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Echoes of Naqsh’s Moen Jo Da...

by Maheen Aziz, Artnow

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

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The sacred geometry...

by Numair A. Abbasi

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

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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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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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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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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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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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Jameel Prize 5...

by Zahra Khan

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

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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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June...

by Sara Yawar

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

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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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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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‘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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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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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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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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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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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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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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by Ammara Jabbar

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

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I Worship Not Work...

by Shanal Kazi

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

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The Boys’ Playground by Arif...

by Maha Minhaj

  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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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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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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Sulah...

by Samar F. Zia

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

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YOURS TRULY...

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...

by ZOHREEN MURTAZA

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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Reinventing Calligraphy...

by Maheen Aziz, ArtNow

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

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THE QUEST- CRITICAL PERSPECTIV...

by Faiza Habib

  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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Abid Hasan – An inquisitive ...

by Maheen Aziz, Artnow

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

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Means to an End  ...

by Jovita Alvares, artnow

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

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Everyday Glamour  ...

by Jovita Alvares, Artnow

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

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Personal or Social...

by Jovita Alvares, Artnow

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

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MANY MORE CONFESSIONS  ...

by Fatima Ghulam

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

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Experience ‘the Fleet’...

by Jovita Alvares, Artnow

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

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Spirits  ...

by Shanzay Subzwari

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

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An Antidote to Chaos...

by Maheen Aziz, ArtNow

“I am a happy person and I believe nature symbolizes hope and freedom. Whenever I …

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Main Aur Tum- Book Review...

by Noor Ahmed

    Reading came early to me. Through the pages of the colorfully illustrated English …

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Descent...

by Ammara Jabbar

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

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Curiouser and curiouser!...

by Numair A. Abbasi

“How long is forever? Sometimes, just one second.” This thought replays as an infinite loop …

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The Urbane...

by Ayesha Naveed

Opened on 23rd February, ‘The Urbane’ was a collaborative venture of ArtNow Pakistan and the Art Kaam …

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REFLECTION- Shifting Notions o...

by Noor Ahmed

  The 18 person show, ‘Reflection’, which opened recently at Sanat Gallery saw the collaboration …

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CHENAB WAVES...

by Faiza Habib

  Chenab Waves is a group show showcasing works of alumni and faculty from the …

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Ali Karimi – MANIFESTATONS...

by Aliyah Ashraf

  Ali Karimi’s solo exhibition ‘Manifestations’ comprised twenty six pieces of graphite drawings which was …

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Take A Look if You May...

by Shanal Kazi

  If there ever was an exhibit I’d tagged in my calendar as an unmissable …

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Illegible by Dr. Ayesha Siddiq...

by Aliyah Ashraf

  One word that primarily describes this entire series is the use of the word …

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SILENT ECHOES...

by Faiza Habib

  For last seventy years Pakistani artists have captured, composed and preserved a wide array …

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An Itinerary of Ideas...

by Saira Danish Ahmed, ArtNow

                           ‘It takes …

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Empirical Empire...

by Maheen Aziz, Artnow

  “Portraiture is unlike any other genre. With most kinds of art, the artist communicates …

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Multiple Narratives...

by Saima Munawar

    8 artists, 8 stories, 8 experiences.  ‘”Multiple Narratives” is a collaboration between Grosvenor …

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A Picture’s Worth is a Thous...

by Sana Kazi

  “In the beginning there was the word,” is an exhibition of ten celebrated artists …

Seeing and being seen...

by Maheen Aziz, Artnow

  A group show of National College of Arts (NCA) graduates, titled “Seeing and Being …

A deep dive in a beauty pool...

by Maheen Aziz, Artnow

  The first thing that is noticed in humans is their face and, then other …

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Closer than you think…...

by Jovita Alvares, Artnow

  Have you ever tried to educe a memory? Is it absolutely accurate, beginning to …

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Rioting to Life...

by Saira Danish Ahmed, Artnow

    A popular and prevalent backdrop in Karachi the Bougainvillea rampages across the metropolis …

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Nirgun Maala-Koel Gallery...

by Rabia S. Akhtar

  Lifeless forms; beads, paper, gossamer thread, perhaps may exist merely as props in an …

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I have to tell you a story....

by Maha Minhaj

  Nayyirah Waheed recently tweeted:   “..when there is an old intimacy… with new friends.” …

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Unfinished Conversations with ...

by Sabeen Ahsan

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

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Tearing Apart the Envelope...

by Varda Nisar

  The question of identity is nothing new –all of us have asked this question …

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Retrospective: Kinetic Paintin...

by Nageen Shaikh

“Covered in paint, grease, chalk, rope, plastic, I establish my body as visual territory. Not …

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Sight Specific – Mohammad Al...

by Lavinia Filippi

  In the past weeks art lovers have been hearing about quite a few Pakistan-related …

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BOOK REVIEW: THREE BIG B’S ...

by Fatima Ghulam  

  Normally a peaceful specie, artists, of and on argue, quarrel and question about the …

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Five Selfish Dreamers in Londo...

by Lavinia Filippi

  Five are the artists selected by curator Zahra Khan for You Selfish Dreamer, the …

