Adonis: The Difference between a Poem and a Painting

The Daily Star interviews Syrian poet Adonis on the eve of the opening of “A,” an exhibition of his visual art in Paris. The exhibition runs until May 10, 2015 at the Galerie Azzedine Alaïa. Adonis' visual works incorporate poetry directly - as his "experiments with visual art began by taking verses by such great Arab poets as Bashar … Continue reading Adonis: The Difference between a Poem and a Painting

The Wanly Brothers

Egyptian artist Seif Wanly (1906 -1979) and his brother Adham were two of the first artists to introduce modern art to the Arab world. Born in Alexandria, the brothers studied at the studio of the Italian artist Otorino Becchi. They later set up their own studio in Cairo in 1942, together with the painter Ahmad Fahmi and the … Continue reading The Wanly Brothers

Syrian Artists Amid the Horror

Syrian artists are continuing to work amidst the horror of war and the difficulties of exile, Tim Cornwell writes. Among the artists discussed in the article are Thaier Helal and Mohannad Orabi both of whom have struggled with visas and travelling to exhibitions. These artists' work has undergone a transformation as they have been affected by the war. … Continue reading Syrian Artists Amid the Horror

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here in Dearborn

From March 6 to July 12, the Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here exhibition will be on display at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn. The Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here Collection, founded by San Francisco bookseller Beau Beausoleil in the weeks after the bombing, includes broadsides, artist books, prints and an anthology of essays and poetry. Exhibits have been … Continue reading Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here in Dearborn

Arab Artists Reacting to ISIL

In a recent Al Monitor article, Mona Alami writes about the work of artists from Iraq, Lebanon and Syria who are reacting to ISIL. Alami discusses the work of  Lebanese artist Raouf Rifai, and Iraqi artists Nada al-Hasnawi, and Aqeel Khreef and Syrian Kais Salman.   Alami writes: All these artists have learned to scrutinize the country’s political and social reality, … Continue reading Arab Artists Reacting to ISIL

Take Away Art Project Visits Oman

The Oman Times reports on the Take Away Art Project (TAAP), which works to create ties between international and French artists. TAAP, founded by Jessica Poignard, is now seeking to connect French and Arab artists, beginning with Oman. For more on cultural collaboration between France and Oman, take a look at The Omani French Centre  The unusual choice of … Continue reading Take Away Art Project Visits Oman

Palestinian Art at The Jerusalem Fund Gallery

Mark Jenkins writes about Palestinian art at The Washington Post, reviewing Helen Zughaib’s show “Fractured Spring” on exhibition at The Jerusalem Fund Gallery Al-Quds. The gallery is one of three divisions of the Jerusalem Fund, created in 1977 to raise money for philanthropic projects in the Palestinian territories. However, the gallery, which was founded in … Continue reading Palestinian Art at The Jerusalem Fund Gallery

Paint a Vulgar Picture

Lebanese artist Dona Timani’s exhibition “Paint a Vulgar Picture: On Bordering and Othering in the Arab World" is a series of self-described "controversial portraits" which "dissects Arab communities and the underlying ideologies of power." The works are intended to highlight and elucidate "the politics of exclusion and alienation, identity crises, and myriad conflicting ideologies across … Continue reading Paint a Vulgar Picture

Here and Elsewhere

The “Here and Elsewhere” exhibition at the New Museum begins on July 16 and runs until 28 September. This exhibition of contemporary art from and about the Arab world brings together forty-five artists.       The exhibition borrows its title from a 1976 film-essay by French directors Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Gorin, and Anne-Marie Miéville. Their … Continue reading Here and Elsewhere

Space and Power: Dina Haddadin

As a practicisng architect, multidisciplinary artist Dina Haddadin's work often focuses on the visual tension between the clean architectural lines of construction and the disordered, unorganized aspects of empty spaces and the ephemereality of place. Her bio from her site describes her work as dealing with "the struggle over the right to the city and … Continue reading Space and Power: Dina Haddadin

From Iraq to Syria

I recently came across "Roads to Damascus", a musical and visual art collaboration by the composer Kinan Abou-afach and Armenian-Syrian visual artist Kevork Mourad, which uses music and live painting as vehicles to create a new way of storytelling, making usually static paintings that people stand and look at for a few seconds into works … Continue reading From Iraq to Syria

When Absurdity Becomes The Form

The two works of art above, by Lebanese artist Youssef Shawki, are described in an article in The National as at the centre of his exhibition, Acid Fields, "a collection of abstract works featuring tormented and distorted figures." The only two paintings that veer from illustrating bodies are the maps: Arab World Map Construct / … Continue reading When Absurdity Becomes The Form

Art Exhibition: Despite

"Despite brings together the work of a group of contemporary artists from Palestine – both the West Bank and Gaza, and includes work by artists such as Mohammed Joha, Hani Zurob, Majed Shala, Mohammed Abusal, Nidal Abu Oun and Raed Issa." The exhibition starts today and goes to the 28th.I love the title! Earlier this … Continue reading Art Exhibition: Despite

Art Exhibition The Libyan

"The Libyan, curated by Noon Art and supported by the British Council, will bring together, for the very first time in London at the Arab British Centre, the work of eight living Libyan artists." So there is an art exhibition that highlights the work of eight Libyan artists, both men and women, until 30 November. … Continue reading Art Exhibition The Libyan