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About the book: LUBNA AGHA emerged on the art scene during the early 1970s. Young, prolific, and talented, she took Pakistan’s art world by storm. Within only a few years, she won numerous laurels, held voluminous one-person exhibitions, and participated in shows with distinguished senior artists. With a career spanning over three decades, this preeminent artist’s work has seen monumental shifts in style- marked by courageous experimentation and innovation- constantly propoelling her work in new and challenging directions. In this compellingly written monograph, a foremost scholar and critic of modern South Asian art, Dr.Marcella Sirhandi, captures the journey of Agha’s creative mind. As poignantly described by Salima Hashmi, ‘Lubna Agha’s reclamations take her into a kaleidoscope of vivid color, an inescapable zone of wonder” -the reader is invited to share in this in-depth look into this artist’s stirring and immutable world.
About the author: MARCELLA NESOM SIRHANDI received a B.A. in drawing and painting from California State University, Turlock in 1964 and an M.A. in Art and Art History from California State University, Fresno in 1974. Before embarking upon a career in Art History she taught Art in high school and college. Inspired by an extended visit to Europe, the Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan, Dr. Nesom entered the doctoral program at Ohio State University, Columbus, and received her Ph.D. in Asian Art History in 1984. She has taught Art History at Southwest Missouri State University, California State University, Fresno, and the University of Oregon, Eugene. Currently Dr. Nesom is Assistant Professor of Art History at the Kansas City Art Institute.