“We are so excited and honoured to invite Imran Qureshi to cast his perceptive gaze on the Metropolitan Museum,” Sheena Wagstaff, the Museum’s Chairman of Modern and Contemporary Art, said in a statement on Friday.
“As a painter, his sensitivity to the environment in which he finds himself—whether the hallowed symbolic space of an old courtyard, a neglected vestigial area of construction or seepage, or an 18th-century palace in the middle of a war-zone city—has resulted in remarkable installations across the world over the past decade. His art is wonderfully complex at the same time as appearing quite simple: it reckons with the realities of contemporary ideologies while reveling in the ability of paint and color to actively both cause and depict regeneration.”
Considered one of the leading figures in developing a “contemporary miniature” aesthetic, integrating motifs and techniques of traditional miniature painting with contemporary themes, Qureshi is the first artist to create a work that will be painted directly onto the surfaces of the Roof Garden, the Museum said in a press release.
The work will relate to elements from his earlier works while responding to the broad vistas of nature in New York's Central Park that can be viewed from the Roof Garden, as well as to the area’s architectural and historical contexts.
The installation, The Roof Garden Commission: Imran Qureshi, will be on view from May 14 through November 3, 2013 (weather permitting).
Lahore-based Qureshi, 41, is renowned for his skillful interpretations of traditional miniature painting, which first flourished in the Mughal courts of the Indian subcontinent at the end of the 16th century. Combining the motifs, symbolism, and ornamental techniques of Islamic art with modern conceptual approaches, Qureshi’s paintings reflect his artistic reconciliation of the region’s history with the reality of Pakistan today, as well as using art as a means to reconsider the contemporary relationship between Islam and the West.