Rasheed Araeen: In conversation with Dr. Courtney J. Martin. Chair: Sutapa Biswas

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Rasheed Araeen, Sculpture no. 1, 1965

Rasheed Araeen is a renowned artist, whose complex and often delicate works have contributed extensively to the context of practice and minimalist sculpture in Britain since 1965. Araeen’s works have been exhibited internationally, and solo shows have been hosted at Ikon Gallery (1987), the South London Gallery (1994), and the Serpentine Gallery (1996. In 2007, Tate acquisitioned and exhibited his works (Tate Britain), and in 2011, his works are to be included in Modern British Sculpture, curated by Penelope Curtis (director, Tate Britain), at the Royal Academy, London. Araeen is also founder of Third Text (established in 1987), a scholarly art journal dedicated to critical perspectives on art and visual culture, and a forum re-appraising Eurocentric perceptions of art historical analysis. He curated ‘The Other Story: Afro-Asian Artists in Post War Britain’, a highly controversial exhibition which opened at the Hayward Gallery in 1989, the same year the problematic exhibition Magiciens de la Terre curated by Jean-Hubert Martin was launched in Paris at the Centre Georges Pompidou and the Grande Halle at the Parc de la Villette. A solo exhibition of Araeen’s works Before and After Minimalism: 1959-74 is currently on exhibition at Aicon Gallery (London) from September 17th – October 23rd 2010, and coincides with his new publication Art Beyond Art, Ecoaesthetics: A Manifesto for the 21st Century.

Courtney J. Martin received her doctorate in the History of Art from Yale University. Her research and writings have engaged several disciplines including contemporary art, architecture, and 20th century British art. Currently, she is a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the History of Art department at the University of California at Berkely. Prior to this appointment, she was a fellow at the Getty Research Institute at Los Angeles (2008-2009) and, in 2997, a Henry Moore Institute Research Fellow. She also worked in the media, arts, and culture unit of the Ford Foundation in New York. She is author of lengthy essays on the work of many contemporary artists, such as Rasheed Araeen, Kadar Attia, Rina Banerjee, Leslie Hewitt, Wangeehi MUtu, Ed Ruscha and Yinka Shonibare. She has also written for Art Asia Pacific, Artforum.com, Art Papers, Contemporary, Flashart, Frieze, and NKA.

Sutapa Biswas is an artist, and Reader at Chelsea College of Art and Design, CCW, UAL.


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