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London Calling, of Art Fairs a...

by Sarah Imran Ali

London has been a hub for both art and culture for many years, and the …

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ANATOMY OF AN INCLUSIVE EXPERI...

by Faiza Habib

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

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Home 1947...

by Ammara Jabbar

Home 1947 investigated the concept of home and a sense of self within the larger …

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Book Review: “Show Me a Stor...

by Dua Abbas Rizvi

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. A child would beg to …

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Life of Art – Degree Sho...

by Artnow desk

    Life manifests in many forms. Of its forms is the annual degrees show …

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Spirit of Visual...

by Nimra Khan

As the digital age races towards its peak, the glut of information in our lives …

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Learning to Read Between the L...

by Maheen Aziz, Artnow

  Have you ever imagined doing an art piece without making lines? It is actually out …

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The Spirit of the Beginning &#...

by Jovita Alvares, Artnow

The Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture was established no more than 28 years …

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Nature Speaks: Deosai Series...

by Nageen Shaikh

  “We have co-existed with nature for thousands of years, proof of existence is etched …

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LANDSWEPT – Suleman Aqeel Kh...

by Aliyah Ashraf

  Landswept, a solo exhibition by Suleman Aqeel Khilji, showed at Sanat Gallery in December …

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A LABOR OF LOVE...

by Faiza Habib

  “To view and experience miniature paintings demands a special disposition and talent. One must …

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BACK TO THE FUTURE...

by Faiza Habib

Artspace Germany is a capsule exhibition by Institut fÜr Auslandsbeziehungen, displayed at VM Art Gallery …

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Investing in the Cultural Capi...

by Saira Danish Ahmed, Artnow

  The role of fine art is to make us acquainted with the changing role …

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Matthijs Maris: An Innovator i...

by Shireen Ikramullah Khan

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

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Homecoming- A Painter Between ...

by Saira Danish Ahmed, Artnow

  ‘Najmi Sura’s fascination with and interest in the painterly pursuits of the much older …

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Of Sound and Other Man-Made Ob...

by Ammara Jabbar

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

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Beneath The Surface...

by Ammara Jabbar

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

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Phool Mera Gulshan...

by Amina Ejaz

  Art is subjective, its understanding is contingent to one’s perception, experiences, knowledge and sensibility …

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Alienation  ...

by Maheen Aziz, Artnow

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

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Loompaland...

by Nimra Khan

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

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TAKING SIDES...

by Nusrat Khawaja

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

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OH! Obavara...

by Ammara Jabbar

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

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Umar Nawaz – Twisted Narrati...

by Nimra Khan

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

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As pale as black. As dark as w...

by Numair A. Abbasi 

‘Epoché’ is a term that signifies that we must try to enter a space of openness to …

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Zoey Frank: The Human Touch...

by Shireen Ikramullah Khan

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

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Mind=Blown – illusions echoi...

by Maheen Aziz, Artnow

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

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PORTRAIT OF HUSSAIN AS AN ARTI...

by Fatima Ghulam  

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

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Rooms Are Never Finished...

by Ammara Jabbar

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

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Living Veins...

by Fatma Shah

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

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“Kisa Goyee”...

by Faryal Ahsan

Opening days for art galleries always mean a small meet and greet where familiar faces …

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Short Stories...

by Rabia S. Akhtar

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

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Super Duper Perspective...

by Rabia S. Akhtar

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

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I Speak You Here Me Therefore ...

by Ayesha Naveed

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

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Of Other Spaces...

by Sabeen Ahsan

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

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Re-imagining the Imagined...

by Nageen Jawaid Shaikh

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

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MANIFESTOS MANIFESTED...

by Fatima Ghulam  

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

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Soil to Soul...

by Saira Danish Ahmed

  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 ...

by Shireen Ikram

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

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Seen/Unseen...

by Ammara Jabbar

  The desire to create is tied to the inherent human tendency to express. Using …

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Haathi Mere Saathi – a story...

by Maheen Aziz, Artnow

Who doesn’t know about Andy Warhol’s “Brillo Boxes”? His amazing artwork is remembered for its …

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Without...

by Jovita Alvares, ArtNow

  One of the most infamous observations made on the art of painting in the …

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The Psychology of Skin...

by Sehr Jalil

    As I stroll across the gallery upon a silent afternoon, gazing back at …

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Configuration...

by Shameen Arshad

The show Configuration, curated by Aasim Akhtar at Tanzara Gallery on September 14th, neatly ties …

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BETWEEN WEST AND EAST...

by Fatima Ghulam  

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

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Explore. Dream. Discover....

by Rabia S. Akhtar

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

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Metaphorically Yours...

by Saira Danish Ahmed

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

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Hearsay...

by Numair A. Abbasi

The broken telephone: displacing history and making meaning   An evidently vintage photograph hangs on …

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The Past as Present...

by Jovita Alvares, ArtNow

  Preparations for Pakistan’s Independence Day begin almost a month in advance in Karachi. Roadside …

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Labyrinth...

by Nimra Khan

  When it comes to art, there are certain works that do not readily reveal …

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A Stitch in Time...

by Rabia S. Akhtar

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

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Cans of Soup and Soda...

