casual remarks, exhibition review

The next generation at CUB Gallery

Clockwise: details of artworks by Magali Massoud, Tarek Haddad, Maral Maniss, Mayssam Hindi, Christian Sleiman, and Chloé Hojeily, It’s always a thrill to discover new talents. I deeply appreciate the CUB gallery / BAR team’s commitment to support and promote emerging artists, and I am certain the works’ selection reflects their expert judgement and exacting… Continue reading The next generation at CUB Gallery

casual remarks, exhibition review

Niemeyer in Lebanon, still.

Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer left an indelible mark on the history of architecture in Lebanon, intertwined with the history of Lebanese politics, with his ultimately ill-fated 1960s project for a complex for international fairgrounds in Tripoli. The topic was already the subject of conversation last fall, following the series of events in Tripoli and Beirut… Continue reading Niemeyer in Lebanon, still.

casual remarks, exhibition review

A tale of two cities (and a completely incongruous comparison but bear with me)

It’s a truism to talk about diversity in Beirut’s art scene, where, for every gallery predictably rotating between its artists, there is an independent happening, a pop-up coup, and a virtual showcase. But rarely has the chasm between some of its actors felt deeper, which led me to reflect on the limits of criticism (when… Continue reading A tale of two cities (and a completely incongruous comparison but bear with me)

casual remarks, exhibition review

In Defense of Le Salon d’Automne du Musée Sursock

For now close to six decades, the Salons d’Automne du Musée Sursock have been perpetuating the grand French Beaux-Arts tradition of the annual juried collective exhibition, a model for exhibitions in Lebanon since the late 1930s. Although the name, Salon, and the concept, could be construed as a relic of another age, the Sursock Museum appropriated… Continue reading In Defense of Le Salon d’Automne du Musée Sursock