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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

  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

  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  

  ‘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...

by Nageen Shaikh

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

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Collector’s Weekend...

by Shameen Arshad

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

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Sanat’s very own ‘Departme...

by Jovita Alvares, Artnow

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

Back to Nature    ...

by Jovita Alvares, Artnow

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 (...

by Dua Abbas Rizvi

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

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Fragmented Reality...

by Ayesha Naveed

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

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Social Objects  ...

by Nimra Khan

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

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Not even, from a distance…...

by Sehr Jalil

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

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Art Kingdom...

by Nageen Shaikh

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...

by Mariam Qureshi

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 …

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

The Lover’s Flight...

by Julius John Alam

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

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Surrealism Revisited...

by Jovita Alvares, ArtNow  

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

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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...

by Nageen Shaikh

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...

by Ayesha Naveed

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

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Blind Oblivion...

by Jovita Alvares, ArtNow

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

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An Ode To Printmaking...

by Hira Mannan, ArtNow

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

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The Sites of MYTH...

by Jovita Alvares, ArtNow

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

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Dil Toh Pagal Hai, Indeed!...

by Hira Mannan, ArtNow

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

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Omen...

by Jovita Alvares, ArtNow

  “…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...

by Sehrish Mustafa

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...

by Jovita Alvares, ArtNow

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

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Across the Land and Water...

by Jovita Alvares, ArtNow

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

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The Thread Unraveled...

by Rabia S. Akhtar

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

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...

by Shanzay Subzwari

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

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The Whiff of The Everyday...

by Natasha Jozi

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

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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...

by Hira Mannan, Artnow

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

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And The Marks We Make....

by Numair A. Abbasi

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

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The Art of Rivalry: Four Frien...

by Dua Abbas Rizvi

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

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Between being and becoming...

by Numair A. Abbasi

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

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Substitute: The Untold Narrati...

by Ammara Jabbar

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

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Same same but different: “A...

by Paniz Musawi Natanzi

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

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Personal Mythologies...

by Shameen Arshad

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

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The Archive as an Arena for Pl...

by Julius John Alam

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

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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...

by Mark Bloch

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

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Snippets from a Distance...

by Veera Rustomji

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

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Axis of Action: A Reel Life Or...

by Numair A. Abbasi

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

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Jamil Baloch – Beyond...

by Rabia S. Akhtar

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

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Book Review: Global Activism ...

by Sabeen Ahsan

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

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#Hashtag...

by Nimra Khan

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

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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...

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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...

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

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Utopia...

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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...

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

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18.08.2016...

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

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Delineate...

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

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Belluard Bollwerk Internationa...

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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...

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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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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...

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

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Of Polarity and Plurality...

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

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The Prodigal Son Returns...

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

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No Man’s Land...

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

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Quat and Paste...

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

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Potpourri XXVI...

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

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Summerscape...

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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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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: Th...

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

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Works and Words of Sadequain...

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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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With non-representational contemporary art dominating the art scene in recent years, there are increasingly fewer …

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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...

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

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Unfold, Retell, Refold...

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

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The Craft of Art...

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Art Dubai’s ten-year anniversary highlighted the transformative nature of the fair for the art scene …

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ARQ: A Celebration Of Womanhoo...

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ARQ: A Celebration Of Womanhood, hosted by Sharmila Sahebah Faruqi (Minister for Culture and Tourism), …

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Lives of the Artists, Lives of...

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One of the leading curators of our time has a way with titling his books. …

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Scenes for a New Heritage...

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Bani Abidi, Seher Shah and Shahzia Sikander are currently featured in the Museum of Modern …

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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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Material as Meaning in the Art...

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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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THE ABC OF ART...

