Month: April 2017

Acting Out

Acclaimed American performance artist Carolee Scheeman is awarded this year’s Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 57th Venice Biennale. Joining an illustrious line of recipients including German painters Frank Auerbach and Sigmar Polke, Yugoslavian performance artist Marina Abramovic, and Malian photographer Malick Sidibe, Scheeman’s accolade is seen by the Biennale as testament to her […]


The Exhibition Copy/Paste, curated by Shahram Entekhabi, and taking place at Tarahan Azad Art Gallery, Tehran and CC. art space, Isfahan from April 22nd to July 14th explores the idea of duplication and reproduction within Western and Islamic art. Shahram Entekhabi, Iranian/German curator, asks how the ideas present within Walter Benjamin’s The Work of Art […]

Making Connections

Lebanese designer Charles Kalpakian’s solo exhibition at Joy Mardini Art Gallery demonstrates a sophisticated grasp of colour, form and finish The idea behind the expression “six degrees of separation” is that any two people or objects in the world can always be connected through just half a dozen links in a chain. Lebanese designer Charles […]

Curated by Edward Gibbs

Edward Gibbs, Chairman, Sotheby’s, Middle East and India Edward Gibbs joined Sotheby’s in 2003. He advises private, corporate and institutional collectors across Europe, North America, North Africa, The Middle East, South Asia and throughout the Muslim world. He oversees three major auction categories: Arts of the Islamic World, Art of Imperial India and Contemporary Arab, […]

Louis Moinet: Splitting Seconds

Louis Moinet watches begin with the man who invented them. Born in Bourges, France, in the late 18th century, Moinet enjoyed the fruits of his farming family before distinguishing himself as an intellectual and academic. Initially ruled less by mathematics and science than the arts, Moinet proved an accomplished sculptor, painter and horologist, eventually devoting […]

Wedding Dresses in Flight

If you’d happened to be walking on Beirut’s seaside Corniche last Saturday, April 22, you would have witnessed a most singular sight: 31 wedding dresses appearing to float in the Mediterranean sky, like otherworldly ghosts descending upon the earth. But an apparition the dresses certainly weren’t. Rather, they formed part of an ephemeral installation by […]

Art Brussels

21-23 April 2017 – Tour & Taxis, Brussels Whoever still says that Brussels rhymes with waffles has probably not seen much more than the Manneken Pis and the french fries booths, ignoring the cultural impetus Brussels has been experiencing the past 5 to 10 years. April sees art burgeoning everywhere, from galleries, museums, to other […]

In Search of Originality

The Phoenicia Hotel Art Photo Competition encourages photographers to seek unique and innovative visions in a venue steeped in history The second edition of the Phoenicia Hotel Art Photo Competition has now opened, after a successful first edition culminating in March with a glittering reception cocktail and three-week public exhibition. The competition lasts 12 months […]

Roots: Shaqayeq Arabi and Fereydoun Ave

The current exhibition at Tehran’s Dastan+2 is a two-person show titled Roots, with works by sculptor, Shaqayeq Arabi and renowned painter, Fereydoun Ave. Bringing together both two-dimensional and three-dimensional works by Arabi and Fereydoun Ave, Roots represents a collaboration between these two artists who explore from their individual perspectives concerns pertaining to the duality of […]

Vacheron Constantin: Keeping Global Time

Founded in 1755 by Swiss watchmaker Jean-Marc Vacheron, Vacheron Constantin went down in history as the brand that invented the first complication, allowing for a watch to have functions beyond simple timekeeping. This invention was followed by the first engine-turned dials. Within 30 years of its conception, Vacheron had passed the company onto his son […]