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Nour Festival 2014 launched
Oct21

Nour Festival 2014 launched

The annual Nour Festival in London’s cosmopolitan Chelsea and Kensington neighbourhoods launches its fifth cycle this week with an expanded cultural programme focused on contemporary Middle Easter and North Africa (MENA) and its varied British and European connections. Spread across numerous venues in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, home to citizens and residents of great cultural diversity, the six-week festival...

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Darvish Fakhr’s Palimpsest at EOA.P
Sep05

Darvish Fakhr’s Palimpsest at EOA.P

The extraordinary painterly explorations by Darvish Fakhr finally get a dedicated exposure in the artist’s solo exhibition at EOA.Projects, aka Edge of Arabia, in southwest London’s slowly regenerating Battersea Thames riverside, writes SAJID RIZVI. It’s a tightly edited, evocative oeuvre that’s on view at the gallery, a culmination of several years of work informed or influenced by visits to native Iran. Remaindered materials and...

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Pritzker 2014 goes to Shigeru Ban
Jun13

Pritzker 2014 goes to Shigeru Ban

The 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize has gone to Shigeru Ban, celebrated for his fusion of contemporary architecture with humanitarian values and innovative use of everyday and found materials. Ban, 56, professor at Kyoto University of Art and Design, will receive the award, often equated with the Nobel Prize in the field of architecture, at a ceremony 13 June 2014 at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Kyoto University said the award...

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S H Raza: Thirst for an Indian elixir
Jun06

S H Raza: Thirst for an Indian elixir

New works by S H Raza, 92 this year, feature in a selling exhibition titled Pyaas (Hindu/Urdu: thirst) at London’s Grosvenor Vadehra gallery 2 – 14 June 2014. Syed Haider Raza, born 1922, has lived and worked in France since 1950. His formal education, including Nagpur School of Art, Nagpur (1939–43), Sir J J School of Art, Bombay (1943–47) and École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, encompassed both eastern and...

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Jamil Naqsh & Najmi Sura: An Epic Romance
Jun06

Jamil Naqsh & Najmi Sura: An Epic Romance

The first thing to consider about Jamil Naqsh & Najmi Sura: An Epic Romance, the exhibition at London’s Albemarle Gallery (5-28 June 2014) is how long it has taken this joint show to materialise, writes SAJID RIZVI. Neither Naqsh nor Sura are spring chicken and while Naqsh has accumulated fame and fortune his lifetime muse Sura has practiced her art virtually in purdah. Previous appearances of her art have occurred more...

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Last of the master: Final paintings of M F Husain
May28

Last of the master: Final paintings of M F Husain

Nine paintings by the late M F Husain (1915-2011), described as his final major works before his passing, are on public display at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 28 May–27 July 2014, writes SAJID RIZVI.   It’s a poignant tour de force and a foretaste, interrupted, of what could or would have been a sumptuous feast of Maqbool Fida Husain’s creative expression had he not died in self-imposed exile in London....

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