

The gentle, warm sea breeze lightly brushed my face as I lay foot on the …

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Defining the Intangible...

by Zarina Khan

  It is a well-known fact that geometry can be found in every single matter …

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In Conversation with Anila Qua...

by Rabeya Jalil  

   Anila Quayyum Agha is unquestionably one of the most illustrious and distinguished artists of …

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Ghulam Mohammad- Gunjaan...

by Shireen Ikramullah Khan

  Flair and fortune enact a massive role in the livelihood of a prosperous artist; …

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Letter from the Editor...

by Quddus Mirza

  In a sense, all portraits are self-portraits. If drawn from observation, the work of …

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Drawn from Life...

by Dua Abbas Rizvi

    “Masaccio’s origins are to be found in Castello San Giovanni di Valdarno where, …

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Lives, Artworks and Artists...

by Amina Ejaz

  We are all composites of our life experiences. These experiences of life not only …

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Art, Material, and Memory: Kar...

by Nageen Shaikh

  Studio Seven art gallery’s first artist residency “Karigari” (dexterity in skill based manual work) …

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“Infinity Net: the Autobiogr...

by Saulat Ajmal

Yayoi Kusama is known for channeling her neurosis into her work, but her autobiography reveals …

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A Collective Journey – IVS A...

by Noor Butt

  After a five year hiatus, the IVS Alumni Association returns with its 7th edition in …

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Curating for the Public: An In...

by Nageen Shaikh

  A biennial – or biennale in Italian – is a large-scale biannual art event …

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Being...

by ArtNow Pakistan

On 18th June 2019, O Art Space hosted a show titled ‘Being’, which came together …

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Parde Main Rehne Do...

by Rayah Imtiaz

The Sanat Initiative hosted an art exhibition titled Parde Main Rehne Do, consisting of the …

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A candid conversation with Isa...

by Maheen Aziz

  Trained in philosophy, literature and dance, Isabel Lewis is a contemporary performance artist based …

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Is This Work Taxed...

by Sara Yawar

A show by Jaffer Hasan titled ‘Is This Work Taxed?’ took place at Full Circle …

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Inside COMO| A conversation wi...

by Nimra Khan

Nimra Khan: What was the motivation behind establishing this space and what do you hope …

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Letter from the Editor in Chie...

by Fawzia Naqvi

Welcome all to the August 2019 issue of ArtNow with the exciting new theme of …

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Letter from the Editor...

by Quddus Mirza

  In its origin, the word ‘geometry’ emanating from the Greek term geometria is about …

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A Jumbo Alteration...

by Sara Yawar

A group show by three multidisciplinary Pakistani artists titled “A Jumbo Alteration” took place at …

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Shahid Waheed Khan – Keeping...

by Haroon Shuaib

The art of pottery and ceramics has been a legacy of all civilizations from times …

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The exalted testimony | The co...

by Numair A. Abbasi

    The etymology of “Geometry” traces its origins to the Greek words ‘Geo’ (Earth) …

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The South Asian Influence of N...

by Nabah Ali Saad  

  The term “Neo-Geometry” first became a part of the art world in 1986 when …

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The Geometric Machine...

by Jahanzeb Haroon

  From the Zen aesthetics of minimalism, the spiritual ascension of field painting to the …

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Artistic and Literary Ruptures...

by Nageen Shaikh

    An Apology to Shaikh Ayaz at Chawkandi Art gallery educates and titillates our …

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Book Review| annus mirabilis? ...

by Nabah Ali Saad

  written by Richard Cork Illustrated. 368 pg. Yale University Press 1994     An article …

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Letter from the Editor-in-Chie...

by Fawzia Naqvi

Welcome readers to the July 2019 issue. This month ArtNow has another issue with an exciting …

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Invisible Visible Light Dark...

by Rayah Imtiyaz

On 18th June 2019, Sanat hosted a show titled ‘Invisible Visible Light Dark’, which came …

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Arrival City...

by Art Now Desk

  We have all heard some version of the popular cliché “home is where the …

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BOOK REVIEW | Stories of Art ...

by Fatima Ghulam

  Usually books written by critics, historians and academics are about the history of art, …

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Art in the Age of Internet  ...

by Rabeya Jalil

  The invention of the World Wide Web (by Sir Tim Berners-Lee) marks the beginning …

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The Artist is awake; Bani Abid...

by Sehr Jalil

  I was a regular passenger of the Lahore intercity Daewoo in my undergraduate days …

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Maria Lassnig: Ways of Being...

by Shireen Ikramullah Khan  

  The retrospective Maria Lassnig – Ways of Being is being showcased at the Stedelijk Museum in …

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PARCHED...

by Sangbit Samaddar

This series is a documentation of an unknown village near the Indian border in the …

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The Summer Show- A Lesson in P...

by Nageen Shaikh

Canvas Gallery in Karachi exhibited The Summer Show, with works by prolific artists from Pakistan …

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AKRAM DOST BALOCH...

by Haroon Shuaib

Hailing from Naushki Balochistan, Akram Dost Baloch graduated from National College of Arts, Lahore, and …

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Spacebar...

by Pareesa Fahim

Spacebar, the longest key (on the keyboard), helps separate letters, words and, if seen metaphorically, …

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Of Presence and Being...

by Noor Butt

The noun described as ‘entity, nature’, while the verb described as ‘present participle of be’, …

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Inner- and Outermost...

by Dua Abbas Rizvi  

  “Men seldom moved their bodies; all unrest was concentrated in the soul.” M. Forster, …

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Letter from the Editor...

by Quddus Mirza

  While writing these lines, I am aware that no one knows my whereabouts. I …

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Letter from the Editor-in-Chie...

by Fawzia Naqvi

Welcome readers to our June issue of ArtNow! Wish you all the blessings of Eid.   …

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Karachi to Venice: In conversa...

by ArtNow Pakistan

  ArtNow: As this was the first year Pakistan participated in the Venice Art Biennale, …

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Book Review | NAIZA KHAN...

by Fatima Ghulam  

  “Cautiously one approaches Naiza Khan’s artistic practices, reflecting on its many strands, over several …

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Naiza Khan represents Pakistan...

by Simone Wille

  With her solo exhibition Manora Field Notes, the multidisciplinary artist presents her work in the …

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The Ghosts of Past and Future:...

by Saira Ansari

Pakistan Pavilion marked its debut at the 58th edition of the Venice Biennale with Manora: …

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Letter from the Editor...

by Quddus Mirza

  The distance between Venice and Manora, two islands, is 5354 kilometres, but it took …

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Brian Fahlstrom at Reflex Amst...

by Shireen Ikramullah Khan

  American painter Brian Fahlstrom’s pictorial work at the Reflex Gallery in Amsterdam portray illusory …

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Water and Colour...

by Koonj Sayed

  Landscape painting and botanical studies are the common subjects found in watercolour paintings and …

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When a place becomes...

by Numair Abbasi

  There seems to be no other word from the overly discredited nostalgia for the …

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Manora Field Notes, Naiza Khan...

by Pavilion of Pakistan

  Works in the first gallery respond to an archival weather report from 1939 – …

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In conversation with Zahra Kha...

by ArtNow Pakistan

ArtNow: The relationship between curator and artist is a unique personal and professional one. What …

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A Collective Dream: One Night ...

by John McCarry

    On May 13, 2019, Amin Gulgee curated an exhibition of performance art featuring …

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If You Have A Garden In Your L...

by Sara Yawar

AAN Gandhara Art space opened a show titled If You Have A Garden In Your …

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JAMAL SHAH AND THE VENICE BIEN...

by Zohreen Murtaza

  Ernst Fischer in his book “The Necessity of Art” writes that the function of …

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New Memories of Moeen Faruqi...

by Maheen Aziz

  From the cave drawings to the paintings on the canvas, human have been capturing …

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Eclectic mix...

by Sara Yawar

A group show titled Eclectic Mix took place at Sanat Gallery on 9th April, 2019 …

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Reflections and Individualitie...

by Noor Butt

  Looking to expand on their ongoing artistic interests, and outlook on societal concerns in …

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THE SHAPE OF CLAY  ...

by Sadia Salim

  When one is asked to write about Ceramics, it implies that one writes about …

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AT ART DUBAI, 2019...

by ArtNow Pakistan

At the 13th edition of Art Dubai (with Pablo del Val, being the Artistic Director) …

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Honouring Abdul Hayee...

by Jovita Alvares

At the age of 72, Abdul Hayee was honoured with his first solo exhibition at …

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Book Review| An Artist being a...

