Beautiful agitation : modern painting and politics in Syria /

Lenssen, Anneka.

Beautiful agitation : modern painting and politics in Syria / Anneka Lenssen. - Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2020] - 283 p. ; 24 cm.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Introduction -- Arab Romantics : an awakening of the storm -- Colonial Syria : finding life within culture -- Popular politics : Adham Ismail and the aesthetics of revival -- National excavation : Fatih al-Moudarres and the unholy image -- Conclusion.

"In modern Syria, a contested territory at the intersection of differing regimes of political representation, artists ventured to develop strikingly new kinds of painting to link their images to life forces and agitated energies. Examining the works of artists Kahlil Gibran, Adham Ismail, and Fateh al-Moudarres, Beautiful Agitation explores how painters in Syria activated the mutability of form to rethink relationships of figure to ground, outward appearance to inner presence, and self to world. Drawing on archival materials in Syria and beyond, Anneka Lenssen reveals new trajectories of painterly practice in a twentieth century defined by shifting media technologies, moving populations, and the imposition of violently enforced nation-state borders. The result is a study of Arab modernism that foregrounds rather than occludes efforts to agitate against imposed identities and intersubjective relations."--


Gibran, Kahlil, 1883-1931.
Ismāʻīl, Adʹham, 1922-1963.
Mudarris, Fātiḥ.

Painting, Syrian--20th century.
Art--Political aspects--Syria.
Painting, Modern--History--20th century.
Modernism (Art)
Art and globalization--History--20th century.

ND989.6 / L46 2020