My Name is Izhar Patkin: A Tribute to Agha Shahid Ali


Twelve Gates Arts invites you to explore the confluence of art and poetry in the work of Israeli-born New York-based artist Izhar Patkin. Patkin's 2014 retrospective at MASS MoCA featured his collaboration with the legendary Kashmiri-American poet Agha Shahid Ali (1949 - 2001), with whom Patkin collaborated during the two years before Ali's death. Inspired by Ali's words, Patkin executed a cycle of spectacular mural-size paintings on gossamer tulle, entitled "Veiled Threats" (1999 - 2010).

The paintings in My Name Is Izhar Patkin: A Tribute To Agha Shahid Ali, are inspired by themes of memory, loss, love, and exile in Ali's poems. Izhar Patkin has exhibited internationally at the Venice Biennale, Italy; Sao Paulo, Brazil; The Whitney Biennial, New York; the Tel Aviv Museum, Israel; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Yokohama Museum, Japan; Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana among many others. His work is in the collection of LACMA, Los Angeles; Guggenheim Museum, New York; MoMA New York; Whitney Museum, New York; Tel Aviv Museum, Israel among several others.