by Fatima Ghulam

  Who would be a better source to know or comment on a person, but …

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You transform the clay, you ar...

by Zohreen Murtaza

    Over millennia pottery has been shaped to serve a variety of functions and …

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“My dear Clay,” – In...

by Numair A. Abbasi

  When it comes to the diversity of art and mediums in the limited cosmos …

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Letter from the Editor-in-Chie...

by Fawzia Naqvi

The month of May brings another interesting read and I would like to welcome the readers …

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A Sheet of Paper Can Become a ...

by Shireen Ikramullah Khan

  The exhibition title ‘A Sheet of Paper Can Become a Knife’ is inspired by …

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Teen...

by Sanya Hussain

On the 5th of April 2019, Art Kaam gallery opened up an exciting exhibition titled …

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Letter from the Editor...

by Quddus Mirza

  I remember once traveling in a rickshaw in Lahore. It was late night, hence …

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The Other Horses...

by Nahya Jehanghir Khan

  The exhibition titled “The Other Horses” is a collection of photographs taken by Nad …

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After all this time...

by Numair A. Abbasi

The Vasl Artists Association recently concluded their five-week long residency in an exhibition that showcased …

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Meeting at the Intersection ...

by Noor Butt

  A group show of 25 artists was held at VM Art Gallery in Karachi …

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Looking Back, Moving Forward: ...

by Amra Ali

This essay is excerpted from a longer essay on the relationship of art and craft, …

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Moving images as urban brandin...

by Nabah Ali Saad

  A year ago, in 2018, my students undertook an urban research project in which …

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Humour, wisdom and scepticism....

by Sehrish Mustafa

  The order of incredulity for illusive and impulsive acts of mimicking intelligence and roaming …

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Destiny brings us to the place...

by ArtNow Pakistan

I was lucky to have been born into a family that loved art and always …

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My Conference...

by Maheen Aziz

  “In my world, there are no blacks and whites” -Thajba Najeeb     The …

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In conversation with Basir Mah...

by Philppe Alain Michaud

PA: The film you just finished looks like a breaking point in your practice. Its …

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The Feminine in the Universe...

by Noor Butt

  After several group shows and a solo show at Nairang Gallery in Lahore, another …

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Weightless Infatuations...

by Maha Minhaj

  The series started out as a means of understanding the material which has so …

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The Imaginarium...

by Nahya Jehanghir Khan

  The unsuspecting entrance of Rohtas 2 was transformed into a looking glass through which …

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“The Sense of an Ending”: ...

by Dua Abbas Rizvi  

Why is the moving image so suited to the expression of life? Life is movement, …

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Beyond the End...

by Huma Maqbool

Life takes root in death. It grows on the remains, and it covers up death …

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Book Review | Media Culture...

by Nabah Ali Saad

Media Culture: Cultural Studies, Identity and Politics Between the Modern and the Postmodern By Douglas Kellner …

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To the coffee cave...

by Mariam Qureshi

An exhibition was held at the Satrang Art gallery on March 2019, titled “To the …

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Fictional Homelands...

by Sara Yawar

A show of Aqeel Solangi’s work took place at Chawkandi Gallery on 28th February 2019. …

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Breaking News...

by Sara Yawar

An exhibition of new works by Aamir Habib took place at Canvas Gallery, Karachi on …

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Letter from the Editor-in-Chie...

by Fawzia Naqvi

    Welcome readers to our exciting April 2019 issue, “Art of Movement”, which focuses …

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Rembrandt and the Mauritshuis...

by Shireen Ikramullah Khan  

  2019 marks the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn’s death. The Mauritshuis (the …

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Rani: a tale of resilience...

by ArtNow Pakistan

‘Rani’ is a unique story about a transgender Pakistani woman who sets out to take …

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Shafaq...

by Saima Munawar

  ‘Shafaq’ was the title of Meher Afroz’s latest solo exhibition at O Art Space, …

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Contemporary Anxieties | The b...

by Sheikh Khadijah Amin

  Vasl Artist Association in collaboration with IVS Gallery held a show on March, 14th, …

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Letter from the Editor...

by Quddus Mirza

  Lebanese writer Amin Maalouf in his book Origins differentiates human beings from trees. According …

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Exploring the lens of time-bas...

by Koonj Syed

    An exhibition titled “Depicture” opened on 21st February 2019, at AAN Gandhara Art …

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From Stills to Motion, from Ca...

by Amina Eijaz

  Moving images are everywhere; we are bombarded with a plethora of images, digital advertisements, …

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A Moderator of the Spiritual...

by Noor Butt

  Predominantly a body of work about spirituality and exploration of divinity through the lens …

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SVAD- BNU; a trove of alternat...

by Rabeya Jalil

  In an era of reckoning with the expanding definitions of art, the annual Graduate …

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Intimate conversations: Lookin...

by Zohreen Murtaza

    The etymology of the word “intimate” is interesting. Its variants are versatile and …

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Moazzam Ali, a master of water...

by Jovita Alvares

    The ArtCiti gallery in Karachi recently displayed the works of Pakistani Water-colour Master …

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The Quantum City...

by Sanya Hussain

Entering into the boundary of the Karachi Port Trust (KPT) Head office building, the venue …

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Letter from Editor-in-Chief...

by Fawzia Naqvi

  Welcome readers to the March 2019 issue of ArtNow, “Craft of Material”, which brings …

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Letter from the Editor...

by Quddus Mirza

    Many years ago, I was travelling in a local bus in Lahore. While …

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The quest for a context: Mater...

by Iram Zia

As artists, historians, finding connections, creating contexts has always had a kind of omnipresence.   …

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Archaeologist-Museologist: As...

by Nimra Khan

  Nimra Khan: What piqued your interest in archaeology and motivated you to take it …

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Lay down beside me...

by Numair A. Abbasi

“Probably most of you have not thought about this problem at all: to die each …

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Guest Editorial...

by Imtiaz Quettawala

Imtiaz Quettawala, CEO, Jafferjees   While I am not a collector of paintings, my affiliation …

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Craft & Beyond...

by Zeb Tariq

Craft & Beyond   Venturing into the domain of ‘craft’ is a complex undertaking. Some …

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Qaafla...

by Sara Yawar

A show titled “Qaafla” took place at Studio Seven gallery on the 29th of January, …

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THE LANGUAGE OF THINGS  ...

by Fatima Ghulam  

  As described on the first page of his book “Soetsu Yanagi” (1889-1961) was a …

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The everlasting impermanence...

by Numair A. Abbasi

  Historian Darrin McMahon writes, happiness “is the last great organizing principle of life. We no longer …

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The Essence of Being...

by Nimra Khan

  With each passing decade our world as we know it is constantly going through …

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I WANT TO BE A MACHINE...

by Shireen Ikramullah Khan

  It was in 1963, just as pop art was getting famous that Andy Warhol, …

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A land of imagination...

by Sara Yawar

A show by artist S.A. Noory took place at Art Citi gallery, Karachi, on February …

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Pioneer Cement Factory...

by Humayun Memon

Towards the southern tip of the Pothohar plateau near along the salt range lies a …

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Journeying from the Past to th...

by Noor Butt

  Curated by Muhammad Zeeshan and Noorjehan Bilgrami ‘Mera Safar’ (My Journey) opened at Koel …

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1×1...

by Mariam Qureshi

‘1 x 1’ was a travelling exhibition featuring 53 artists and showcased work which fit …

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The Autonomous Draughtsman...

by Nayha Jehangir Khan

  “The Autonomous Draughtsman” curated by Aasim Akhtar was displayed at Tanzara Art Gallery, Islamabad …

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Gaze...

by Jovita Alvares

Considered as one of his most controversial artworks today, the infamous piece, ‘Erased De Kooning’ …

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Watercolor magicians in Karach...

by Maheen Aziz

    In collaboration with International Watercolor Society, Art Citi Gallery held the second part …

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From LB01 to LB02: on the cont...

by Zarmina Rafi

In November 2018, the Lahore Biennale Foundation named Hoor Al Qasimi, President and Director of …

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Art and the City      ...

by Syed Faisal Sajjad

A city is not a museum. It is unlike any object of desire that can …

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NOTHING IS LOST  ...

by Fatima Ghulam

  In some sense, art and fashion are similar, considering that some artists, both globally …

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Transcriptase...

by Sara Yawar

A group show titled Transcriptase: The genetics of international and regional art and design took …

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Percieving Orangi with a fresh...

by Koonj Syed

    In response to the urban artist community’s disconnect with their surroundings, the Karachi …

