Saturday, 11 October 2014

Book Review: Contemporary Kingdom, The Saudi Art Scene Now

Happy Saturday all
A while back, I wrote a post about the current artistic scene in Saudi and how it's blooming and getting more appreciation. You can find the post here. I recently purchased Contemporary Kingdom, and I have been reading it on and off, so I thought it's time to review it today.

This is a very good book that highlights the most known Saudi artists and their iconic pieces. It's written in English. The books starts with a collection of essays that talks about Saudi and the development of the arts and designs there. Followed by a chapter on artists that highlights 26 Saudi artists. Ten of them are Saudi females. Then comes a chapter on galleries, another on art and design initiatives, and a final ones on patrons. These three chapters make this book a great resource for starting artists. It's packed full of useful information and important names.

Snaps from the book
Snaps from the book
Snaps from the book
What I love about this book is that it shows you the creative minds in Saudi and give them the recognition they deserve. It shows a colourful and impressive part of the Saudi culture that isn't shared on the media.


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