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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...

by Saima Munawar

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

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Calcutta Continuum by Shakil S...

by Shameen Arshad

“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...

by Ayesha Akif

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...

by Amina Ejaz

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...

by Nadia Batool Hussain

“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...

by Saba Khan

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

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Great Un-Expectations...

by Seher Tareen

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

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Anmnesia...

by Shameen Arshad

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

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Reflections of Peace...

by Sana Kazi

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

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Other Histories...

by Faryal Ahsan

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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Language and Image – A Love ...

by Sehr Jalil Raja

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...

by Munira Abbas

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

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In Conversation with Mona Naqs...

by Varda Nisar

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...

by Amina Ejaz

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

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Beyond Questions...

by Abi Tariq

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...

by Shireen Ikramullah Khan

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

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Rosy Dreams With High Walls...

by Madyha Leghari

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...

by Amina Ejaz

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

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Influx...

by Sana Kazi

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

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Art_Textiles at the Whitworth,...

by Dr. Melanie Miller

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

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Sensory Spices...

by Shameen Arshad

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

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Pretty Gritty...

by Madiha Sikander

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...

by Zarmeené Shah

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

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On the Threshold...

by Sarah Kazmi

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

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Doppelganger...

by Shameen Arshad

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

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Private Mythologies...

by Sana Kazi

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

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Frieze and Quiet...

by Seher Tareen

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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Be:Cause...

by Amina Ejaz

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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Things don’t have to be extraordinary to be beautiful; ordinary can be just as striking. …

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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...

by Ariane Belisle

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

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by Dua Abbas Rizvi

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...

by Zahra Khan

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

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A Borderless Time...

by Sehr Jalil Raja

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

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The Very Silent Stories...

by Varda Nisar

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

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Undoing / Ongoing...

by Maha Malik

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

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Of Lines and Life...

by Ayesha Akif

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

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Encountering Komail: of Manusc...

by Shireen Ikramullah Khan

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

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Book Review | Madaar Lives of ...

by Sehrish Rafique Malik

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...

by Marjorie Husain

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

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New Works by Nahid Raza...

by Veera Rustomji

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

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Poetics of Memory...

by Osama Khalid

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

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Crossfire...

by Shanzay Subzwari

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

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Full Circle...

by Varda Nisar

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

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Playing to the Gallery...

by Dua Abbas Rizvi

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

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In Plain Sight...

by Shameen Arshad

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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I Am...

by Shameen Arshad

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

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Skyline at Elgiz Museum...

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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...

by Natasha Jozi

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

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Milestone...

by Osama Khalid

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...

by Dr Chloe A. Gill-Khan

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

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Berger and Bento...

by Aamna Hussain

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...

by Osama Khalid

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...

by Shanzay Subzwari

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

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My Kolachi...

by Pamela Kember

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

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Built-In...

by Sehr Jalil Raja

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

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Painting: Documents of Contemp...

by Dua Abbas Rizvi

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...

by Mariam Kamal

“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...

by Osama Khalid

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...

by Sharmeen Arshad

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

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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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NCA Thesis Exhibition...

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

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

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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...

by Amna Iqbal

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...

by Aniqa Imran

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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A Pilgrimage with Porcelain...

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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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Different Chapters...

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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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Along With Anwar...

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Book Review: Studio – Do...

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Running the Printmaking Marath...

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

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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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Resolving the Two Rights...

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

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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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“NO ENTERY”, declared the misspelt sign, losing authority just as we crept past it 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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Incubating Art...

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The Sound of Silence...

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Summerscape: A Collective Narr...

by Aniqa Imran

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Keeping It Simple...

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Contrasting Traditional and Mo...

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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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Things That Appear : Imrana Ta...

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Book Review: A Pictorial Story...

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Dream Encounters with Tassaduq...

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Altering The Known...

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Taking It Outside...

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‘Let’s Take it Outside’ at the Gandhara Art Gallery weaves together works of a diverse …

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A Matter of Lines...

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Rehana Mangi was among the first batch of NCA graduates from the department of miniature …

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Love It or Hate It...

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There is an old saying that opposites attract. Imran Muddasar’s exhibition Love or Hate at …

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Kit and Kaboodle...

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The last show of the season for Khaas Gallery Islamabad is “Kit and Kaboodle”, a …

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Renewing Passports...

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Shhhh… listen close, you’ll be able to sense the arousing sound of cultural consciousness. And …

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

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The book The Triumph of Icarus is a compilation of essays based on the “Life and Arts …

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Miniature painting is one of the few vehicles of Indo-Pak art forms that makes it …

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When I Wake Up In The Morning...

