Modernism On The Nile: Art In Egypt Between The Islamic And The Contemporary by Alex Dika SeggermanModernism On The Nile: Art In Egypt Between The Islamic And The Contemporary by Alex Dika Seggerman

Modernism On The Nile: Art In Egypt Between The Islamic And The Contemporary

byAlex Dika Seggerman

Hardcover | September 30, 2019

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Analyzing the modernist art movement that arose in Cairo and Alexandria from the late nineteenth century through the 1960s, Alex Dika Seggerman reveals how the visual arts were part of a multifaceted transnational modernism. While the work of diverse, major Egyptian artists during this era may have appeared to be secular, she argues, it reflected the subtle but essential inflection of Islam, as a faith, history, and lived experience, in the overarching development of Middle Eastern modernity.

Challenging typical views of modernism in art history as solely Euro-American, and expanding the conventional periodization of Islamic art history, Seggerman theorizes a "constellational modernism" for the emerging field of global modernism. Rather than seeing modernism in a generalized, hyperconnected network, she finds that art and artists circulated in distinct constellations that encompassed finite local and transnational relations. Such constellations, which could engage visual systems both along and beyond the Nile, from Los Angeles to Delhi, were materialized in visual culture that ranged from oil paintings and sculpture to photography and prints. Based on extensive research in Egypt, Europe, and the United States, this richly illustrated book poses a compelling argument for the importance of Muslim networks to global modernism.

Alex Dika Seggerman is assistant professor of Islamic art history at Rutgers University-Newark.
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Title:Modernism On The Nile: Art In Egypt Between The Islamic And The ContemporaryFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:296 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inShipping dimensions:9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:September 30, 2019Publisher:The University Of North Carolina PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1469653044

ISBN - 13:9781469653044

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This is an exciting time to be working on global modern art, and Alex Seggerman's insightful readings of seminal artists demonstrate that modern art in a major Arab region emerges from genealogies that are neither purely Arab nor exclusively Western but in a complex negotiation with these as well as with other historical and transnational formations."-Iftikhar Dadi, author of Modernism and the Art of Muslim South Asia