PRINT May 2013

“Ibrahim El-Salahi: A Visionary Modernist”

Curated by Salah Hassan

Perhaps more than any institution of its ilk,Tate Modern has made a commitment to expanding—or even exploding—the Euro-American canon of postwar art. This initiative underpins its staging of “Ibrahim El-Salahi: A Visionary Modernist,” a retrospective (organized by New York’s Museum for African Art) of one of a generation of African artists who forged a complex syncretism from the wreckage of high modernism. Although his integration of painting, drawing, and writing has brought him scholarly recognition as a founding figure of the Khartoum school, the Anglo-Sudanese artist is only belatedly receiving the more widespread attention he deserves. An accompanying catalogue features contributions by El-Salahi and fellow artist Hassan Musa, along with essays by Sarah Adams, Ulli Beier, Iftikhar Dadi, Chika Okeke-Agulu, and the curator.