Saturday, September 10, 2016

Collector Spotlight: Muslim Artist's Conceptual Realism

"Untitled" by Anila Quayyum Agha. Ernest stands behind the small painting acquired in 2014.
Ernest Disney-Britton poses with “Untitled” (2014) by Anila Quayyum Agha, in his downtown Indianapolis home. Ernest, a gay Christian, and a  grantmaker in the arts is in a unique position as a collector: He and his husband regularly meet artists like Agha who have been impacted by religious alienation. While Agha's work clearly excludes most of the basic elements of realism that typically attracts the Disney-Brittons, but her ambiguous patterns still movingly reflect the hardships of "having lived on the boundaries".