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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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

A Surrealism of Sorts

A key fixture on Cairo’s art and socio-political scene from the late 1930s through the 1940s, Art and Liberty is the subject of a fascinating book and well-received show currently on tour. Selections caught up with co-curator and author Sam Bardaouil to find out more about this often-overlooked movement A snippet of conversation at a […]

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 […]

The Power of The Pen | Letters from the Past

Ranging from declarations of love and outpourings of grief to observations on sales, or the lack of them, our collection of letters from and to artists offers a rare and fascinating glimpse into the private world of a creative force While artists will always express themselves first and foremost through their work, what they say […]