Woman Behind Mashrabiya I, 1997, by Susan Hefuna; artist's proof from an edition of 5+1; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, © Susan Hefuna, photo © 2014 Museum Associates/LACMA


Islamic Art Now: Contemporary Art of the Middle East

February 2015

Ahmanson Building, LACMA, Los Angeles, USA, ongoing.

In recent years, the parameters of Islamic art have expanded to include contemporary works by artists from or with roots in the Middle East. Drawing inspiration from their own cultural traditions, these artists use techniques and incorporate imagery and ideas from earlier periods. LACMA has only recently begun to acquire such work within the context of its holdings of Islamic art, understanding that the ultimate success and relevance of this collection lies in building creative links between the past, present, and future. This marks the first major installation of the collection. As the first of a two-part programme, some 25 works by artists from Iran and the Arab world are featured.