November 13, 2018 - Hajo

Der ägyptische Künstler Hossam Dirar rückt in seiner aktuellen Ausstellung „Nefertiti“ die Frau in den Vordergrund. Nicht als Objekt der Begierde, sondern als Subjekt mit politischer und gesellschaftlicher Wichtigkeit. Aufhänger für die Sammlung einer Reihe von aktuellen Gemälden ist dem Titel nach Nofretete, wie sie hierzulande genannt wird.


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Painterly Abode

November 1, 2018 - Ayesha Shaikh

Old-world charm abounds in the Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat studio of Franco-Iranian artist Sassan Behnam-Bakhtiar. Ayesha Shaikh discovers how the space fuels his creativity.

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Art For The Ages

November 1, 2018 - Thomas Barrie

Sassan Behnam-Bakhtiar, an artist living and working in Cap-Ferrat, has found a new form of expression through the work of ex-resident Jean Cocteau.

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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.

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