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Rashad Araeen

South London Gallery

Rasheed Araeen is probably best known outside Great Britain for his role as a founding editor of Third Text, a quarterly publication that has contributed significantly to the current discourse on non-Western art. But this publishing initiative is only half the story; Araeen’s career as an artist stretches back to the ’50s. In the ’60s, his work addressed a wide range of issues and incorporated a broad range of conceptual frames, including systems theory, time-based performance, and the geometry and structure of constructed objects. Trained as a civil engineer, Araeen produced metal works that were modular, monochrome, and utilized an open latticework system. The reception of this work was often explained by referencing Araeen’s Pakistani background. The modular and repetitive nature of these pieces was explained (to the artist’s chagrin) by reference to Islamic architectural and decorative

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