Exhibition of week: Ibrahim el-Salahi: a Visionary Modernist
Tate Modern, London SE1
The Independent’s former comment editor, Adrian Hamilton writes a weekly column largely on international affairs with particular focus on the Middle East, Iran and foreign policy issues. Before joining the paper he was deputy editor of the Observer newspaper.
Friday 19 July 2013
Ibrahim el-Salahi is a veteran of the postwar renaissance in African art and its troubled politics. A minister one moment, imprisoned the next, his painting is a fascinating, moving search for forms that express his yearnings and the anguish of his prison experience.
The early works see him trying out the modern art learnt from the Western masters, but what makes him interesting is the tension between an intellect that seeks purity of expression and an imagination which wants to free itself from constraint. Featured works include the Self-Portrait of Suffering (1961).
020 7887 8888; tate.org.uk, to 22 September
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