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Rose Queen
06-12-2006, 10:51 PM
As many of you know, the Q'uran forbids the depiction of living creatures in art, so Arabic calligraphy has risen to a very high level as a substitute. The British Museum has a wonderful collection of Middle Eastern calligraphy and they have an exhibit on now called "Word into Art." Even if you're nowhere near London, you can enjoy some of the short videos on their site: http://www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk/middleeastnow/word-into-art/index.html



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Merry Scribe
06-13-2006, 10:22 AM
:clap: :clap: Thank you Rose for sharing this it was a very interesting site and I enjoyed it very much the rest of you should look at it. It is realy very good.

Brian :wave: :D

Rose Queen
06-13-2006, 03:06 PM
I spent some time last night watching the five little videos and clicking on each artist's name to see their specific work. I was so enthralled that I ordered the exhibition book from the British Museum bookstore (and damn the exchange rate!). I just can't wait until it gets here!



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CPM
06-14-2006, 09:05 AM
Thanks for posting this link. The short videos were very interesting. Some of that artwork is out of this world. Pleas let us know how the book is when you receive it. - Chris

Rose Queen
06-19-2006, 03:24 PM
Please let us know how the book is when you receive it. - Chris
I just got it today and, although I haven't had a chance to read the text, I've looked at all the images and it's a gorgeous piece of work -- I so wish I could go to London to see it in person. As someone who took Arabic in college, but never did anything with it, I found particularly interesting a two-page discussion of how Arabic script developed over time. The range of media these artists have used is remarkable, as well, not just paper, but stone, digital imagery, silk, ceramics, canvas, film, wood, etc. The colors, textures, and inventiveness of the artists are terrific and I highly recommend springing for a copy if you have the money.



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