Dear Shaded Viewers and Diane,
I've very recently become a fan of Imran Qureshi, though it seems I'm a little late on the uptake as he was recently awarded the Deutsche Bank Artist of the Year, and commissioned to do an instillation for the rooftop of the MET. Nevertheless, Qureshi is a Pakistani artist who blends his training in traditional miniaturist technique with his affinity for abstraction to create his distinct image of the flux between beauty and violence. For his first show in Europe, a collection of Qureshi's works is showing at KunstHalle in Berlin, where his latest series of modern-miniatures are on display. The most striking pieces, however, are the gorgeous round paintings where delicate flowers have been intricately painted into red splatters. When this is then placed on a huge gold canvas, the sense of opulent bloodshed is only intensified. The second room houses a huge site-specific instillation and they still seek traces of blood, where Qureshi used hundreds of pieces of red flower-painted paper scattered in a mound of carnage.