Database of Middle Eastern Art

The Mathaf Encycloped​ia of Modern Art and the Arab World (MEMAAW) project to create a comprehensive database of Middle Eastern art, however over-ambitious, however badly-acyonymed, however provisional, however in-the-early-stages and still a work in progress, has been welcome news to many who have felt keenly the absence of exactly this kind of resource. More on … Continue reading Database of Middle Eastern Art

ArteEast: Art and Culture In Transformative Times

The entirety of ArteEast's conference, “Arts and Culture in Transformative Times: Expanding the Philanthropic Dialogue on the Middle East and North Africa,” is now online. The conference was organized by ArteEast, in collaboration with the Ford Foundation and its co-hosts, the Open Society Foundations, the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation and the British Council and was held in New York … Continue reading ArteEast: Art and Culture In Transformative Times

Mapping the Middle East

Art about maps and the Middle East, from Lebanese/Palestinian artist Mona Hatoum's many maps, such as Bukhara (above), to Jordanian artist Oraib Toukan's The New(er) Middle East and Saudi Abdulnasser Gharem's No More Tears map. Mona Hatoum - Mappings from Serpentine Gallery on Vimeo. Hatoum approaches cartography and mapping in its perverse dimension of control, … Continue reading Mapping the Middle East