by Jovita Alvares, ArtNow

  In commemoration of the 70th year of Pakistan’s inception, Sanat Initiative hosted a one-day …

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Clap Clap, I Approve...

by Rabia S. Akhtar

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

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Prophesies...

by Nageen Shaikh

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

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LOOKING AT PARTICULAR CASES...

by Fatima Ghulam

Boris Groys is an exceptional writer, because more than being an author, he is a …

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We ate the birds...

by Nimra Khan

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

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A Tribute to Pakistan...

by Ammara Jabbar

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

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Half-Truths...

by Jovita Alvares, ArtNow

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

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Enigmatic Spaces...

by Ayesha Naveed

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

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Microcosm...

by Jovita Alvares, ArtNow

  Mimesis, a theory used by Plato and Aristotle, suggests that all artistic creation is …

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Silent Noise...

by Rabia S. Akhtar

  The oxymoron, ‘Silent Noise’ is a baffling contradiction which highlights discord between thought and …

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Marvels of Illusion...

by Numair A. Abbasi

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

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Land – Escape...

by Nimra Khan

  When the eye perceives an image, it sends it to the brain for interpretation …

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Visiting Home...

by Nageen Jawaid Shaikh

Durr-e-Waseem’s latest works demonstrate her appreciation for impressionism. Being a very influential art movement back …

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How To See And Write...

by Fatima Ghulam

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

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The Otherness...

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Themes of migration, displacement and identity have been informing contemporary art since some time now. …

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Collector’s Weekend...

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Art enthusiasts in the capital city have been starved for art and culture activities for …

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Sanat’s very own ‘Departme...

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A department store is one of the most mundane sights in today’s consumerist world. It …

Back to Nature    ...

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

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Hang-ups: Essays on Painting (...

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

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Fragmented Reality...

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

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Social Objects  ...

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  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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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...

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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...

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

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A Series of Fortunate Events...

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

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Blind Oblivion...

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

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An Ode To Printmaking...

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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!...

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

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Omen...

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

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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...

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

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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...

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

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Across the Land and Water...

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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 …

Ali Raza’s solo exhibition titled ‘New Pain-tings’, which opened at Rohtas 2 on 4th February, …

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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...

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

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The Whiff of The Everyday...

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

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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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Taqseem...

by Rabia S. Akhtar

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

Therapy Through Art: Unveiling...

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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...

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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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Substitute: The Untold Narrati...

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

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Same same but different: “A...

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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...

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

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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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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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Supercalifragilisticexpialidoc...

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“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 ...

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

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#Hashtag...

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

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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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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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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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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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Markings – an interpretation...

by Veera Rustomji

The practice of drawing and mandatory sketchbook updates for art students across universities around the …

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Berlin Meets Karachi: Hidden U...

by Rebecca John

Berlin’s various independent art spaces constitute a crucial part of the city’s vibrant contemporary art …

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Gardenscape...

by Rabia S. Akhtar

Amidst whirling clouds and jewel bright fish dotting the sky, the channels of water and …

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Mindforking: An Insight...

by Shireen Ikramullah

Illustration could be described as a depiction or the explanation of an idea. It exists …

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Of Nightmares and Daydreams...

by Veera Rustomji

The power of an intelligently curated show can never be undermined – deciding upon how …

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Ruins...

by Saima Munawar

Ali Kazim, the internationally renowned artist, is once again working his magic with a dramatic …

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Shammi Ahmed: Beauty is Eterna...

by ArtNow

It is not uncommon for an individual to try to place himself in the current …

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Big Talk World : Aamir Habib...

by Rabia S. Akhtar

It is only a select, powerful few that exist behind our TV screens, completely in …

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Of Trees and Other Beings...

by Julius John Alam

Wardah Shabbir has created a mythical world in her solo show Of Trees and Other …

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Tableau Vivant...

by Osama Khalid

Hybrid inspirations. Are all sources of inspiration an amalgamation of numerous stimuli or do we …

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He Said. She Said....

by Shanzay Subzwari

Human beings have a natural and incessant need to respond to the environment around them, …

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Rabeya Jalil: Painting’s Ski...

by Julius John Alam

Reviewing Rabeya Jalil’s solo show Of Marks, Moments and Mistakes, that opened at Rohtas II, …

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The Emperor’s Real Clothes...

by Fatima Nadeem

In his new body of work, Muhammad Ali raises a humorously haunting mirror to us …

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West...

by Rabia Ahmed

Obliterated histories, centuries of civilizations crumbled to dust, destined to be forgotten. But the lands …

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Concepts and techniques: The F...

by Veera Rustomji

Abstract art often gets a bad rep in today’s world of multidisciplinary high-impact visuals. It …

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Punjab University Thesis Show...

by Sabeen Ahsan

The realm of the tight knit art community of Lahore is progressively welcoming upcoming artists …

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Book Review: Shahid Rassam...

by Sehrish Rafique Malik

“During Akbar’s period art was appreciated a lot, but now it is the age of …

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Gonzalo Sojo: Director’s Cut...

by Shireen Ikramullah Khan

Argentina’s fascinating and unique culture is a heterogeneous mix of strong European inspirations merged with …

