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Rasheed Araeen

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Rasheed Araeen
artist's name: Rasheed Araeen
preferred medium: sculpture
nationality: PK
born: 1935
born in: Karachi
lives in: London
artist's / gallery's website: Rasheed Araeen

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Rasheed Araeen - Profile

Rasheed Araeen is a civil engineer, artist and writer. In 2009, he was granted a US patent for an invention, which is both a floating sculpture and water sport, followed in 2001 by a full international Patent. Trained as a civil engineer, Araeen eventually turned to art as a profession. As an artist, he began his career in 1953, continuing his pursuit art while studying civil engineering at Karachi’s NED Engineering College. While still in Karachi in 1959, he pioneered the concept of making sculpture by burning and transforming an object from one material (or form) to another. After establishing himself in Karachi, he left for London in 1964 (where he presently resides). In
1965, he pioneered minimalist sculpture, representing what is arguably the only Minimalism in Britain. After being active in several groups for liberation struggles, democracy and human rights, he began to write in 1975, and published his own art journals: Black Phoenix (1978), Third Text (1987) and Third Text Asia (2008). He also established online versions of Third Text in Cape Town, South Africa, entitled Third Text Africa, and the Spanish language Tercer Texto in Lima, Peru – both available free of cost to readers. He curated two significant exhibitions: The Essential Black Art (1987), The Other Story (Hayward Gallery, 1989); and, he is a recipient of three honorary doctorates (PhDs) from the universities of Southampton, East London and Wolverhampton (UK). In 2011, he developed a project that generated a comprehensive and inclusive history of art in postwar Britain, which was inclusive of all artists from all cultures who have contributed within the historical framework of modern developments. Rasheed Araeen published an autobiographical book, Making Myself Visible (1984), along with a second book, Art Beyond Art / Ecoaesthetics: A Manifesto for the 21st Century (2010).  (Artist Page)

10 important exhibitions with Rasheed Araeen

Exhibition Exhibitor City Country Start date
Rasheed Araeen A Retrospective Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven NL 02.12.2017
Selections: Summer 2017 Sharjah Art Foundation Sharjah AE 05.08.2017
The Place Is Here, Nottingham Contemporary, 2017 SLG - South London Gallery London GB 22.06.2017
The Place is Here Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art - MIMA Middlesbrough GB 17.06.2017
documenta 14 Kassel: Von Athen lernen documenta Kassel DE 10.06.2017
57th Venice Biennale: Viva Arte Viva Biennale Venedig Venedig IT 13.05.2017
The Place Is Here Nottingham Contemporary Nottingham GB 04.02.2017
The 1980s Today's Beginnings? Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven NL 16.04.2016
Making Use Life in Postartistic Times CCA - Centre for Contemporary Art Warschau PL 19.02.2016
9th Gwangju Biennale Burning Down the House Gwangju Biennale Gwangju KR 07.09.2012
3rd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemoprary Art Thessaloniki GR 18.09.2011
The Global Contemporary. Kunstwelten nach 1989 ZKM - Museum für Neue Kunst Karlsruhe DE 17.09.2011
Raising Dust Encounters in Relational Geography Calvert 22 London GB 08.12.2010
Nasreen Mohamedi, Rasheed Araeen and Raqs Media Collective Lunds konsthal Lund SE 28.11.2009
The death of the audience Secession Wien AT 03.07.2009
Back to Black Whitechapel Art Gallery London GB 07.06.2005
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galleries representing Rasheed Araeen:

Aicon Gallery, New York

10 important collections, in which Rasheed Araeen is represented:

Tate Britain Tate St. Ives

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influential curators having exhibited works of Rasheed Araeen:

Adam Szymczyk Peter Weibel