Month: November 2017

Tasmeem Fair 2017

The fair  is an intiative peresented by the SAUDI ART COUNCIL headed by HRH princess JAWAHER BINT MAJED ALSAUD. This event is the first of its kind in Saudi Arabia to reinforce the roles of interior designers and architects in the society. It is a platform to allow the designers to showcase their designs to an international […]

Iman Issa’s Heritage Studies

Iman Issa’s Heritage Studies (2015–ongoing) combines a Brancusi like modernism with details from architectural remains of Egypt’s archeological past. On view at the Hamburger Bahnhof and shortlisted for the Preis der Nationalgalerie, 2017, Issa’s objects act as hybrid figures that reflect her own Egyptian heritage as well as her base in Berlin. In Issa’s presentation, […]

EMERGEAST Auction | Edition 4

EMERGEAST, the first online art gallery for emerging Middle Eastern artists hosted its fourth live art auction in a series of dynamic annual auctions in Dubai. The interactive event took place at Le Cirque, the Ritz-­‐Carlton in Dubai’s DIFC district. The night opened to a thriving reception of 150 guests engaging with artworks followed by […]

Inverting the Orientalist Gaze | Lalla Essaydi

Selections talks to six talented female photographers from the Arab world and Iran whose work spans the gulf between East and West, transcending language and culture to tell universal stories Each of the six women interviewed in this issue deals with this in their own way, some choosing to address the gulf between East and […]

In the Library with Laure Ghorayeb

Lebanese artist Laure Ghorayeb shares her poetic thoughts on time, the power of the verb and The Flowers of Evil She is in her mid-80s now, but Laure Ghorayeb’s life is her work — or perhaps her work is her life. “I draw all the time, at all hours of the day,” she says. “When […]

Performa 17 Opening Week Review

Performa is a renowned Performance Art biennial founded in 2004 by RoseLee Goldberg, an art historian, author and curator who arrived in New York in 1975 and continues to commission performance by international visual artists across an array of sites in New York City. For two to three weeks biannually, the city becomes a platform […]

Dubai Design Week 2017 in pictures

For the third edition of Dubai Design Week, the weeklong event returns with a larger more diverse programme, strengthening Dubai’s position as a global hub for the design and creative industries. Dubai Design Week is taking place from the 13th to 18th of November to across the city with over 550 designers participating in a […]

Sotheby’s Inaugural “Boundless: Dubai” Nets $3.6 Million in Sales, Far Exceeding Expectations

Sotheby’s first auction in Dubai took place on November 13, setting numerous record prices for artists from the region and helping to further cement Dubai’s place as a center for cultural commerce. Entitled “Boundless: Dubai,” the auction saw five record prices for artists from the region, including Ali Banisadr’s mesmerizing canvas In Media Res, which […]

The Unifying Pilgrimage

Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque hosts a collection of important Islamic artefacts in an exhibition exploring the Hajj From September 20, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi will be the venue for a new exhibition: Hajj: Memories of a Journey. It presents the Emirati relationship with Islam through a series of artefacts, […]


Etel Adnan shares an exclusive glimpse of her working process with photographs of pages from her sketchbook Featured image: Etel Adnan Al Tayyeb Salih, Daw Al Bayt, 2011, side, courtesy of Ramzi and Saeda Dalloul Art Foundation. A version of this article appeared in print in Selections, A Dialogue Between Generations of Arab Women in Art […]