Month: January 2018

Saddam Jumaily | People Are Strange, When You’re a Stranger

Iraqi artist Saddam Jumaily’s latest solo show, which is up at Boushahri Gallery in Kuwait until January 26, takes visitors on a strange journey. Featuring surreal and magical forays into a world ungoverned by everyday rules, What Happens Always provides a window in the artist’s rich imagination. Set in a fantasy world and eschewing the […]

Nostalgia in Colour

American photographer Tina Barney is best-known for her large, colourful, expressive portraits of well-to-do East Coast residents, many of whom are family and friends. While the 72-year-old, New York-based artist has been photographing family and friends for nearly 50 years, she has also shot breathtaking landscapes, mostly of favored New England locales. Now, in an […]

Curated By at London Art Fair

Selection being something we specialise in here at Selections, we like to ask those who are best-placed to make choices on our behalf. In this special feature, we ask gallerists at the London Art Fair, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, to choose a single artwork from their booths and share the story behind […]

Without Prejudice

At the 2017 Istanbul Biennial, Mahmoud Khaled proposed a future in which private actions are protected from public scrutiny. The day after Mahmoud Khaled left Istanbul following the unveiling of his new commission at this year’s biennial, he saw the news that police in Cairo had arrested seven concert-goers for raising a rainbow flag during […]

A Work in Progress

The multifaceted Eames Demetrios, director of the Eames Office and grandson of Charles and Ray Eames, visited Dubai mid-November to give a talk at IkonHouse in Al Serkal Avenue on the theme The Value of the Original. He talked to Selections about championing his grandparents’ ideas, designs and philosophy. Anastasia Nysten: Your talk on The […]

Zambian school clinches 2017 Panerai Design Miami/Visionary Award

Collaborative venture in first-time win A collaborative project to construct a school in rural southern Africa has won the 2017 Panerai Design Miami/Visionary Award. The awards, which were established in 2014, recognise individuals who have made a significant contribution to the field of design. Supported by Officine Panerai, which was founded in Florence in 1860 […]

Digital Culture Column

Can a virtual gallery space ever replace a physical one? Will people soon be buying art through facial recognition and Apple Pay? In the first of a diary-style online series, Anna Seaman discusses the impact of digital culture with regional galleries. Last year, I moderated a discussion about the impact the internet has had on […]

What to see at Art Los Angeles Contemporary

LOS ANGELES–Art Los Angeles Contemporary (ALAC), the International Contemporary Art Fair of the West Coast, returns for its ninth edition at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica from January 25–28, 2018. The fair offers an unrivaled perspective to the galleries and artists that define Los Angeles’ position in the contemporary art world. As part of […]

An Alternative Alexandria

Ahmed Morsi’s lifelong poem to his home city is translated through dream-like paintings of myth and mystery. “I wished I could meet you one day in Cavafy’s Alexandria. But that Alexandria is no more, Vanished in the dust of history…” Ahmed Morsi. A Prelude to Meeting Niffari, 1997. Ahmed Morsi’s poetry fills a weighty 1000-page […]

The Louvre Abu Dhabi | Experts React

With the pomp and circumstance of the inauguration now over, Selections asked regional art professionals to give us their views on one of the most high-profile museums to open its doors in recent years After almost a week of official activities, led by speeches from the President of France Emmanuel Macron and the UAE’s leaders, […]