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Why Are We Here Now | Aleppo. A portrait of Absence

BERLIN—The auditorium is pitch black before the light comes in as if demarcating an abstract horizon line. Then a voice punctuates the silence; it sounds vaguely British, male, perhaps white—mature. He is speaking about Aleppo, memory, and forgetting, and yet this is not a Milan Kundera novel, the Czech novelist who wrote stories by the […]

New Date, Director and Galleries Reinvigorate Contemporary Istanbul in Art Fair’s 12th Year

Istanbul — Glossy, hyper-real street scenes, phantasmagorical portraits, neon-infused installations and large-scale metal sculptures were among the big, bold works featured at the 12th Contemporary Istanbul as the art fair sought to return with a splash after a difficult year for Turkey in 2016. New Contemporary Istanbul director Kamiar Maleki, a well-known London-based collector, brought […]

Frieze London | A review of Special Projects

In the first week of October every year, the global art world descends on London’s Regent’s Park for five days of the best showing of modern and contemporary art for Frieze London & Frieze Masters. This event brings together over 160 galleries presenting an array of artworks by artists across generations, genres and of every […]

After the Wildly Improbable

Symposium After the Wildly Improbable excavates a Rail Line Meant to Connect Berlin and Baghdad Berlin—After the Wildly Improbable was a symposium curated by writer Adania Shibli under the framework of the larger series of programing Why are we here now? The program, taking place at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt from mid-September to October was […]

Portrait of a Nation

Contemporary Art from the United Arab Emirates featuring works from the ADMAF Art Collection For six weeks in Berlin, 50 contemporary artists from the UAE take over the main gallery spaces of me Collectors Room Berlin / Stiftung Olbricht (Olbricht Foundation) for Portrait of a Nation. This new survey of artists from one of the […]

Design in Motion theme for Saudi Design Week

Cutting edge ideas and innovative concepts were to the fore at the latest edition of Saudi Design Week, which took place from October 5 to 8 at the APEX Convention Center in Riyadh. The event, which was held under the banner ‘Design in Motion’, brought more than 60 international exhibitors from major brands and other […]

Slavs and Tatars | From Mouth to Mouth

Contemporary Art Centre (CAC) Vilnius September 8th – October 19th, 2017 Slavs and Tatars’ first solo exhibition in the Baltics, at the Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius, is a logical step towards the explorations of the space that lies east of Berlin Wall and west of China Wall. From Mouth to Mouth, a travelling exhibition […]

Ahmed Alsoudani and Encountering The Grotesque in War and Conflict

‘Paint drips and blots are a recurring motif of many of the works on view. Intercepting the composition with this painterly mark-making, Alsoudani adds further complication to his disordered scenes, while highlighting the role of the human hand in the creation of violence.’ Iraqi-American artist Ahmed Alsoudani has long engaged with the politics of painting […]

Frieze London | Frieze Masters 2017 in pictures

Frieze London 2017 The 15th edition of Frieze London takes place from 5–8 October, with a Preview Day on Wednesday, 4 October. More than 160 leading galleries from 31 countries will showcase ambitious presentations by international emerging and established artists, enhanced by a curated non-profit programme of artist commissions, films and talks. New for 2017, […]

The Festival of Future Nows 2017 → ∞

Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin The challenge is in the moment; the time is always now – James A. Baldwin The second edition of Future Nows 2017 → ∞ took place in Berlin last week bringing together over 100 international artists in a four-day event of live encounters. Located in the grandeur spaces […]