Sheikha Alzayzia's mishmash of ancient and modern
July 15, 2019 - Denise Murray
Inside the Emirati artist's inaugural solo exhibition in London 'I met a traveller from an antique land'.
July 4, 2019 - Roxane Zand
I met a traveller from an antique land solo art exhibition by Emirati artist Sheikha Alyazia Bint Nahyan Al Nahyan, opened recently at Pi Artworks London, UK in the presence of H.H. Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Sheikh Mohammad Bin Nahyan Al Nahyan, H.E Sheikh Salem Al Qassimi the Assistant Undersecretary for the UAE Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, the UAE Ambassador H.E. Mansoor Abulhoul, Mr. Abdullah Al Kaabi, the Cultural Attaché at the UAE Embassy IN UK along with other VIP's, diplomats, officials and art enthusiasts. The art works will be on display from 25 June to 7 July 2019.
June 26, 2019
I Met a Traveller from an Antique Land connects cultures and time periods through art and poetry
Emirati artist Sheikha Alyazia bint Nahyan Al Nahyan’s first ever solo exhibition in the UK opened on Tuesday, representing another milestone for the UAE’s cultural outreach programme outside of the Gulf.
I Met a Traveller from an Antique Land, curated by Janet Rady, is a collection of 23 art pieces, which exemplify Sheikha Alyazia’s love of connecting cultures and time periods together, and is on show at Pi Artworks in London’s Fitzrovia until July 7.
May 7, 2019 - Artscoops
Masoud Akhavanjam’s two large-scale, stainless steel structures on show at the Venice Biennale explore the choices we all face in life and their far-reaching consequences.
Life’s age-old contradictions and the push and pull that conflicts produce have long been a source of fascination to the Iranian sculptor Masoud Akhavanjam, regularly finding their way into his work. Yet somehow, the two large-scale, stainless steel structures he has created for the forthcoming Venice Biennale, aptly titled Dilemma of Man and Metamorphosis, take the deep, searching questions he likes to ask to a new level.
The sculptures form part of the GAA Foundation’s Personal Structures Open Borders exhibition and will be on show at Venice’s waterfront park, Giardini Marinaressa, from May 5 to November 29.
May 7, 2019 - Beren Dere
Masoud Akhavanjam stepped into a life that was intertwined with art when he was born. Studied in Iran, Germany, and the US, then he stepped into the professional life as head of R&D in an industrial factory. The advantage of having a global vision and his ability to use industrial materials led Masoud Akhavanjam to become a sculptor who uses stainless steel to make sculptures.
May 7, 2019 - Arte.it
Iranian sculptor Masoud Akhavanjam will exhibit two large scale, stainless steel sculptures, as part of the GAA Foundation’s PERSONAL STRUCTURES – open borders exhibition, in the context of the 2019 Venice Biennale.
The sculptures, Dilemma of Man and Metamorphosis will be exhibited publicly in Venice’s waterfront park, Giardini Marinaressa from 5 May to 29 November 2019.
May 7, 2019 - Artfix Daily
Iranian sculptor Masoud Akhavanjam will exhibit two large scale, stainless steel sculptures, as part of the GAA Foundation’s PERSONAL STRUCTURES – open borders exhibition, in the context of the 2019 Venice Biennale.
The sculptures, Dilemma of Manand Metamorphosiswill be exhibited publicly in Venice’s waterfront park, Giardini Marinaressa from 5 May to 29 November 2019.
May 7, 2019 - Lux Life Magazine
Iranian sculptor Masoud Akhavanjam will exhibit two large scale, stainless steel sculptures, as part of the GAA Foundation’s PERSONAL STRUCTURES – open borders exhibition, in the context of the 2019 Venice Biennale.
The sculptures, Dilemma of Man and Metamorphosis will be exhibited publicly in Venice’s waterfront park, Giardini Marinaressa from 5 May to 29 November 2019. Akhavanjam’s industrial yet delicate forms draw on philosophy, contemporary socio-political issues and Persian mythology, so that within each work a didactic tale is contained.
April 26, 2019 - Tim Cornwell
Iranian works will abound at the Venice Biennale this year despite newly aggressive US sanctions that have driven down the country’s currency and raised new hurdles for curators.
April 20, 2019 - Payvand News
Iranian sculptor Masoud Akhavanjam will exhibit two large scale, stainless steel sculptures, as part of the GAA Foundation's PERSONAL STRUCTURES - open borders exhibition, in the context of the 2019 Venice Biennale. The sculptures, Dilemma of Man and Metamorphosis will be exhibited publicly in Venice's waterfront park, Giardini Marinaressa from 5 May to 29 November 2019. Akhavanjam's industrial yet delicate forms draw on philosophy, contemporary socio-political issues and Persian mythology, so that within each work a didactic tale is contained. Both works contain three visible figures, melded seemingly effortlessly into each other.
