Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Miniature Paintings Exhibition opens at The Met - Imran Qureshi

Qureshi continues to create new milestones for Pakistan artists with his miniatures exhibition in Gallery 916 of The Met (the first by a Pakistani artist). His contemporary miniatures are juxtaposed with the traditional old miniatures from the Museum's collection. Another must see exhibition !

The Roof Garden Commission: Imran Qureshi's Miniature Paintings            
July 29, 2013–February 2, 2014
Gallery 916 (Source: The Met, NY)
The Roof Garden Commission: Imran Qureshi's Miniature Paintings

"This installation pairs works on paper by Imran Qureshi (born 1972, Hyderabad, Pakistan) with historic miniatures from the Museum's collection. It is presented to complement the artist's painted commission on the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden.

The exquisitely detailed paintings by the artists who worked for the Mughal emperors (1526–1857) and other courts on the Indian subcontinent inspired these miniatures. At Lahore's National College of Arts (NCA), Qureshi studied the rigorous techniques of this tradition, which range from gilding and hand crafting the thickly plied, carefully burnished paper supports to the careful application of color with tiny handmade brushes of squirrel fur. As assistant professor in miniatures at NCA, Qureshi now teaches this practice to a new generation of students.

Qureshi continues to find room to experiment within the well-defined strictures of this traditional discipline. In works of the early 2000s, he layered the pages of old textbooks found at a flea market with drawings of scissors or plantlike forms. In more recent examples, such as his ongoing series Moderate Enlightenment, detailed portraits of friends and family in contemporary dress are set in sumptuously gilded landscapes, replete with the meticulous detail found in folios commissioned by the Mughal emperors. For Qureshi, there is an exquisite tension between the stringent parameters of this ancient practice and the modernity of his sitters—one that speaks, in part, to the frictions of a world in which novelty and orthodoxy collide."

Related Exhibition: The Roof Garden Commission: Imran Qureshi (on view May 14–November 3, 2013)


Related Events

Gallery Talk: Gallery Conversation—Miniature Paintings
September 14, 2013 | Free with Museum admission
Free Lecture: Imran Qureshi: Tradition and Reinvention in Contemporary Miniature Painting
September 15, 2013 | Free with Museum admission

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