Month: December 2015

Luc Tuymans from A to Z

Renowned Belgian artist Luc Tuymans is the subject of a comprehensive retrospective at Qatar Museums’ Al Riwaq Gallery Qatar Museums is hosting a retrospective of renowned artist Luc Tuymans’ work, the artist’s first solo show in the Gulf region. The exhibition, entitled Intolerance, is a comprehensive survey of the artist’s output and Tuymans’ largest retrospective […]

Women’s Work

Feminist art is at the forefront of production in Iceland, where the annual Reykjavic Arts Festival is in the middle of a two-year program highlighting pioneering female artists The first settlement of Iceland began in the year 874AD, when a Norwegian chieftain claimed the tiny volcanic island as his own. Centuries later, the least densely […]

Careful Contradictions

An ambitious show in Vienna pairs older works by Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson with new pieces based around revealing dichotomies On November 20, the newest exhibition by one of the most important artists on the contemporary scene, Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson, opened in Vienna. The show occupies two exceptional locations in the city: the Winter […]

Aïshti’s New Skin

Aïshti’s CEO Tony Salamé opens his private collection up to the public with a foundation designed to showcase contemporary art Having a foundation for the arts has become a trend among big fashion brands. Several designers have taken this road in recent years. Cartier, Luis Vuitton and many others have opened private galleries exhibiting their […]

Defining Beirut

An exhibition of illustrations by 10 young Beirutis explored differing perceptions of the city at Park Tower Gallery in Sanayeh Illustrator Jad Abou Zeki sees Beirut as a damsel in distress. Vulnerable and beautiful, terrorised by villains and monsters, she is perpetually waiting to be rescued by a hero and live happily ever after. Zeki […]

Delighting in Detail

Selections delves into the rich world of detail, meeting 10 artists whose work depends on paying careful attention to the little things From the delicacy of the miniature paintings prized by rulers from India, to Iran, to Turkey, to the intricate patterns of Islamic art, to the complex tableaux captured by early Flemish painters like […]

Brilliance in every detail

Rana Salam’s Iconic Cities: Brilliant Beirut, at October’s Dubai Design Week, aimed to change people’s perceptions not only of Beirut, but of the whole Middle East Viewing Beirut across the decades from the 1950s onwards, through the lens of more than 25 of the city’s iconic buildings, more than 40 of its most outstanding architects, […]

Building Bridges with ArchMarathon

Thousands of students, architects and professionals gathered in Beirut for the first architecture award ceremony from ArchMarathon focused on projects from the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern regions Over 3800 students and professionals thronged through the doors of ArchMarathon 2015 to witness, for the first time in contemporary architectural history, a platform for Arab and Mediterranean […]

Meeting Point

Dubai We can find various references in the title of the exhibition (Meeting Point), where five artists from Baku are showing their works in Cuadro Gallery, Dubai. Most obviously, a group exhibition is always a meeting point and an inspiring experimental “melting pot” to bring together artworks made through different approaches and styles. Then of […]

Under the Hammer

Bidding Basics Bonhams’ Nima Sagharchi shares some tips for budding collectors Bonhams held a Middle East-focused sale in London on October 7, under the theme of “A Century of Iraqi Art Part II/Modern and Contemporary Middle Eastern Art.” The auction yielded results of £1,677,200. Iranian painter Manoucher Yektai’s haunting Portrait of Iris Clert was the afternoon’s […]