The Across Boundaries exhibition, curated by Tarek Nahas, noticeably stood out with a thoughtful selection of Lebanon-made photographs going back almost a century and a half. A particularly captivating thread running through the display was photographers’ reflecting on Lebanese History – from the temples of Baalbek to the 1975 war – and engaging with the history… Continue reading Late to the game, but here are my top photographs at the Beirut Art Fair with no further elaboration.
Shafic Abboud, Composition (1969-70) @ Galerie Janine Rubeiz Modern Lebanese painting stood out, with works that remain exciting, and still feel new, a testimony of the timelessness of the artists’ vision. In a reflective and peaceful booth, Galerie Janine Rubeiz presented a selection of works, mostly on paper, by key Lebanese artists such as Shafic… Continue reading Highlights of the Beirut Art Fair
The sculpture-centric Agial booth sought to reevaluate the significance of a sometimes misunderstood, or, underappreciated, art form through experimental works by artists such as Abdulrahman Katanani (pictured), Ziad Abillama, Saloua Raouda Choucair, and Ayman Baalbaki. The project brought to mind this 1857 caricature of the Salon de Paris by Honoré Daumier…
Lebanese galleries deployed the local art community’s energy and creativity through works that had, often, been previously shown in Beirut: one familiar with the city’s art scene was in for few surprises. Overall, the offerings hardly provided consistent aesthetic, emotional or intellectual challenges. For every one of the several bright spots, there were, as a… Continue reading What’s up with the Beirut Art Fair ~ part two