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A recent exhibition of two well established artists, Nurayah Sheikh and Rabeya Jalil, drew upon original …

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Displacement Anxieties...

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Too often we underestimate the power of place in our lives. The sense of belonging it …

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Reverberating Sounds Echo Thro...

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Identity has an impact on politics, economy, culture and the arts. The Sindh art show …

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Basir Mahmood: Three Works...

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Basir Mahmood, a graduate of the Beaconhouse National University, is the most recent graduate of …

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Other Spaces...

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In darkened rooms at Taseer Art Gallery, Uzair Amjad, Zaineb Siddique and Ahmed Faizan Naveed …

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In 1968, French philosopher Henri Lefebvre published Le Droit à la Ville (The Right to the City), in …

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TalhaRathore’s recent collec...

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Within the scope of traditional commissioned miniatures, much of the paintings shared a poignant dialogue …

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Mehmood Hassan Rumi: A Retrosp...

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Many eyes meet yours, evade yours, seek out distance and yet, are unquestionably aware of …

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Ascension: New Works By Sana A...

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Sana Arjumand had a busy 2013, with exhibition in Sydney, Karachi, Dubai and Mumbai, but …

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The Jameel Prize...

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In her 1991 study of the history of Islamic art, British scholar and curator Barbara …

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Safarnama...

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At the peak of Islamic power, armies from Arabia traveled across what would later become …

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The Art of Painting: Fatima Mu...

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The Art of Painting, also known as The Allegory of Painting was painted by Dutch …

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Art Dubai 2014 at a Glance...

by Gayatri Rangachari Shah

The eighth edition of Art Dubai, the Middle East’s most important contemporary art fair took …

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Singapore Biennale 2013 : If t...

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When Singapore hosted its first biennale in 2006, it received mixed reviews. The city state …

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Tongue in Cheek: Imran Huzai...

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Art Fest 2014, a two week event closing on 15th February 2014, was curated by …

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Mansur Aye: A Retrospective of...

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February 13, 2014 saw the opening of the ‘Mansur Aye – A Retrospective of Five …

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Philostorgy, Now Obscure...

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Gray permeates the small, intimate paper with crimson diffusing from its center. It could be …

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The Pakistani Phoenix: Second ...

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Imran Qureshi probably doesn’t need presentations: in 2013 he has been the most talked about …

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Still by Default...

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The group exhibition ‘But the most beautiful thing about my burrow is the stillness’ at …

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Seen From Here, There, and Now...

by Madyha Leghari

In the 1970s, psychological studies started delving into what artists had already known for a …

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Book Review: A Vivid Influx of...

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The book Influx: Contemporary Art in Asia not only asks poignant questions about the art scene in …

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In the Weeds...

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The recently opened solo show titled ‘Weeds’ at Canvas Gallery has been support by renowned …

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“Echoes of Polarity” is the title of the latest group-show of the online gallery MyArtWorld, …

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Landscapes as Souls...

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‘The Weight of Things’ – well worth the wait. After a series of critically acclaimed …

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It took a few moments for me to realize that this was it. The gallery …

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If, upon arriving at the Lahore airport, you find yourself playing an unwitting part in …

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Initially, when one doesn’t find the noun that usually follows the word ‘mad’; one wonders …

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It is most interesting to see an artist develop and mature in an intimate space …

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Rough Around the Edges...

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Hanmi Gallery’s exposed brick, uneven floorboards and half painted interior form the perfect setting for …

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Book Review: Punjab in Paintin...

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Punjab has a long, diverse and discontinued history of painting. From the walls of temples …

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De-Void...

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Old family albums can be a Pandora’s box of unsuccessfully concealed scandals, barely forgotten heartbreaks …

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The Art of Choosing Well...

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Madiha Sikander Mahmil Masood Bawany. Untitled. Polythene and thread. It is interesting how each subsequent …

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It has become quite unavoidable for artists in Karachi to express their griefon the status …

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NCA Theises Preview...