April 16, 2019 - Katherine Keener
Alongside the Venice Biennale, the GAA Foundation will present their exhibition ‘Personal Structures: open borders.’ The exhibition will be open to the public, free of charge, from May 11th through November 24th and will boast European and non-European artists. The exhibition will call the Palazzo Bembo, Palazzo Mora, and the Giardini Marinaress home for the duration of the Biennale.
Among the artists who will show their works during ‘Personal Structures’ is Iranian sculptor Masoud Akhavanjam. Known for his elegant works in stainless steel, Akhavanjam will exhibit two large scale sculptures at the Giardini Marinaress. Dilemma of Man and Metamorphosis, made out of Akhavanjam’s go-to material, glean in the light resembling mercury if it could be moulded. Each work is highly symbolic for Akhavanjam and serves a greater purpose: to ask those who witness them to do good.
February 19, 2019
In his 2018 solo exhibition “Nefertiti” at the Zamalek Art Gallery in Cairo, Egyptian artist Hossam Dirar debuted a series of oil paintings that return the ancient monarch to Egypt—and a symbol to her humanity. In his paintings, Nefertiti is pictured with legs, arms, and even wings, offering a rendering of Nefertiti as a divine leader who is both formidable and familiar. These paintings explode with color, and commingle modern and ancient fashions—off-the-shoulder tops, sweetheart dresses, and ankh necklaces—that remake Nefertiti and her hallmark crown for a new world.
January 18, 2019 - SELECTIONS Arts
Hossam Dirar was born in Cairo in 1978 and he continues to live and work in the city. He obtained a BA from Helwan University’s Fine Arts Faculty of Applied Arts, graduating with honours, and he was awarded the best graduation project amongst all entries. His later studies included graphic design, painting, printmaking, mixed media, product design, photography, multimedia and pottery.
December 17, 2018 - Leila Afshar and Leila Behtalab - Sazandegi Newspaper
December 4, 2018
“Here we have hijacked the September issue of Selections Magazine with approximately 126 pages of images from some 64 Iranian artists who are content to connect to the world through their images: visual dialogue.”
Curator’s statement : Artist’s statements have always been for me a defensive move: a justification.
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.
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.Download Article (PDF)
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
August 15, 2018
Bahrain Arts Magazine was invited to an art exhibition featuring 38 premier Middle Eastern contemporary artists inspired by Kahlil Gibran’s message of peace and harmony held at Sotheby’s in London - 6-10 August 2018.
Kahlil Gibran - A Guide for Our Times is a strategic East-West peace-building exhibition inspired by the beloved Lebanese born poet-artist Kahlil Gibran’s universal message of peace and harmony found in his poetry, writings and art, and perhaps best seen in his best-selling book The Prophet, which celebrates its 95th publishing anniversary this year. The exhibition is organized by CARAVAN, an international peace-building arts NGO, and co-curated by Janet Rady and Marion Fromlet Baecker. Of the 38 artists exhibited, 14 were from Bahrain.
Below is a profile of each of the Bahraini artists and the piece of work exhibited.
August 14, 2018
The Cap Ferrat-based artist is working on a new show responding to the work of the polymath Jean Cocteau
The Mediterranean coast of France has a long and storied history of playing host to artists. Cézanne painted at L’Estaque, and later Picasso and Braque were captivated by the area’s rugged landscape and classical heritage. Andre Dérain and the Fauves found inspiration for their vivid canvases in the shimmering heat of the Mediterranean at Collioure, as did Matisse at Nice. Marc Chagall called Saint-Paul-de-Vence home for 30 years.
The French artist, poet, filmmaker and all-round polymath Jean Cocteau became a part of this tradition in 1950, when he visited a friend, Francine Weisweiller, at the villa Santo Sospir in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. He intended on a two-week stay, yet 12 years later, he was still returning to the villa, to bedeck it with mosaics, frescos and a tapestry. Everything from floor to ceiling was adorned with his works, and the villa Santo Sospir became known as La villa tatouée.
August 12, 2018 - Paula Marvelly
“Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing.
And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb.
And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.”
Kahlil Gibran, “The Prophet”
THUS SPAKE GIBRAN KAHLIL GIBRAN through the voice of Almustafa, the chosen and beloved one, in his timeless and seminal masterpiece, The Prophet. Similar to William Blake and Carl Gustav Jung, who both wrote and painted with equal dexterity and accomplishment about the interior journey, the Lebanese mystic is one of those rare souls who effortlessly created a corpus of work unmatched in modern times.
August 7, 2018 - CairoScene Team
This summer in London, Sotheby’s art space will be holding Kahlil Gibran: Guide for our Times—a Kahlil Gibran-themed exhibition on August 6 until August 10. The exhibition features 38 artists across the Middle East, including nine Egyptians, and promoting peace and tolerance.
