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Image and Identity: Fifty Years of Painting and Sculpture in Pakistan

Akbar Naqvi (Author)
Synopsis This is a first-ever history of art written in the country, which discusses artistic forms and personal identities of artists as a discourse on the modern and contemporary art of Pakistan. The first two chapters deal with the subcontinental art scene against the background of the decay of Mughal painting, the emergence of company painting and, finally, the triumph of the western style of Raj painting, and reaction against it from Abanindranath Tagore and Chughtai. The author argues that Pakistani art is a distinct facet of the Muslim heritage of the subcontinent. The works of Zubeida Agha, Shakir Ali, and other pioneers of modern art, have been analysed in detail, focusing on how the modern artists of Pakistan have used cubism and abstract art in the traditional subcontinental way of turning historical necessity into culturally viable individual expressions. A separate chapter deals with Pakistan's women artists who are defining their independent role in the gender context. A chapter on sculpture draws notice for the first time to its lively existence in Pakistan.
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About the author

Akbar Naqvi

Akbar Naqvi holds a PhD in English Literature from Liverpool University. He taught at Patna University from 1954 to 1956 and from 1959 to 1962. He has taught European Art History at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture from 1990 to 1995 and has lectured on Pakistani Art and Sculpture at the National College of Art, Lahore, from 2000 to 2005. In addition, he has written regular art and architecture reviews for the daily Sun, Dawn, and The Muslim, and the monthly Herald. Dr Naqvi has delivered lectures both in Pakistan and abroad on Modern Art and Sculpture, including at the Royal Asiatic Society, London, 1996; University of Manchester and Metropolitan University of Manchester, 1996; and the Brunei Art Gallery, SOAS, London, 2000. Two of his books, Image and Identity: Painting and Sculpture in Pakistan 1947–1997 (1998; 2nd edition: 2010) and Pakistan: Making of Art (2000), have been published by Oxford University Press, Pakistan.

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Title Image and Identity: Fifty Years of Painting and Sculpture in Pakistan
Author Akbar Naqvi
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1999
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 0195778030
length xl+870p., Illustrations; Glossary; Index.