Thursday, October 24, 2013

Waqas Khan at The Frieze

This is a beautiful large scale work. The image below does not do justice to the detail, aesthetic proportion and the impact of the work. And by the way, this piece had been sold.

Stay tuned for more coverage on The Frieze ....

Art and the Artist  (Source: Waqas Khan)


Saturday, October 19, 2013

Quarter of a million visitors to the Met Rooftop and counting .....

An interesting article below in the Wall Street Journal, on the economic impact of the Met Exhibitions on the US economy. Even more interesting are the three 'high profile exhibitions' mentioned in the article, because the list includes Imran Qureshi's Rooftop exhibition.

Till the time of the study (end August), Mr Qureshi's exhibition had attracted over 259,000 visitors. With more than two months remaining till the end of the exhibition, it is safe to assume that over 400,000 would have visited the exhibition (from May 11 to Nov 3). What an impact !

No marks for guessing who had a bigger positive impact on the general American public - Imran Qureshi's exhibition or the PM's speech to the UN !

An ever counting


Source: The Met

Met Exhibitions Bring Tourism Dollars

Tourists Drawn to the Met Spent Some $401M During Spring and Summer

                          Out-of-town visitors, drawn to New York by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection and three high-profile exhibitions, spent some $401 million this spring and summer, according to a study released Monday by the museum.

The Met's economic impact in 2013 marked a slight increase from the $398 million seen in the previous season but was lower than the $472 million generated in 2011, when a blockbuster show devoted to the late British designer Alexander McQueen prompted a surge in visitors.
In total, 1,076 visitors were surveyed. The study was conducted this spring and summer by the Met's market-research and marketing arms.
Fashion exhibitions continued to be crowd-pleasers. In the spring and summer of 2013, "Punk: Chaos to Couture," about the rock genre's rebellious aesthetic, drew 442,350 visitors. "Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity," which examined the clothes worn in Paris from the 1860s to 1880s, drew 440,973 visitors.
A third show, a rooftop installation by the Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi, opened in May and attracted 259,858 visitors before the study concluded on Aug. 31. (The exhibition is still open.)
By contrast, "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" drew 661,509 total visitors in 2011, pushing the museum's annual attendance to a record high of 6.3 million in the 2012 fiscal year.
This year, more than three-quarters (77%) of the museum's visitors traveled from outside the five boroughs of New York. Of these, 21% came from the tri-state area, 31% came from other states and 48% were international visitors. Among travelers, 78% reported staying overnight in the city.
As in past years, more than half of the Met's out-of-town visitors cited the museum as a key factor in their decision to come to New York. This year, those visitors yielded an estimated tax benefit to the city and state of $40.1 million, according to the study.
People who visited the Met also took advantage of the city's other cultural offerings: 73% visited other museums, 47% saw a Broadway show and 19% attended an opera, ballet or concert. Visitors from out of town reported spending $1,139 per person on average during their stay in New York, a decline of 3% from last year, attributed to a drop in shopping. They stayed for an average of 6.6 days.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Shahzia Sikander in Istanbul


Soprano singer in performance as part of Pivot, Istanbul Biennial

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Video: Imran Qureshi's discussion at the Met, NY in September.

A very interesting video not only because of Imran's work and thoughts but equally importantly because of the explanation given by Ian Alteveer on the technique of miniature painting and by Navina Haider on the history of miniature painting.

The video shows a lot of exceptionally beautiful works and puts into perspective the common themes running in this practice for the past 500 years - from the courtyards and gardens of the Mughals to that of the Queen's Palace in Bagh-e-Babur in Kabul to the Met's Rooftop and the Central Park in New York.

If you want to know your 'miniature painting history', bookmark this video.

Enjoy !

Source: The Met

From the Met, "The extraordinary tradition of miniature painting has provided fertile ground for young artists working in Pakistan, India, and beyond. Join Met curators Ian Alteveer, Maryam Ekhtiar, and Navina Najat Haidar, along with Roof Garden Commission artist Imran Qureshi for a discussion of the medium's rich history and its deep resonances as a contemporary practice. This program is held in conjunction with the exhibition The Roof Garden Commission: Imran Qureshi."

Video - Quddus Mirza - worth watching despite .....

Artwallaa must confess that Artwallaa started watching this video with a negative bias; for two reasons. We find it odd that the editor of a magazine uses the magazine's platform/name to talk about his own work and that too a few days before his impending exhibition. Also, Artwallaa was biased after reading some reviews of Mr Mirza's panel discussion at the Lahore Literary Festival.

To our pleasant surprise, the video is absorbing on many counts. It gives a very good context of Mr Mirza's works. There are some very good stories behind most of his works. The video is also a good recap of the history of art in Pakistan in the past 30 years specially with reference to the politico-social developments of the country in that period. It also is a lesson for young artists on the importance of independence of thought in art.

After watching the video, Artwallaa stands corrected. We appreciate Mr Mirza's conceptual works much better now, though we still prefer his 'more finished' works - at least aesthetically.

If you are planning to go and see his exhibition, watch this video beforehand. It will make the experience a lot more enjoyable. And, even if you are not going to the exhibition - still watch it !


Quddus Mirza: Art and Other Ideas. Source: ArtNow, Vimeo

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Nothing beats being the highlight of The Met Store, NY

As an artist, nothing beats having your publication(s) as the highlight of the The Met Store NY.
Source: FB

Shahzia Sikander wins another award - ArtPrize 2013

ArtPrize-goers watch Shahzia Sikander's entry "The Last Post" at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. The entry won the $20,000 time/performance juried prize in ArtPrize 2013. (Cory Morse |