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THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY...

by Aasim Akhtar

Never for a moment have I thought I could ever not paint, says Ijaz-ul-Hassan Mian …

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Letter from the Editor-in-Chie...

by Fawzia Naqvi

  Welcome all, to the February 2019 issue of ArtNow, “Lahore and Art”, which will bring …

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Pindi NCA thesis show- Refresh...

by Mariam Qureshi

  Although Rawalpindi National College of Arts is young in its inception but it is …

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NCA, Lahore Thesis Show 2018...

by HIra Shah

Fine Arts Thesis display this year at NCA has been alike a landscape that serves …

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Art and the Public...

by Nabah Ali Saad

  A Discourse on Commissioned Works in Public Space   Thirty-five years ago, the artist …

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Letter from the Editor...

by Quddus Mirza

  Several years ago, a Pakistani artist was interviewed by an international publication. On the …

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OF VERDANT DYSTOPIAS AND MATTE...

by ZOHREEN MURTAZA

  On 18th January Gallery O Art Space opened its doors to Atif Khan’s Solo …

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Where Art meets activism: “D...

by Koonj Sayed

    The first Biennale Round table conference held on 11th January 2019 at Alliance …

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Klimt/Schiele: Drawings from t...

by Shireen Ikramullah Khan

  Klimt / Schiele: Drawings from the Albertina Museum, Vienna is organised by the Royal …

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Fisher woman of my Mohenjo-Dar...

by Sara Yawar

Fisher woman of my Mohenjo-Daro took place at the Jamil Naqsh Museum on the 29th …

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An Ode to the Human Spirit...

by Noor Butt

  Several decades into his career, artist Abdul Jabbar Gull presents a new body of …

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In conversation with Sana Khan...

by Maheen Aziz

Sana Khan Niazi is an entrepreneur, theatre artist and a stand-up comic. Having majored in …

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Glory of the Garden...

by Nimra Khan

  In recent times of ecological turmoil, it is difficult to think of gardens as …

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Letter from the Editor-in-Chie...

by Fawzia Naqvi

  Welcome to the January 2019 issue of ArtNow, and a Happy New Year to …

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In Conversation with Adeel uz ...

by Jovita Alvares

    Adeel uz Zafar (b.1975, Pakistan) graduated from the National College of Arts in …

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Letter from the Editor...

by Quddus Mirza

  “History is like a bed: It’s made, unmade, made again and so on”, writes …

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UBERMENSCH – A conversat...

by Rohma Khan

“Superman” as we know today follows the conceptual premise conceived by Friedrich Nietzsche in his …

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by Syed Faisal Sajjad

    Act 1: A discussion at the Presidio, San Francisco Bay   Hey, let’s …

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THE DEGREE SHOW...

by Nabah Ali Saad

  The first day of college as a young creative scholar is one I remember …

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Lahore Biennale Foundation –...

by Rabeya Jalil

Lahore Biennale Foundations announces Hoor Al Qasimi as the Curator for LB02.   Al Qasimi …

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A state of current affairs; Th...

by Sara Yawar

The works of 23 graduates were displayed at the Indus Valley School of Art and …

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Book Review | THE BRIDE, AGAIN...

by Fatima Ghulam

    Edmund White, writing on Marcel Duchamp, informs: “He abandoned art altogether to play …

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Searching for Mr. Perfect ...

by Veera Rustomji

  In art, literature and cinema the portrayal of men have always been to formulate …

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Dichotomy...

by Sanya Hussain

‘Dichotomy’, opened on the 4th of December 2018 at Canvas gallery. The show brings together …

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In Praise of Other Places...

by Amal Uppal Anique.

If you’ve been a follower of Marjan Baniasadi’s works, you’ll be aware of the fact …

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Tasweer Ghar Artist Residency ...

by Sabeen Ahsan and Maha Minhaj

Tasweer Ghar is an emerging art residency in Lahore that invites all creatives for a …

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Inhabitants of Natural Space...

by Noor Butt

  A collaborative exhibition between AAN Gandhara Art Space and the Murree Museum Residency, co-curated …

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The Promise of A Better Ending...

by Tehmina Khan

  Dua Abbas Rizvi’s second solo show – five years after the first – at …

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Proximity...

by Sara Yawar

A show titled “Proximity” was held at Chawkandi Art gallery in Karachi on the 13th …

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Daydreams of the Khaki Banda...

by Mariam Qureshi

   A two man show was held at the famous Satrang Art gallery in Islamabad …

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The past that faces forward...

by Jehanzeb Haroon

There are two struggles that one never forgets when it comes to higher education: the …

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Vagaries of a non-objective mi...

by Maheen Aziz

  A two-person show titled ‘Vagaries of a non-objective mind’ opened at Full Circle Gallery, …

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Spaces  ...

by Jovita Alvares

  Existing in a space essentially creates a non-verbal conversation between the participant and their …

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Letter from the Editor-in-Chie...

by Fawzia Naqvi

  Welcome readers, to the December 2018 issue of ArtNow, “Connecting Flights”, where we are …

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by Jovita Alvares

In honour of their one-year anniversary, Art Kaam Gallery held a group show displaying works …

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DILEMMAS OF HOME, AWAY FROM HO...

by ZOHREEN MURTAZA

    The word diaspora derives from the Greek words for “disperse” and “scatter” and …

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In Conversation with Nusra Lat...

by Amber Hammad

    AH: Can you tell our readers about your background? I come from Lahore, …

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Spectacle-less – 6/6...

by Rabeya Jalil

  Does one need to have prior academic understanding of Visual Arts or the professional …

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Picasso Metamorfosi  ...

by Shireen Ikramullah Khan  

  The Picasso Metamorfosi (Picasso Metamorphosis) exhibition has been organized from October 18th, 2018 to …

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BOOK REVIEW| Monkey’s Right ...

by Nabah Ali Saad

  Monkey’s Right to Paint And the Post-Duchamp Crisis By Bedri Baykam Illustrated. 319 pp. …

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Silence in Rebellion...

by Noor Butt

  Having grown up witnessing subtleties of gendered violence and dealing with prohibitions of the …

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As the Light Turns...

by Sara Yawar

Pakistani based artist and writer Omer Wasim explores the queer qualities of urban spaces and …

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War and Social Criticism...

by Nimra Khan

It is not often that art audiences in Pakistan get to experience works that offer …

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Letter from the Editor...

by Quddus Mirza

  In late nineties, I visited a Pakistani architect in Istanbul, and during our discussion, …

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In Between Time and Space...

by Hurmat Ul Ain

    Communities and individuals, whose identities are post-national, not limited by geographical boundaries and …

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Existential Predicament...

by Maha Sohail

  John Russell, in his book The Meaning of Modern Art: History as Nightmare, Vol. …

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Art for Education: Contemporar...

by Nageen Shaikh

  A valuable collaboration between one of Asia’s largest non-for-profit educational organizations and a leading …

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Letter from the Guest Editor...

by Amna Naqvi

Amna Naqvi is the Founder and Director of the AAN Foundation and AAN Gandhara Art …

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Of Full Presence...

by Madyha Leghari

Body becoming was the latest exhibition of in a series of conversations, workshops, and performances …

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Faiza Butt – A profile...

by Saima Munawar

Bold, vibrant, dynamic, intelligent, beautiful, eloquent are some of the words that can be conjured …

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No Filter...

by Sanya Hussain

Curated by Pomme Amina Gauhar, the show “No Filter” opened on November 15th at the …

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A.S. Rind...

by Sara Yawar

Concept and symbolism have always been two highly essential factors of art, rather two perspectives; …

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TREE ART in the URBAN FOREST a...

by Adil Ahmad

      The Karachi Golf Club (KGC), under the active patronage of the Pakistan …

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Light and Shade – a mini wat...

by Maheen Aziz

  The history of watercolor paintings dates back to the paintings of Paleolithic Europe when …

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Letter from the Editor-in-Chie...

by Fawzia Naqvi

  Welcome readers to the November 2018 issue of ArtNow, “Green in Grey” which brings …

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The Gaze...

by Jovita Alvares, Artnow

At a Parisian bar at Folies-Bergère, Edouard Manet met a barmaid that eventually became the …

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Art of the Masses – ‘360 D...

by Noor Butt

Art is often considered to appeal to a niche, or to a specific group with …

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Art for Artist Qutub Rind and ...

by Mehjabeen Soomro

  Art is the language beyond the words and the life of an artist is …

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Disrupting Nature’s Course...

