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    Lahore set to host Pakistan’s Inaugural Design Week from March 12-18- Open Call

    The inaugural edition of Lahore Design Week (LDW) 2020 will be held from the 12th to the 18th of March at The Alhamra Arts Council plus various sites across Lahore. Founded by Rashid Rana, one of Pakistan’s most prominent contemporary artists, LDW 2020 will be held under the umbrella of a not-for-profit design foundation set up to promote design practices, design discourse and the design industry at large. The focus of this annual event is to bring together three important stakeholders of the creative community: academia, industry and design practitioners under one platform in order to foster dialogue and collaboration among them. LDW 2020 will be a city-wide event with…

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    Motifs and Monuments, Two Person Show, Kashif Shahbaz and Tayyab Tariq

    Oct 11, 2019 A two-person show opened at the Taseer Gallery in Lahore on the 16th of September 2019, showcasing the works of two promising artists hailing from the School of Visual Arts, Beaconhouse National University (BNU). Both of them, having displayed their art abroad previously, saw this as a perfect opportunity to present their works to a local audience in the very city from where their ideas and art first took form. Tayyab Tariq’s practice is deeply rooted in modernist concerns yet exudes a contemporary approach towards form and function, as he assumes the role of a third party which tends to intervene in an attempt to upset and…

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    Alia Farid , b. 1985 Lives and works in Kuwait and Puerto Rico

    Alia Farid (b. 1985) lives and works in Kuwait and Puerto Rico, countries she is both from and whose complex colonial histories she reveals through drawings, objects, spatial installations and film. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from la Escuela de Arts Plasticas de Puerto Rico (San Juan), a Master of Science in Visual Studies from the Visual Arts Program at MIT (Cambridge, MA), and a Master of Arts in Museum Studies and Critical Theory from the Programa d’Estudis Independents at MACBA (Barcelona). I began making work between art, architecture, and urban anthropology. Today I’m still interested in these areas, but with a more focused point on telling how…

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    Post-structuralism and Postmodernism

    Post-structuralism and Postmodernism Definitions Post-structuralism is an ontological and epistemological position that emerged in the latter part of the 20th century within the humanities and social sciences. It reflects a move beyond structuralist ontologies of the social world, including Marxism, structuralist anthropology and psychoanalysis, in which core social, cultural or psychological structures are considered to constrain strongly the possibilities of human action. Post-structuralism retains structuralist concerns with power relations but emphasises the role of knowledge and textual processes in achieving and sustaining relations of power. Postmodernism is closely associated with post-structuralism, and might be thought of as the “political wing” of the latter perspective, in the sense that is suspicious…

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    Diana Al Hadid , Syrian Born 1981, Brooklyn, New York.

    Diana Al-Hadid is known for a practice that spans media and scale and examines the historical frameworks and perspectives that shape our material and cultural assumptions. Al-Hadid’s sculptures, the panel works, and works on paper are built up with layers of material and history. Her rich, formal allusions across cultures and disciplines, drawing inspiration, not only from the history of distance civilizations but also from histories of the materials themselves.   In her first major public art project, Diana Al-Hadid (American, b. Aleppo, Syria 1981) combines aluminium, steel, fibreglass, concrete, polymer modified gypsum, and pigment in four sculptures installed across the Williams campus. Al-Hadid is best known for creating ghostly…

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    Ways of seeing, John Berger – Download Free PDF

    John Peter Berger was an English art critic, novelist, painter and poet. His novel G. won the 1972 Booker Prize, and his essay on art criticism, Ways of Seeing, written as an accompaniment to the BBC series of the same name, is often used as a university text. He lived in France for more than half a century.   Download Free PDF Click the Link ways of seeing Free Download         

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    Modernism in South Asian Muslim Art

    Introduction This book traces the emergence of modernism by artists associated with “Pakistan” since the early twentieth century, but it is not a broad history of national art, nor does it seek to offer a complete an account of the selected artists considered here. It traces one influential genealogical trajectory—the emergence of artistic subjectivity in relation to a constellation of conceptual frameworks, nationalism, modernism, cosmopolitanism, and “tradition.” Although artists contributed to national life by forming new institutional frameworks for the patronage, exhibition, and reception of modern art—labour that is an inextricable aspect of their personae—the addressee of their art cannot be simply equated with Pakistani nationhood marked by aporias and…

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    Traces, Hosted By O Art Space Gallery

    O ART SPACE strives to celebrate Pakistani art and artists- enhancing a soft image of our country. Traces is an exhibition which showcases works of some of the young talented artists from all over Pakistan, O art space has impersonated an active role in the Pakistani art scene, in the short time of period art gallery has showcased some of the most influential national and international artists. Call 0303 8402274 m.me/oartspacepakistan oartspacepakistan@gmail.com http://www.oartspace.com    

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    David Evans, Seven Types of Appropriation in Art , PDF File