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Not much is astir at 11 a.m inside thesis studios at the National College of …

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The Seven artists of “Celebrating Seven” currently showing at Rothas Gallery, Islamabad, are Alia Bilgrami, …

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Inside and Outside the Circle:...

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The artist Wardha Shabbir lives and works in the city of Lahore, Pakistan, where she …

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It would be safe to say that every artist has two sides to his personality. …

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In his solo show held at the Zahoor-ul-Akhlaq gallery, Fazal Rizvi picks at the seams …

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Pakistani artist Iqra Tanveer’s solo exhibition “Between Earth and Sky” opened at the Moscow Museum …

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Pursukoon Karachi...

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Ironically, reverberations of the political and religious tensions in the nation were felt in the …

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Do it Yourself Art...

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The only definition of “readymade” published under the name of Marcel Duchamp (or his initials, …

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Fatima Munir and the City...

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Fatima Munir’s first solo show was held at the historical Rothas Gallery in Islamabad last …

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Book Review: Labyrinth of Refl...

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The Mohatta Palace Museum in collaboration with the Standard Chartered Bank recently launched Labyrinth of …

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Silhouettes...

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The simplest of symbols, the most basic glimpses of the familiar, can be used to …

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The unbearable lightness of be...

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Prolific artist Nausheen Saeeds exhibition at the Canvas gallery furthered the artist existing preoccupation with …

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The Venice Biennale...

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Almost every two years since 1895, Venice is invaded by the global community of art-lovers …

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Seven Deadly Sins...

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The root word for the number seven in Hebrew means ‘to be full’ or ‘to …

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Becoming Animal...

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Becoming Animal was the title of the exhibition at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art held …

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But is it Site Specific Art?...

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There is always room to push ideas off their limits in art. While most artists …

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Modern Life...

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The name of the group show by Julius John, Ali Asad Naqvi, Saeeda Nawaz, Sara …

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It is always interesting to read of the conception and progression of an art form. …

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Book Review: Naiza Khan Monogr...

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ArtAsiaPacific recently published a book on Naiza Khan, one of Pakistan’s most influential contemporary artists. …

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Together We Stand Alone...

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“If you have to go crazy, please go crazy all by yourself!” Ursula tells her …

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Eclectic Influences: Miniature...

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In 1981, American artist Sherrie Levine re-photographed the works of prominent photographers Edward Weston and …

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Space, Earth, Landscape : Muha...

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Is it a swallow in flight, or a slow dagger ascending, a map, a mask, …

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Iqbal Hussain was back in Islamabad for its third exhibition at Tanzara Gallery. Noshi Qadir, …

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Memoirs of the Future...

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Every year when the Young Artists Exhibition goes up at Lahore’s Alhamra Art Gallery, the …

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Dietmar Elger’s Gerhard Richter: A Life in Painting charts Richter’s life from his Dresden days …

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Metropolyptical: Risham Syed...

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One often hears that Lahore looks like Amritsar or old Delhi. It is difficult to …

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New Works by Maryam Rahman Agha and Nida Bangash Nida Bangash’s series of works, The …

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New Romantic...

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Forever in Transit: Aroosa Naz...

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There is a film adaptation of Shakespeares Hamlet made in 2000 by Michael Almereyda and …

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Mohammad Ali Talpur’s work has long been an exploration of the possibilities and limitations of …

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Like Richard Hamilton’s ground-breaking collage from 1956, Just what is it that makes today’s homes …

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India Air Fair arrives in its fifth edition with evident improvements and an increasing number …

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“Art –A New Approach”...

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“Art – A New Approach”, a group show featuring Sarah Hashmi, Dua Abbas, Ali Mansur …

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Philosophy: A Photographic Exh...

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Bend in the Scapes” at Satrang Gallery in Islamabad presents metropolitan, bucolic and ‘mental’ landscapes …

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Painting – Documents of Contemporary Art. Edited by Terry R. Myers. 240 pages. Whitechapel Gallery. In …

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When Mohammad Hanif opened the conversation with Sarnath Banerjee at T2F in front of a …

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American Legends by Yousuf Kar...

