Month: March 2016

A Spring in his Step

Journey with Zawarib’s CEO Bahi Ghobril through Beirut’s winding alleyways and explore the best of its hangouts, hidden treasures, cutting-edge cultural scene and contemporary life Spring is a wonderful time of year to walk around Beirut. Wild shrubs and forgotten trees, haphazardly growing through stone walls and behind hidden fences, spruce up the city with […]

 Folk Traditions

The quiet genius of self-taught artists Since its establishment in 1961, the American Folk Art Museum in Manhattan’s Upper West Side has made it its mission to highlight work by self-taught artists from the United States and abroad. Over the years, the institution has become one of the world’s leading destinations in which to view […]

Walking Down Syria’s Darkening Road

Tamman Azzam’s latest solo show abandons hopeful colours for the grim black-and-white truth about the present reality in Syria In Dubai, a peaceful enclave with a blossoming contemporary art scene, it’s all too easy to forget the steadily worsening conflict affecting so many civilians’ lives in nearby Syria. Syrian artist Tammam Azzam brought a hard […]

Cultural Calling

From the artworks in his desert home, to the art scene in the region, Dr. Zaki Nusseibeh talks collection and the growth of Emirati art Deciding which artwork to ask Dr. Zaki Nusseibeh about first is tricky. His home in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, is replete with aesthetic riches. The collector notices our eyes, and […]

Questions of Practice

Dorian Batycka, curator at Bait Muzna for Art Film, interviews the institution’s director Khaled Ramadan about wearing multiple hats, the importance of context and the archivist as filmmaker Khaled Ramadan is a curator, documentary filmmaker, artist, journalist and founder of the Chamber of Public Secrets. He co-curated Manifesta 8 in 2008, and the first ever […]

New Kid on the Block

A new venture based in Doha, AlBahie seeks to become the premier auction house in the region AlBahie, Qatar’s first homegrown auction house, has opened its doors at a permanent location in Doha’s Katara Cultural Village. While prestigious international auction houses including Sotheby’s have run sales in Doha since 2009, proving the collector base is […]

Give Me Liberty, Give Me Love

Marwan Chamaa’s paintings are pure pop bliss There’s an infectious joie-de-vivre to each of Marwan Chamaa’s paintings. His exuberant, colourful brushstrokes channel the very best of pop art to create multi-panelled love stories inspired by comic books, tragic Arab songs and cities that have left an imprint on his soul, like New York and Beirut. […]

Unspeakable Acts

Iranian painter Ali Banisadr’s canvasses are at once compelling and unsettling, grabbing the viewer’s gaze and refusing to relinquish it Painted at a vertical angle, Iranian artist Ali Banisadr’s canvasses appear as aesthetic avalanches of accident and incident, in which fragmented figures are contoured into chaotic spaces, the tormented dreams of the artist’s imagination. Rich […]

Living Portraits 

James Nares’ intimate films explore new forms of portraiture Three years ago, when James Nares’ video “Street” was on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the artist said that his intention was “to give the dreamlike impression of floating through a city full of people frozen in time, caught Pompeii-like, at […]

Tropical Eden

Take a look at Clyde Butcher’s evocative photographs of the South Florida wilderness America’s vast expanses of wild provide the inspiration for photographer Clyde Butcher’s work. South Florida’s Everglades in particular – a mysterious 1.5-million-acre wetlands preserve – has played a recurring role in his distinctive black-and-white photographs of natural landscapes. Miami’s Fairchild Tropical Botanic […]