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Masterpieces from the Department of Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Artby Maryam Ekhtiar
Synopses & Reviews
In honor of the 50th birthday of the Sheldon Museum of Artand#8217;s Philip Johnsonand#8211;designed building and the 125th anniversary of the Sheldon Art Association and the University of Nebraskaand#8211;Lincoln art collection, Painting from the Collection of the Sheldon Museum of Art showcases the Sheldonand#8217;s impressiveand#160;collection, featuring reproductions of 125 major works along with smart, engaging entries by a team of respected scholars.
The catalog presents some of the museumand#8217;s most beloved and widely known canvases, including eighteenth- and nineteenth-century masterpieces by Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Eakins, John Singer Sargent, and Benjamin West; iconic pictures by twentieth-century artists such as Edward Hopper, Lee Krasner, Barnett Newman, Georgia Oand#8217;Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Frank Stella, and Andy Warhol; and works by both emerging artists and giants in the contemporary field, including Dan Christensen, Carmen Herrera, Hung Liu, Ed Ruscha, Patssi Valdez, and Philemona Williamson.
This survey highlights the artistic, cultural, and geographic conflicts and concurrences that shaped more than two centuries of American painting and offers art enthusiasts and scholars alike a means to reconnect with old favorites while discovering new onesand#8212;all freshly interpreted based on recent discoveries and research.
Book News Annotation:
Published to celebrate the opening of the completely renovated Islamic art galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, now more accurately re-named the Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia, this catalog offers a fine introduction to the history of art and architecture of each of these geographic areas in turn, with a wealth of examples from the Met's truly amazing collection, described in detail. Introductory essays give the history of the Met's collection, examples of its earlier installation, and the aims and execution of the new display. The depth of the catalog essays is notable, speaking to the years of research devoted to the objects, as well as the credentials of the authors. As is unfailingly the case with this publisher, the volume is beautifully produced, both in the quality and authority of the text and the excellent, copious color plates. Oversized (9.25x11.25"), the volume includes a glossary, bibliography, and map. It's distributed by Yale University Press. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
An in-depth and comprehensive study of art from the Islamic world based on the preeminent collection in the Metropolitan Museum
A survey of the stunningly beautiful visual and decorative arts created by Indiaand#39;s Deccan kingdoms
This pioneering book captures a rich cultural period in Indian history through artworks produced in the Deccan plateau, where Muslim kingdoms conducted international trade with Iran, Turkey, Africa, and Europe.and#160;
In the 16th and 17th centuries, the Deccan plateau of south-central India was home to a series of important, highly cultured Muslim kingdoms and was a nexus of international trade. Invigorated by cultural connections to Iran, Turkey, East Africa, and Europe, Deccani art is celebrated for its unmistakable, otherworldly character: in painting, a poetic lyricism; in architecture, a somber grandeur; and in the decorative arts, lively creations in inlaid metalwork and dyed textiles. This beautifully illustrated catalogue, which includes extraordinary new site photographs and lush landscape images, along with discussions of 200 of the finest Deccani works, creates the most comprehensive examination to date of this fascinating and remote world. The text not only discusses paintings, drawings, textiles, arms, manuscripts, and other decorative arts from this rich culture, but also explores the history, architecture, literature, and music of the period. Essays by prominent international authors, supplemented by informative maps, illustrated appendices, and select primary sources, make this pioneering book a key resource on the subject.
This expansive book reveals the great diversity and range of art of the Arab lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and later South Asia. Published to coincide with the historic reopening of the galleries of the Metropolitan Museum's Islamic Art Department, it presents nearly three hundred masterpieces from one of the finest collections in the world. The works range chronologically from the origins of Islam in the seventh century through the nineteenth century, and geographically from as far west as Spain and Morocco to as far east asand#160;India. Outstanding miniature paintings and illuminated manuscripts, ceramics, textiles, carpets, glass, and metalwork reflect the mutual influence of artistic practice in the sacred and secular realms. Many of these beautiful objects display the rich traditions of calligraphy, vegetal ornament (the arabesque), and geometric patterning that distinguish the arts of the Islamic world.and#160;
With seven informative essays and almost three hundred catalogue entriesand#8212;supplemented by introductory essays on the collection and its displayand#8212;this handsome and comprehensive overview will enlightenand#160;the specialist and the general reader alike.
About the Author
Maryam D. Ekhtiar is Senior Research Associate in the Department of Islamic Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Priscilla P. Soucek is John L. Loeb Professor, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Sheila R. Canby is the Patti Cadby Birch Curator in Charge of the Department of Islamic Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Navina Najat Haidar is Curator and Administrator in the Department of Islamic Art at Theand#160;Metropolitan Museum of Art.and#160;
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