Anila Quayyum Agha: A Beautiful Despair
Light and shadow come together in the latest immersive contemporary exhibition at the Carter! Commissioned by the museum, Pakistani-American multidisciplinary artist Anila Quayyum Agha will create an immersive, site-specific sculptural installation and related drawings informed by her multicultural experience. Agha’s sculptures are created from intricately cut steel illuminated by a single light source, dramatically filling the room with ornate patterns of light and shadow. Bridging modern and traditional materials with historic and contemporary meanings, her work weaves together complex themes of global politics, social and gender roles, and mass media while simultaneously creating a contemplative, welcoming space that draws you in. You won’t want to miss it!
A Beautiful Despair (Cube), 2021
laser cut, lacquered steel turquoise
Liminal Space (Diamond), 2021
laser cut, lacquered steel saffron yellow
Captive Shadow 1, 2020
Mixed media on paper (charcoal, encaustic, embroidery, paper cutout)
Flowers (Green Triangle), 2018
mixed media on paper
Black Tinted Flower, 2020
Mixed media on paper (paper cutout, pastels, encaustic, silver embroidery)
Anila Quayyum Agha: A Beautiful Despair is organized by the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. Support for the exhibition is provided by Entrada of Texas and the Ann L. & Carol Green Rhodes Charitable Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee.