Month: January 2016

Downtown Icon

“Lost Downtown” showcases the late Peter Hujar’s landmark black-and-white photographs Nearly 30 years after his death, American photographer Peter Hujar seems to be coming into his own. Over the past few years, his controversial black-and-white photographs of New York celebrities have gained well-deserved attention among US artistic circles, culminating in the current exhibit, “Lost Downtown,” […]

The Lion and the Couturier

Venice’s Golden Lion shines again, thanks to a painstaking restoration financed by Chanel For centuries, the Lion of Saint Mark has proudly adorned the western façade of St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice. Adopted by the city as its symbol, it is no coincidence that the Leone d’Oro is the top prize awarded at the Venice […]

A Week in Iran

Selections’ editor-in-chief Rima Nasser shares the highlights of an unforgettable trip to Iran One of the highlights of 2015 was the week I spent in Iran, where I was immersed into a world of ornate mosques and stunning palaces, breath-taking gardens and world-class art, some of it on show to the public for the first […]

Championing Creative Collaboration

The Rolex Arts Weekend in Mexico in early December celebrated the culmination of a philanthropic initiative that paired emerging and establish artists from around the world Creativity is the fruit of uncertainty — it may not be a conventional definition, but it’s an idea that caught the imagination of seven of the world’s most successful artists at […]

Masterpiece Theater

Opera Gallery’s “Icons of Art II” brings magnificent artworks to Dubai For the second year in a row, Dubai’s Opera Gallery is staging an impressive exhibit featuring artworks by some of the 20th century’s most revered artists. Titled “Icons of Art II” and taking place at Opera Gallery’s DIFC location, the show includes works by […]


I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season, and as we head into 2016 I want to send you heARTy New Year’s wishes from all of us at Selections. Last year came to an end with two major highlights, which we’re happy to share in this issue. The first was a week spent travelling […]


  For its upcoming edition from 24 to 28 February 2016, ARCOmadrid will celebrate its 35th anniversary with a dedicated section called ‘Imagining other futures’, where 35 galleries will illustrate the fair’s three and a half decades of history complementing a total of 224 galleries from 29 different countries. The fair is also expanding to […]

Reinterpreting the Contemporary—Loud Art Oman

January 21st, 2016 Review: Reinterpreting the Contemporary—Loud Art Oman Muscat, Oman—Once dismissed as a blip on the cultural map for decades, Oman is finally getting some much deserved attention as an important node of contemporary art in the Gulf. Walking into Loud Art, an exhibition of 39 artists from across the Gulf, at Bait Al […]

Whitney on the Move

New York New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art finds a gracious new home in the Meatpacking District It was the biggest art event of the year: in May 2015, New York’s venerable Whitney Museum of American Art reopened in a brand-new building in the Meatpacking District, abandoning its former home on Manhattan’s Upper East […]

Art at Full Mast

Beirut Joumana Asseily’s new gallery Marfa’ brings contemporary art to the Port of Beirut October was a busy month for the Lebanese art scene. First, on October 8, Beirut’s venerable Sursock Museum reopened after a multimillion-dollar facelift, and then on October 25, the landmark Aïshti Foundation opened on the Jal el Dib seaside road, north […]