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Living within 5″x7″...

by Numair A. Abbasi

“Photographs typically provide evidence specially about what they depict. Most significantly, the epistemically special character …

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Lost In His Own Garden...

by Saima Munawar

Muzzumil Ruheel, one of the Pakistan’s leading contemporary artists Pakistan is exhibiting at Grosvenor Gallery, …

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Ibtidaa...

by Osama Khalid

Green Day etched their name in music history with the famous “Wake me up when …

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Open Presence...

by Fatima Nadeem

Abstract art was brought into the limelight by Koel Gallery with Ayesha Quraishi’s solo show …

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Out of Focus: Chasing a Lost L...

by Numair A. Abbasi

European paintings from its historic movements are often discussed for its theatrics and the creation …

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Re-Looking at Pictures...

by Sehrish Rafique Malik

Not many artists, art critics or even writers in our society are familiar with Robert …

Between Pedagogic Spaces and t...

by Dr. Ruchika Wason Singh

The Students’ Biennale as a part of the Kochi Muziris Biennale will open to public …

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The Dressing Room...

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A room is nothing but the reflection of the life residing within it. A space …

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Lessons Drawn on Endurance...

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The dynamics between an ustad and shaghird transcends the prism of academia; the close rapport …

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Kairos...

by Ammara Jabbar

The art of time-keeping in itself is instinctively primal. The need to calibrate the extent …

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Utopia...

by Ammara Jabbar

The tendency possessed by anything suggestively utopian is the precedent it sets; the success of …

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What does the viewer decide to make of art when it’s not a mounted canvas, …

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Aerial Cartographies...

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The month of August was welcomed by Natasha Shoro and Sara Khan who exhibited in …

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Under The Dust...

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Upon entering Saud Baloch’s solo show at Sanat Gallery, a sense of stillness ensued. The …

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Roots of Routes...

by Ammara Jabbar

Pedantic rows nuanced with heterogeneous capacities; a circus of a thousand stagnant bodies unswayed by …

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18.08.2016...

by Omer Wasim

Plans to be at the exhibition at five sharp have failed, I rush to the …

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From Here to Beyond...

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The catalogue ‘Look at the City From Here’ is not just a publication connected to …

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Self Colored...

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“I paint my own reality” – Frida Kahlo “Self colored”-seems like an apt name for …

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A Line Meant...

by Numair A. Abbasi

Drawing in its crisp definition is ‘the art or technique of representing an object or …

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Delineate...

by Osama Khalid

We begin at roots. Our roots define us, amidst the chaos of globalization, the severity …

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Belluard Bollwerk Internationa...

by Shanzay Subzwari

It was during the first quarter of this year that I received an unexpected email. …

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John Holt: The Art of Flow...

by Shireen Ikram

The Art of Flow, an on-going exploitation of flow and fluidity whereby Flow is the …

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In the Mountains -Murree Museu...

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In a quiet corner of Kashmir Point, Murree amidst the busy summer houses and vacation …

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While the City Moves On...

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“Look at the city from here” is a series of three solo exhibitions which celebrates …

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Participation issues: What rea...

by Veera Rustomji

I was once told by a prospective juror, that the viewer should never have to …

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Art and Religion in the 21st C...

by Dua Abbas Rizvi

Written and compiled by Dr. Aaron Rosen – scholar, writer, and lecturer in Sacred Traditions …

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Of Polarity and Plurality...

by Ammara Jabbar

Tradition metabolizes into a fertile projection of dyadic composure within the realm of art. Art …

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The Prodigal Son Returns...

by Seher Tareen

Julius John Alam is a graduate (with a distinction to boot) of the National College …

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No Man’s Land...

by Dua Abbas Rizvi

There is no one way of looking at this work. Ostensibly about silence, it is …

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Alfaaz...

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The calligraphy show “Alfaaz” was put up on display at My Art World, Islamabad on …

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You Should Know Him By Now...

by Ammara Jabbar

The radical institutionalization of art practices that have thrived on the precedent of anarchist sentiments …

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Quat and Paste...

by Sabeen Ahsan

The cleverly envisaged ‘Qut’ of a kalm which becomes ‘Quat’ foreshadows the surprise that awaits …

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Potpourri XXVI...

by Numair A. Abbasi

In recent decades artists have progressively expanded the boundaries of art in efforts to engage …

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Summerscape...

by Osama Khalid

If you were looking to escape the relentless heat and shrivelled mood during this summer …

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Normally books are written and published so they can be read. But certain books compel …

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Lucid Dreams...

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For any audience, what’s more exciting than being exposed to productions of talent? It’s the …

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For All That Lies...

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The human mind develops in wondrous ways – self sustaining, yet reliant, level headed but …

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To See, or Not to See...

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In a world where all that exists is competition, how will you prove yourself just …

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Between Past and Present Tense...

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Archiving, whether personal or official is undeniably the most common means to secure historical knowledge. …

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  With 153 pieces from 20 universities at the 14th Emerging Talent show at VM …

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I (Heart) New York...

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Frank Sinatra and his vagabond shoes were longing to stray, right through the very heart …

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Shab-O-Roz...

