LACMA’s Islamic Art Curator on How Her Ambitious New Exhibition Reveals Another Side of Iran

October 19, 2018 - Nilina Mason-Campbell

The new exhibit “In the Fields of Empty Days: The Intersection of Past and Present in Iranian Art” is the culmination of four years of work by LACMA’s Islamic art curator, Linda Komaroff. Assembling some 125 works of art, from photography to painting,and from posters to political cartoons, the striking show explores an intriguing and scholarly theme: the creative use of anachronism within Iranian art, showing both how tradition animates the present and how reference to the past can be a vehicle for subversive commentary today.

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September 26, 2018 - Safiyyah S

After the previous success of their past exhibitions inspired by poet, artist, and writer, Kahlil Gibran and his best selling book, The Prophet, we had the pleasure of visiting their recent exhibition at Sotheby’s in New Bond Street.

The exhibition, which also celebrates the 95th publishing anniversary of ‘The Prophet’ this year, attracted a considerable number of guests and we had a rather pleasant evening viewing an array of art pieces and socialising with other art enthusiasts. We have heard of Kahlil Gibran and some of his work but, have never ‘discovered’ him fully which after attending the exhibition, find we are cheating ourselves from finding a poet whose spirit is immortalised and continuing to inspire many other artists.

Vanderbilt exhibit 'I AM' combats stereotypes of Middle Eastern women

September 18, 2018 - Melinda Baker

Last month, in a speech at the opening reception for Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery’s latest exhibition, “I AM: Middle Eastern Women Artists and the Quest To Build Peace,” participating Bahraini artist Sheikha Lulwa Al Khalifa succinctly refuted some common stereotypes about women in her country:  ”Our women are educated. They are empowered. They occupy top positions in both the private and public sectors. They are ministers, ambassadors, CEOs, educators, entrepreneurs. (They) represent half our work force and ... are paid equally to men. They vote. They dress however they want and they drive ... and yes, sadly, we have the same lame women driver jokes that you have here."

Rectifying Western misconceptions about Middle Eastern women, particularly Arab and Iranian women, is essential to the vision behind “I AM,” which aims to build bridges of understanding, respect and connection between the regions.  The exhibition features work by 31 acclaimed established and emerging Middle Eastern women artists from 12 countries, including women of both Christian and Muslim faiths whose art tells the truth about who they really are, how they actually live and what they are doing to help build a more harmonious world.

‘I AM’ exhibit opening draws capacity crowd to Fine Arts Gallery

September 4, 2018 - Nicholas Moore

More than 200 attendees filled the Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery for the opening reception of I AM: Middle Eastern Women Artists and the Quest to Build Peace on Aug. 30. The event was hosted by Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos.

“We fail to leave an impact on the world unless we broadly engage the many ways that people are experiencing it. Vanderbilt and Nashville are uniquely positioned as a beacon for driving global understanding,” Zeppos told the crowd. “We welcome all voices and all ways that lead to learning.”

Other special guests included The Rev. Paul-Gordon Chandler, founding president of CARAVAN, and featured Bahranian artist Sheikha Lulwa Al-Khalifa.

Sassan Behnam-Bakhtiar’s mesmerising art opening on Cap Ferrat

September 1, 2018 - LUX

Last week saw the private view and opening of French-Iranian artist Sassan Behnam-Bakhtiar’s latest exhibition. LUX Editor-in-Chief Darius Sanai was entranced.

The mesmerising Villa Santo Sospir on Cap Ferrat in the south of France, once home to Jean Cocteau, played host to Sassan Behnam-Bakhtiar’s private view of his Oneness Wholeness with Jean Cocteau exhibition; LUX was privileged to be invited.

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Mythical Encounters

September 1, 2018 - Shalaka Paradkar

'Oneness Wholeness with Jean Cocteau' a solo exhibition with Sassan Behnam-Bakhtiar at Villa Santo Sospir in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, connects the common vision of two artists from disparate eras, writes Shalaka Paradkar.

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Sotheby’s Hosts Mideastern Art Show Inspired by Kahlil Gibran

August 26, 2018 - Tara Biglari

Earlier this month, crowds of attendees, young and old, gathered at the plush premises of Sotheby’s London to view the works of 38 acclaimed Middle Eastern contemporary artists.

The weeklong exhibition, titled ‘Kahlil Gibran: A Guide for Our Times,’ was part of an ongoing international peace-building mission by the art non-profit Caravan. Created to address the discord that exists between the cultures of the Middle East and the West, Caravan regularly puts on events to promote mutual understanding.

Khalil Gibran’s writings bring inspiration to London exhibition

August 19, 2018 - Karen Dabrowska

LONDON - More than 500 visitors packed Sotheby’s north galleries on the opening of “A Guide for Our Times,” an exhibition of the works of 38 artists inspired by the writings — especially “The Prophet” — of Lebanese poet Gibran Khalil Gibran (1883-1931).

“The Prophet” is divided into chapters dealing with topics of life, including love, marriage, children, joy and sorrow, crime and punishment, freedom, passion, friendship, good and evil, religion and death. Each painting was accompanied by a brief biography of the artist, an artist’s statement and the quote from Gibran, mostly from “The Prophet,” that inspired the work.

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Middle Eastern art exhibition celebrates life and work of Kahlil Gibran

August 17, 2018 - Denise Murray

LONDON: What is it about the work of the famed Lebanese poet, writer and artist Kahlil Gibran that touches the hearts of so many people across the world today, decades on from his death in 1931? An exhibition of art inspired by his writings held this month at Sotheby’s in London provided an opportunity to consider that question

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August 16, 2018 - Tatomir Ion-Marius

Pe data de 8 august a.c. la casa de licitaţii Sotheby’s din Londra s-a ţinut o seară culturală CARAVAN în jurul expoziţiei lor de artă ce promovează pacea, şi a inclus lucrările a 38 de artişti din Orientul Mijlociu inspiraţi de mesajul universal al păcii şi al armoniei care se regăsesc în poezia, scrierile şi arta poetului-artist născut în Liban Kahlil Gibran, autorul celei mai bine vândute cărţi ”Profetul.”

Remarci au fost împărtăşite de către E.S. Rami Mortada, ambasadorul Republicii Liban în Regatul Unit al Marii Britanii şi Rev. Canon Paul-Gordon Chandler, preşedintele fondator al ONG-ului CARAVAN, urmate de muzică performată de celebrul instrumentist de oud Joseph Tawadros.

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