This autumn, BERLONI will stage the first London exhibition of Kamal Boullata’s work since 1978. The acclaimed Jerusalem born artist (now based in Berlin) known for his geometric abstract paintings, deals with questions of identity, exile, light and transparencies. This new series will occupy the Fitzrovia space with around 20 new paintings on both canvas, and paper.
Gérard Xuriguera writes on Boullata’s work: “Woven by translucent panes, by the vibrations of redoubling forms and sliding shapes that filter in through the heart of a sharply defined perimeter, this work exudes a spatial dimension of light; its chords discretely swell to animate variations of a rare harmony. Between monochromatic spaces and the clarity of the stabilizing geometry, and between transparencies and the shimmering that crystallizes every now and then, a subtle dialectic settles in; one that is not the reflection of a coincidence but the product of a vigilant discipline.
A man of culture and master of his hand and style, Kamal Boullata, whose work crossed frontiers a long time ago invites us to discover his itinerary. An itinerary marked with an insinuating spiritual asceticism that reverberates a tempered musicality marked with an uninterrupted fugue.”
Kamal Boullata was born in Jerusalem in 1942. He is a graduate of the Academia di Belle Arti in Rome (1961-65) and the Corcoran Art Museum School in Washington, DC (1968-71). Over the last four decades he has lived in the USA (1968-1992), Morocco (1993-1996), and France (1997-2012). Exhibitions of his art have been mounted in North America, Europe and the Arab world.
His work is found in private and public collections including the British Museum, London; Darat al-Funun: the Khalid Shoman Foundation, Amman; Patronato de la Alhambra Islamic Museum, Granada; Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah; Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris; Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, Amman; New York Public Library, New York; Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha; Bibliothèque Louis Notari, Monaco; Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah; Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. As a Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellow (1993 and 1994), he pursued field research on Islamic art in Morocco and Spain. With a Ford Foundation grant received in 2001, he conducted field research on post-Byzantine painting in Palestine. The author of four books on Palestinian art, he has edited a number of books on modern poetry and contemporary culture. In 2012-13, Kamal Boullata was elected as a Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin.
Kamal Boullata …And there was Light – Berloni Gallery – 24 September to 31 October 2015