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Fahim Rao’s recent works at Koel allows for the tangible to convulse into the insatiable. …

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Prescriptions...

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Despite our daily experience of reading in the digital realm, people continue to value the …

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‘Look at the city from here: through the rear view mirror or looking glass’ is …

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Vasl’s 8th Taaza Tareen Resi...

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A one day exhibition by Vasl’s 8th Taaza Tareen artists.     An exhibition is …

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Love in the times of Mufti Nae...

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  ‘Love in the times of Mufti Naeem’ is Shaan Taseer’s inaugural exhibition in Canada …

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Children of a Redder Earth...

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It has become relatively rare these days to confront more than a dozen works of …

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A Line of Thought- A review of...

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  As resilient as Karachi may seem to many, it is a city that is …

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The Blood of Women-Traces of R...

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Sometimes, the exhibits, those creative projects that sneak into reality by messing with the daily …

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Pathway to the Inner Sanctum...

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“Kids believe in Santa; adults believe in childhood.” ― Cate Kennedy     Life as an adult …

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Nuances of a Society...

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Central European cities like Vienna literally re-awaken in the spring after many long and grey …

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Beyond Innocence...

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Neon...

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Neon; a group show curated by the internationally acclaimed artist Zeeshan Muhammad at the Sanat …

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Fabric – My Art World...

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Fabric is a group show from gallery My Art World, held in Islamabad between 18th …

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Good Concept, Fragmented Execu...

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  Currently on display at Satrang Gallery is a group show titled “Fragmented epiphanies” curated …

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Love does not obey...

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Romanticized love is perhaps one of the most volatile energy systems thriving in our local …

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Encounters with Past, Painting...

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As there may be many sides of a personality, likewise there can be multiple readings …

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The Tale of Twin Cities...

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Every year the literature festivals being hosted in various part of the country are adding …

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Innovations in Public Space: R...

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The Lahore Biennale Foundation proudly launched its first project in Karachi on April 11, 2016, …

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Smart Art, Dubai...

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My first trip to Art Dubai was three years ago. I remember telling a friend …

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Alchemy...

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Maliha Azami Agha has a Master of Arts Art Education (Major in Painting) from University …

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The Pursuit of Being: Anum Las...

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Is it easy to accept an existential angst before bed? How long will it take …

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A History Interrupted: ‘The ...

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  The 1970s began with the bloody loss of East Pakistan and ended in a …

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Inshaye Tahayyur...

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To walk through the doors of an exhibition and pause is a telltale sign of …

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Sharing The Same Sky...

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The show Sharing The Same Sky opened at Satrang Art Gallery, Islamabad on March 10th, …

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Time, Place and Being...

by Numair A. Abbasi

“If landscape is way of seeing, there are potentially as many landscapes as individual ways …

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Unfold, Retell, Refold...

by Fatima Nadeem

On the 1st of March, Sanat Initiative brought forth a trio of recent National College …

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Imran Qureshi: Where the Shado...

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Imran Qureshi enjoys a challenge. When he was invited to exhibit at the Curve at …

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The India Art Fair 2016 was recently held at the INSC grounds in New Delhi, …

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A Weave Worth a Thousand Words...

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The East India Company from the 16th century onwards made a fortune for itself exporting …

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Like god – who can be found near your heart no matter if you search …

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Thoughts Through the Body...

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Stepping into Nausheen Saeed’s solo exhibition at Canvas, I thought that I have travelled to …

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Leonardo do Vinci: The Mechani...

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Leonardo da Vinci needs no introduction. The Science Museum in London hosted the exhibition “Leonardo …

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“Calcutta has countless stories hidden in its darkness… which survive in the memory of generations” …

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Pehli Manzil...

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A first of its kind exhibition arranged by the fresh Fine Art graduates of Indus …

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Salvaging the White in our Fla...

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Spread across four different locations in Karachi, Is Saye Kay Parcham Talay (ISKPT) began in …

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Meraki Gallery Group Show...

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Meraki Art Gallery hosted a five-artist group show in January, bringing fine monochromatic work together, …

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Borrowed Identity...

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Hasnat Mahmood’s recent exhibition ‘Search The Collection’ at the Canvas Gallery offered an opportunity to …

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Please remember: things are no...

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“Please remember, things are not what they seem,” he says. “After you do something like …

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Slick New Art from the Distant...

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One witnessed a spectacle of hungry collectors ferociously bidding, sizing down students for art works …

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Great Un-Expectations...

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The whirlwind that is December in Lahore is over and there is space enough and …

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Anmnesia...

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How can a person not react to the turmoil that engulfs one’s society? A nation …

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Reflections of Peace...

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Mohammad Ali Talpur’s work deals with the matters of the heart and not with the …

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Other Histories...

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One of Pakistan’s most prestigious artists: Amin Rehman’s exhibition titled “Other Histories” was inaugurated at …

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Book Review: Sadeqain and the ...

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In the age of load-shedding (or load management) of electricity in Pakistan, the meanings of …

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Conversation is a two way road – an exchange, privilege and necessity which we the …

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Jamaa Zarb Taqseem...

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There is nothing more devastating than the loss of the innocent. Pakistan, as a nation …

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Karachi University Thesis Show...

