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Etel Adnan: The Weight of the World


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This new Etel Adnan catalogue is produced to accompany the artist’s first solo exhibition in a UK public institution, titled The Weight of the World.  Adnan’s unique career — spanning several decades and including as wide a range of media as it does traditions and continents — has made a significant contribution to the artistic, cultural and political landscape of the 20th and 21st centuries. Presenting the impressive diversity of Adnan’s practice, the publication includes reproductions of her paintings, drawings, poetry, film, ceramics and tapestries. The title of this publication and the exhibition is taken from a new series of paintings completed specifically for this show.

The catalogue includes a foreword by the Serpentine Galleries’ Director of Summer Programmes, 2016, Julia Peyton-Jones, and Artistic Director, Hans Ulrich Obrist - who has also written an introductory essay to Etel Adnan’s work. Critic and writer Kaelen Wilson-Goldie has contributed an essay that places Adnan’s art within the political and social context that has inspired it. Robert Grenier, poet and writer, has contributed a tribute to Adnan’s ability to grasp the essence of a landscape. The publication also includes artist and publisher Simone Fattal’s writings on Adnan’s practice.

There are three book covers to select from, each depicting a different painting from Etel Adnan’s series The Weight of the World