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Letters from The Past issue#43

The grand opening of the majestic Louvre Abu Dhabi proved to be the perfect finale to an incredibly busy 2017, bringing with it an opportunity to admire both the architecture of this masterpiece and the wealth of exhibits housed inside. Do find time to visit it if you haven’t already and take in this magnificent […]

A Dialogue Between Generations of Arab Women in Art issue#42

I hope this letter finds our readers in good health and spirits. Selections is eager to share its eventful summer with you. I personally find this September issue to be a landmark in the history of the magazine. The topic we chose to address is Women — a Dialogue in Generations of Arab Women. To […]

The One to Watch Issue #40

Selections welcomes the year 2017 with the “One to Watch” issue. This special edition owes its unique merit to the enthusiastic participation of prominent collectors Amer Huneidi, Abraham Karabajakian, Bassel Dalloul, Eid Samawi, Mohamed Afkhami and Qaswara Hafez. Each collector has singled out artists from the region that they believe are particularly worthy of recognition. […]

The Performing Arts Issue #39

As winter approaches and we savour the changing of the seasons, we turn our focus to the performing arts. From opera, to dance,to theatre in all its many forms and guises, we explore a world in which movement, visuals and sound work together — perhaps more fully than in any other medium — to create […]

The Collectors Issue #38

This 10-year anniversary issue is a celebratory one, in which we riff on the kinds of stories and ideas that intrigue us. We hope you will enjoy reading the issue as much as we did putting it together. We turn our lens on a few distinguished collectors, asking some of Selections’ writers to talk to them about their approaches to collecting and […]

The Urban Art Issue #37

Welcome to our special, vibrant Urban Art issue, presented by our editor Anastasia Nysten. We take you on a journey across the globe, with a focus on some of the most interesting and diverse street art and graffiti gracing the walls and walkways of contemporary cities. We also take you a journey back in time […]

The Creative Issue #36

“Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.” Albert Einstein This spring, to mark the season of creativity and new beginnings, Selections invited Jean Boghossian and Ayman Baalbaki to work together. The resulting collaboration led to a stunning series of paintings blending the two artists’ distinctive approaches, from Boghossian’s burning of his canvasses to Baalbaki’s florally-inflected impressionist […]

The One – on – One issue #35

Someone recently described Selections as a “personal experience.” I had not thought of it that way before, but when I looked back at our 34 previous issues I realised how true this definition is. It is about where we go, the people we meet along the way and how their art makes us feel. This […]


I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season, and as we head into 2016 I want to send you heARTy New Year’s wishes from all of us at Selections. Last year came to an end with two major highlights, which we’re happy to share in this issue. The first was a week spent travelling […]


Pascal Odille, a very close friend, called me last month to tell me enthusiastically, “Rima, I have an interview with Marina Abramović for Selections.” As I waited impatiently to receive the article, I felt inspired to go back and watch a number of Marina’s works online. What I found was a true artist with the […]