Letter from Editor in Chief


Letter from Editor in Chief

An art forgery is normally defined as a work of art presented to a buyer with the intent to deceive. Fraudulent intention is necessary in order for an

Letter from the Editor

An art forgery is normally defined as a work of art presented to a buyer with the intent to deceive. Fraudulent intention is necessary in order for an art work to be considered forged. Intent is what separates honest copies and mistaken attributes from forgeries. This month’s issue delves into the art of forgery- Why are art works forged? Who benefits from such unscrupulous behavior and how can one protect their selves from being conned into purchasing such art work. It is sad to note there is a dearth of Certification authorities and the need of a a board to oversee fraudulent art here in Pakistan.

The Art market is flourishing with many Pakistani artists and galleries making a mark both nationally and internationally. The past month saw many of our renowned artist showing abroad. Canvas Gallery in collaboration with Grosvenor Gallery London showcasing ‘Hopes of Paradise.Contemporary Art of Pakistan’ with artists Adeela Suleman (Suleman is also showing at the Singapore Biennale 2016), David Alesworth, Huma Mulji, Faiza Butt, Imran Channa and Irfan Hasan. The two galleries also collaborated to present ‘Lost in His Own Garden’ by artist Muzzumil Ruheel. Artist Bani Abidi showed at Experimenter at FIAC 2016 Grand Palais, Paris. Abidi uses both photography and videos to make comments and critics on current politics and culture. Miniaturist Aisha Khalid’s solo exhibition ‘Two Worlds as One’ opened at National Gallery of Denmark. The exhibition continues till the 17th of February 2017.
A sprawling sixty-six-foot mosaic and a twenty-five-foot luminous multilayered glass painting by the acclaimed Pakistani-American artist Shahzia Sikander will join the Princeton University Museum’s collections this fall. Sikander is best known for contemporizing the traditional Indo-Persian discipline of miniature painting.
The first edition of the Lahore Literary Festival in London took place Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, at the BP Lecture Theatre of the British Museum featuring Pakistani artist Faiza Butt in conversation with Dr.Amin Jaffer. Artist Naiza Khan was also present in a panel with Sarmad Khoosat and Fifi Haroon discussing escapism, pop culture and the reshaping of cultural narratives.
Since the first iteration of Phaidon’s Vitamin P back in 2002, the series has provided a unique service to art lovers worldwide: an exhaustive, expert-nominated profile of the most important painters working today. The newly launched Vitamin P3 features Paksitani artist Imran Qureshi as one of the 108 international artists who are revolutionizing painting in this day and age.
We would also like to extend our congratulations to Abid Merchant of Sanat Initiative on yet another milestone! On the completion of 50 exhibitions Sanat launches publication titled “the first 50” containing 432 pages of essays, interviews, reviews, writings and images of works exhibited at Sanat Gallery.
Shammi Ahmeds latest artworks consisting of series of female portraits opened at Momart last month. Ahmed muses on the links that bind the past to present times, imagining that people who lived centuries ago remain within us. A must visit for all!
The Abraaj Group Art Prize recognises notable artists from the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. Following an intensive jury process, the Jury selects a winning artist to recieve a $100,000 commission. 2017 marks the 9th edition of the Prize, which has been recognised globally as an exceptional platform for artists working in the region. The jury received a record number of applications from 61 countries earlier this summer; more than double the number received in 2015. The 2017 Abraaj Group Art Prize winning artist is Rana Begum from Bangladesh and shortlisted artists are Doa Aly, Egypt, Sarah Abu Abdallah, Saudi Arabia and Raha Raissnia, Iran.
Our Editor Quddus Mirza spoke at the first ever Art Critics Symposium in Dubai- a collaboration between Zee Arts and Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay Dubai. The aim of this Art Critic Symposium was to provide an understanding on the global art forum and the practices of art making with its formal and conceptual aspects; along with creating, infusing and enhancing the act of art making.
The School of Visual Arts and Design (SVAD) at the Beaconhouse National University (BNU) and the Lahore Biennale Foundation (LBF), supported by the Danish Centre for Culture and Development (CKU), hosted their sixth artSPEAK in the Stories We Tell (Aao Sunayein Kahani) series on Thursday, 20th October at Chai, Kaafee aur Siasat. The objective for this public discussion, titled “Text and the City”, was to explore the importance and use of text with reference to Pakistani art and public spaces in the city. With art consultant/curator, Ambereen Karamat as the moderator, the panel included artists Ayesha Jatoi, Ayaz Jokhio and Quddus Mirza.
Earlier in October, Rashid Rana, Artistic Director of the Lahore Biennale 2017, spoke at the Courtauld Institute of Art, as part of their research seminar series “Contemporaneity in South Asian Art”. The talk was titled “Present Elsewhere”, with Rana discussing his artistic practice, along with his plans for the upcoming inaugural Lahore Biennale. Rana also spoke at the Tate Modern in London, alongside Frances Morris (Director, Tate Modern). Before a select audience, the Lahore Biennale was discussed in terms of the curatorial vision of the artistic director.
As the year 2016 nearly draws to a close, I am proud to note that it has been a fulfilling and culturally driven year for the arts community. With 2017 fast approaching, we at ArtNow are deeply inspired and motivated to continue our work as a strong online link connecting artists, curators and art enthusiasts across continents.


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