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Art rooted in Psychology, KU final year graduates worked with theme delving in memories, traumas, …

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In Conversation with Mona Naqs...

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Mona Naqsh took her formal training from her father Jamil Naqsh, the legendary artist of …

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Mythologies of the Oppressed...

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Artists do not create contexts; they work within them. Context is the intricate circumstances in …

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Alif the Unseen...

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Instead of going to a gallery this time to review an exhibition, I chose cyberspace …

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Beyond Questions...

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The act of putting together an exhibition is the scripting of a performance; the aesthetic …

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Glazed: Heera Khan...

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We all recognize the phony faces that look back at us from Hera Khan’s pieces. …

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An Analogy of Wit and Simplici...

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“Art does not reproduce what we see. It makes us see” – Paul Klee Paul …

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Rosy Dreams With High Walls...

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Saba Khan’s canvases are barely visible. Quietly embedded under the heady and heavy materials she …

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My Tales, Your Tales: Tall Tal...

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In the twentieth-century American poetess Muriel Rukeyser’s view, “the universe is made up of stories, …

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Influx...

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Refugees from across the world are stranded at eastern European borders as a result of …

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Art_Textiles at the Whitworth,...

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‘Art_Textiles’ at the Whitworth in Manchester is a long overdue exhibition putting work made from textiles …

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Sensory Spices...

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‘Sensory Spices’ – an apt name for the show on display at My Art World, Islamabad in November. …

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Pretty Gritty...

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Artists think many things when making their work. Many of them become apparent in their …

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Dubai’s Got Designs On The W...

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The first edition of the Dubai Design Week, taking place from 26-31 October 2015, was …

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On the Threshold...

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“For groups, as well as individuals, life itself means to separate and to be reunited, …

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Doppelganger...

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The German word “Doppelganger” means “double walker” .The term has repeatedly surfaced in literature and …

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Private Mythologies...

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Pakistan’s ten most revolutionary artists are brought together under one roof in an exhibition titled …

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Frieze and Quiet...

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Frieze Masters and Frieze London are a fifteen-minute walk and a world apart. While the …

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Inspired by the realism of the 19th century and the works of Da Vinci and …

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Images and texts are two sides of the same coin: they compensate for each other’s …

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Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive (2013) is a languorous ode to ruination. A couple …

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Canvas Gallery recently held an exhibition of four gifted painters whose works came together to …

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“Beauty has long since disappeared. It has slipped beneath the surface of the noise, the …

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Ai Weiwei...

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A thicket of reconstructed trees greats visitors as they enter the Royal Academy’s courtyard. The …

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For many artists and writers whose own lives were insular, sequestered, lived out behind oak-panelled …

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Imran Qureshi: Idea of Landsca...

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Stepping into Imran Qureshi’s ‘Idea of Landscape’ at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, is akin to stepping …

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A Borderless Time...

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Art, history and academia are three sisters. They live under one roof, come from the …

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The Very Silent Stories...

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‘Chup Kahani’ when translated simply means “Silent Stories”. Stories is an interesting word, because I …

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Undoing / Ongoing...

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“It took the war to teach it, that you were responsible for everything you saw …

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Of Lines and Life...

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Canvas Gallery in Karachi recently exhibited the works of three young artists in a collective …

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Encountering Komail: of Manusc...

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Symbolism began as a reaction to the literal representation of subjects preferring to create more …

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Madaar took me to different worlds, constructed with words which are around us, yet which we …

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A Journey of Self-Discovery: N...

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Natasha Shoro is an artist and educationist whose unique pictorial idiom has been acclaimed in …

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New Works by Nahid Raza...

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When we discuss feminism in art, our thoughts are usually mandated with aggressive ideologies and …

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Poetics of Memory...

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Our nation is a melting pot of emotions. Anger, sadness, relief, guilt, love and passion …

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Crossfire...

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A recent show that opened at Gandhara Gallery brings together collaborative artworks between three prominent …

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Full Circle...

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Step 1: Enter the gallery, Step 2: Look at the works, Step 3: Get confused, …

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English artist Grayson Perry is known best for his eccentricity, something so many artists are …

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In Plain Sight...

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The exhibition ‘In Plain Sight’ opened on last week at Satrang Art Gallery, consisting of …

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Man or Beast: Metamorphosis of...

by Amina Ejaz

Bestial” by Hassnain Awais at the Taseer Art Gallery is an exhibition of mixed media …

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The recent exhibition at Koel Gallery offers a snippet of the interesting concerns that Karachi’s …

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“Don’t talk about your art; let the art speak for you”: a statement repeatedly verbalized …

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Istanbul contains a fascinating blend of secular and religious elements. It is a modern city …

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Body and Body in the Community...

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An atom, as Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary states, is the smallest particle of an element …

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Milestone...

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A year is a good mark to review what all you have achieved: seasons, birthdays, …

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Roadside Walls as Canvases and...

by Rabeya Jalil

Many public walls in Karachi are covered in hate graffiti against ethnic groups, wall chalking …

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Spaces: Urban, Sacred, Human...

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‘Jaali’ takes the viewer on a journey of his own position as a spectator in the …

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Berger and Bento...