The event, in collaboration with Caravan—an Egyptian Chicago-based art-focused peacebuilding initiative—and curated by Janet Rady and Marion Fromlet Baecker, aims to highlight how Kahlil Gibran can act as a symbol of peace between the East and the West. Caravan released an exhibition statement saying that the theme was “inspired by the universal message of peace and harmony found in Kahlil Gibran’s poetry, writing, and art.”
August 6, 2018 - Soha Elsirgany
Sotheby’s gallery in London is opening a group exhibition titled Kahlil Gibran: Guide for our Times on 6 August, featuring nine Egyptian artists, along with 38 others from across the Middle East.
The exhibition runs until 10 August, and is organised in collaboration with Caravan, an Egyptian initiative based in Chicago that curates touring exhibitions that promote peace and tolerance.
The show is co-curated by Janet Rady and Marion Fromlet Baecker and is in partnership with The Arab British Centre.
August 6, 2018 - IRENE PROMODH
Having just finished a two-month show in Seattle, CARAVAN takes group exhibition I AM to the Tennessee city as it continues to blaze the trail with its all-women show of Middle Eastern art.
CARAVAN, a global peace-building arts non-profit with Egyptian origin, has shaken up the Middle East with its exhibitions and international tours that have encouraged dialogue between the Middle East and the West to promote greater intercultural understanding. Founded by Paul-Gordon Chandler in 2009, the organisation has earned a reputation as a flag-bearer of peace for its efforts to break down stereotypes and bring communities together. Its success at Art Bahrain Across Borders earlier this year was marked by a Khalil Gibran-inspired exhibition that featured works by 18 Bahraini and international artists on the subject of peacebuilding.
August 4, 2018 - Nick Leech
The publishing star's spiritual message of love, peace and understanding is a century old - a series of artworks inspired by his work exemplify why he will never be forgotten
The works embedded throughout this article all draw directly from Kahlil Gibran's works and are from the exhibition A Guide for Our Times...
This week and next sees separate events in London celebrating the life and work of one of Lebanon’s most famous sons, Kahlil Gibran, an artist and author whose enduring reputation rests on his most famous work, The Prophet. The book of lyrical spiritual guidance has earned Gibran a global following since it was first published in 1923.
Ninety-five years later, Gibran’s influence continues to hold sway: last Wednesday, a new theatrical musical received its premiere at London’s Theatre Royal Haymarket. Set against the backdrop of early 20th-century New York and Beirut, The Broken Wings is a tragic tale of migration, dislocation and thwarted love, with the plot based on a poetic 1912 novel of the same name, which was written in Arabic before Gibran achieved international recognition.
An exhibition, Kahlil Gibran: A Guide for Our Times, also opens at Sotheby’s Mayfair galleries next Monday, and features works by 38 artists, each of whom have responded in some way to Gibran’s work.
August 4, 2018 - Antonia Filmer
Neda Dana-Haeri is very passionate about her Persian cultural heritage; she remembers her father used to quote excerpts from Ferdowsi’s The Book of Kings from memory, she describes the Book of Kings as the nationalistic epic of pre-islamic Iran. Coming from an academic family Neda studied psychology at University College London; she expected herself to be a serious professional and for years pursued a career as a marketing consultant, until the “Simorgh” plucked her from the business world and cast her into the infinity of the colour turquoise. Simorgh(Phoenix), who perpetually inspires Neda, translates from Persian as 30 birds and is the symbol of eternal rebirth and the complete circle of life.
August 1, 2018 - Roxane Zand
Londoners and visitors to London have rich pickings this summer for Middle East-related cultural offerings. Aside from the Frieze Sculpture Park which features Dubai’s Third Line Galleryshowing a wonderful work by Rana Begum, KAHLIL GIBRAN: A Guide for Our Times is an exhibition that will be held at Sotheby's between 6-10 August 2018, highlighting 38 premier and emerging contemporary artists from the Middle East inspired by the universal message of peace and harmony found in Kahlil Gibran’s poetry, writing and art. Gibran’s best-selling book The Prophet, celebrates its 95th publishing anniversary this year, and Sotheby’s having recently sold a collection of 33 letters by Gibran, makes this a particularly apt moment to hold this show.
July 23, 2018 - Anna Brady
In the monochromatic artwork of Ghada Khunji, she has depicted the character of Almitra, the female protagonist in Kahlil Gibran’s seminal text The Prophet who appears alongside the male prophet Almustafa. As a seer of divine vision, Almitra is cast in Khunji’s work as a holy spirit floating inches from the ground with her arms outstretched and wearing flowing robes with a halo of flowers.