by Sakina Hassan

  In one of the crevices of the Indian Ocean, lies a vibrant city: Karachi. …

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BOOK REVIEW | ONE INTERVIEW, M...

by   Fatima Ghulam

  Described once as the most intelligent artist of the twentieth century, the words of …

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Letter from the Editor...

by Quddus Mirza

  In a South African comedy movie of 1980, some folks flying a small plane …

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Chasing the Equus...

by Sara Yawar

Since many years, humans have used equine therapy as a method of rehabilitation. But over …

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Objects We Behold...

by Gemma Sharpe

      Pay attention to the light. Before trying to read or resolve this …

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Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self U...

by Shireen Ikramullah Khan  

  “Never in life will I forget your presence. You found me torn apart and …

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by Sara Pagganwala

  In Conversation With Amin Gulgee On His Solo Show 7.7 at Mattatoio di Roma …

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Underlining for Emphasis...

by Noor Butt

  A group of ten artists and art instructors exhibited their works in a collaborative …

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Alina Tang: Inspiration by Vir...

by Shireen Ikramullah Khan

  The gift is the beautiful: unsolicited, purely sprouting, and fortuitous with respect to all …

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Culture, Ecology and the City ...

by Nabah Ali Saad

  In 1962, anthropologist Charles O. Frake defined cultural ecology as “the study of the …

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The multi-faceted journey of A...

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We live in times of visual crisis. We are surrounded by images of all sorts, …

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by Maheen Aziz

  Throughout the history, from most important art movements like Cubism to the later art …

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Transcending craft into cultiv...

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  The Artisans, rural women, seamstress, tailor or born makers, see the gifts of incorporation, …

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A walk through Saddar...

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Biography   1994   Razin Rubin was born in Sukkur, Sindh, situated on the west …

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Home Mathematics...

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  Giving words to a visual experience or art writing is amusing. Words can be …

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Creating new career possibilities and giving visibility to the young talent’s unparalleled work as well …

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What May Lie Ahead...

by Gemma Sharpe

    Canvas Gallery 25th September – 4th October       Each time I …

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by Sarah K Cheema  

  ‘Every great architect is –necessarily –a great poet. He must be a great original …

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by Fawzia Naqvi

  Welcome to the October 2018 issue of ArtNow, “Home is Where the Art Is”, …

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Phantom Architecure...

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Phantom Architecture “The modern city is simultaneously an imagined entity, however, as indeed all cities …

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Et Tu Architecture?...

by Zain Mustafa

  Architecture is dead. After eons of creating experiences through a delicate, yet surgical balance …

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Shikwa, Jawab-e-Shikwa...

by Sara Yawar

Iqbal, the great poet and philosopher had written Shikwa, Jawab-e-Shikwa, a conversation between man and …

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VERTIGO...

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  It’s rather challenging to write with a degree of certainty about a discipline that …

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FROM CALIFORNIA TO KARACHI  ...

by ArtNow Pakistan  

The monograph on Natasha Shoro is written and edited by her daughter Anushe Shoro, but …

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Our Twisted Future...

by Sanya Husain

Following shortly after the July 2018 elections, ‘Our Twisted Future’ extends the atmosphere of socio-political …

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Seeing voices...

by Sehrish Mustafa

  To touch…. to see, to speak, to hear and to smell yet luckily not …

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Something else…...

by Sara Yawar

Art has always been about having a ‘subject’ and a ‘visual’, in fact it has …

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Letter from the Editor...

by Quddus Mirza

  From caves to skyscrapers, human being is in the need of extending his body …

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Azadi...

by Maheen Aziz

As the celebrations of the Independence Day were in full swing, Art Citi geared up …

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Distance between Two Points...

by NImra Khan

  The economic and social shifts of the modern world bring with it the rapid …

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The Inordinate Law of Crystals...

by Shanal Kazi

In a world where identity is marred by facades, deception of what is and isn’t, …

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Ankahi – an untold story...

by Maheen Aziz

During small breaks at work I usually scroll on social media to keep an eye …

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In conversation with Naiza Kha...

by Jovita Alvares

Living and working between Karachi and London, Pakistani born artist, Naiza Khan received her formal …

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Once Forgotton...

by Jovita Alvares

With societies in constant motion and fresher trends hitting the scene ever so frequently, it …

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The Camera as Witness...

by Madyha Leghari

  Most technological advances that are of potential use in war are typically tested in …

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Eqbal Mehdi – An exhibition ...

by Maheen Aziz

There are few names in the Pakistani art history whose bodies might have left this …

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Pehchan...

by Jovita Alvares

As celebrations loomed over Pakistan on its 71st day of Independence, Karachi’s art scene joined …

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Art for a Cause...

by Rosa Maria Falvo

This project, bravely initiated by the Italian Friends of The Citizens Foundation (IFTCF) here in …

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by Fawzia Naqvi

  A new month brings with it another exciting issue of ArtNow, and I would …

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A trickle of water...

by Jehanzeb Haroon

Water has been held as sacred in all of the world’s major religions; from the …

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CONFLICT | INVESTIGATION | REP...

by Zarmeene Shah

  A town in the province of Biscay in the Basque Country in Spain, Guernica …

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Letter from the Editor...

by Quddus Mirza

Zones of conflict not only exist outside but these reside within us too. Each day …

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Juxtaposed Femininity...

by Shameen Arshad

The exhibit Juxtaposed Femininity displayed at My Art World on the 16th of August, 2018 …

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Studio Drift at the Stedelijk ...

by Shireen Ikram

  Lonneke Gordjin and Ralph Nauta, the Dutch duo who work under the name Studio …

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Being Pakistani: Society, Cult...

by Dua Abbas Rizvi  

  Raza Rumi, over the course of his impressive career spanning journalism, pedagogy, and political …

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Ever Let the Fancy Roam...

by Saniya Hussain

Growing up in a culture such as Pakistan where oral traditions, folklore, storytelling have been …

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by Gretchen Romig

    A few years ago my old friend Asma Khan from the Satrang Gallery …

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Urban Decay and Resurrection ...

by Noor Butt

The city remains a subject of constant intrigue among local artists, and Karachi as the …

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Lahorenama...

by Sara Yawar

When we are discussing the technique of ‘miniature’, not only does the unique use of …

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UNSETTLING REALITIES:  Q ...

by ZOHREEN MURTAZA

  While discussing his views on cinema and the moving image in an interview, Jean …

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Kacha Gosht...

by Mehjabeen Soomro

  Homo is in its absolute brain size, large body and lower limb morphology with …

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Sweeping Back the Sea...

by Nageen Shaikh

    New York city’s Aicon Gallery exhibits works of fifteen contemporary Pakistani artists, inspiring …

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Echoes of Naqsh’s Moen Jo Da...

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Jamil Naqsh’s exhibition, titled “Echoes” opened at the Pontone Gallery in London on July 27th, …

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Not all art is spiritual and not everything spiritual is art. Colours vibrate to different …

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‘No other artist has portrayed the essence of Sindh- its beauty, its poverty, its way …

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The Politics of Knowledge...

by Nimra Khan

Globalization is perhaps the new form of colonization, with mass media taking the place of …

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by Fawzia Naqvi

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by Quddus Mirza

  Imagining a world without water is as difficult as visualizing the world of art …

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PAST MELTING INTO PRESENT FOR ...

by Fatima Ghulam

  Rashid Arshed’s recently published book ‘Art Scene of Pakistan: The Unwritten Chapter’ is an …

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Zahoor ul Akhlaque: Life, Teac...

by Iram Zia Raja

  Doing a retrospective piece on Zahoor ul Akhlaque, the most potent artist of our …

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The Other Worlds of Water; Sto...

by Zahra Hussain

Consumption and degradation of natural resources that is faster than it can be replenished results …

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MARKING A BEGINNING WITH “AN...

by ZOHREEN MURTAZA

  Gallery O Art Space recently opened its doors to a Group Show of eight …

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Wahab Jaffer at Art Citi...

by Zoya Nadeem    

Unlike modernism, contemporary art is immersed in the present and engages with existing conditions. It …

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Works by Hanif Shehzad...

by Aliyah Ashraf

    This Solo Show of Hanif Shehzad at Chawkandi Art, was mainly a collection …

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In conversation with Anila Qua...

by Sana Kazi

Anila Quayyum Agha, born in Lahore, Pakistan, lives and works in the United States of …

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Of Water and Life...

by Hurmut ul Ain

Water ensures the sustenance of life itself. Human bodies constitute of a very high percentage …

