"Orientalism” is a way of seeing that imagines, emphasizes, exaggerates and distorts differences of Arab peoples and cultures as compared to that of Europe and the U.S. It often involves seeing Arab culture as exotic, backward, uncivilized, and at times dangerous. Arab American National Museum
Monday, April 13, 2015
Iraqi Modernism - Ghazi Saudi
Ghazi Saudi (Iraq)
oil on canvas, framed
signed "Ghazi Saudi" and dated "1960" (bottom), executed in 1960
77 x 60cm (30 5/16 x 23 5/8in).
"The city of Ghazi al Saudi , today's Baghdad, is the actual place implanted in a time that goes back some eight hundred years. Al Wasiti's illustrations of Maqamat al Hariri have been a constant inspiration for him, not only in his smaller canvases and ceramics, but also in his large frescoes, where he employs the old Arab gold, blue and red with black outlines in the representation of cit-scapes translated into a modern idiom" More