July 11, 2018 - THOMAS BARRIE
The Cap-Ferrat-based artist is opening a new show at the villa Santo Sospir, building on the legacy of one of the twentieth century’s greatest polymaths.
n 1950, the French artist and poet Jean Cocteau visited the villa Santo Sospir in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat to stay with his new friend Francine Weisweiller. He was there, he told friends, for a short holiday, following the successful release of the film adaptation of his novel Les Enfants Terribles. Seized by a sudden boredom in the house, and commenting “Idleness tires me, and dries me out”, he asked Francine’s permission to draw the head of Apollo on the wall above the fireplace.
Twelve years later, he was still decorating the house. Yard upon yard of paintings and drawings had joined the initial charcoal depiction of the sun god, as had mosaics and ceiling frescoes and a tapestry. Cocteau indelibly stamped his mark on the villa overlooking the sea; even now, the house is known as la villa tatouée, and remains a shrine to the artist.
Now, French-Iranian artist Sassan Behnam-Bakhtiar is following in his footsteps. After a successful exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in London in June, the artist has returned to his roots to open a solo exhibition at the villa, entitled Oneness Wholeness with Jean Cocteau. A resident of Cap-Ferrat, with his own studio in town, Behnam-Bakhtiar felt a link with Cocteau that spanned the decades, thanks to what he calls “a shared vision of humanity”.
June 22, 2018
لندن: عبير مشخص تستضيف العاصمة البريطانية في شهر أغسطس المقبل معرضا متنقلا يدور حول الأديب اللبناني الراحل جبران خليل جبران، وذلك بمقر دار سوذبيز بلندن. وتقيم المعرض مؤسسة «كارافان» الفنية التي كونها قس أميركي مهتم بأعمال جبران.
June 3, 2018 - Irene Promodh
CARAVAN takes group exhibition I AM to Seattle as it continues to blaze the trail with its all-women show of Middle Eastern art, writes Irene Promodh.
May 23, 2018
Although she carries scars of war, the work of Hanibal Srouji is therapeutic. It repairs the Lebanese, softens the trauma anchored in them and illustrates a part of dream that each carries in itself. In short, the art of Hanibal has a psychoanalytic dimension. Discover his dream world in the exhibition 'Let us Dream', held at the Janine Rubeiz Gallery, from May 30 to July 7. The artist tells us about it.
May 23, 2018
The French-Iranian artist, Sassan Behnam-Bakhtiar is one of the first artists to showcase Iran through eastern eyes and to challenge the negative constructs of the western gaze, Sassan Behnam-Bakhtiar’s practice aims to change the perceptions and cemented beliefs about Iran and Iranians that persist in the West. The exhibition draws on thousands of years of Iranian culture, weaving ancient Persian motifs, patterns and landscapes into large-scale mixed media paintings, to explore Iranian identity in the 21st century. Descended from the ancient nomadic Bakhtiari tribe, Sassan’s large scale paintings recall the Zagros Mountains in South West Iran that are still home to the tribe, amongst other subjects.
Through exploring his Persian heritage and his dedicated practice of Kundalini meditation, Sassan has used his art as cathartic release, leading him to explore ideas around existentialism, human compassion and wellbeing. Oneness Wholeness will be Sassan Behnam-Bakhtiar’s first UK exhibition since The Real Me, his debut in London in 2014.
May 15, 2018 - Movers and Makers
“I AM” – a visual art exhibition celebrating the contributions of Middle Eastern women to the quest for world harmony and peace – is on display through May 27 at Christ Church Cathedral. It is free and open to the public.
The Cincinnati stop is part of a 16-month U.S. tour.
May 1, 2018 - KARA KAZANOFF
The most immediately visible characteristic of Oneness Wholeness, presented at the Saatchi Gallery in London, was the strong use of colour. A rainbow of faded pinks, deep-bodied purples, intensely saturated turquoises and greens, Islamic-tile blues, sunset reds, oranges, and light, lemony yellows covered every inch of the gallery space. It took a moment to adjust to the sight, like seeing the bright light of day after being indoors.
Once past the initial sweep of the senses, it became clear that this use of colour was intended to balance very different painting traditions. Sassan Behnam-Bakhtiar’s work has been influenced by the history of European painting – particularly Impressionism – as well as Persian conventions which connect mysticism, meditation and formal repetition. He aims for a holistic approach that is highly ambitious. When it works, it works beautifully.
April 27, 2018 - Sawsan Khalf
It was a sultry December morning when I first came across Lebanese photographer Camille Zakharia’s mercilessly stark photographs of Bahraini compounds as part of a collection titled ‘Birds of a Feather.’ With all the photographs taken under cloudless morning skies in neighborhoods scarcely distinguishable from one another—and therefore also from Adliya, the art-and-restaurant district housing the now defunct Al Riwaq Art Space where the exhibit was being shown — the immediate effect was disorienting: what was inside the photographs closely resembled what lay outside them.
