Author: Marwan Naaman

Wedding Dresses in Flight

If you’d happened to be walking on Beirut’s seaside Corniche last Saturday, April 22, you would have witnessed a most singular sight: 31 wedding dresses appearing to float in the Mediterranean sky, like otherworldly ghosts descending upon the earth. But an apparition the dresses certainly weren’t. Rather, they formed part of an ephemeral installation by […]

Prized Time

With Les Eternelles de Chanel collection of watches, the legendary French fashion house has created an artistic line of high jewellery Karl Lagerfeld made fashion history last July when he publicly paid tribute to Chanel’s 200-plus behind-the-scenes workers. For Chanel’s fall/winter 2016-17 haute couture runway show at Paris’ Grand Palais, he set up the atelier […]

A Shrine to Rodin

The year 2017 marks the centennial of Auguste Rodin’s death. The great French artist – perhaps the most influential sculptor of the past few centuries – is generally viewed as the father of modern sculpture, having placed character and emotion, rather than monumental expression, at the center of his work. One of the greatest collections […]

The Elusive Homeland

Mahmoud Obaidi tells the story of his native Iraq – and by extension the story of the entire Arab world – through his art Politics and war are at the heart of Mahmoud Obaidi’s work. For the past 16 years, the Iraqi-Canadian artist has been observing the horrific wars plaguing the Arab world and expressing […]

Dystopian Vision

Charbel Samuel Aoun’s architectural background exerts a strong influence on his art. The Lebanese artist, now in his mid-30s, is currently showing his latest creations at Anima Gallery in Doha, Qatar. Titled “Paratopia,” Aoun’s show features haunting canvases depicting futuristic cities in which cement is the absolute ruler. Gone are the cobblestone streets and planter […]

Irresistible Illusions

For over 60 years, kinetic artist Julio Le Parc has been creating irreverent works characterised by complex, colourful patterns and blissful disorder Miami’s Pérez Art Museum, which opened in its current location in 2013, is hosting the most mesmerising show of its young existence: Julio Le Parc: Form into Action. This is the first U.S. […]

Legends Redrawn

The myths of ancient Persia find new expression in the drawings of Iranian artist Mohsen Ahmadvand There is something deliriously upbeat in Mohsen Ahmadvand’s work. For the past 12 years, the Iranian artist, now in his mid-30s, has produced only drawings: spectacular, powerful, enigmatic, expressive drawings that serve as vivid interpretations of the world around […]

Rapturous Paint

New York in the 1980s was a city in flux. Gritty, dangerous and covered in graffiti, Manhattan and Brooklyn in particular bore little resemblance to the glamorous, trendy boroughs that exist today. At the same time, the perilous feel of the city in the early 1980s inspired young artists to create shocking, dazzling figurative paintings […]

Envisioning the City

In 1916, New York became the first city in America to implement a comprehensive zoning resolution. Now, exactly 100 years later, the Museum of the City of New York shines the spotlight on the century-old zoning laws through an exhibit that explores the changing face of one of the world’s most dynamic cities. Titled “Mastering […]

A Parallel Life

One to Watch Six prominent collectors of art from the Middle East and North Africa sat down with Selections to share their pick of 10 regional artists to watch For this special One to Watch issue, Selections reached out to six prominent collectors focusing on art from the Middle East and North Africa to ask […]