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The Kite

Artist:
Gazbia Sirry (Egyptian, born 1925)
Date:
1960
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
37 3/4 x 20 1/4 in. (95.9 x 51.4 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Gazbia Sirry, 2009
Accession Number:
2009.166
Rights and Reproduction:
Egyptian Artist Gazbia Sirry
Not on view
Gazbia Sirry is one of the many accomplished women artists who have made a mark in the Egyptian arts throughout the twentieth century. She stood out for her dedication to the individual freedom of the Arab woman through her fighting spirit. Sirry's ardent enthusiasm for innovation and her openness to international influences made her a vital contributor to the Contemporary Art Group in Cairo. A prolific painter, she has experimented with a range of styles. Her early works resembled illustrations inspired by children's coloring books. But she soon shifted to an Expressionist style in which her use of heavy impasto, quickly applied and violently scratched, explored a thematic revolving around the artist herself or groups of individuals and couples. Her figures seem to be struggling to emerge from the whirlpool of life, or have gathered together for sheer survival in an urban environment gone astray.
Inscription: Signed, dated and inscribed (verso): (upper left): Gazbia Sirry/ Cairo–Egypt/ [inscription in Arabic (?)]; (upper right): The Kite/ 1960; (center): S/ Gazbia
the artist, Cairo (1960–2009; her gift to MMA)

Munich. Museum Villa Stuck. "The Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa, 1945–1994," February 15–April 22, 2001, unnumbered cat. (p. 91; lent by the artist).

Berlin. House of World Cultures in the Martin–Gropius–Bau. "The Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa, 1945–1994," May 18–July 22, 2001, unnumbered cat.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. "The Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa, 1945–1994," September 8–December 30, 2001, unnumbered cat.

New York. P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center. "The Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa, 1945–1994," February 10–May 5, 2002, unnumbered cat.

Sobhi al–Sharouni. "The Pulse of the Age in Gazbia Sirry's Art." Gazbia Sirry: Lust for Color. Ed. Mursi Saad El–Din. Cairo, 1998, p. 37.

Ahmad Fouad Selim. "Gazbia Sirry and Galatea." Gazbia Sirry: Lust for Color. Ed. Mursi Saad El–Din. Cairo, 1998, p. 43, colorpl. 23.

Carol Becker and Okwui Enwezor. "A Conversation with Okwui Enwezor." Art Journal 61 (Summer 2002), ill. p. 16 (color).



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