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  • Art mart: The personal is political

    Traditionally, the miniature painting has been confined only to record or illustrate royal life and activities...

    The early period of the miniature department at the National College of Arts (NCA) also revolved around the conventional style; however, Shahzia Sikandar, Fasihullah and Talha Rathor laid the foundation for contemporary value in this genre during the last decade of the 20th century
  • Art mart: Residues of an experience

    Subjectivity is a much underrated human experience, though it allows us to internalise an experience from the mundane to the surreal, into something uniquely different...

    This realisation became apparent as it stared back at all those who attended the Vasl Artists’ Residency show at the Full Circle Gallery, Karachi, titled “Residue” recently
  • Art mart: Abstraction and refrain

    Artists of the De Stijl movement believed that linear abstraction and a controlled palette could create a universal visual language...

    Abid Hasan’s new body of work at the Full Circle Gallery, Karachi, show “Hybrid Theory” is a nod to abstraction
  • Art mart: It runs in the blood

    Art is normally defined as, ‘the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination’ but for some, it simply runs in the blood...

    The same is the case of this family whose journey started with the elder brother, Akram Dost Baloch, who attended evening classes in drawing at the Arts Council, Quetta, before graduating from the National College for Arts (NCA) in 1978
  • Wal-Mart has $76bn in overseas tax havens

    WASHINGTON: Wal-Mart Stores Inc owns more than $76 billion of assets through a web of units in offshore tax havens around the world, though you wouldn’t know it from reading the giant retailer’s annual report...

    A new study has found Wal-Mart has at least 78 offshore subsidiaries and branches, more than 30 created since 2009 and none mentioned in US securities filings...

  • Art mart: Longing to belong

    Expertise in art fuels creative intellect, inspiration and the capability to interact with the masses effectively...

    Hence, to explore the dynamic relationship between the artist, audience, curator and the local art scenario, the Sanat Gallery, Karachi, held an experimental exhibition What Belongs to You, showcasing works of Ammar Faiz, Farhat Ali, Madyha Leghari, Naira Mushtaq, Sajid Khan and Zoya Siddiqui
  • Art mart: Other mixed media interventions

    In the current climate of social and political chaos, negotiating states of fear, anxiety and suppression is common fare amongst artists...

    Injured, angst-ridden, brash or defiant, their art scores if artists bring singular aesthetic definition to their expressive responses
  • Art mart: Encountering the double

    Whether it is Khan’s fascinating acrylics on linen, Hyder’s captivating oils on digital print, Zafar’s, Junejo’s and Mushtaq’s traditional oils on canvas and board, Bilgrami’s gouache on wasli or Faisal’s digital prints on archival paper, each painter has made a statement with his or her own paintings...

  • Art mart: Current art drifts

    The current exhibition at Art Chowk Gallery, Karachi, titled “Potpourri XXV”, has an edge over the usual lacklustre group shows with rambling, uneven collections...

    Handpicked from the portfolios of established and promising new artists, it is an engaging mix of quality paintings in many genres
  • Art mart: Birds of a feather …

    Contemporary Art is what the artists living today produce; it stems from Post-modern Art which itself descends from the early 20th century Modern Art...

    Current artists question the styles and movements that came before them and in the process, create new set of rules for appreciation of the evolving art
  • Pakistan ready to save AJK forests

    “We have to start with awareness first, telling people that cutting trees is the worst of all violations and the federal government will make efforts to declare all water bodies protected under law,” said Mushahidullah Khan as he assured that the federal government would intervene to save the forests that regulate the country’s water cycle...

    “Luckily the 18th Amendment is not applicable in AJK and the Centre can still intervene there...

  • Daniel Craig gets ‘licence to save’ as UN envoy on mines

    UNITED NATIONS: As secret agent James Bond, Daniel Craig has a licence to kill, but on Tuesday the United Nations gave the British actor a “licence to save” by appointing him as the first global advocate for the elimination of mines and explosive hazards...

    “You have been given a license to kill (as James Bond), I’m now giving you a license to save,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told Craig at United Nations headquarters in New...

  • UN experts make last ditch efforts to save Shafqat Hussain

    KARACHI: A group of United Nations human rights experts, in a last ditch effort, urged the Pakistani authorities on Friday to halt the execution of Shafqat Hussain — scheduled for June 9, 2015 — who was convicted for a crime reportedly committed as a child...

    Hussain was first due to be executed in March 2015, but the execution was stayed while the authorities conducted an inquiry into his age at the time when the crime was committed and...
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