April 11, 2018 - Lizzy Vartanian Collier
Normandy based artist Katia Boyadjian was born into a long line of photographers. Her father Angelo had a studio in Cairo where she was born and lived for two years before settling in Paris following the events that occurred in Suez in 1956. With experience as both a muse and an artist, her artwork fuses paint and photography and touches on her roots in the Middle East and Armenia. Gallery Girl spoke with Boyadjian to talk about her upbringing, artistic practice and influences.
March 26, 2018 - Claudia Carpenter
Oneness Wholeness, Tree of Life, by Iranian artist Sassan Behnam-Bakhtiar in 2017, sold for $15,000 (estimate: $12,000-$18,000). Bakhtiar, who was born in 1984, will exhibit his new series, “Oneness Wholeness,” at London’s Saatchi Gallery in May.
March 1, 2018 - Amy L. Hubbell
France’s former French citizens of Algeria, the Pieds-Noirs, include one of Europe’s largest diaspora communities in the twentieth century. This diverse group of people settled in Algeria during the colonial years, and after one-hundred and thirty years of French colonial rule, Algeria fought for and won its independence in 1962. The seven-year war was traumatic for both the Algerians and the French living in the colony, and nearly one million people crossed the Mediterranean during and after the war to make a new home in France.
Patrick Altes was born in 1957 in Algeria after the war had begun. Altes’ wounds are not physical, and because of his age at the time of independence, he does not have a sense of proprietorship of this country. Instead, his experience of Algeria has been largely through the scope of independence, and he feels no right to mourn his homeland.
February 18, 2018 - Salwa Samir
The latest exhibition of works by Hossam Dirar, one of the Middle East's most promising artists today, pays homage to 19th-century Cairo through his re-interpretation of Orientalist paintings. “Le Caire 1801,” which opened at the Soma Art Gallery in Cairo on Feb. 4, features works in which Dirar has added his own touch of striking colors, among them shades of red and blue, to the older works depicting Western artists’ images of Egypt.
January 12, 2018 - Isa Jones
Artist Helen Zughaib is aware of how she gets labeled.
Despite living in the states for over three decades, she finds the phrase “Arab-American” still comes up in interviews, news releases and discussions.
“I was characterized, like it or not, as an Arab-American artist,” said Zughaib, who lives in Washington, D.C., but was born in Lebanon. “That’s who I am. I’m constantly blending East and West and trying to open this dialogue and make these small increments towards each other.”
Zughaib is one of 31 artists whose work will be displayed at the Center for the Arts as part of the “I Am” exhibit. The exhibit is the project of Caravan, a creation of Paul-Gordon Chandler, an American Episcopal priest.
January 12, 2018 - Kelsey Dayton
There are so many misconceptions people who have never been there have about the Middle East and what it’s like to live there, said Emy diGrappa of the Wyoming Humanities Council. There are even more when it comes to what it’s like to be a woman in the area.
On Friday, people have a chance to gain a deeper insight into life in the Middle East from people who actually live there thanks to “I AM,” an exhibit featuring work from 31 contemporary Middle Eastern artists. The artists are all women and represent 12 different countries.
December 17, 2017 - Denise Marray
LONDON: In a world of instant global communication, rapid urbanization and identikit cities competing to build high and sweep away the traces of the past, how do you hold onto your cultural identity while embracing change? A recent ArtBAB (Art Bahrain Across Borders) exhibition at the prestigious Saatchi Gallery in London, featuring the works of 15 artists from Bahrain, gave some insights into dealing with this challenge.
December 12, 2017 - Rayan Elena Vergara Meersohn
To start with a blank canvas is to start with nothing – to step into the space of an empty void. Though bounded by the canvas edges in two dimensions – the picture plane – this space has the potential to open into infinite illusory dimensions through the agency of diagrammatic line. As lines meet, repeat, converge and diverge, hinging back and forth around a set of angles, the sublime mathematical beauty of Geometry opens into the magical space of the soul as it unfolds all the way to infinity, dancing an endless set of relations that always differ, performing a miraculous form of repetition that repeats only to produce difference and diversity, following in effect the principle of evolution of organic life.
October 17, 2017 - Denise Marray
LONDON: Middle Eastern influences were the binding element in the work of four artists displayed at the Janet Rady Fine Art exhibition held at the Arab British Chamber of Commerce in London last week.
October 4, 2017 - Kate Oczypok
For many Americans, the Middle East is often more associated with conflict and complexity than culture and creativity. But two powerful exhibitions of Arab art at the American University Museum are designed to dispel misconceptions and build bridges.
