The year 1989 was a pivotal year for Faisal Abdu’Allah. Still completing his Bachelors degree in Fine Art at Central St. Martin’s College in London, it was in the course of that year he reached a turning point in his use of paper as a print medium. In the series of works entitled Paper Ends, Abdu’Allah negotiated the printed surface, working and reworking the paper onto which he printed. During the same year, he studied for a semester at the Massachusetts College of Art, where he found new inspiration in the teachings of Malcolm X and the cultural narratives behind the Nation of Islam. After reading The Autobiography of Malcolm X, he created a series of prints featuring images of the Black Panthers and Malcolm X himself. Produced during that critical year of 1989, these selected works allow the viewer to trace Abdu’Allah’s growth as an artist both materially and thematically.
This exhibition, now on view in the Art & Architecture Library's reading room, has been organized to accompany Faisal Abdu'Allah: The Art of Dislocation, on view from September 28–November 14, 2010 in the Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery.
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