FINE ARTS

Islamic Art: Past, Present, Future

Yale Univ. Jul. 2019. 360p. ed. by ed. by Jonathan M. Bloom & Sheila S. Blair. ISBN 9780300243475. $65. FINE ARTS
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This volume is based on a series of papers presented at the seventh Biennial Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art and Culture, an international conference widely recognized as an enriching event that has improved the broader understanding of Islamic art and culture, held at the Virginia Museum of Art in 2017. Written versions of the symposium papers are included, along with full-color photos of works by contemporary artists such as Newsha Tavakolian, Hassan Hajjaj, and Shahzi Sikanderm. The book explores how in the past, Islamic art has been defined as works created in the region from Spain to India between the seventh and 18th centuries. The current definition, however, particularly among scholars, is that these works do not have to be produced by or for Muslims. A wide variety of media from painting to video is also considered.
VERDICT For casual observers analyzing these works against other religious denominations and their related art, this comprehensive analysis of a modern take on Islamic art will be an appreciated resource. It is also well suited to art scholars and enthusiasts.

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