Pakistani artist Imram Qureshi is having quite a year. Not only has he been named Deutsche Bank’s Artist of the Year, but he was also commissioned to create this year’s exhibit on the roof of NYC’s Metropolitan Museum of Art!
Qureshi was able to utilize almost 8,000 square foot of open-air space as his canvas, as he has painted with acrylics directly onto The Met’s rooftop. What initially looks like the floor of an abattoir is easily recognized by those familiar with his work at Qureshi’s signature crimson floral designs, splashed over with red paint. He has done similar installations, on various scales, all over the world.
Earlier this month, Qureshi created a site specific installation for the 2013 Frieze Art Fair which was part of the Deutsche Bank VIP Lounge. Coincidently, I was part of small group of volunteers who crumbled poster sized prints of the crimson flower /blood spatter design into smaller wads so that they could be mounted behind glass panels, as seen in the photos below. I got a pretty crazy paper cut doing this, but it was worth it.
Imran Qureshi’s Roof Garden Installation will be on view until November 3, 2013 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Located at 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street. Access to the Roof is Weather Permitting.