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John Berger is known for his incredible level of clarity when it comes to art …

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‘Nishaana’, meaning ‘target’, opened to viewers on 9th June at Canvas Gallery, featuring the works of …

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17th May 2015 saw the inauguration of a new event on the Pakistani art calendar, …

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And Nothing But The Truth...

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Honesty, freedom, fearlessness: such words are gospel for an artist in an age where our …

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Making the Meaning of Art...

by Sehrish Rafique

Installation art is difficult to describe. It is created at a specific space and is …

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The Science of Taking a Walk...

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The Science of Taking a Walk: Navigating / Re-,navigating – Forming Trajectories’ opened Thursday 21st May …

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Benumbed by Sajid Khan...

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Two little shalwar kameez-clad children run hand-in-hand atop the green, lush mountains that stretch afar. …

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The Exhibitions Programme at Asia House is dedicated to engaging in a dialogue with artists …

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Built-In...

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Start opening the folds of this world, count the sides, measure the edges, make patterns …

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Painting: Documents of Contemp...

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Painting (word and act) has probably undergone more attempts at reinvention than any other means …

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We Are All Mad Here: Performan...

by Ilona Yusuf

A great buzz and energy throbbed in the National Gallery in the first week of …

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The Venice Biennale 2015: Glob...

by Simone Wille

With the mix of the different curatorial voices of the various pavilions along with the …

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Saqib Mughal: Zindan-e-Khayal...

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Stroke by stroke of glossy, rich paint sits deliciously together in continuous, linear rows of …

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Becoming Abstract...

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“I found I could say something with colors and shapes that I couldn’t say any …

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Inanimate...

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For people that fancy the chic drama and sophistication of an 1889 cabaret, Scheherzade Junejo’s …

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Beyond Innocence...

by Faryal Ahsan

‘Beyond Innocence’ at Taseer Art Gallery was greeted by an array of familiar faces on …

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Inchoate Worlds...

by Dua Abbas Rizvi

We hardly ever meet an architect in a purely imaginative realm. We meet artists there …

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Reworking Memories and Histori...

by Rabeya Jalil

Imran Channa’s work at his solo show at Koel Gallery Karachi is loaded with a …

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Alternative Methods...

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On Wednesday 8th April 2015 Full Circle Gallery opened its doors to a stimulating exhibition …

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Various Views and Points of Iq...

by Aamna Hussain

The monograph The Art of Iqbal Geoffrey, edited by Zoha Haider, not only adds to the …

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Diverse Dimensions...

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The show ‘Diverse Dimensions’ at Satrang Art Gallery in April showcased new talent from National College …

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“The best works are often those with the fewest and simplest elements- pictures that are …

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Satrang Gallery’s fourth year of operation was ushered in this March with a thought-provoking exhibition, …

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Sajjad Ahmed: Deeply Superfici...

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When one looks at a work of art, one ascribes meaning to it that stems …

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Disclaimer: It is inevitable that the following essay will contradict itself. At Rohtas Gallery, Ali …

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The international art community’s calendar pivots around central, peak events that have acquired definitive importance …

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Curating an Art Fair: Art Base...

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Art Basel in all its three geographic manifestations in Basel, Miami Beach and in Hong …

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Philip Hook had me at ‘Artists live differently from ordinary people’ – the thirteenth line …

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Drawing Through Time...

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We have locals and tourists standing ‘telescope-eyed’ in front of the maps on subway stations… …

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As every year, 2015 brought with it one of the most awaited events. People thronged …

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If you recently visited Koel Gallery, you may have been pleasantly surprised. The images that …

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Dinner, the inaugural exhibition at Beauty & Truth, a new apartment gallery in Richmond, Virginia, …

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The method through which history is recited and documented trickles a large degree of influence …

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Red...

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Nine taps with a splotch of blood dripping from one of them. Four lidded containers …

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Noorjehan Bilgrami: Under the ...

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Noorjehan’s works are the music scores of a memory from afar as much as those …

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I am terribly excited as I write this review. I feel like I was picked …

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Stepping into Color Gallery brought around a wave of nostalgia and an edge of placation …

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The lifestyles to which we are accustomed do not prepare us for the natural disintegration …

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Muhammad Zeeshan’s solo exhibition ‘One for the Birds’ at Gandhara Art Space in Karachi heralded …

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Looking Back, Seeing Ahead...

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Arif Mahmood is a star. His work sets the stage ablaze, from breathtaking imagery of …

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The Garden of Earthly Delights...

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Nisha Hasan seems to hold another world in her head. At Rohtas Gallery, recently, she …

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The Presence of Absence...

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The walls of the gallery at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture are …

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Post-Pop: East Meets West...

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East does not meet West, and you will not discover anything new or exciting at …

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I Washed the Dust of the Eyes ...

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Humanity is at war. Narrowing it down, it is the age where Muslims (as well …

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Sailing Through the Looking Gl...

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“No matter how much time passes, no matter what takes place in the interim, there …

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by Dua Abbas Rizvi

With some of Pakistan biggest cultural events just around the corner (the literary fests whose …

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Dreamscape at Amin Gulgee Gall...

