Month: September 2017

Arabicity, emerging artists and The Prophet

Pascal Odille, artistic director of the Beirut Art Fair, reveals his top picks for the eighth edition For many art lovers, the most exciting element to the eighth edition of the Beirut Art Fair is likely to be its nonprofit section. Continuing to build year-on- year from its modest beginnings in 2010, when it attracted […]

A Dialogue Between Generations of Arab Women in Art issue#42

I hope this letter finds our readers in good health and spirits. Selections is eager to share its eventful summer with you. I personally find this September issue to be a landmark in the history of the magazine. The topic we chose to address is Women — a Dialogue in Generations of Arab Women. To […]

What to expect at Beirut Design Fair 2017

20 – 24 September 2017 BEIRUT DESIGN FAIR will be held at the Beirut International Exhibition & Leisure Center, from 20 to 24 September 2017. It will take place at the same time, and in the same location, as BEIRUT ART FAIR (23,000 visitors), a contemporary art fair which since 2010 has sought to promote […]

Mounira Al Solh

Cloistered in the Glass Pavilions on Kurt-Schumacher-Strasse at Documenta 14 in Kassel, one finds Mounira Al Sohl’s installation Nassib’s Bakery (2017) and I Strongly Believe in Our Right to Be Frivolous woven across two floors. The installation is decidedly austere if not barren with its content confined mostly to text, murals, and small drawings on […]

What to see at the 15th Istanbul Biennial

The 15th Istanbul Biennial, entitled a good neighbour and curated by artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset, opens to the public on 16 September 2017. Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) since 1987, the 15th Istanbul Biennial brings together artworks by 56 artists from 32 countries, including 30 new commissions, all addressing […]

What to expect at Beirut Art Fair 2017

BEIRUT ART FAIR SEPTEMBER 21-24, 2017 The 7th edition of BEIRUT ART FAIR, which took place in September 2016, included 45 galleries from 20 countries and welcomed more than 23,000 visitors (compared to 21,000 in 2015). The event registered a turnover of $3.2 million, representing a 25% increase in average earnings per gallery compared to […]

What to see at Contemporary Istanbul 2017

Preview day: 13th September 2017 Exhibition dates: 14th – 17th September 2017 A week to go before the opening of the the 12th edition of Contemporary Istanbul, 14-17th September 2017. It has been a busy year with the revisiting of the fair’s design by award-winning Tabanlıoğlu Architects and the hosting over 70 galleries of which […]

Next Week’s Agenda at ALSERKAL

“Ripples” Mohannad Orabi Ayyam Gallery Dubai (11 Alserkal Avenue) 13 September – 26 October 2017 Opening reception: Wednesday, 13 September from 7.00 to 9.00 pm Ripples will highlight a new body of work by the Dubai-based Syrian artist. With his latest paintings, Orabi seeks to provide a counter image to the death and destruction that […]

All That Remains

Memories of exile pervade Fathallah Zamroud’s paintings. The Lebanese artist, whose latest exhibit “Distant Remains” opened at Beirut’s Ayyam Gallery on September 6, can trace his lineage back to Ottoman Turkey. His grandparents fled their ancestral land in Southern Turkey to Aleppo after the Armenian Genocide, and his own parents in turn had to leave […]