    Types of Appropriation in Art NOTE: DOWNLOAD PDF FILE CLICK HERE  Steve Lafreniere, you weren’t at Douglas Crimps” Pictures” display, but many appear to believe that you were there, perhaps the reason was the later relationship with  Helene Winer, Who was in artists place before beginning Metro Pictures. Did you sense the Alliance to the artists in the ‘Pictures’ display? Richard Prince, i have nevermore said this earlier, though Doug Crimp really asked me to be in the display. I studied his essay and described him as it was for shit, that it appeared like Toland Barthes. We have not chatted since. To the editor: I have no fantasies about…

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    Kristie Miller Thing and Object//2008

    Things and objects are evenly original, they are utterly two distinct classes of an entity, where ‘entity’ concerns, in this spirit, to the common ontological division. It is correct that things are innocent ontologically, in the thought that unlimited compositionists use the phrase: nothing further is needed for their being than the actuality of some details. The system of, and associations between, those details are unrelated to whether a thing subsists and to what kind of thing it is.  A thing survives just so long as the details that are elements of that thing exist. The identification provisions for things are just identification provision for mereological coalitions, simply to be…

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    Susan Stoops, Artist Martha Rosler: Bringing the War Home (1967-2004)//2007

    I started assembling agitational works ‘regarding’ the Vietnam conflict, collaging magazine pictures of the Misfortunes and warriors of the battle – habitually by well-known photographers in heap business publications – with publication images that represented an idealized average-class life at the place. I was striving to register that the ‘there’ and ‘here’ of our system view, described by out conformed stories as separate or yet contrary. Martha Rosler is one of the prominent  American artists who work video, photo-text, photography, sculpture, installation, and performance, she also writes about culture and art. Rosler’s work is focused on daily life and the public circumference, frequently with an eye to women’s expertise. Born: July…

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    Arjun Appaduari , The Thing Itself // 2006, Documents of Contemporary Arts

    Arjun Appadurai is an influential Indian-American anthropologist perceived as a significant theorist in globalization subjects. He explains the value of the modernity of community countries and globalization In his anthropological practice. Born:  February 4, 1949 (age 70 years) Mumbai, India The Thing Itself […]how does the gift delivering work in a capitalist, market-obsessed culture? On the surface of it, the present is the specific reverse of a structural part of the business community. The products, in abstract, prevailing form, the commodity is usual. Each one is intrinsically alike to the others. Accessible to anyone. It has zilch to accomplish by who has presented to who, and its significance is determined…

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    Jacques Derrida, Signéponge/Signeponge//1975, Subject, Object, Thing

    Jacques Derrida   Algerian-born French scholar,  known for cultivating a pattern of semiotic critique known as deconstruction, which he addressed in various texts, and explained in the meaning of phenomenology. One of the significant personalities correlated with postmodern and post-structuralism philosophy. Date of Birth: July 15, 1930, El Biar, Algeria Died on October 9, 2004, Paris, France Signéponge//1975 […] ‘[the poet] Francis ponge will be my thing ‘ should give us a possibility to test out the source of the thing.No lasting simply the Natura Rerum, about which he speaks about very thoroughly to us, but the order of the subject, not the system which dictates the order of things, the one which theories and psychology…

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    Karl Marx, Grundrisse//1858, Everyday objects, Useful objects

    Everyday objects, Useful objects Unprocessed material is gulped by being modified, developed by labour and the apparatus of labour is consumed by being used up in this process., consumed out, labour is also consumed by being engaged at the same time, set in to movement, and the specific amount of the worker’s brawny force, etc. is thus extended so that he exhausts himself …… Karl Marx was one of the most influential and striking  German philosophers we can have, historian, economist, sociologist, journalist, political theorist and socialist revolutionary. He was Born in Trier, Germany, Karl Marx studied law and philosophy at university. His most famous writing include The Communist Manifesto…

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    Julia Kristeva, Thing and Object//1987, Documents of Contemporary Art

    Thing and Object The pessimistic narcissist suffers not an object yet the Thing. Let me declare the ‘Thing’ as the original that does not allow itself to significance. The middle of gravity and aversion, the foundation of the desire from which the object of passion will become isolated. Of this Gerard De Nerval provides a dazzling metaphor that intimates an insistence without proximity, a lantern without representation: The thing is a black and white fancied sun, black and white at the related time. A well-known phenomenon that one never witnesses the sun in a dream. Although one is frequently aware of some far flashing light. Regularly the obsolete affection the…

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    Kurt Von Meier, Piles//1968, Documents of Contemporary Art

    Piles A pile being a work of art is no problem  – not since Marcel Duchamp. Art is not a thing – it is an event (at least since Heidegger) for the creative act in the mind of perceiver/creator: Real objects may accustom an aesthetic function. , yet they may not be necessary for a nonexclusive concept of art (as in dance, the music, bullfights? rational chess). Also following Duchamp (e,g ‘ Rou de Biyclette’ (Bicycle wheel 1913) it has not been intensely necessary for the artist to be one and the same man who made the object/thing in the spirit of ars fabricans. Artist’s imaginative act may consist in…

