Month: July 2016

One to Watch: Mays Albeik

Syrian-Palestinian Mays Albeik is as much a raconteuse as she is an artist and architect. Born and raised in the United Arab Emirates, she creates narrative-driven installations, forging experiences while stretching stories and materials to their utmost. See for example her contributions earlier this year to two group exhibitions in the Emirates. Moments of a […]

The Art of Propulsion

Egyptian artist Ganzeer talks change, protest and discovery The Egyptian Revolution of January 2011 was marked by many acts of bravery – and many different forms of protest, demonstration and dissent. Selections spoke to Mohamed Fahmy, aka Ganzeer, one of the street artists whose work exemplified the revolutionary spirit and helped the movement to gain […]

Seduction with a Single Click

Experience Mario Testino’s sensual world Celebrated fashion photographer Mario Testino is now staging his first-ever solo exhibit in Copenhagen, at GL Strand. Titled “No Limits,” the show features 55 of Testino’s most iconic works, including the devastating photo of Kate Moss lifting up her skirt, first featured in British Vogue in 2008, and the provocative […]

Fendi Makes Magic in Rome

To mark Fendi’s 90th anniversary, Karl Lagerfeld sought inspiration in Danish artist Kay Nielsen’s stunning illustrations from East of the Sun and West of the Moon The Trevi fountain in Rome, with its awe-inspiring scale and gorgeous blue waters, is a magical place, particularly following its recent $2.4 million renovation. So it’s hard to imagine […]

Migration and Identity in Focus

Young photographers based in the Gulf explored questions of belonging on an artistic journey to Turkey Istanbul It was a provocative idea for Istanbul-based curator Özge Ersoy to pose to a group of young photographers. “We’re not saying people should stop producing images,” she explained, “but that how and why they produce images should be […]

Doha Dates

Selections reviews two exhibitions not to be missed in Qatar this summer Red / Red Project Space, Mathaf May 22 to September 11 Red / Red is a fascinating installation piece by Turkish artist Aslı Çavuşoğlu, exploring the gradual disappearance of the pigment known as Armenian red. Originally shown as part of the 14th Istanbul Biennial […]

Best of Beirut

Selections tours Beirut in search of this summer’s most memorable and thought-provoking exhibitions 7 Rooms, 7 Artists—Beirut Conversations Art House May 31 to June 14 In a derelict mansion in Mar Mikhael, seven foreign artists who have chosen to make a home in Beirut came together to show the ways in which their surroundings have […]

Celebrating Choucair’s Centennial

The Sursock Museum paid tribute to one of Lebanon’s greatest artists on her 100th birthday Beirut To celebrate the 100th birthday of one of Lebanon’s most original and influential artists, the Sursock Museum hosted a celebration on June 24, in collaboration with the Saloua Raouda Choucair Foundation. In honour of her centennial, the foundation loaned […]

Agial’s Big Brother

Beirut Saleh Barakat Gallery, which opened in Clemenceau in May, provides a larger counterpart to Agial Art Gallery, allowing for large-scale retrospectives and the display of statement pieces by contemporary Arab artists Saleh Barakat’s eponymous new gallery is a state-of-the-art white cube space housed in the former Clemenceau Cinema, a beautiful structure with a long […]

The Jameel Prize Pays Tribute to New Talent

Lahore-based artist Ghulam Mohammad won the fourth edition of the Jameel Prize, just three years after graduating from university in his native Pakistan ISTANBUL Pakistani artist Ghulam Mohammad was named the winner of Jameel Prize 4 during a June 7 ceremony at Istanbul’s Pera Museum, where an exhibition of works by Mohammad and the 10 […]