Author: Selections Magazine

Ah, my beautiful Venus! Rayyane Tabet

I recall a visit we paid to Baron von Oppenheim in Berlin when he took us to the Museum of his finds. Max and he talked excitedly for (I think) five solid hours. There was nowhere to sit down. My interest, at first acute, flagged, and finally died down completely. With lack-lustre eyes, I examined […]

Inside the Sketchbook of Yasmina Nysten

Inside the Sketchbook of Yasmina Nysten A version of this article appeared in print in Selections, The Biennial & Museum Acquisitions #41, pages 163-165.

Giacometti | Tate Modern

Swiss sculptor, printmaker, painter and draughtsman Alberto Giacometti’s figures of various size and materials are perhaps some of the most recognisable sculptures ever made. Born in a remote Swiss valley in 1901, Giacometti was the son of a successful realist Swiss painter and he made his first sculpture at the age of 13. He moved […]

On the Importance of Context

Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, co-founders of multi-disciplinary curatorial platform Art Reoriented, share a selection of artworks that have inspired their curatorial approach with Selections Going beyond conventional art historical and geographical classifications is one of the core concerns of our curatorial practice. As independent curators, we are at liberty to choose our projects, which […]

UAE Pavilion | 57th Venice Biennale

Selections talks to Hammad Nasar, the curator of the UAE Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale With the title Rock, Paper, Scissors: Positions in Play, the United Arab Emirates is bringing the work of a roster of UAE-based contemporary artists to its National Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale. Lahore-born, London-based curator and writer Hammad […]

Chris Ofili | Weaving Magic

There is a touch of Tropicália, the Brazilian movement encompassing theatre, music, poetry and popular culture evident in Turner-Prize winner, Chris Ofili’s new exhibition – Weaving Magic at National Gallery, London. The display brings together a large tapestry titled The Caged Bird’s Song, an Ofili’s painting turned into a woven mural flanked by a frieze of dancers by […]

Living histories | Recent acquisitions of works on paper by contemporary Arab artists

The British Museum London is currently exhibiting recent acquisitions by mostly Syrian artists following the 2011 uprisings that led to a sustained Civil War. Works on display are in a variety of media put predominantly works on paper that includes: posters, artist’s books, prints, drawings and photographs, the medium used perhaps pertinent to an immediacy […]

Japanese Pavilion | Takahiro Iwasaki

Entitled Turned Upside Down, It’s a Forest, Takahiro Iwasaki’s solo show at the Japanese Pavilion is inspired by an old saying that were Venice to be inverted it would be a forest, thanks to what is rumoured to be more than a million wooden stakes supporting it. The Hiroshima-based artist has created a series of […]

Challenging and revelatory | Allan Sekula in Beirut

Photography at work is arranged chronologically, but visitors to the Allan Sekula retrospective at the Beirut Art Center (BAC) may find that the most engaging portion of the show is its culmination. Born in 1951, Sekula was an American photographer, writer, filmmaker, theorist and critic. He passed away in 2013. Marie Muracciole, the BAC’s director […]

Anselm Kiefer | The Seven Heavenly Palaces

The Seven Heavenly Palaces (I Sette Palazzi Celesti) 2004-2015 Milan’s Pirelli HangarBicocca houses one of the most spectacular permanent mixed-media installations created over a decade ago by renowned German artist, Anselm Kiefer. At present, an expanded version of The Seven Heavenly Palaces (I Sette Palazzi Celesti) 2004-2015, curated by Vicente Todolí stands in one of […]