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    Jacques Lacan Das Ding (The Thing)// 1959-60, Documents of Contemporary Art

    French psychiatrist and psychoanalyst  who has been described “the most provocative psycho-analyst since Freud” Born: April 13, 1901, Paris, France Died: September 9, 1981, Paris, France Das Ding (The Thing) The Sache ( In Sachvorstellung, Freud’s term for a ‘thing-notion,) is precisely the thing, an output of industry and of human activity as administered by language. Nevertheless absolute they may first be in the genesis of that action, things are constantly on the facade, always within span of an explanation. To the degree that it is subjacent to and inherent in every human behaviour, that activity of which things are the outcome belongs to the preconscious system, that is to say, something that our…

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    Jean Baudrillard, In Conversation with Guy Bellavance//1983// (Subject, Object, Thing), Documents of Contemporary Art

    Jean Baudrillard: one of the most influential French philosopher, sociologist,  political commentator, cultural theorist and photographer. known best for his critiques of contemporary, media, history, and technological ideas, as well as his formulation of methods such as simulation and hyperreality. Born: July 27, 1929, Reims, France Died: March 6, 2007, Paris, France In Conversation with Guy Bellavance//1983 // System of the objects Jean Baudrillard The Banality of the masses and the speechless majorities is all character of the ambience. But it still inhabits a mortal artifice: in additional words, it is something strange for itself, inescapable, also mysterious, a native type of fatality. It is something at the core of the regularity, at the…

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    On subject and Object//1969, Theodor W. Adorno, Documents of Contemporary Art

    On subject and Object The difference between the subject and the object is divided by both subjects and through the object. It can not be more absolute than it can be eliminated from thought. In reality, anything in the subject can be attributed to the object. Everything in it is not an object, “is” it opens semantically. Traditional epistemology’s pure subjective form, according to one’s own theory, is always the only form of something objective, never without that objectivity, or even imagining without it. The strength of the epistemological ego, the identity of self-awareness is evidently registered after the permanent, twin object; Kant fundamentally relied on this, He was not…

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    Damian Ortega, Mexican Artist, Born in 1967 , Mexico City

    Damian Ortega artworks depict the application and impressions of human interaction with the physics intervenes into deeper imagery resulting in the exploration of tautness lies inside every object and the whole new unrevealed world can be discovered which bubbles-out portraying the diversity and interdependence of complex engineering. Damian Ortega’s oeuvres pictured through multiple media, scaled by drawing, film, photography, sculpture, and installation exposing the experimental coverage interpreting the possibilities of imagining the object and its interaction. The artist symbolizes and presents the consumerism at the edge of political and socials systems, which has questioned his concept as orchestrated explosion as to dismantling the object or reconstructing with the same methodology…

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    Takashi Murakami, Japanese contemporary artist, Born February 1, 1962 (age 57 years)

    The contemporary artist is known for blurring the edges between high and low art; work in fine art media painting and sculpture; commercial media animation, fashion, and merchandise. Nothing exists without the co-existence of other ends, duality prevails in art as ancient and contemporary, low and high, and western and eastern; The Japanese Andy Warhol, Takashi Murakami learned for both sides having unblemished distinction between such realms, coined the term “Superflat” articulating cultural and aesthetic criticism of Japanese tradition and post-war society in cartoony paintings gathering commercial and fine art. Murakami was born in Tokyo on February 01, 1962. To step into animation industry being an admirer of anime and…

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    Jeff Koons, American Artist, Born January 21, 1955

    An American artist is known for practising pop culture subjects and reshaping of ordinary objects widely acclaimed as one of the most dominant, effective and debated contemporary artists. Jeff Koons pioneered new approaches tested the limits between mass culture and advance art, emerged as an innovative sculptor of skillfully shaped objects, which termed as icons of art history made him as modern pop sculptor among Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. He is best known for balloon animals sculptured in stainless steel with smooth glittering surfaces employs soggy and sparkling colours, his artistic devotion to the prevalent consumer culture handled to stun the art world with one after another aweless work,…

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    Shahzia Sikander, Pakistani-American visual artist, Born 1969 (age 50 years), Lahore

    A Pakistani artist and painter specializes in Indian and Persian miniature painting fused the traditional style that is highly schematic and methodical, merges the contemporary issues of Indo-Persian identity with her artistries. Shahzia Sikander’s miniature paintings reinvent the genre, blending the eastern methodology and centring meticulousness with a western inclination toward creative and particular expression triggered the experimental approach to the antiquated art category, encompassing painting, animation, drawing, installations, video, and film, her multi-dimensional praxis reshapes the miniaturist tradition injecting new conversation. Practising and working with the rich and plentiful mental archive of imagery, Shahzia’s pictorial language employs a multiplicity of themes includes, exploration of distraction, vocal as a narrative…