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[BKARTS] Arabic Calligraphic Script and the Book Arts



Please join us this Friday night for a special lecture in conjunction with our winter exhibition, Dafatir: Contemporary Iraqi Book Art

 

Arabic Calligraphic Script and the Book Arts

With Mohamed Zakariya

Friday, March 9, 6: 30 pm

 

Zakariya began working with calligraphy in 1961. He took his first lessons from the Egyptian artist Abdes-Selam Ali-Nour in 1964 while in Morocco. Mr. Ali-Nour encouraged him to study the literature of the art and to become a professional calligrapher. In 1984, with the encouragement of Dr. Esin Atil, curator of Islamic Art at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., Zakariya took the first of many trips to Istanbul. With the direction of Dr. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, director of IRCICA, he began his lifelong study with Hasan Celebi and the late Dr. Ali Alparslan. He has received ijazas from both of them. Zakariya makes most of his own materials and tools, such as knives, burnishers, ink, and colors. He prepares his own ahar papers by dying, coating, and burnishing them and makes his own ebru paper. Zakariya also does his own illumination (tezhib) in his own style, making each work entirely his own with no collaboration or partnership—except in the calligraphy itself, which he hopes reflects the methods of his teachers.

 

There is a $5 suggested donation at the door for CBA members/ $10 for non-members.

Sarah Nicholls

Program Manager

 

The Center for Book Arts

28 W. 27th St. 3rd fl.

New York, NY 10001

(212) 481-0295

www.centerforbookarts.org

 


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