Whereby I showcase my adaptability to the exhibition’s spirit Vartan Avakian, from All that is Seen and Unseen, mixed media, 2018. In Of All that is Seen and Unseen, Vartan Avakian construes of ancient book as, at once, objects, sculptures, concepts, metaphors for fossils, and fossilized receptacles for the printed word, imbued with an aura of unequivocal intellectual value (and the… Continue reading Seeing and Unseeing with Vartan Avakian
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.
A view of Gerda Steiner and Jörg Lenzlinger's les extrémités de notre univers. Swiss artists Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzlinger's site-specific, immersive installation at Sfeir-Semler gallery, les extrémités de notre univers, is delightful and smart. In fact, give me a sofa or a bed, and I’d happily live and work there for an afternoon. Details from Gerda Steiner… Continue reading Gerda Steiner and Jörg Lenzlinger’s Lebanon-made waste-natural wonderland
Suddenly Beirut seems to have become an epicenter for exhibitions of world-renowned photographers. Last fall had Josef Koudelka at Dar el Nimer; this winter has Irving Penn, for Mina image centre’s inaugural exhibition: a judicious choice, simultaneously high-brow and mainstream. I was mainly familiar with Penn's work for Vogue, discovered during my more fashion-conscious years. I… Continue reading Irving Penn, for richer or for poorer, in life and in death