Fahrelnissa Zeid - the exhibition catalogue from Tate available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Fahrelnissa Zeid

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'Brightly colourful and highly accomplished, Zeid’s paintings pop off the walls and draw the eye' - The Upcoming

A richly illustrated book exploring the work of Fahrelnissa Zeid

Fahrelnissa Zeid (1901-1991) was one of the most influential Turkish artists, best known for her large-scale abstract paintings. Marrying influences from Islamic, Byzantine and Eastern art with the bold colour of the Fauvists, the geometrical dissonance of the Cubists and the precise lines of Mondrian, Zeid developed an abstract vocabulary that was a synthesis of East and West and was uniquely her own.

This new book traces her development from the first works she made in Turkey, through her engagement with the D-Group, her later experiments with abstraction and, finally, her return to figuration. It also examines the pivotal role she played in the cross-pollination of artistic ideas in the twentieth century through her involvement with key groups and movements in diverse regions and communities. Documentary photography from the period gives new insight into the historical and art historical events that formed the backdrop to her ever evolving style.

Featuring over 100 reproductions of Zeid's bold and colourful paintings, from her earlier geometric, calligraphic style to the later, more expressive portraits, the catalogue showcases the depth and range of her work. Zeid's works have recently been the subject of renewed attention, with prominent displays at the Sharjah Biennial and the fourteenth Istanbul Biennale in 2015. Accompanying an exhibition at Tate Modern, Fahrelnissa Zeid will be the only book available on the life and work of this pioneering artist and will bring her unique sensibility to the wider audience she deserves.

  • Author: Kerryn Greenberg, Curator, International Art, Tate Modern
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Date published: June 2017 
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1849764568
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 19.5 cm

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