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Dreamscape, a performance and installation art evening, was held at Amin Gulgee Gallery, Karachi, with …

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Blood Swept Lands and Seas of ...

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Every year on the 11th of November at 11 o’clock, every single person in the United …

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A Persistence of Vision...

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Moeen Faruqi’s transcendent canvases touch upon the human experience, revolving around slumber, companionship, solitude and …

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A History of Art in a Few Word...

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The Department of Fine Arts, established by Anna Molka Ahmed in 1940 at the University …

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Out of Her Shell, In Her [skin...

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Samina Mansuri constructs a startlingly tactile experience with the body of work on display in …

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Risham Syed: Blackbirding...

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The visual language of colonial heritage embodied in the architecture or mundane ornaments of our …

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Studio Visit: Sanat Residency...

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Located near Karachi’s most sought after attraction – Sea View – the residency takes place …

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Book Review: B is for Bauhaus...

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I suppose the most convenient thing about encyclopaedias, anthologies, dictionaries, or any categorised depository of …

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Filling Greys: Ayaz Jokhio...

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It is often customary to come across images from an upcoming exhibition online before the …

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The Cloth Does Not Make the Mo...

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In Autumn 2014, London’s exhibition scene has been invaded by established, mature German artists. Sigmar …

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Sobia Ahmed: Who is Afraid of ...

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Sobia Ahmed showcased a powerful collection of works at Khaas Gallery in November. Two themes …

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Salman Toor: Around the Bourge...

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Lower, middle and upper: Pakistan’s distinct and jarring class divides. Living in this striated society, most individuals …

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Grains of Sand: A Spiritual Jo...

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‘Grains of Sand’ is a voguish exhibition that recently opened at the Satrang Gallery in …

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Conversing with Sheherezade Alam, one gets a sense that like other studio ceramists in the …

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Paul Klee’s words, “one eye sees, the other feels”, come to mind when one enters …

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Adeel-uz-Zafar: Stranger Than ...

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Over the last century, the mass media has popularized and propagated fictional icons from films, …

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The Story Must Go On’ exhibited from the 23rd to the 31st of October at Koel Gallery and …

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Anwar Saeed, a well-known painter of Pakistan, has been part of the faculty of the …

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Studio is another addition to the ongoing series of books called Documents of Contemporary Art. …

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Semblance of Order at Koel Gallery Fantasy Asia at IVS Gallery Sydney-Lahore at the Saeed …

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“Do you know what a cicada is? Do you have them here? Ok”… he says …

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“I am not really an art historian, so I had no interest in Warhol’s influences …

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Kamal Hyat: Honest Art...

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Kamal Hyat is back after a two-year absence from the Islamabad exhibition circuit with a …

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Under co-curators Rabeya Jalil and Ben Rak, the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture …

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Drawing From Within...

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Although I refer to “drawing” here in its artistic sense, as in the act or product …

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Resolving the Two Rights...

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According to many sociological and philosophical theories, gender differences are socially constructed. Society and culture …

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As a student perfunctorily leafing through art history, I would always find myself pausing over …

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Inaam Zafar’s work consists of paintings of stills from a lesser-known and under-rated film from …

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Most of us enjoy art because of the engaging personality present in the work; as …

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Henri Matisse: Cut-Outs at the...

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“From the moment I held the box of colours in my hands”, Henri Matisse said …

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Satrang Gallery’s latest exhibition, ‘A-Visual’, is an interesting journey into our perceptions and assumptions around …

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The Constructed Abstraction of...

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Faiza Butt’s show at Canvas Gallery titled ‘The Image of an Image’ is a cultural …

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Standing Collection...

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It is difficult to articulate specific parameters for Pakistani culture; internationally however, our country has …

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“NO ENTERY”, declared the misspelt sign, losing authority just as we crept past it to …

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Eight Pakistani artists in the...

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Few month back, the Italian art foundation “ARIA – Fondazione Industriale Adriatica”, asked me to …

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Hurouf: Third Annual Calligrap...

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Satrang Gallery’s annual Ramadan Calligraphy exhibition this year featured two heavy-weights of the calligraphic world, …

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The Sannat Initiative, brain child of Abid Merchant- art collector, former banker and all around …

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Silence is a response. It holds prestige in the realm of conversation. There can be …

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Summerscape: A Collective Narr...

by Aniqa Imran

Summerscape 2014′ brings together a plethora of artists, 52 to be exact, each with their …

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It has become common practice for contemporary artists today to create work that can be …

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Inspired by an exhibition of miniature paintings at the British Museum in 2010, where traditional …

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When you open The Shape of a Pocket, you enter a new world of imagination. As you sift …

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‘Jahan-e-Digar’, an exhibition at Full Circle Gallery, sought to showcase Iranian art based upon the ustad–shagird (master-student) …

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Khaas Gallery recently showcased the works of two young artists, Imrana Tanveer and Yasir Azeem. …

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Would you like to walk through the history of art, across the centuries and cultures-one …

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Dream Encounters with Tassaduq...

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Tassaduq Sohail, 85, is one of Pakistan’s finest artists. He is also a storyteller, a …

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“Consequently while making the preliminary foray in to the issue some of the broader predicaments …