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Ibrahim El-Salahi: A Visionary Modernist
Ibrahim El-Salahi: A Visionary Modernist, published as a companion to a traveling retrospective by the same name, chronicles the evolution of Sudanese artist Ibrahim El-Salahi's work over more than fifty years of sustained artistic productivity and intellectual engagement. El-Salahi's accomplishments offer profound possibilities for understanding African modernism in the context of modernity as a universal idea, one in which African art history is part and parcel of a global art history.
In his paintings, drawings, and illustrations, El-Salahi engages with an array of traditional African, Arab, and Islamic visual sources as well as European art movements. His unique style transcends geographic and cultural boundaries and has inspired artists in Sudan and elsewhere in Africa for generations. This richly illustrated publication traces a personal journey that originates in Sudan and leads to the artist's international schooling, his detention as a political prisoner in his home country, his self-imposed exile in Qatar, and his current life in the United Kingdom.
The essays in A Visionary Modernist reconstruct the remarkable journey of El-Salahi, and, through a critical look at his artistic contributions, expand the narrative of modernism in the visual arts from comparative and international perspectives. Edited, and featuring a historical overview, by Salah M. Hassan, the book includes essays and interviews by well-known art historians and critics Sarah Adams, Ulli Beier, Iftikhar Dadi, Hassan Musa, and Chika Okeke-Agulu, as well as special texts by El-Salahi himself.
Published by the Museum for African Art, New York, 2012. 193 pp.
Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-945802-58-7. LCCN: 2012936632