Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Anila Agha is One of 10 Non-Western Contemporary Artists You Should Know

By C. A. Xuan Mai Ardia
Anila Quayyum Agha, ‘Intersections’, completed in 2013, laser-cut wood, single light bulb, 6.5 inches square cube. Installation view at Grand Rapids Art Museum, 2014 | Courtesy the artist
When thinking about the most important and influential non-Western artists, activist artist Ai Weiwei, the founder of Kaikai Kiki, Takashi Murakami and the ‘Queen of Polka Dots’ Yayoi Kusama, come to mind. But we tend to forget that there are others that deserve attention. Here’s our top 10 list of talented artists that have recently been awarded or shortlisted for some of the world’s most prestigious art prizes. Pakistani-born artist Anila Quayyum Agha is the winner of ArtPrize Award 2014 at the Grand Rapids Art Museum in Michigan. Her winning work, titled Intersections, will be on view at GRAM until the end of January 2015. [link]