“I AM: An East-West Arts Initiative Organized by CARAVAN” spotlights female artists from a dozen Middle Eastern countries as they confront issues of culture, religion and social dynamics in a rapidly changing world, both at home and abroad.
September 29, 2017 - Vanessa H. Larson
“I so much believe in the positive contributions that women are making in the Middle East,” says Janet Rady, curator of “I Am,” a recently opened exhibit at the American University Museum featuring works by 31 female artists with roots in 12 countries in the region.
September 16, 2017 - Anna Seaman
“The differences between the Muslim and Christian faiths is as slim as the sliver of a crescent moon. The dark side of the moon is what we have in common,” Reverend Paul-Gordon Chandler tells me during a trans-Atlantic Skype conversation.
September 7, 2017 - www.theguardian.com
What would the world be like if we weren’t dependent on oil? Photographer Richard Allenby-Pratt imagines a deserted Dubai in which the wealthy have fled, leaving giraffes and zebras to wander the alien landscapes
September 4, 2017 - Staff
Thirty-one artists were invited to create an original still art work for I AM: An East-West Arts Initiative Organized by CARAVAN. Also opening on September 5th at the American University Museum, the exhibition will explore the experiences of women in the Middle East.
August 20, 2017 - Rev Jonathan Evens - Artlyst
CARAVAN is the international intercultural and interreligious peacebuilding arts NGO which has brought I AM, an art exhibition showcasing the insights and experiences of Middle Eastern women, to London. In this interview Rev Jonathan Evens speaks to the President and Founder of CARAVAN, Rev Paul-Gordon Chandler, about its work and use of the Arts. Paul-Gordon is an author, interfaith advocate, social entrepreneur, art curator and a U.S. Episcopal priest who has lived and worked in the Middle East for many years.
August 5, 2017 - Lisa Pollman - Art Radar
Multidisciplinary artist Jason Noushin employs antiquarian paper, discontinued bank notes and vintage comic book leaves alongside calligraphy to emerge with works examining socio-political narratives.Download Article (PDF)
August 4, 2017 - Anna Seaman
Where the dove, a formally Christian symbol, has become a universally accepted image of peace, Hanaa Malallah has reclaimed the hoopoe, a bird that appears in many Islamic religious texts, as a metaphor for the struggle to survive.
Malallah reluctantly left her homeland of Iraq after decades of war threatened her survival and is now based in London. Her 2015 work - I Have Learnt Something You Did Not Know – is one of 31 pieces on show in the St Martin In The Fields church in London’s Trafalgar Square in an exhibition aimed at peacebuilding by connecting east and west.
July 25, 2017 - Kerry McQueeney
An exhibition has travelled from Jordan to the UK to show the diversity and real lives of women in the Middle East, breaking down misconceptions through the work of contemporary female artist
July 23, 2017 - Edward Lucie-Smith
There happens to be quite a spectrum of feminist and what one might (maybe tactlessly) call ethnic exhibitions on view in London right now.
July 20, 2017 - Canvas
After a stint in Amman’s Caravan exhibition space, I AM, an exhibition of 31 Middle Eastern contemporary women artists from 12 countries, including powerful works by Raeda Saadeh (Palestine), Alia Ali (Yemen), Ghada Khunji (Bahrain), Helen Zughaib (Lebanon) and Maitha Demithan (UAE), moves to London.Download Article (PDF)
July 19, 2017 - Denize Marray
A powerful exhibition of the work of 31 contemporary female artists from 12 Middle Eastern countries is now showing in London.
July 5, 2017 - Kayhan Life
On show in Venice this year is the work of Masoud Akhavanjam. Of the Iranian-born artists represented at the Venice Biennale, he is the only one still to be living and working in Iran. His sculpture “Ballerina,” which took 18 months to complete and is made of a fusion of stainless steel and bronze, occupies the second floor of the exhibition “Personal Structures: Open Borders” at Venice’s Palazzo Bembo.
July 1, 2017 - Harpers Bazaar Arabia - Lizzy Vartanian
This summer contemporary women artists from the Middle East gear up to assert themselves through a series of exhibitions at the forefront of London's vibrant art scene. I Am exhibition is among those leading the charge........Download Article (PDF)
May 26, 2017
A new prize aimed at artists of Iranian descent has been launched in Monaco and is one of the only international prizes to focus specifically on Iran and has few selection criteria.
The judging panel includes the Janet Rady Fine Art director and curator Janet Rady.Read More >>
May 25, 2017 - Lisa Pollman
May 2, 2017
Firouz Farman Farmaian's Organics (2016) series has been published for the first time in ZH Magazine. The article describes Farman Farmaian's compositions as possessing 'a vivacious and spontaneous energy, as well as a deeply symbolic quality, which speaks to a multiplicity of currents in politics, art and philosophy.'Read More >>
April 11, 2017 - Widewalls Editorial
Dirar’s work in painting is refined and takes more of a classic approach, using oil paint in expressive strokes and warm colorsto depict women in their feminine power.
