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Modern Egyptian Art 1910-2003 [Hardcover]

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From the early years of the twentieth century, with the rejection of European political and cultural domination in Europe, modern artistic expression in Egypt was influenced by and often reflected the country's growing national consciousness. In the years following the 1952 revolution, wealthy patrons of the arts disappeared from Egypt's cosmopolitan art world and were replaced by the state, which by the 1960s exercised full control over all cultural activities, including the arts. In the 1990s, as elsewhere throughout the world, Egyptian art was affected by general shifts in culture brought about by globalization. The disruption of a sense of place and feelings of belonging were a response to the influx of the challenging and, at times, disquieting information available to whole cultures and communities through new media. Examining the work of over 70 artists from 1910 until the present day, Liliane Karnouk traces the parallel steps of modern Egyptian art and the social and political environment in which that art was and continues to be created. Fully illustrated with over 280 black-and-white and color illustrations, this comprehensive volume is both a feast for the eyes and a mine of information for artists and non-specialists alike.

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Studio: American University in Cairo Press
Pages   274
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 8.75" Height: 11.5"
Weight:   3.86 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 30, 2005
Publisher   American University in Cairo Press
ISBN  9774248597  
ISBN13  9789774248597  

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More About Liliane Karnouk

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! LILIANE KARNOUK, born in Cairo, obtained her M.A. in art and communication from the University of British Columbia. Her own work as a visual artist has earned her several grants and awards, and she has exhibited successfully in Egypt, Europe, and Canada.

Liliane Karnouk currently resides in Cairo.

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1Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Art History > General
2Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Art History > Regional > Middle Eastern
3Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Art History > Schools, Periods & Styles > Modern
4Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > General
5Books > Subjects > History > Africa > Egypt > General
6Books > Subjects > History > Africa > Egypt
7Books > Subjects > History > Middle East > Egypt

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Modern Egyptian Art: more than art history, it is the history of Egyptian society   May 3, 2006
Modern Egyptian Art, besides being visually stimulating with its many color reproductions, is thought provoking. This well annotated art history, the first of its kind on contemporary Egyptian art, introduced me to artists and their work, bringing them to life in the context of their socio-political environment. Ms. Karnouk's insightful analysis of how history and the world scene has impacted Egypt and its artistic evolution at any given time, left me with a better understanding of contemporary Egypt and the influences of art in society and society on art.

I highly recommend it for anyone interested in artistic expression and for readers wanting to better understand contemporary Egypt.
gorgeous and indispensable  Apr 25, 2006
Modern Egyptian Art is an indispensable survey of 100 years in which Egyptian artists began to develop a vibrant synthesis of traditional aesthetics and the new strains of modernism developing in Europe, with a fantastic variety of results. This book is not only for people interested in the arts of the Arab world, but for anyone who wants to understand how modernism was a global movement that was always articulated locally (a notion Karnouk addresses in the chapter title "Premodernism or postmodernism?)-and how artists now are giving Egyptian inflections to the international movements of conceptual, performance, and video art. It is a gorgeous, superbly illustrated book, with exquisite color photographs that really give a sense of the artist's hand at work. Liliane Karnouk tells the history of many different creative movements, as Egyptian artists responded to the political changes of a century, from the opening to the West to the 1952 revolution to contemporary internationalism, and also to stylistic and thematic concerns from neo-pharaonism to realism, Islamic revival to the body, abstraction to environmentalism. Obviously much of this writing draws from primary research, including many interviews with artists, searches of the archive, and oral histories. What pulls it all together is Karnouk's acute analyses of works of art that bring them alive in their context and for contemporary readers.
Finally a book about modern Egyptian artists!  Sep 4, 2005
I was pleasanty surprized to find a collection of some of the greatest Egyptian modern artists all in one book. To my knowledge, Liliane Karnouk's book is the only book published documeting the work of some of the outstanding modern Egyptian artists.
Her chapter about sculpturer, Mahmoud Mokhtar, including his famous "Egyptian Awakening" statue (inspired by Ancient Egyptian monuments) is simply marvellous. The collection of bronze sculptures by Adam Henein is exquisite.
The art work by modern painters such as the late Kamal Khalifa and Inji Aflatoon, among others, depicts their brilliant art work despite personal suffering, as described in the biographies of each artist Liliane Karnouk included in this book.
Although it is impossible to encompass all modern Egyptian artists in one book, particularly as Egypt is continuously delivering new and evolving talents, but unfortunately Liliane Karnouk omitted many important artists, e.g. young brilliant sculpturer Mokles Michael, or some of the established artists, such as Ahmed El Rashidi, Adel Thabet, Youssef Raafat, just to mention a few.
Last note: Liliane Karnouk's previous book "Contemporary Egyptian Art" is included fully in her new book. So, if you plan to acquire one of her 2 books, this is the one!

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