Month: December 2017

Urbanisation and its undoing

A thought-provoking stacked stone installation, ‘While we Wait’ explores several topical issues, including the changing dynamics between nature and architecture “In this delicate stone shelter, we will wait and we will testify that all the vanishing isles of the world did indeed once exist”. So ends an evocative text by Karim Kattan, who spent his […]

Reminiscences on the Silk Road

In a recent exhibition of works at Tabari Artspace, Mohamed Abla looks back to the fairytales and folklore depicting this famed trade route in its heyday Uplifting and jovial, an exhibition by Mohamed Abla at Tabari Artspace went some way to reaffirming the idea that an artist’s personality can shine through his work. Abla, of […]

Gabriel and Guillaume

November 16 to December 23 An annual fixture, Nancy Gabriel and Guillaume Excoffier’s Christmas pop-up returns to Beirut with a diverse selection of design pieces, sourced from all over the world. This year, the duo has chosen to set up their immersive display at Beirut Terraces, Downtown Beirut’s first vertical village, designed by Swiss architects […]

Javlon Umarbekov Reveals a Sense of Hopeful Diversity When We Need it Most

Dubai—Andakulova Gallery, one of Dubai’s most important spaces showcasing Central Asian art, presents a new exhibition by the revered Modernist Javlon Umarbekov. The exhibition surveys Umarbekov’s metamorphosis over the past four decades, tracing both the continuity and variation from his Uzbek roots against the growing specter of globalisation today. Born in 1946, in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, […]

A New Miami Icon

Miami’s newest contemporary art museum opened on December 1 in the Design District, to coincide with Art Basel and Design Miami. Following in the footsteps of the venerable Bass Museum, which reopened in October after years of renovation, the Institute of Contemporary Art Miami unveiled a spectacular new building designed by Madrid-based Aranguren + Gallegos […]