Rasheed Araeen given lifetime achievement award
Karachi: ArtNow has presented the inaugural ArtNow Lifetime Achievement Award to Rasheed Araeen at Art Dubai 2014 in recognition of the unique artistic and cultural achievements of one of the greatest contemporary artists Pakistan has produced.
The award was presented by Fawzia Naqvi, Editor-in-Chief of ArtNow Pakistan, an online publication for contemporary art, during the opening of Terrace Talks at The Abraaj Group Lounge, Art Dubai, on Tuesday.
According to a statement issued by ArtNow Pakistan, Rasheed Araeen is one of the leading artists of our times. Born in Karachi, he has been living in the UK since 1964, and through his work as an artist, critic and curator, has played a vital role in bringing a voice to displaced, coloured and black artists.
His works are now part of major collections, including that of the Tate Modern and several others. From his earlier geometrical and minimal sculptures to later multimedia constructions, performances and public installations, the life and art of Araeen is distinct for clarity of vision, point of view and position.
Araeen has curated two landmark exhibitions: The Essential Black Art (1987) and The Other Story (Hayward Gallery, 1989). He began to write in 1975, and then started publishing his own art journals: Black Phoenix (1978), Third Text (1987) and Third Text Asia (2008).
The award ceremony was followed by a talk highlighting the legacy of Pakistan’s modernist artists with contemporary artists Rashid Rana, Shahzia Sikander and Nurjahan Akhlaq in conversation with Simone Wille, an art historian and writer.