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The Art of Eternal Childhood ...

by Noor Butt

  As art students, we were often told that the purpose of our training is …

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As The Water Level Recedes...

by Zoya Nadeem

“Paani ki choori”, “Severe water shortage in Karachi”, “Tanker mafia”, make up most of the …

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Between The Dots...

by Mehjabeen Soomro

From July 27th to August 3rd, O Art space showcases a group show “Between the …

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Heritage Lost – “Hidden Tr...

by Noor Butt

  Deep rooted in the dreamlike landscape of the Swat valley in Pakistan is a …

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In Conversation with the curat...

by Jovita Alvares, Artnow

Textile designer, painter, curator, educationist, activist; these are but a few of the titles used …

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Letter from the Editor-in-Chie...

by Fawzia Naqvi

  Welcome all, to the July 2018 issue of ArtNow, “Terrain”. This issue brings its …

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Jameel Prize 5...

by Zahra Khan

  The prestigious Jameel Prize Exhibition of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London opened this …

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Letter from the Editor...

by Quddus Mirza

  Although human beings are not trees, and rooted, but they are connected to land …

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Book review: From ‘Pen t...

by Fatima Ghulam  

Octavio Paz quotes a Mexican proverb about the maker of universe: ‘Giver of life writes …

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Akram Dost Baloch: The artist,...

by Iram Zia Raja

  Profile: Akram Dost Baloch is a familiar enough name in Pakistani art circles. The …

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June...

by Sara Yawar

When reflecting on art, we start off with its basic fundamental factors that help shape …

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IN CONVERSATION WITH KHADIM AL...

by ZOHREEN MURTAZA

    Towering buddhas, fiery demons, majestic lions and boats tossed in the stormy seas. …

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Terrain – A Love of the ...

by Sana Kazi

“But all the land in the world would mean nothing to me without you”   …

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Maidaan...

by Sara Yawar

The show titled ‘Maidaan’ took place on the 4th of June, 2018 at the Koel …

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Letter from the Guest Editor...

by Rainer Schmiedchen

Diplomat’s evening delight   Some days after my arrival in Karachi I met the gallery …

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Charting the Terrene: the evol...

by Samina Iqbal

    In this digitally connected age one can’t help but question the status and …

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A Tribute to Goya, Rops and Mu...

by Shireen Ikramullah Khan

  The name ‘Antwerp’ came from a mythical giant named ‘antigoon’ who inhabited the banks …

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Muzaffarabad: standing strong ...

by Raheel Tajuddin Lakhani

      Pablo Picasso said, “You cannot go against nature. She is stronger than …

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‘Four Women Shaping their Sp...

by Noor Butt

“It is, perhaps, finally a good time to be a woman”, says Dua Abbas Rizvi …

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Abstraction Meets Physicality ...

by Noor Butt

  While it may seem like an arduous task to apply mainly monochromatic schemes in …

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“Faasla na rakhain, pyaa...

by Maheen Aziz, Artnow

Faasla na rakhain, pyaar honay dain   (Do not distance yourself, let love happen)   …

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Art of Artisan  ...

by Sabahat Nawaz

    This is not a new debate; however, with the growing interest in cross-discipline …

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An hour with Sadia Salim...

by Veera Rustomji

When I think of ceramics, Sadia Salim’s name comes pretty instantaneously to my mind. Salim …

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A Case for Crafts...

by Iram Zia Raja

  As a scholar and practitioner of textile design, when asked about how I perceive …

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Book Review: “The Dance of D...

by Dua Abbas Rizvi  

The motif of the Danse Macabre, or the Dance of Death, has been used recurrently …

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Archaeologies of Tomorrow...

by Nimra Khan

  From Naiza Khan’s explorations of the movement of objects through the ocean, and its …

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Letter from the Editor-in-Chie...

by Fawzia Naqvi

  Welcome readers, to another vibrant issue of ArtNow, and a hearty Ramadan Mubarak! This …

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Microcosm II...

by Jovita Alvares, Artnow

  Evolutionary trends can predominately be witnessed though the youth of society. How they feel, …

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5 decades of excellence...

by Maheen Aziz, Artnow

  Woodcut printing is the earliest relief-printing method in the history, which spread in the …

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Bureaucracies of Imagination...

by Sara Yawar

Today, people across the world are experiencing a global crisis regarding two defining aspects that …

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Artisans in Sindh...

by Feroza Gulzar

Sindh is extremely diverse and full of artisans with the ability to create masterpieces. Handicraft …

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Illusions and Dimensions...

by Sana Kazi

  O Art space in Lahore, showcases two artists, both recent graduates of 2016, Jovita …

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The Splendid Still Life’s of...

by Shireen Ikramullah Khan

  Realism is broadly considered as the beginning of modern art. As an art form, …

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Vedrai – in future, vivro I ...

by Maheen Aziz, Artnow

  After the second International Watercolor Biennale in Pakistan, My husband and I got the …

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Letter from the Editor...

by Quddus Mirza

  Language, like human beings, is deceptive, as it keeps on shifting. A word exists …

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Mind Maps...

by Aliyah Ashraf

This solo show takes us on a journey spanning across several hundred years with a …

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The voyager at home...

by Numair A. Abbasi

  The seasoned artist, Meher Afroze, is a name unfamiliar to none both in the …

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We Come in Peace: Huma Bhaba...

by Nageen Shaikh

    Pakistani-American artist Huma Bhaba’s most recent sculptural installation dominates the rooftop of the …

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Sacred?...

by Shameen Arshad

“Sacred” is a rather subjective term. This egocentric phenomenon is explored in the show The …

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ALIZEH, IN OUR SITUATION, FOR ...

by Shabnam Syed Khan

    “The ornament added lightly by the craftsman to an every-day utensil is at …

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TRANSITION IN TIME  ...

by Artnow Pakistan

  “One day Chuang-tzu was promenading with his friend Hui-tzu on the bridge across the …

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by Waqar Ahmed Malik

A 25-year Journey!     Today we can clearly witness that art has become ubiquitous …

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The Path of Solitude...

by Veera Rustomji

  When artists venture into written poetry or literature, we can’t help but wonder and …

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OUTSIDERS...

by Dania Shah Khan

  ‘Outsiders’ opened on the 16th of April at the Amin Gulgee Gallery. The Goethe-Insitut …

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Prologue-Epilogue...

by Jovita Alvares, Artnow

A metropolis like no other, Karachi has long been a source of inspiration for many. …

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Do you hear the music?...

by Numair A. Abbasi

that pungent hint of madness. that little bit of abandon. In the Leviathan, English philosopher …

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Yeh Pyaara Parcham | Muhammad ...

by Shanzay Subzwari

  Muhammad Zeeshan is an artist known to subvert, question and reimagine how we see …

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Transisition of Tradition...

by Sabeen Ahsan

Anushka Rustomjee and Marjan Baniasadi put a spotlight on the ‘Transition of traditions.’ With their …

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In spite of all evidence...

by Numair A. Abbasi

  “This is how people behave when their dailiness is destroyed, when for a few …

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Letter from the Editor-in-Chie...

by Fawzia Naqvi

  Welcome to the May 2018 issue of ArtNow. This month we bring our focus …

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Following the slippery contours of alphabets, craning and unfurling, they become visual orators of a …

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I Worship Not Work...

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  ‘Dance of Dualities’ by Syeda M Habib at the Canvas Gallery, Karachi     The …

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    An artist is like a diamond, with different dimensions. A teacher, a mentor, …

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THE SENSORIUM OF SURREAL SPACE...

by Zohreen Murtaza

    In A.S Byatt’s “The Children’s Book” Olive Wellwood a writer of children’s books …

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The Boys’ Playground by Arif...

