The Geometry of Color and the Word in the Work of Kamal Boullata (La geometría del color y la palabra en la plástica de Kamal Boullata)
The work of Kamal Boullata (Jerusalem, 1942) is characterized by an intense artistic and theoretical investigation of the relationships between verbal and pictorial expression, and how these relationships were shaped in classical Arab culture. His serigraphs and paintings are dedicated to buildings such as the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem and the Alhambra in Granada, the optics of the medieval polymath Ibn al-Haytham (Alhazen), or the mythical Queen of Saba. Together with his studies on geometry and color, and the humanism that always informs his work, these themes make Boullata one of the most important and enriching contributors to the modern art of the Arab world. The lecture will discuss the images and texts of Kamal Boullata in relation to some of the poets and thinkers with whom the artist has collaborated or who have inspired him.
*(lecture in Spanish with simultaneous translation into English)
José Miguel Puerta Vílchez is a professor in the Department of the History of Art, Universidad de Granada. He is the author of several volumes on Arabic aesthetics, poetics and architecture, including the ground-breaking Historia del pensamiento estético árabe. Al-Andalus y la estética árabe clásica (Akal, 1997), recently published in English as Aesthetics in Arabic Thought from Pre-Islamic Arabia through al-Andalus (Brill, 2017). His publications on the palace of the Alhambra include Los códigos de utopía de la Alambra de Granada (Granada, 1990), and Leer la Alambra. Guía visual del Monumento a través de sus inscripciones (Granada, 2010).
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