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  • Rasheed Araeen, Chakras, 1969–70, sixteen C-prints, sixteen wood disks. Installation view.

    Rasheed Araeen

    Sharjah Art Foundation

    Rasheed Araeen’s “Before and After Minimalism” pulls viewers through the initial twenty years of his career, with drawings, paintings, and sculptures from 1953 through 1973; it also includes a new work, Sharjah Blues, 2014, which was commissioned especially for the show. Araeen’s first major exhibition in the Middle East is thus neither a dutiful retrospective nor a comprehensive survey. Rather, the show reads like a highly compelling story hinging, by necessity, on spare language and a dramatically pared-down plot.

    Born in Karachi, Pakistan, and based in London, Araeen is now seventy-nine years

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