After reading The Story of Art Without Men, educators may aspire to redesign their art history surveys and syllabi — and trade some Picassos for Gegos.
Nageen Shaikh is an art historian, and art and book critic. Her research develops questions of production over ideation in South Asian and early modern art, transnational art, contemporary artists’ studios, and collaborations between art materials, design, and science. Tweets can be found here.
How Did Early Modern European Craftspeople Pass On Their Knowledge?
A new book about object making critically examines a written history of working with materials.
A New Sourcebook of Indian Art
20th Century Indian Art: Modern, Post-Independence, Contemporary surveys the many distinct aspects of art in South Asia.
Inside the Wondrous Studios of Three Pakistani Artists
Contemporary artist studios in Karachi prioritize pragmatism; many resist a traditional understanding of spaces with singular purposes.
Aisha Khalid Examines Women’s Roles and Spirituality Through Textiles and Geometry
In her current retrospective viewers can see the beginning of an oeuvre that scrutinizes personal, social, and cultural issues such as prescribed societal norms associated with the female gender.
Shahzia Sikander Urges a Rethinking of Art History
Sikander’s first New York solo show in nine years includes a captivating range of paintings, mosaics, animations, and the artist’s first-ever sculpture.
Charting a Bold Future For Pakistani Cinema
Love, War & Other Longings offers a thought-provoking analysis of the country’s lesser-known film history, while sketching out aspirations for the industry.
Searching for a City’s Spirit at the Lahore Biennale
Amid works by international artists and local projects focused on other Pakistani cities, I kept wondering where is Lahore?
Toxic Environments at the Karachi Biennale
In a city where the municipal government has consistently failed to address issues such as land or air pollution, the latest edition of the biennale considers its environmental crisis through various media.
Exploring Sexuality and Myth Through Fiber and Other Types of Sculpture
While Mrinalini Mukherjee radically used textiles to negotiate the deep roots of symbolic Indian art and craft, her visual vocabulary sought independence from traditional roles within her culture.
An Important Modern Artwork Gains New Relevance for India
As India prepares for general elections this year, M.F. Husain’s “Lightning” reminds us of the country’s tremendous political history.
Contemporary Visions of Mystical Indo-Persian Miniatures
The night of “Ascension,” one Islam’s most mystical and striking themes, has inspired Sikander, whose self-portraits are artistic manifestations of this magical journey.