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  The celebrated photographer Arif Mehmood’s work has traversed various moods in the arc of …

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Bijli, Pani Aur Gas...

by Ammara Jabbar

Weighed with contextual implications, the hierarchy pertaining to the allocation and consumption of natural resources …

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Chaos in order...

by Syed Faisal Sajjad

      The purpose of this essay is not to trace the origin and …

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The Grids before Modernism...

by Ali Raza

  A line is a dot that went for a walk, Paul Klee’s definition is …

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BODY LANGUAGE...

by Saulat Ajmal

  Moving through time, speaking to mythology and creating a new sense of reality, is …

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TO EXPRESS SURPRISE, BUT NOT B...

by Faizaan Ahab

The Mariam Dawood School of Visual Art and Design (SVAD) at Beaconhouse National University (BNU) …

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DARK MATTER...

by Faiza Habib

  Standing in front of a wall layered with black and grey strokes, one wonders …

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Book Review | “33 Artists in...

by Dua Abbas Rizvi  

The title of Sarah Thornton’s second book on (or exposé of) the art world – …

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Geometry...

by Jehanzeb Haroon

The father of modern science, Galileo Galilei, said: “Mathematics is the language in which God …

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Work and Worship | ‘Dance of...

by Shanal Kazi

  The modern age makes it almost inevitable that any connection to our own sprit …

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Letter from the Editor...

by Quddus Mirza

  An artist, like early inhabitants of planet earth, starts the course of his vision …

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Letter from the Guest Editor...

by Aftab Tapal

My life has always been associated with art in some way or the other. I …

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Sulah...

by Samar F. Zia

  Sulah, an exhibition curated by Alia Bilgrami, at the National Gallery (PNCA), Islamabad, boasts …

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by Faiza Habib

  In eastern cultures manuscripts have always been treated as a significant heritage due to …

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Muse Mansion...

by Sana Kazi

  The Mansion Art Residency, in Lahore, held its second grand residency this year with …

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“FOUR ROOMS”: ENCOUNTERING...

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It is ironic that in overcrowded cities, despite such physical proximity to each other, we …

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My Family and Other Animals...

by   Ayesha Naveed

It is said that your past, social standing, financial ranks, nothing defines your future other …

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The Making of Identity...

by Nimra Khan

  The question of national identity is a tricky one; what determines that we belong …

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Tracing Cities...

by Ammara Jabbar

The city has an infallible permanence rendered in concrete and other visceral matter. Like the …

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Big Men Wear Really Big Shoes...

by Rabia S. Akhtar

    The heart cannot help but gladden nostalgically at the initial sight of the …

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Letter from the Editor- in ...

by Fawzia Naqvi

    I am excited to welcome you to the April 2018 issue of ArtNow. …

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Reinventing Calligraphy...

by Maheen Aziz, ArtNow

  “The beauty of writing is the tongue of the hand and the elegance of …

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Morning Conversations over Tea...

by Jovita Alvares and Nimra Khan

Covering a Biennale, especially in an unfamiliar city, is as challenging as it probably sounds. …

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  Modern Art research is where the thinkers and doers combine their methodologies to find …

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‘A Desensitization of Stereo...

by Noor Butt

  In literal dictionary terms, ‘desensitizing’ relates to the loss of shock or feeling that …

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Familiar new faces...

by Numair A. Abbasi

In recent years, there has been a return to a highly crafted aesthetic in art, …

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Letter from the Editor...

by Quddus Mirza

Cities are metaphors – or like metaphors; you can make any meanings out of them. …

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Lahore: art, place and discour...

by Syed Faisal Sajjad

    It is interesting to note that the great Mughals never got their sculptures …

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IN CONVERSATION WITH IFTIKHAR ...

by Zohreen Murtaza

Artist and academic scholar Iftikhar Dadi received his PhD from Cornell University. He is an …

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    There were many surprizes in Dubai (Dubai itself is a pleasant surprize, with …

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Abid Hasan – An inquisitive ...

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    He [Hasan] is gifted with an inquisitive mind and painterly sensibilities, which nature …

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  On the face of it, Karachi is not an attractive city. What is appealing, …

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Means to an End  ...

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  A 5-person group show held at the Studio Seven Gallery was curated by Anum …

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Everyday Glamour  ...

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  Over the course of the Lahore Biennale 2018, various collateral events took place one …

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  Currently, there are about one hundred and fifty to two hundred Art Biennials and …

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  One of the final collateral events to open at the Lahore Biennale, this March, …

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  I came to know about this book, while reading an article on Philip Roth …

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Experience ‘the Fleet’...

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    Even at its most basic, art is an experience- a journey into the …

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Spirits  ...

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    “It travels, flies and takes a look from the highest cliffs and lowest …

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An Antidote to Chaos...

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Midnight Moment:  Shahzia Sikander, Gopi-Contagion
October 1, 2015 - October 31, 2015

every night from 11:57pm-midnight

Photograph by Ka-Man Tse for @TSqArts. Midnight Moment is a presentation of the Times Square Advertising Coalition (TSAC) and Times Square Arts.  Midnight Moment: A Digital Gallery is the largest coordinated effort in history by the sign operators in Times Square to display synchronized, cutting-edge creative content at the same time every day. 

Gopi-Contagion consists of flocking particles made up of the silhouettes of hair from the Gopi, female worshipers of the Hindu god, Krishna. Hair from the female figures is then isolated to cultivate new associations. When in motion, the silhouettes looks like insects, birds, bats, or can translate as particles. The flocking reflects behavior of cellular forms that have reached self-organized criticality, resulting in a redistribution of both visual information and experiential memory.

Imagination as a Political Sta...

by Haajra Haider Karrar

    The sound of birds accompanied by other sounds of nature in a dark …

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Descent...

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Tazeen Qayyum’s recently concluded show at Canvas Gallery titled Descent traces the human capacity for …

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Curiouser and curiouser!...

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THE BAZAAR, ARCHIVE AND THE CU...

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Take A Look if You May...

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SILENT ECHOES...

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Sumaya Durrani- the Unbridled ...

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    The $450mn paid for the recently sold painting of Leonardo da Vinci, which …

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Unfinished Conversations with ...

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Nashmia Haroon’s solo exhibition ‘Unfinished Conversations with Lahore’ at Rohtas 2 showcased works in the …

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Sight Specific – Mohammad Al...

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BOOK REVIEW: THREE BIG B’S ...

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Five Selfish Dreamers in Londo...

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Art materializes what the thinkers and visionaries theorize. It consolidates emotions, thoughts, and experiences to …

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Inside the mind of Abdullah M ...

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LANDSWEPT – Suleman Aqeel Kh...

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  Dutch painters who worked in The Hague between 1860 and 1900, producing renderings of …

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Homecoming- A Painter Between ...

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Of Sound and Other Man-Made Ob...

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  TBP is an artist collective based in Karachi that has a sonic core. It’s …

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Beneath The Surface...

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Beneath the candor and rhetoric of contemporary art resides a congenial imposition of objectivity. An …

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Phool Mera Gulshan...

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Venice RE-wind...

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Retrospectives: The Past and t...

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Alienation  ...

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  “Amid those scenes of solitude…the mind is cast into the contemplation of eternal things.” …

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Loompaland...

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  Fiction is defined by the idea of non-reality, where the author creates a make-believe …

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TAKING SIDES...

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  Five emerging artists showcased their work at Canvas Gallery in an exhibition with the …

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OH! Obavara...

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Nabahat Lotia’s recent exhibition at Koel Gallery titled Oh! Obavara was fluid reposition of the …

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    Modern Sculpture is defined by the rejection of the idealistic representative form, and …

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Zoey Frank: The Human Touch...

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  Strolling around the Mokum Gallery in Amsterdam on a busy weekday afternoon, gazing back …

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Art For a Cause...

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  Childhood memories are those beautiful chapters of life which no one could ever forget; …

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PORTRAIT OF HUSSAIN AS AN ARTI...

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  Imam Hussain is a figure revered by Muslim across regions, sects and ethnicities. The …

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Rooms Are Never Finished...

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  The rhythms and proportions of the city are in a perpetual state of motion. …

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  Many years ago, I watched a documentary on Philip Guston, the American Abstract Expressionist. …

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Living Veins...

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‘Of Other Spaces’ was a group show by a collective of 12 artists at the …

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“Kisa Goyee”...

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Short Stories...

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Fleeting fictional anecdotes, bright with embellishment, thick with meaning and colored by the ghosts of …

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Super Duper Perspective...

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  A perspective is always subjective in nature. A singular opinion, a belief, a point …

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“I speak you here me therefore we are” is a group show that opened at …

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Imran Mir: Alchemist of Line...

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There is absolutely nothing wrong with enjoying art adherent exclusively to particular mediums, schools, genres …

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Upon entering the uninhabited building, I was immediately taken in by the beauty in the …

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  A woman clad in a white cotton shirt and loosely fitted navy blue trousers …

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In a conversation with Niilofur Farrukh, the CEO, Managing Trustee and Chair of the Discursive …

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  Like other important dates in the brief history of Pakistan, such as 14th August, …

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MANIFESTOS MANIFESTED...

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  Marin Amis writing an essay on American politics states: “‘All the “isms” are “wasms”, …

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Soil to Soul...

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  Usman Saeed’s mystical exhibition Gardenfinds One was showcased at the KOEL gallery in October 2017. …

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Jean Dubuffet: The Deep End ...

