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)

art fair, exhibition review

From Agial to Daumier and back

  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…

art fair

What’s up with the Beirut Art Fair ~ part two

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

exhibition review

Storytelling time at the Sursock Museum

  The 10 Stories told in the recent Sursock Museum display are as many moments in the history of art in Lebanon, some well known, others obscure, but, for the most part, worth exploring. The disjointed floor, eschewing the narrative/chronological format, allows for sharp investigations, literally cornering a variety of topics, from the so-called naïve painters… Continue reading Storytelling time at the Sursock Museum