Rasheed Araeen

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Rasheed Araeen (b. 1935) is a London-based artist, activist, writer, editor and curator. In 1964, he moved to the United Kingdom from Pakistan, where he had initially trained as a civil engineer. Araeen is recognized as the father of minimalist sculpture in 1960s Britain. His work in performance, photography, painting, and sculpture throughout the 1970s to 1990s challenged Eurocentricsm within the British art establishment and championed the role of minority artists, especially those of Asia, African and Caribbean descent. In addition to his artistic practice, he took on activist roles with organisations such as the Black Panthers and Artists for Democracy, and founded the critical journals Black Phoenix, Third Text and Third Text Asia. Araeen organised the seminal 1989 exhibition, The Other Story: Afro-Asian Artists in Post-War Britain, which was held at Southbank Centre, London. Author of numerous essays and journals, he has written Art Beyond Art: Ecoaesthetics—A Manifesto for the 21st Century (Third Text Publications, London, 2010) and the autobiographical Making Myself Visible (Kala Press, London, 1984).

Araeen has exhibited internationally, with significant solo exhibitions, including Rasheed Araeen: Before and After Minimalism, Sharjah Art Foundation Art Spaces, Sharjah, UAE (2014); Zero to Infinity, Museo de Arte, Lima, Peru (2013); Minimalism and Beyond: Rasheed Araeen at Tate Britain, Tate Britain, London, UK (2007); To Whom It May Concern, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK (1996); Rasheed Araeen, South London Gallery, London, UK (1994); Strife and/or Structure, Modern Art Gallery, Fukuoka Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan (1993); From Modernism to Postmodernism: Rasheed Araeen A Retrospective, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK (1987).

His work has been shown in notable group exhibitions, including The Tanks: Art in Action, Tate Modern, London (2012–13); Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai, China (2012); Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea (2012); Migrations at Tate Britain, London, UK (2012); The Mediterranean Project, Thessaloniki Biennale, Thessaloniki, Greece (2011); Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba (1994), Live in Your Head, Museu do Chiado, Lisbon, Portugal (2001); Sydney Biennale, Australia (1998); 2nd Johannesburg Biennale, Johannesburg (1997); The Other Story: Afro-Asian Artists in Post-War Britain, Hayward Gallery, London, UK (1990, then travelled to Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton, UK, and Manchester City Art Gallery and Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK); Magiciens de la terre, Centre Georges Pompidou/La Villette, Paris (1989); and Art of Society at Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (1978).

Araeen’s work is included in the public collections of the Guggenheim, Abu Dhabi, UAE; Tate, London, UK; M+, Hong Kong; Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK; Arts Council of England; Canal+, Paris, France; Fukuoka Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan; Wifredo Lam Center, Havana, Cuba; Imperial War Museum, London, UK; Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania; Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE; Pompidou Centre, Paris, France; Museo de Arte de Lima, Lima, Peru; Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo (NY), USA; ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany; Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi, India; Gwangju Biennale Foundation, Gwangju, South Korea; and Samdani Art Foundation, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Araeen is the recipient of honorary doctorates from Southampton University, East London University and Wolverhampton University.

  • Rasheed Araeen
    Red Square (After Malevich)
    2015½
    Acrylic on wood½
    160 x 160 x 18 cm (63 x 63 x 7 in)½
  • Rasheed Araeen
    Red Square Breaking into Rainbow Colours
    2015
    Acrylic on wood
    160 x 160 x 18 cm (63 x 63 x 7 in)
  • Rasheed Araeen
    Red Square Breaking into Primary Colours
    2015
    Acrylic on wood
    160 x 160 x 18 cm (63 x 63 x 7 in)
  • Rasheed Araeen
    Bahar Ayie Khushyaan Lyie (Spring Come Happiness Come)
    2015
    Acrylic on wood
    160 x 215 x 18 cm (63 x 84 ¾ x 7 in)
  • Rasheed Araeen
    Rainbow
    2015
    Acrylic on wood
    Seven pieces, each 30.5 x 30.5 x 30.5 cm (12 x 12 x 12 in)
  • Rasheed Araeen
    Blue Cube
    1968-2015
    Acrylic on wood
    90 x 90 x 90 cm (36 x 36 x 36 in)
  • Rasheed Araeen
    The Caribbean/Asthesis
    2008
    Pen and ink on printed map
    104 x 70 cm (41 x 27 ¾ in)
  • Rasheed Araeen
    Mill Gaye Phir Chaaron Yaar (Have Met Again, Four Friends)
    1968-2015
    Wood and household emulsion
    86 x 250 x 178 cm (34 ½ x 100 ¾ x 70 ¼ in)
  • Rasheed Araeen
    La Grade Jatte
    1991–4
    Mixed media
    175 x 220 cm (69 x 86 ½ in)
  • Rasheed Araeen
    In the Midst of Darkness 3A
    2012
    Acrylic on canvas
    114.3 x 139.7 cm (45 x 55 in)
  • Rasheed Araeen
    Go On, Sing the Blues, Again
    2015
    Wood and household emulsion
    each 30.5 x 30.5 x 30.5 cm (12 x 12x 12 in), 27 cubes in total
  • Rasheed Araeen
    Sculpture No. 2
    1965-2015
    Painted steel
    121 x 121 x 121 cm (47 ½ x 47 ½ x 47 ½ in)
  • Rasheed Araeen
    Untitled B
    1962
    Felt pen on paper
    each approx. 25.5 x 34 cm (10 x 13 ½ in), six drawings in total
  • Rasheed Araeen
    Boats: Towards Abstraction
    1958-62
    Watercolour, pastel and ink on paper
    Dimensions variable
  • Rasheed Araeen
    In the Midst of Darkness 2A
    2012
    Acrylic on canvas
    114.3 x 139.7 cm (45 x 55 in)
  • Rasheed Araeen
    Golden Calf
    1987
    Mixed media
    151.8 x 178.4 cm (59 ¾ x 70 ¼ in)
  • Rasheed Araeen
    (3R+2B)SW
    1971
    Painted wood
    77 x 75.5 x 15.5 cm (30 ¼ x 29 ¾ x 6 in)
  • Rasheed Araeen
    Burgundy Dark
    1971
    Acrylic on wood
    104 x 69 x 14.5 cm (41 x 27 ¼ x 5 ¾ in)
  • Rasheed Araeen
    Basant
    1970
    Painted wood
    104 x 46 x 10.5 cm (41 x 18 ¼ x 4 ¼ in)
  • Rasheed Araeen
    Burning Ties
    1976-79
    Eight colour photographs
    Each 75 x 50 cm (29 ¾ x 19 ¾ in)
  • Rasheed Araeen
    Chaar Yaar I (Four Friends)
    1968/2014
    Acrylic on wood
    each 61 x 61 x 61 cm (24 x 24 x 24 in), 4 pieces total
  • Rasheed Araeen
    The One that Could Not Float Away
    1970
    Photographs
    each 63.5 x 63.5 cm (25 x 25 in), four works in total
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