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Shakir Hassan Al Said

Al-Muntassirun (The Victorious), 1983
Mischtechnik auf Holztafel
122 x 101 cm

Shakir Hassan Al Said
Geboren 1925, Samawa, Irak
Gestorben 2004, Bagdad, Irak

Al-Muntassirun (The Victorious) belongs to a series of mixed media, tactile works where the celebrated Iraqi artist Shakir Hassan Al Said suspends isolated Arabic letters—in this case the waw—against abstracted compositions, suggestive of graffiti written on a concrete wall. In the mid-20th Century, a number of artists in the Arab region began exploring the Arabic letter as a source of inspiration, and Al Said was chief among them. This painting, from a later period, represents the artist’s aesthetic theory and corresponding artists’ group, One Dimension founded in 1971, which explores the spiritual, dimensions of calligraphic representation and contemplates the dimensions of the pictorial surface. Incorporating philosophical sources such as Sufi thought and Deconstruction, Al Said’s approach to art making experimented with repetitive gestures and lacerations of pictorial surfaces as a way to transcend into the realm of the divine, considered the One Dimension.

Aus einem Text von Sarah Rogers und Suheyla Takesh

© Foto: Courtesy Barjeel Art Foundation

A Century in Flux - Fotos

Höhepunkte aus der Sammlung der Barjeel Art Foundation. Sharjah Art Museum, VAE, 12. Mai 2018 - 31. Mai 2023. Kuratoren: Salwa Mikdadi, Mandy Merzaban, Karim Sultan.

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