March 21, 2017 - BLOUIN ARTINFO
'The Ocean Can Be Yours', an exhibition curated by Janet Rady is currently on view at the Gerald Moore Gallery, Eltham College, London, through April 29, 2017.
March 19, 2017 - Corrie Parsonson
What would language look like as visual art? Four Iranian artists provide answers to that question in an exhibition that runs through April 29 at the Gerald Moore Gallery in southeast London.
February 18, 2017 - Sabine B Vogel
In March the 3. Art Bahrain Across Borders (ArtBAB) will open – another artfair in the Middle East? Alistair Hicks, former Senior Curator at Deutsche Bank for nearly 20 years, will be involved in the exhibtion programm. Click here to read more.
February 16, 2017 - Lizzy Vartanian Collier
The ocean can be yours. Can it? Visas, passports and border control may argue otherwise. Air travel is a modern phenomenon, the first commercial flight crossed the skies in 1914, before then however, voyages traversed oceans by ship. Who owns the sea? This is a question that our ancestors have been arguing about for centuries and it is unlikely that an answer will be agreed upon soon. The title of a contemporary exhibition of artwork by four Iranian artists at Gerald Moore Gallery purports to claim that the ocean can in fact, be ours.
For the full article, click here.
February 15, 2017 - Corrie Parsonson
The U.S.-based British-Iranian artist Jason Noushin has a fondness for birds, Persian calligraphy and poetry. In his most recent works, he manages to combine the three, producing life-like birds covered with words. A brace – modelled in wire, paint, ink, plaster, barbed wire and encaustic – is currently part of a group show of Iranian art in London. For more, click here.
February 12, 2017 - Rayan Elena Vergara Meersohn
If the dichotomy between what is visible and what is hidden grounds Iranian philosophical thought, then the convergence of visual art and poetry can only be one of its strongest vehicles. The Ocean Can Be Yours, an exhibition by Gerald Moore Gallery at Eltham College, curated by Janet Rady, presents Persian visual art and linguistic practices via the interpretation of international poetry through an Iranian lens.
Click here for more.
February 12, 2017 - Alserkalavenue
The Anthropocene brings together several photographic series that Richard Allenby-Pratt has created during his 16 years’ exploration of the UAE. At the core of his visual representation of the local nature is the notion of Anthropocene - a recent designation to describe the geological Epoch of man. The landscape of the UAE that for a long time remained almost entirely in its 'natural' state, recently has undergone a dramatic change. With the arrival of oil wealth fueling an unprecedented economic boom, exponential development has left barely any corner of the country untouched.
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January 30, 2017 - Susan Dunne
This year's UConn Reads book is "Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice and the Promise of America," a rallying cry for inclusion and tolerance written in 2012 by Eboo Patel, the president of Interfaith Youth Core, an organization that promotes interfaith cooperation.
The Benton Museum, on the university's Storrs campus, mounts an exhibit every year to complement the UConn Reads selection. "Sacred Ground," this year's exhibit, focuses on Muslim artists in America and elsewhere in the world.
Read more here.
November 13, 2016 - Joobin Bekhrad
June 20, 2016
May 27, 2016
BAAB's founder, and director of Art Select, Kaneka Subberwal sat down with artnet News to discuss the Bahrain Art Across Borders project.
May 5, 2016
May 2, 2016
In this article, The Art Newspaper talks about Blue Gold, an exhibition at Etemad Gallery in Tehran featuring Armin Amirian and Sassan Behnam Bakhtiar, and which took on 'one of the biggest issues now facing modern Iran: a drought dating back at least seven years, with water tables falling perilously in parched regions and fabled rivers running dry.'
March 8, 2016
Malekeh Nayiny is taking part in the group exhibition Vinyl Icons: Persian Pop and Turkish Psychedelia, a unique presentation of art inspired by the popular music of pre-revolutionary Iran and Anatolia. The exhibition opens on 23 April until 4 June 2016 at Vane, Newcastle, England. Download the Press Release.
November 30, 2015
October 9, 2015
Read Larry's List's interview with advertising mogul and cultural entrepreneur Tariq Al Jaidah about his thoughts on the beneficial value ArtBahrain will have on the Middle Eastern art scene and what needs to be done to help continue the region’s art market growth.
September 13, 2015 - May Mansour
Staff writer May Mansour delves into an interview with Dirar; a contemporary artist with deep philosophical visions and an unexpected feminist streak.
August 27, 2015
As summer is a time when Mayfair and St James's welcome a large number of Middle Eastern visitors, Mayfair Times picks the best exhibitions and galleries that reference that part of the world, featuring Janet Rady Fine Art.