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    Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985) emerged after World War II. A French painter, sculptor and …

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The dated tradition of The Grand Tour provided the mobile classes of England with an …

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Configuration...

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  During the reign of Akbar, the Great, European envoys came to his court and …

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Amin Gulgee: curator of Karach...

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  According to Dr. Seuss, a moment may only truly be valued once it becomes …

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Metaphorically Yours...

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From the art of Medieval times to the Renaissance and from conventional to contemporary botanical …

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The Past as Present...

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Labyrinth...

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A Stitch in Time...

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  Stitches only come into being when they experience movement. To move forward in distinctive …

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Cans of Soup and Soda...

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Clap Clap, I Approve...

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Against intensely colored, jewel bright tones, old, grizzled men serenade each other with musical instruments, …

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An Uncanny Simplicity...

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Arthur C. Danto, as he ruminates over the definition of art in “What Art is” …

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In 1913, Umberto Boccioni contributed to the movement of Futurism with his ‘Dynamism of a …

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Considering that mankind has only been on this earth for 200,000 years, and civilization dates …

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    As a child we fumbled in the pure delight of coloring outside the …

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Saira Sheikh (1975-2017) – Her beautiful smile and gleaming eyes are alive forever.   She …

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Half-Truths...

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  Capturing an image today has, quite literally, become as easy as clicking a button. …

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Enigmatic Spaces...

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Tulamba is a small city in Punjab located on the eastern edge of River Ravi …

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Microcosm...

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Marvels of Illusion...

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  An invention during the early Rennaissance, anamorphosis obeys all laws of perspective, usually more …

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Jamal Shah, A Man of Many Dime...

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Land – Escape...

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Visiting Home...

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“If John Berger’s Way of Seeing is a classic of art criticism, looking at the …

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A city is not a museum. It is unlike any object of desire that can …

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The Ideal city   Cites are not just utilitarian structures; agglomerations of houses and workplaces. …

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Collector’s Weekend...

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Sanat’s very own ‘Departme...

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Henry Beecher once said, “Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his …

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Now You See Now You Don’...

by Quddus Mirza, ArtNow

Literature has come a long way. Beginning with the epics and myths narrated to a …

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As often said and assuming that its true that an artist’s real identity is his …

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Hang-ups: Essays on Painting (...

by Dua Abbas Rizvi

A historian’s writing on art can be doubly enlightening as it can draw a larger, …

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Fragmented Reality...

by Ayesha Naveed

In recent decades, terror and violence have become an integral and inseparable part of Pakistan. …

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Social Objects  ...

by Nimra Khan

  While most of us tend to accept life the way it is, it is …

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Not even, from a distance…...

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  “But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked. “Oh, you can’t …

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Art Kingdom...

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Relationships, memories, moral values, royalty, society and finally, life; the philosophies knitted behind the works …

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Hide and Seek...

by Nageen Shaikh

Artists have loved and devoured the idea of creating art in layered forms since Modern …

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Dotting the i’s and crossing...

by Dua Abbas Rizvi

Artists, by popular definition, are loose cannons, black sheep, oddly shaped parts incompatible with the …

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Body Drawing Body...

by Julius John Alam

Today I was at a friend’s place, at this bookstore-cum-thrift store she runs, and we …

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An Ode to the Indelible...

by Mariam Qureshi

Graffiti art can be an elaborate or simple painting, writing and scribbling often in public …

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A Tea Party that Stained: An I...

by Varda Nisar

The idea of seeing a performance group from a collaborative based in Islamabad is as …

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I Do Not Like Pretty Sunsets A...

by Lali Khalid

Are our lives incomplete without validation from another? What is it about this incessant need …

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The Individual Artist: Carving...

by Ambereen Karamat

A priori, if a man is really interested in himself he must formulate his answer …

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HOMAGE TO BERGER...

by ArtNow Pakistan

John Berger apparently expressed his desire to his friend Amarjit Chandan about visiting Pakistan and …

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Challenging Notions: Of Disrup...

by Hajra Haider Karrar

  Hajra Haider Karrar: How did an MBA lead to the inception of Gandhara Art …

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Who Killed Shumaila?...

by Jovita Alvares, ArtNow

The recent group show held at Sanat Initiative intrigued its audience in a rather unique …

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Encounters of the Third Kind...

by Nageen Shaikh

Globalization and identity are two subjects which have a lot in common. As the world …

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After a Revolution: Authentic...

by Adnan Madani

Like many deeply conservative entities, Pakistan these days is full of talk of revolution. The …

Aisha Khalid & Imran Qureshi Two wings to fly not one 2017

The Lover’s Flight...

by Julius John Alam

  Imran Qureshi and Aisha Khalid’s two-person show opened at National Art Gallery, Islamabad on …

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Surrealism Revisited...

by Jovita Alvares, ArtNow  

  Growing out of a literary group that was strongly allied to Dadaism, Surrealism took …

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Revolution at Work...

by Rehmat Hazara

Rehmat Hazara is an art student based in Lahore

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Retracing the Lines of Control...

by Numair A. Abbasi

  While our history textbooks rigorously inform us of the political and the economic consequences …

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Questioning the Politics of La...

by Nimra Khan

Art in the 21st century has long since tread beyond the cursory, with artists testing, …

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After a Revolution:  Authenti...

by Adnan Madani  

  Like many deeply conservative entities, Pakistan these days is full of talk of revolution. …

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Keep Off the Grass...

by Numair A. Abbasi

  There was once a time when life in Karachi necessitated interdependence, encouraged inclusion and …

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Aisha A. Hussain: A Fine Balan...

by Gerard Mermoz

  “Signs signify, form signifies itself” – Henri Focillon, La vie des formes   Forty …

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Ek Raaz, A Secret: What Does K...

by Hira Mannan

  I walk with a mind equally curious and intrigued into Sanat for the solo …

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Strange People Watch Strange F...

by Nageen Shaikh

    It can be sufficiently claimed that at Pakistan’s inception, the budding country created …

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An Aesthetic Mentor...

by Sehrish Mustafa  

  “Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. …

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Of Absences and Empty Spaces...

by Sabeen Ahsan

    The group exhibition ‘Beyond Today’ at O Art Space, Lahore, showcased the works …

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On the Political Potential of ...

by Madyha Leghari

  The intersection of art and political change is a contested territory. A simplified historical …

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The Garden of Wordy Delights...

by Sehrish Rafique Malik

Real Birds in Imagined Gardens, covering Mughal painting between Persia and Europe, is about more …

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Art as Psychological Space...

by Mariam Qureshi

  Art nowadays is a psychological experience, encompassing more than just the sense of sight. …

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A Social Conversation: The Los...

by Nageen Shaikh

Before the post-modern and modern era, art was scenic, personal and aesthetically pleasing. As the …

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Where She is Not…: On the wo...

by Sehr Jalil

  We sync all new writing and art with history, literature and poetry. We make …

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A Series of Fortunate Events...

by Ayesha Naveed

Miniature painting is a genre of Indo-Persian art that has a long history dating back …

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Blind Oblivion...

by Jovita Alvares, ArtNow

  The seed, as miniscule and simple as it may seem, has always been appreciated …

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The art of curation...

by Nashmia Haroon

Bringing to order from a singular frame of thought-is an equation that could make sense …

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An Ode To Printmaking...

by Hira Mannan, ArtNow

Looking back at the historical timeline of art, printmaking has grown extensively. With its enormous …

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The Sites of MYTH...

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As he laid back on the charpai of his family home in Ranipur, the little …

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Dil Toh Pagal Hai, Indeed!...

by Hira Mannan, ArtNow

Dil toh pagal hai has to be one of the most clichéd phrases that we, …

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by Jovita Alvares, ArtNow

  “…but some day the piecing together of disassociated knowledge will open up such terrifying …

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Contemporaries in the Corridor...

by Gemma Sharpe

Held across the Asia Society, the Grey Art Gallery and the Queens Museum in New …

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Pain – (t)...

by Julius John Alam

In a review on Sonia Chundrigar’s work, Momina Sibtain wrote, quoting the curator of Khaas …

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The Beholder’s Share...

by Sehrish Mustafa

Indeed the duet performance gave anyone and everyone their share of excitement of being part …

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NOTES ON CURATING: THE CURATOR...

by Zarmeene Shah

The meaning of the word ‘curator’ – and thus the role assigned to the individual …

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Think Like an Artist: And Lead...

by Dua Abbas Rizvi

Aphorisms are a dime a dozen these days, thanks to social media. One is never …

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The Phase Of Things To Come...

by Jovita Alvares, ArtNow

  Look up, to the great Big ball in the sky and know. It is …

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In Conversation With Dr. Henry...

by Veera Rustomji

In January 2017, Dr Henry Kim spoke at the FOMMA trust about the Aga Khan …

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The Maverick Of Social Change ...

by Zohreen Murtaza

There are many artists whose convictions and varied interests have been such that not only …

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Across the Land and Water...

by Jovita Alvares, ArtNow

A two-person show, ‘Across the Land and Water’ was exhibited at ArtChowk earlier this month. …

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The Thread Unraveled...

by Rabia S. Akhtar

  For millennia, the art of textiles has dwelt within the sphere of craft. Soft …

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The Ethical Artwork...

