Author: Marwan Naaman

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 […]

Germany in the front row | Al Riwaq Gallery

Get familiar with the stars of Deutsch design at Qatar’s Al Riwaq Gallery German design excellence takes centre stage at the Qatar Museums’ Al Riwaq Gallery in Doha. Held in celebration of the long-term friendship uniting Germany and Qatar, the Driven by German Design exhibit focuses on German design from the 1950s to the present […]

Fashion and the Revolution

It’s an exuberant celebration of fashion in all its colours. This season, the Museum of the City of New York is shining the spotlight on the bold, brash New York fashion scene of the 1960s and early 1970s. In an exhibit titled “Mod New York: Fashion Takes a Trip,” the museum uses the era’s distinctive […]

Sculptural writings

Zheng Lu transforms Arabic calligraphy into graceful stainless steel sculptures The mysterious interplay of shadow and light finds a striking sculptural form in Chinese artist Zheng Lu’s body of work. For his latest exhibit ‘Fluid Symphonies’, now showing at Anima Gallery at The Pearl-Qatar, Zheng Lu delved deep into his decade-long exploration of shadow and […]

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 […]

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 […]

Let Me Dance Tonight

When I handed my entrance ticket to the attendant at Paris’ Musée Galliera, she told me I could look at the outfits on display but not to touch them. She then sized me up and down and added: “And under no circumstances are you allowed to try on the dresses!” Once I entered the museum […]

Witnesses to War

Catherine de Zegher combines the works of Francisco Goya and Farideh Lashai to provide a stunning look at similar conflicts that existed two centuries apart When Spanish artist Francisco Goya created his devastating series of 82 prints The Disasters of War, between 1810 and 1820, he was protesting the horrific violence caused by the Spanish […]

Tableau Vivant

As he celebrates turning 60 this year, John Akomfrah can look back on an impressive artistic career that has garnered him prestigious honors and awards, including his appointment as Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2008. Born in Accra, Ghana, but living in the United Kingdom since he was four years […]

A Museum for the People

Zeina Arida, director of Beirut’s Sursock Museum, shares her grand vision for the future The Sursock Museum made international headlines when it reopened in October 2015, after a seven-year closure and multimillion-dollar renovations. Its inaugural exhibition, Regards sur Beyrouth, which traced Beirut’s evolution over 160 years, packed a strong emotional punch, reaffirming the museum’s attachment […]