Year: 2014

Pop Strike

Morocco-born artist Hassan Hajjaj has been using pop art to play with perceptions and stereotypes in the Arab world. Hajjaj discusses his work and inspiration with us   “The more you don’t want it, the more it happens. That’s what I’ve learnt. Even when I started showing my work it took three years I think before I had the […]

A City’s Dreams Made Flesh

Lebanese artist and architect Nadim Karam takes Selections on a tour of his studio to learn more about his urban interventions In an apartment behind the offices of Atelier Hapsitus, Nadim Karam unlocks a metal cupboard to reveal three decades of inspiration. Sketchbooks dating from 1985 to earlier this year are piled ten-deep on the […]

Botero, Doha

Botero’s Sensuous Colombia in the Gulf

A selection of the famous modernist’s paintings and sculptures bring his distinctive rounded figures to Doha’s Anima Gallery   Not many artists can say that their name has become synonymous with a particular style of art within their own lifetime. Fernando Botero is one of those few. Hailed today as one of the most important living artists, the Colombian painter […]

Leila Heller

The Rose Tinted Issue Curated By Leila Heller

Art to me is beyond a purely aesthetic appeal or financial value, it is also an immediate feeling and reaction. Since I was a young child, I have been surrounded and inspired by the art that was on the walls of my family home and the creative traditions that have been part of my culture for centuries – mesmerising geometric labyrinth […]

Design, Biennal

Ljubljana Design Biennial: Design as a Form of Enquiry

The Ljubljana Design Biennial, one of the oldest events of its kind in Europe, has unveiled the results of the preliminary phase of 3, 2, 1…TEST, a six-month-long collaborative process seeking to shape the possible future of design   The incredibly well preserved capital city of Slovenia offered rich soil for experimentation and freedom of constructive imagination, with more than 120 […]

In the Library with Etel Adnan

The grande dame of Lebanese painting and poetry is enjoying a great deal of attention from the contemporary art scene. Here she takes time out from her international schedule to speak with us about the books that she lives with and the literature that has influenced her As Etel Adnan nears her 90th birthday, she has become […]

Dubai, Al Quoz

Eclectic Avenue

Within the gritty alleys of Al Quoz, a lush arts quarter continues to unfurl   Is Alserkal Avenue an ingredient in Dubai’s emergence as an art hub within the Gulf States? Many are saying yes, especially as 2015 will see its creative area double in size. “I personally believe that in the next 35 years this cultural hub can become a […]

Ayyam Gallery, Samia Halabi

Young, but Growing in Stature

Innovative and renowned galleries from around the world descended on Saadiyat Cultural District for this year’s Abu Dhabi Art   The Gulf’s younger fair, now in its sixth edition, ran at the beginning of November at its traditional location in Saadiyat Cultural District. After last year’s event was marred by wind and rain that caused the fair to close temporarily, and for […]

The House on the Hill

Artist Tom Young hopes that a two-month residency at La Maison Rose in Ras Beirut can pave the way for more artistic activity in the iconic property   “I’ve been exploring the house’s context in the city, drawing inspiration from the forest of towers that surround it, and nearby landmarks such as the old lighthouse and Luna Park,” […]

‘It had to be a Grand Palais…’

Frank Gehry’s latest signature project, the Fondation Louis Vuitton, has opened to the public and it’s like nothing he has ever built before   “To make a building in this park, it had to be kind of a Grand Palais, a glass kind of thing”   For anyone now visiting Paris, Gehry’s presence is not only felt in the Bois […]