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I often wonder,  Why does man kill man? Here are some thoughts concerning the same: …

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Editorial...

by Quddus Mirza

Among several others, one difference between nature and man-made entities is that nature does not …

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Letter From The Editor In Chie...

by Fawzia Naqvi

It would be injustice to contemporary art to say that it serves only as a …

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Love Letters: An Almost Forgot...

by Hira Mannan, ArtNow

Curated by the famous interdisciplinary artist, Mohsin Shafi, Love Letters is a group show “dominated …

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12 Faces 12 Spaces at Full Cir...

by Shanzay Subzwari

Artists have often been censured for being selfish; pursuing solitary practices, taking their own time …

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The Whiff of The Everyday...

by Natasha Jozi

Featuring…!   We present…!   You are invited…!   Don’t miss out…!   It is …

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Copy It Right...

by Ambereen Karamat

Instead of understanding what copyrights are, let’s look at it from a different perspective:  It comes …

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Not Yours. Not Mine. Not Their...

by Jahanzeb Haroon

From the moment we open our eyes, as we walk, as we drive, our senses …

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Landscapes: John Berger on Art...

by Dua Abbas Rizvi

One can count on a writer like John Berger to rescue the term ‘landscape’ from …

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The Curious Cases of Copyright...

by Hurmat Ul Ain

  Art is interesting to us because it makes us think about ordinary things differently …

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Taqseem...

by Rabia S. Akhtar

Language is variable, capricious and dynamic. Quivering with life, heavy with history and fundamentally hollow …

Therapy Through Art: Unveiling...

by Hira Mannan, Artnow

Organized by FOMMA Trust (Foundation for Museum of Modern Art) in collaboration with KeH (Karwan-e- …

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And The Marks We Make....

by Numair A. Abbasi

“A line, an area of tone, is not really important because it records what you …

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The Art of Rivalry: Four Frien...

by Dua Abbas Rizvi

In a recent drama series devoted to the early years of the reign of Queen …

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Between being and becoming...

by Numair A. Abbasi

An artist’s studio is undeniably their personal domain. A microcosm of their self-driven work in …

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Letter from Editor in Chief...

by Fawzia Naqvi

Biennale, Italian for “biennial” or “every other year”, is any event that happens every two …

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Substitute: The Untold Narrati...

by Ammara Jabbar

  ..Once, I heard that one should never ask for a money plant for one’s …

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Same same but different: “A...

by Paniz Musawi Natanzi

It is hard to imagine how it is to have an identical twin when you …

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Personal Mythologies...

by Shameen Arshad

The aptly titled show Personal Mythologies was inaugurated on January 10th, 2017 at My Art …

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The Archive as an Arena for Pl...

by Julius John Alam

The French Philosopher Jacques Derrida (1930-2004), in Archive Fever: A Freudian Impression (1955), proposes three …

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Editorial...

by Quddus Mirza

Cities, like trees, grow in different directions, yet their centre remains fixed.  In our times …

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Osman Khalid Waheed...

by Nour Aslam

Art is one of those rare forms of expression that can inspire passion in a …

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Afshar Malik- The Byronic Arti...

by Mariam Qureshi

The quest for love is the most crucial in art making. Finding love is more …

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There is no End | In conversat...

by Natasha Jozi

The greatest challenge in art today is not novelty rather contextualizing of expression. Defying the …

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Lahore Biennale Foundation...

by ArtNow

The Lahore Biennale Foundation (LBF) is a non-profit organization that seeks to provide critical sites …

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The Identity Crisis: A showcas...

by Varda Nisar

The brilliance of an artwork lies firstly in the distinction given to it by the …

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Amalgamate...

by Rabia S. Akhtar

If our minds ever voyage through the nostalgic mental libraries of our past art periods, …

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Conversation | About and Aroun...

by Mina Arham

  “Conversation” is one of the three key components of the inaugural Lahore Biennale, the …

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In Praise Of Reality, Shadows ...

by Art Now Pakistan

Work of art in its essence is a conversation: with other human beings, surroundings, times. …

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Degree Shows 2016...

by Jamal Ashiqain

The three major art schools in Karachi displayed the works of their freshly graduated artists …

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Supercalifragilisticexpialidoc...

by Mark Bloch

“Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” is an invented, playful word from the 1960s Disney film Mary Poppins.  Breaking down …

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Snippets from a Distance...

by Veera Rustomji

Privacy for Pakistani women is an elusive term, whether it is the idea of privacy …

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Axis of Action: A Reel Life Or...

by Numair A. Abbasi

The roots of performing arts and culture in Pakistan share a common source with what …

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Jamil Baloch – Beyond...

by Rabia S. Akhtar

There is a sacred moment when a viewer first engages with an artwork, a fleeting …

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Book Review: Global Activism ...

by Sabeen Ahsan

In Slavoj Zizek’s words, “They tell you we are dreamers. The true dreamers are those …

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The Artist Statement...

by Madyha Leghari

The necessity of the artist statement is agreed upon by all but those involved. In …

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#Hashtag...

by Nimra Khan

Our world today is very visibly obsessed with the Avant-garde, the original, the out-of-the-box. While …

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Interview: Dr. Theres Rhode...

by ArtNow

ArtNow: Tell us about your work as a museum curator (e.g. your years of observing …

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Editorial...

by Quddus Mirza

There is a link between statement and the state (not only of linguistic order though). …

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Till the Last Look...

by Fatima Nadeem

Time has no choice but to venture forward. It takes its steps and moves above …

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A Face-to-Face With Silence...

by Julius John Alam

Lahore Biennial Foundation’s resident artist Honi Ryan conducted a Silent Dinner party at Gawalmandi, Lahore …

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Ayesha Zulfiqar: ‘Traces of ...

by Nausheen Saeed

What begins as a playful activity and starts behaving like serious work reflects a journey …

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Excerpts from Statements by an...

by Omer Wasim

In his artist’s statement, “Traces of Ecstasy,” Rotimi Fani-Kayode starts off by talking about destiny, …

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Unver Shafi Khan – A Painter...

by Nusrat Khawaja

A visit to Unver Shafi Khan’s studio reveals a capacious, high-ceilinged room. Diffuse light enters …

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A Response; In Solitude...

by Sehr Jalil

‘Live art and performative gestures by selected young artists from different cities of Pakistan’. It …

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Letter from Editor in Chief...

by Fawzia Naqvi

As the holiday spirit subsides, and we head back to planning and executing newer more …

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Mapping Identity...

by Mahvish Farid

Maps not only define the topographic composition of a land, they accompany with them, abstract …

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Double, double toil and troubl...

by Numair A. Abbasi

All artists are alike. They dream of doing something that’s more social, more collaborative, more …

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Colouring Within The Lines...

by Sabeen Ahsan

The recent show “Colouring Within The Lines” at Taseer Art Gallery brought together two emerging …

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Diversity of Thoughts...

by Nasir Faiz

“I have combined both text and image where script emblazoned on the human body is …

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Under the blue sun...

by Numair A. Abbasi

Perhaps one of the more poetic and indispensable lessons one learns while making art is …

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Book Review: Fifty Encounters...

by Sehrish Rafique Malik

When an exhibition takes place, normally it ends up in multiple ways. Works purchased by …

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Ali Kazim: Ruins...

by Zahra Khan

“Each artist has his or her own magic – each has his or her own …

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The Art of Keeping Alive...

by Natasha Jozi

It is subject to debate on the accuracy of its completion, however we know that …

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Afshar Malik: The Amphitheatre...

by Zohreen Murtaza

Afshar Malik is a multifaceted artist who has had an impressive career that spans over …

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Editorial...

by Quddus Mirza

If traced through history, the idea of permanence was never permanent. The concept itself has …