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Uninterrupted Fugue features a selection of critical essays about the art of Palestinian artist Kamal Boullata. Written by leading scholars and appearing for the first time in a single volume, this range of analytical perspectives on art and exile, modernity and tradition offers rare insights to readers interested in contemporary art beyond the Western canon.
The contributors include Abdelkebir Khatibi, Hans Belting, Jean Fisher, Jose Miguel Puerta Vilchez, Dorothea Schöne and Omar Kholeif, among others. Exploring Boullata's artistic trajectory over forty years, they examine his revolutionary technique of blending temporally and geographically distinct elements into thought-provoking works of universal appeal. Readers interested in contemporary art beyond the western canon will discover in this lavishly illustrated book rare insights into an aesthetic where the boundary between verbal and visual expression is surprisingly permeable, and the hallmarks of modernism merge with traditions rooted in Byzantine and Islamic art.

184 pages | 120 color plates | 9 1/2 x 10 3/4 | © 2019

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"Uninterrupted Fugue: Art by Kamal Boullata is a collection of ten essays by a distinguished roster of art historians, critics, and curators, including such luminaries as historian Hans Belting, postcolonial theorist Jean Fisher, and literary critic Abdelkebir Khatibi. . . . These beautifully executed books expertly and artfully track the long arc of the painter as he continuously makes sense anew of the dynamics at play in both his life and his work—belonging and exile, the autobiographical and the historical, the word and geometry, abstraction and color, and writing and painting."

Journal of Palestine Studies

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