Twentieth-Century Egyptian Art

The Private Collection of Sherwet Shafei

Mona Abaza
With Collector’s Notes bySherwet Shafei

This sumptuous full-color volume retraces the highlights of the country’s twentieth-century art world through the private collection of one of Cairo

English edition
208 pp.
200 color illus.
23.5X28.5cm
ISBN 9789774163944
For sale worldwide

40.00

This sumptuous full-color volume retraces the highlights of the country’s twentieth-century art world through the private collection of one of Cairo’s most reputable private gallery owners. The 200 color reproductions of paintings from Sherwet Shafei’s collection represent works from very early pioneers such as Mahmoud Saïd and Ragheb Ayad to later figures such as Hamed Nada and Youssef Sida. In a comprehensive introduction that examines the life and career of Sherwet Shafei and her pivotal role in promoting and creating a market for modern Egyptian art, the author also addresses the tendencies of emerging art collectors in Egypt’s “blossoming” market, the burdens of forgery, and the impact of globalization on the art industry. This book serves as a repository of Egyptian cultural heritage by offering a rare viewing of a valuable collection that has yet to be displayed in its entirety.

Mona Abaza

Mona Abaza is visiting professor of Islamology at Lund University in Sweden. She is the author of several books including The Changing Consumer Cultures of Modern Egypt (AUC Press, 2006).
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