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Rasheed Araeen Exhibition at Aicon Gallery NYC

  • Aicon Gallery 35 Great Jones Street New York, NY, 10012 United States (map)

Aicon Gallery New York presents a major new exhibition by London-based, Pakistani-born artist Rasheed Araeen. A pioneering artist and voice for alternative and Non-Western interpretations of Minimalist and Conceptual art in the 1960s and 70s, Araeen’s work in this exhibition spans his oeuvre from his beginnings in Pakistan and London to the present day. The exhibition is framed by two important sets of works on canvas: the first, from the artist’s early days in Karachi, comprised of his initial forays into densely-packed abstract scenes which foretell his later groundbreaking introduction of the kinetic into Minimalist art, and the second, a series of new canvases exploring color-field, movement, and depth through checkered grids derived from traditional Islamic architectural and textile patterning. Taken together, these paintings frame Araeen’s nearly sixty-year long, constantly evolving journey into abstract painting, from frenetic, highly energetic works evocative of movement and dance, to formalist studies of the illusionistic and kinetic potential of geometric abstraction. Alongside the works on canvas, the exhibition will also include eight iconic wall and floor sculptures spanning Araeen’s entire career from the 1960s to the current day. The exhibition sets the stage for Araeen’s upcoming Retrospective at the Van Abbemuseum, Netherlands in February, 2017 and his participations in the 57th Venice Biennale and Documenta 14 - Universe in Universe, staged in 2017 in Kassel and Athens.