Something Rarely Seen—Calligraphy, Illumination and Paper Cutting Exhibition

The Women Islamic Artists of Rockland warmly invite you to visit their exhibition: “Something Rarely Seen,” at the Suffern Free Library, on view from the 3rd through the 31st of October, 2013.

The exhibition will include original works of Islamic calligraphy, illumination, and the revived traditional Ottoman art of paper cutting. The artists will be present at the opening on October 3rd between 5:00 pm and 8:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

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Fahim Somani’s Diplomatic Calligraphy Featured in NYC Exhibition

Fahim  Somani

The Agora Gallery in NYC is currently hosting an exhibition, The Essence of Abstraction, which features the artwork of Pakistani, Houston-based artist Fahim Somani. The exhibition is scheduled to run from March 2, 2013 through March 22, 2013.  The opening reception will be held on Thursday night, March 14, 2013 from 6-8 pm.

From the Press Release: 

Pakistani, Houston-based artist Fahim Somani creates expressionistic, calligraphy-inflected compositions which are not only exquisite formal experiments full of delightful painterly flourishes, but aesthetic bridges between two cultures. While drawing on the text of the Qur’an, the holy book of Islam, Somani incorporates elements that evoke Minimalism, Abstract Expressionist, and other currents in post-war American art. The artist achieves this marriage of visual cues from Muslim and U.S. art with verve, producing powerful and enigmatic images full of brilliant brushstrokes and vibrant textures.

The majority of these acrylic compositions on canvas or panels feature a sharp contrast between two dominant colors  — one serving as the calligraphic element, the other as a backdrop — though numerous variations and subtle shifts in hue give each image a scintillating range of tones and textures. Others are closer to gradients, with tightly thatched brushstrokes creating gradual shifts between bold and muted tones. By introducing variations to his iconic imagery, Somani underlines the symmetries between two aesthetics and cultures and gently points to the rich potential of the combination.

Exhibition Dates: March 2, 2013 – March 22, 2013
Reception: Thursday, March 14, 2013, 6-8 pm
Gallery Location: 530 West 25th St, New York City
Gallery Hours: Tues – Sat, 11a.m. – 6 p.m.
Event URL: http://www.agora-gallery.com/artistpage/Fahim_Somani.aspx

Arabic Calligraphy Demonstration for Kids at the Smithsonian

Image by the Freer | Sackler Museum

For several weekends in December (15th, 16th), January (12th, 13th) and February (2nd, 3rd) at 2pm, the Freer and Sackler Museum in Washington, DC will be holding a calligraphy demonstration for children ages 8-14.

Event Name: Beautiful Writing: Arabic Calligraphy

Description:
A billion Muslims read and write in Arabic. The tombstones from al-Ma’la cemetery north of Mecca, on view in the exhibition Roads of Arabia, are among the many outstanding treasures of Arabian national heritage. These extraordinary examples of Arabic calligraphy are among the important contributions to the arts of the Islamic world.

A tour of the exhibition follows a demonstration of Arabic calligraphy. Participants then return to the ImaginAsia classroom to learn to write in Arabic.

Location: Sackler Galler, Sublevel 2

Cost: Free, walk-in

For more information visit http://asia.si.edu/events/families.asp

Calligraphy talk at Beirut Book Fair

The Beirut International Arab Book Fair will take place at the Beirut International Exhibition and Leisure Center in downtown Beirut until Dec. 16. The fair is open daily from 10 a.m. till 10 p.m.

On December 13th at 6pm, there will be a talk by Kameel Hawa entitled al-khatt al-‘Arabi fi al-fann al-mu’asirArabic Calligraphy in Contemporary Art, in Arabic. The talk will be held in the conference hall of the book fair.

Read more in the Daily Star.

Modernism: Arabic Calligraphy in Contemporary Context

The Dubai Arabic Calligraphy Centre invites you to The Arabic calligraphy exhibition titled
Modernism—Arabic Calligraphy in a Contemporary Context

Place: The Ara Gallery, Burj Plaza, Emaar Boulevard, Downtown Dubai
Dates: 11/10/2012 to 11/11/2012
Times: Sunday to Thursday from 10:00am-9:00pm, Fridays 3:00pm-9:00pm, Saturdays 12:00pm-8:00pm
The gallery will be closed for 3 days during Eid Al Adha.

A seminar will be held by the masters of contemporary calligraphy on Thursday, 11 October 2012, 7:00 PM at the Cultural and Scientific Association building, AlMamzar, Dubai

For more information contact: 055-6364326 / @DXBcalligraphy

Islamic Art at the Louvre

Islamic Art at the Louvre
Ed Alcock for The New York Times

On September 22, 2012, the Louvre museum in Paris will be opening its new Islamic Art galleries.
Read more about the galleries in the New York Times or on the Louvre website.

If you visit, be sure to see if you can spot a snippet of video from CalligraphyQalam.com!

Art of the Pen: Islamic Calligraphy Istanbul Study Tour

This looks like a fabulous calligraphy tour hosted by Soraya Syed (of Art of the Pen).

This summer (August 30th to September 2nd, 2012), Art of the Pen will be hosting a fourday Islamic calligraphy study tour to the calligraphy capital of the world, Istanbul, Turkey. Calligraphy lovers will have the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the art, to follow in the footsteps of the illustrious calligraphers of the past and to learn from distinguished masters of the present.

Islamic Calligraphy Istanbul Study Tour

 

Film Screening at the Rubin Museum

The Rubin Museum in New York City will be screening two films from CalligraphyQalam.com at 1pm on Wednesday, May 30th. The films are “An Introduction to Arabic, Ottoman and Persian Calligraphy,” and “Reading Calligraphy.” The Rubin Museum of Art is a nonprofit cultural and educational institution dedicated to the art of the Himalayas. The film screening will be followed by a discussion with Assistant Curator Deniz Beyazit from the Department of Islamic Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

If you are interested in attending this event, you can find further details below or on the Rubin Museum website.

The Love of Arabic, Ottoman and Persian Calligraphy

Check out this fabulous-looking event that’s happening on March 18, 2012 in Los Angeles:

The Love of Arabic, Ottoman and Persian Calligraphy

Presentation: 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (open to public)
Workshop: 12:30-3:30 p.m. (registration required)
Workshop Cost: $30
Materials fee: $12

The presentation will include a history of Arabic, Ottoman and Persian calligraphy and will take a glance on the roots and various styles emerged out of it. Various applications of different calligraphic styles, such as architectural designs and monuments, religious context (Quran and Hadith), literature and royal calligraphy will be discussed in detail. The presentation will also cover materials and tools used in Persian and Arabic calligraphy. The workshop that follows will include a short introduction to Persian Calligraphy with some basic lessons, using authentic Persian- Arabic calligraphy materials.

To learn more, visit http://www.persiantypography.com/.

The Met’s Islamic collection reopens!

Met Islamic Collection

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City opened a newly reinstalled exhibit this week for their Islamic art collection, called the New Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia.

The exhibit is a treasure trove for calligraphy. From the New York Times’ art review:

The written word is omnipresent. Whether in the form of love poems, proverbs or passages from Islam’s holy book, the Koran, calligraphy spreads like a fine net over everything, creating an art that almost literally speaks.

Learn more on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s website.