This is the first comprehensive survey of the work of Rasheed Araeen who has influenced generations of artists, writers and thinkers.
Spanning 60 years, the exhibition is structured across five chapters: from the artist’s early experiments in painting in Karachi in the 1950s and early 60s, his geometric structures produced after his arrival in London in 1964, key pieces from the 70s and 80s following Araeen’s political awakening, his nine panel cruciform works from the 80s and 90s and a selection of his new geometric paintings and wall structures.
Alongside this, materials relating to Araeen’s writing, editorial and curatorial projects are presented as part of an expanded artistic practice that in its scope, continues to challenge the formal, ideological and political assumptions of Eurocentric modernism.
The exhibition first opened at the Van Abbemuseum and has travelled to MAMCO, Geneva before coming to BALTIC. Following the run at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, it will tour to Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow.