Modern Symposium: Up Close and Conceptual: Rasheed Araeen

Wednesday, March 21

In his 60-year career, Rasheed Araeen recognises that he has developed “a body of ideas useful to humanity”. A painter, writer, curator and a pioneer of Minimalist sculpture in Britain, the Pakistani-born artist began his professional life as a civil engineer in Karachi. In 1987, he established and published Third Text to address institutional racism that many non-Western artists faced. The UK has been his home since 1964 and was where Araeen encountered the work of Anthony Caro, becoming inspired by the English artist’s utilisation of industrial materials. Motivated by the idea of art acting as an agent for social awareness, Araeen looked to Islamic civilisation and developed a body of work in ode to Islam’s thinkers and philosophers. In 2014, he was celebrated with a major exhibition at the Sharjah Art Foundation and in December 2017, opened a retrospective at the Van Abbemuseum in The Netherlands.

  • Rasheed Araeen, artist, Pakistan
  • Nick Aikens, Curator, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven

Access: No RSVP Required

Time: 7:00-8:00pm

Location: MiSK Lounge, Art Dubai Modern, Mina A’Salam