Sunday, October 23, 2016


By Ernest & Gregory Disney-Britton
Anila Quayyum Agha's "All the Flowers Are For Me - RED" (2016. Laser-cut stainless steel and blub, 60 x 60 x 60 in.
God is in the details of "Walking With My Mother's Shadow" by artist Anila Quayyum Agha, an intricately detailed exhibition that opened in New York City this week.  Her "Kaaba" is dark and dense but delicately patterned with copper beads. Her "Flowers Are Mine" cutouts are lacelike serenity, and her installations featuring 600-watt lights inside square and triangular cages cast dazzling patterns of intricate flowers across the gallery spaces. Using paper, embroidery, beads, mixed media, encaustic paint, and most recently steel, she weaves the geometric details of Islamic Art to create a new form of unity and order. Born in Pakistan, Agha was raised at the edges of Islamic life, and today she lives in Indiana where 72% identify as Christian. Her art reflects both her sense of religious alienation and inclusion. This week's art newsmaker is Anila Quayyum Agha for her first solo show in Manhattan.

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