Islamic art’s parameters have gone beyond the traditional definitions over the past few years. Museums, private collectors, and gallery curators have paved the way towards a more contemporary age of works coming from the Middle East. Islamic artists have started to garner inspiration from a variety of sources: their own culture and traditions, as well as modern life. They use techniques, ideas, and imagery that date back to past centuries. In the images that you’ll see below, you’ll see these conventional methods almost “reinvented” by expressing more modern subjects and ideas. Doing this, in a way, “frees” the artists from Islamic patronage and functionality, as their predecessors were once constrained.
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has been active in acquiring and preserving these pieces of contemporary Middle Eastern and Islamic art, believing that the art’s relevance lies not simply as “art”, but also as a means to explore the culture and tradition from the past. In a way, these contemporary pieces act as a bridge that link the past, present, and future.