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Christie’s Contemporary Middle Eastern Art Auction in Dubai

October 21, 2015 | | 12 Comments

Over the past decade we have seen the Arab and Middle Eastern art market grow from a relatively small pool of art enthusiasts and art collectors to include an increasingly international audience thanks to international initiatives taking place outside the region. Recent events taking place outside the sales room are shifting public perceptions and appreciation […]

Tammam Azzam Puts Syria Inside Banksy’s Dismaland

September 8, 2015 | | 46 Comments

I made my way from the trendy A4 Space Coffee Shop in Alserkal Avenue, to Ayyam Gallery, where Syrian artist, Tammam Azzam, was waiting at the door outside. Casual in trendy jeans and wearing a T-shirt with a skull print, Tammam’s manner was warm and gentle. In Tammam’s workspace, a four meter wide painting in black […]

Savannah Quercy’s Art at La Serre And Dubai Life

August 28, 2015 | | 7 Comments

Recently I have been keeping my eyes and ears open for young artists living in Dubai to connect with for the “Emerging Artists Interview Series”, when a glamorous four-page spread from Harper’s Bazaar Art Arabia about a young French artist living in Dubai caught my attention. Something about the familiar character of this twenty-year old driven artist pulled me in, and […]

Turkish Coffee With Noor Bahjat at Ayyam Gallery

August 16, 2015 |

There is no story that takes place in Dubai during August without mention of the desert heat. So let me start out by saying, it was a very hot morning when I headed out to Al Quoz. I noticed the calm around me. The streets were quiet and the few people that were out were […]

My Top 20 Works of Art Dubai

March 23, 2015 | | 32 Comments

The Ninth edition of Art Dubai came to a close this week. As with all the previous years, the booths were well curated and offered a cohesive view of their galleries identities with some showing-casing their big names and others introducing emerging talents. The cultural program was extensive and full of great sources for inspirations. […]

Beirut Art Day: Photomed, Art on 56th, Mazen Khaddaj

February 1, 2015 | | 35 Comments

It is Saturday morning in Beirut and the sun is shining bright. I could not think of a better way to spend the day than with my five year old daughter exploring the city under the embrace of its smiling skies. Our Saturday adventure started at the Atrium at Le Grey Hotel with a trip […]

The Roots of Discovery at Iwan Maktabi Beirut

December 16, 2014 | | 40 Comments

Iwan Maktabi Beirut presented an installation by artist Rami Dally on Friday entitled, “The Roots of Discovery”. Following the success of last year’s installation, and as part of their dedication to encourage emerging artists in Lebanon, Iwan Maktabi invited Dally to create yet another dazzling work of art this year. “This installation has to do with the […]

Elevated from Viewer to Viewed at Michelangelo Pistoletto’s Exhibition in Beirut

December 7, 2014 | | 10 Comments

Immediately upon my arrival to Beirut Exhibition Center, I am greeted with an oversized mirror and my own reflection. I realized immediately that I have become part of the art and a part of the experience that italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto has created. There is no escaping the feeling of “I” being present at all times. The show is […]

Ahmad Moualla: Blurring the Lines Between the Conscious & Subconscious Mind

November 30, 2014 | | 18 Comments

It was one of those rainy fall days in Lebanon where all you wanted to do was stay in and get cozy with a book and a movie. The opening of Ahmad Moualla at Mark Hachem Gallery would be starting in a few hours and I knew, without a doubt, that it would be an […]

Muqeem: a Hypnotic Call To Prayer

November 23, 2014 | | 3 Comments

Egyptian-born artist Ehab Mamdouh’s debut exhibition titled Muqeem at Alaan Art Space in Riyadh. Upon entering Alaan, a sense of calm is immediately felt in the space, almost as if entering a place of worship. Simple framed geometric shapes in red, black, and white on the walls offer stillness. Inside the frames are careful placed simple […]

Gilbert Debs and Claudia Chahine Create Agoni for Beirut Art Fair

October 3, 2014 | | 8 Comments

Guided by their passion for innovation and aesthetic spirits, Gilbert Debs and Claudia Chanhine create a unique piece of public art every year to bring forth awareness of a specific social issue taking place in Lebanon and around the world. This year, their piece Agoni was exhibited at the Beirut Souks as part of Beirut […]

Lebanon Celebrates Art at Beirut Art Fair 2014

September 24, 2014 | | 116 Comments

The Beirut Art Fair this year confirms Beirut as the cultural and intellectual capital of the Arab world, serving as a window for the MENASA at the perfect junction between East and West. “When we’re asked about the reasons for which we embarked on Beirut Art Fair adventure, we answer that our motivation is to […]

“Thin Skin: Six Artists from Beirut” at Taymour Grahne Gallery, NYC

June 5, 2014 | | 10 Comments

Coming of age during the Lebanese Civil War, which went on from 1975 to 1990, can be a very interesting experience to say the least. Presented by Taymour Grahne, six Lebanese artists whose expressive works reflect that experience came together to give the viewer insight into a city whose skin has become intricate yet fragmented. I […]

The Plastik* BLOW-UP Event

May 11, 2014 | | 2 Comments

I am thrilled to be collaborating with Plastik Magazine for the first edition of the Plastik* BLOW-UP Event, an exciting arts and culture event which is part of Beirut Design Week, happening June 9th to 15th. Each day throughout Design Week, the concept store will be curated by a different artist or designer with a selection of […]