studio visit

2019 preview: Michel Karsouny’s Positive Absurdism

Organic shapes in garish colors, swirling around as unhinged volutes, roam about Michel Karsouny’s canvases, in constant flux. Save for seeming accidents, like the odd drip or unblended brushstrokes, everything is flat. But if there is a certain flatness and bravado to Karsouny’s work, sensuality and playfulness have replaced Greenbergian modernist self-seriousness. Blue (but also) Fushia Danube,… Continue reading 2019 preview: Michel Karsouny’s Positive Absurdism

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)

movie review

Movie Review: The Price of Everything

Dir. Nathaniel Kahn, 2018. Price vs. value (and what kind of value): the conundrum at the heart of this documentary about the blue-chip contemporary art world. While those familiar with its workings might not learn much, other art devotees will gain valuable insights into it, through interviews with key collectors, artists, critics, dealers, and auction house… Continue reading Movie Review: The Price of Everything

exhibition review

Reviving the Grand Sofar Hotel with Tom Young

It was its last weekend, and I had yet to make the short trip to the Grand Sofar Hotel to not only visit Tom Young’s exhibition but also (and this was perhaps my main  initial, motivation) to tour the building itself. I had often driven by the grandiose and poignant ghost marrying vernacular arcades with… Continue reading Reviving the Grand Sofar Hotel with Tom Young