And How Many Rains Must Fall Before the Stains Are Washed Clean, 2013
Digital print with hand painting on Epson paper
Printed by Hyla Skopitz, The Photograph Studio of The Metropolitan Museum of Art
24 x 30 inches
Edition of 30
Title from a poem by the Urdu poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz (1911-1984)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The acclaimed Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi created The Met's 2013 Roof Garden Commission, his first large-scale installation in the United States. The sources for the lush patterns that sprout from his spills of paint (both in the Roof Garden installation and this limited-edition print) are the detailed works on paper that he makes in the style of the miniaturists who worked for the Mughal court (1526– 1857).
Extending and challenging the Islamic art traditions in which he trained, Qureshi incorporates the lessons of abstract painting in his investigations into ornamentation, line, and color. From paintings and works on paper that reflect the relationship between Islam and the West, to site-specific installations that operate on an architectural scale, the artist examines what connects us across cultures and throughout time.