Samia Halaby: Centers of Energy

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This book is not yet published, but will be available from June 2024.

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Samia Halaby: Centers of Energy will bring together approximately thirty-five of Halaby’s paintings, prints, and drawings in the first-ever American survey of her work. Rather than presenting a chronological development of her artistic approach to abstraction, the exhibition catalogue will examine formal and thematic relationships across bodies of work, considering simultaneously the influence of her time spent in the Midwest, her years of teaching, and her analytic approach to generating forms, both on canvas and in computer code.

Halaby’s current explorations in large-scale painting will be explored alongside her earliest forays into abstraction, with examples of her prolific drawing practice permeating throughout. Significantly, her kinetic paintings will demonstrate the development of abstract forms into moving compositions of colour and texture. Halaby’s current explorations in large-scale painting will be explored alongside her earliest forays into abstraction, with examples of her prolific drawing practice permeating throughout. Significantly, her kinetic paintings will demonstrate the development of abstract forms into moving compositions of colour and texture.

Samia Halaby (b. 1936) is widely recognized as a pioneer in twentieth-century abstraction and computer-generated art. She is a leading scholar on Palestinian art. In the last twenty years, Halaby has expanded her practice to larger, more ambitious paintings and canvas-based assemblages. She is an early practitioner of digital art, teaching herself programming languages and generating “kinetic paintings” of colourful shapes, sounds, and textures on a late 1980s Amiga computer. Throughout the 1990s, she developed a custom PC program that can generate moving shapes with live keyboard commands. With musicians Kevin Nathaniel Hylton and Hasan Bakr, she formed the Kinetic Painting Group and performed around the United States and in the Middle East. These kinetic paintings and performances, which Halaby has archived as digital video files, have been little studied and not yet exhibited.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 22.9 x 27.9 cm
Publisher name Hirmer Verlag GmbH
Publication date 26 June 2024
Number of pages 252
Format Hardback
Contributors Edited by Elliot Josephine Leila Reichert, Rachel Winter, and Samia Halaby
Dimensions 22.9 x 27.9 cm
Weight 300 g

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Elliot Josephine Leila Reichert joined the Eskenazi Museum of Art as its first Curator of Contemporary Art in 2019. In addition to conceiving and executing a vision for contemporary art at the museum and cultivating its collection, Reichert serves as an advisor on public art at IU. Before joining the Eskenazi Museum of Art, she worked as a curator, editor, and researcher in Chicago, Illinois. Reichert has organized exhibitions at the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University; Artpace, San Antonio; Chicago Artists Coalition; and the Beirut Art Center, Lebanon. She has published extensively on contemporary art on platforms like the Brooklyn Rail and the Journal of Visual Culture and has served as editor of Northwestern Art Review, the exhibition catalogue The Left Front: Radical Art in the "Red Decade" and Newcity. Reichert received her BA in art history from Northwestern University and two MA degrees, one in arts administration and policy and another in modern and contemporary art history, from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.