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Ibrahim El-Salahi, Reborn Sounds of Childhood Dreams I, 1962–63, oil on canvas, 108 1/2 x 108 1/2".

London

“Ibrahim El-Salahi: A Visionary Modernist”

Tate Modern
Bankside
July 3 - September 22

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.