Review: Poor Curation Spoils Qureshi's Minature Landscapes

Imran Qureshi: Where the Shadows are so Deep - The Curve, Barbican ★★☆☆☆

Tabish Khan
By Tabish Khan Last edited 32 months ago
Review: Poor Curation Spoils Qureshi's Minature Landscapes Imran Qureshi: Where the Shadows are so Deep - The Curve, Barbican 2
One of the small paintings, next to splashes of paint that are reminiscent of blood. Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images courtesy Barbican Art Gallery

A heavy dose of gold leaf features in these miniature landscapes; they're in the Mughal style, but painted by contemporary Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi.

This exhibition is superbly lit, with each work given a chance to shine in the grand space of Barbican's Curve gallery.

But fascinating though they are, the paintings' natural scenes are meant to contain darker undercurrents that weren't evident in our walk through.

Almost as compensation, paint is splashed across the floor, walls and even over the paintings themselves — a prettified version of blood spatter.

This — along with the fact the works are hung at different heights — merely distracts from the minute details of the paintings. It feels like a vain attempt to make use of the massive space.

If the show was simply the paintings lined up it would have made for a solid display.

All the curation succeeds in doing is ruining an exhibition that had potential.

An installation view of the space as the works curve round and splashes of paint are everywhere. Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty ImagesCourtesy Barbican Art Gallery

Imran Qureshi: Where the shadows are so deep is on at the Curve, Barbican until 10 July. Entrance is free.

Last Updated 23 February 2016

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