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From its inception to the present times, photographic portraiture has been one of the most …

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Adeela Suleman traverses a narrow space between several paradoxes both structurally and thematically in her …

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In a tutorial with artist Paula Kane during my post-graduate studies, I felt augmented upon …

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Teaching Art to Street Kids...

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Hiba Schahbaz at Twelve Gates ...

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For a long time, Chinese contemporary art in New York art caught the eye of …

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Collective Energy...

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Fresh work radiating a vibrant energy would be the words to describe the exhibition at …

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Simone Wille visits Kassel on the opening of dOCUMENTA, the most prestigious art event in …

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Panorama at The Singapore Art ...

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Both in scope and duration the new show at the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) “PANORAMA: Recent Art …

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The $12 Million Stuffed Shark...

by ArtNow

Don Thompson, a Harvard economist, decided to investigate the art market and its idiosyncrasies and …

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Vasl Workshop...

by Emaan Mahmud

Vasl International Artists’ Workshop 2012 was an inventive, genre-specific residency, a refreshing interlude to an …

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Book Review: The Boy who Bit P...

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The Boy Who Bit Picasso is a book by Antony Penrose, the son of Lee Miller …

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Mehr Afroz: Naqsh Bar Aab...

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Meher Afroz combines the personal and the universal within the framework of spirituality Meher Afroz’s …

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Abraaj Capital Art Prize 2012...

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The Abraaj Capital Art Prize (ACAP) is one of the world’s largest art prizes comprising …

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Mere Humd(r)um at Aicon Galler...

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Sadia Salim reviews a vibrant show of young Pakistan artists at Aicon Gallery New York …

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In the Madding Crowd...

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Startling, acutely analytical often bordering on inanity or crystalizing as profound, the volume Writers on …

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Sculptor Shahid Sajjad is the ...

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The Engro Excellence Awards held in Karachi for the second year running is gaining credence …

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Sex and Violence Death and Sil...

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Gordon Burn was a writer not an art critic. He wrote four well-received novels , …

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Iqbal Geoffrey...

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My first awareness of Iqbal Geoffrey was through The Odder Storey, his very own one-man-show retrospective temporary-museum, within …

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Disguises and Deceit: Saba Iqb...

by ArtNow

In the psychological drama of everyday life, human beings react to events in strange and …

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Iqbal Geoffrey...

by Douglas Park

My first awareness of Iqbal Geoffrey was through The Odder Storey, his very own one-man-show retrospective temporary-museum, within …

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Peer Pressure by Brad Troemel...

by Meenakshi Thirukode

We rarely get to read anything of actual substance within critical writing these days. So …

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Paroxysms of Spirituality...

by ArtNow

Two young artists Komail Aijazuddin and Mohammad Ali presented their works at Canvas Gallery , …

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The Frenzy of Karachi in 3D...

by ArtNow

Sculpture is alive and kicking and the recent show at Art Chowk titled Mad in …

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Globalization and Contemporary...

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Globalization has entered the mainstream lexicon of 21st century with an assuredness of belonging that few …

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arTCF fundraiser for TCF schoo...

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Art exhibitions for fundraising are a universal phenomena and exemplify a win-win situation for all …

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Shahid Sajjad Sculpture: Colle...

by Nafisa Rizvi

The monograph on Shahid Sajjad, written by Akbar Naqvi comprises a set of original essays …

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The Artist, the Art Work and t...

by Raania A. K Durrani

Psychological Space at the IVS gallery in Karachi, showcases not only the personal journey and …

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Global Contemporary...

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In his opening speech at the exhibition, The Global Contemporary. Art Worlds After 1989, held at the …

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Personal Space...

by Michael Kempson

Apart from the regular geopolitical or cricket related reportage received from Pakistan, the other Asian …

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Book Review | Art Running on E...

by Salwat Ali

Art’s fall from grace has been fodder to the theory mill for years and End …

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Believer’s Paradise...

by Shahana Rajani

Shahana Rajani explores the work of three printmakers from Thailand who use a vocabulary emanating from …

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The ‘Pix’torial Survey of ...

by Dua Abbas

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