Read about Janet Rady Fine Art in this August 2015 issue.
August 4, 2015
July 8, 2015
February 27, 2015
'Rady has become one of the world’s premier Middle East art experts.' [al-Araby]
Minkara writes about his encounter and conversation with Janet Rady, and how after studying and living in the Middle East for years, Rady has dedicated her life to the art of the region.
Minkara introduces the reader to Rady's biography, her thirst for Islamic art and the successful pursuit of her passion, going through her life-changing visits and career path.
Al-Araby al-Jadeed English is a news and current affairs website focused on the Arab world with the aim to provide in-depth and informative coverage and put forward views and voices to promote a progressive discourse and counter autocratic and sectarian narratives that threaten to dominate the region.
February 24, 2015
The Part 3 report of the ManotoTV on the 2015 Edinburgh Iranian Festival features judge Janet Rady who was also a speaker at the Perception Opening Night of the festival, which took place on Saturday 7th February 2015 at the Summerhall.
The ManotoTV is an international free-to-air Persian-language general entertainment channel based in London and its programs include documentaries, films, series, news and reports.
January 29, 2015
In this February – March 2015 Environment issue of The Middle East in London, the cover features Atefeh Khas' work.
The issue tackles subjects such as Water resources in the Middle East, Wars, depleted uranium and soil pollution, Iran’s looming water crisis, Cultural heritage and the environment, Can desalination provide a sustainable source of water?, The Nile Basin and hydrosolidarity, Nanotechnology, PLUS Reviews and events in London.
January 6, 2015
Photography from the MENA region is in vogue with curators around the world. But how is it faring in the global art market?'
In this January-February 2015 issue of Harper's BAZAAR ART, Simon Bowcock talks to industry professionals such as Janet Rady to find out.
Read the powerful article and find out the answer here.
December 4, 2014
In this inspiring article, Patrick Altes and Dr. Natalya Vince discuss Altes' residency at the University of Portsmouth, where he worked in the School of Languages and Area Studies for ten months in 2012-13 and was funded by the Leverhulme Trust’s Artist in Residence scheme.
"Patrick Altes’s brings a new perspective to this public debate. Through art, he succeeds in challenging both pied-noir nostalgia about ‘French Algeria’ and academic and popular preconceptions – and indeed misgivings – about what a pied-noir voice might represent."
To know more about Patrick Altes, visit his artist page here.
November 25, 2014
'Each piece she completes is a chance to look at a particular event with completely fresh eyes'
In the new issue 'Contemporary Art' of The Middle East in London, December 2014 - January 2015, Janet Rady and Lisa Pollman discuss the life and works of multimedia artist Soheila Sokhanvari.
The article sheds light on Sokhanvari, taking the reader on an inspiring journey through the Iranian artist's art genre, techniques, unsual materials and backgroud.
August 20, 2014
London-based online auction site The Auction Room has announced it will hold a second online auction of Middle Eastern Contemporary Art on October 1, 2014.
The second sale follows The Auction Room’s inaugural online auction of Middle Eastern Contemporary Art in 2013 which was a great success realizing a total of £235,348.
For more information please click here.
June 21, 2014 - Michèle Laird
An Andy Warhol self-portrait for more than $30 million, or an inflatable dolphin by Jeff Koons for $5 million? While the sale of these works at Art Basel grab the headlines, swissinfo.ch found many original works of art for under CHF5,000 ($5,603).
Many galleries the world over use Basel as a launching pad for young artists at entry level prices, since art fairs are often the only chance for exposure outside their home countries. They flock to Art Basel, and its four satellite fairs, Liste, Scope, Solo Project and Volta.
Given the faraway places from which many galleries come, geopolitics remain surprisingly present, even in art.
June 12, 2014
After his successful participation in the Oran Biennale, Zapruder, an Italian social and political magazine is featuring Patrick Altes' “A Story of Revolutions” series with “Pied Noir Cowboy” as a cover in its Movimenti Nei Mediterraneo edition of April 2014.
To see the issue, click here.
And JadMag, edited by Tadween Publishing is featuring “Garden of Eden” in The Afterlives of the Algerian Revolution.
June 11, 2014
We are proud to announce that Amin Roshan has been chosen out of all Middle Eastern artists to have his work 'To Follow Reza Shah, 2013' featured on the front cover of the June - July 2014 issue of The Middle East in London.
June 11, 2014 - Ziad Salah
Rencontré dans l’immense salle de la Médiathèque d’Oran qui a abrité la 3ème Biennale, Patrick ALTES, peintre français, a aimablement répondu à nos questions. En premier lieu, il nous a parlé des cinq toiles qu’il a exposées lors de cette manifestation artistique.
To read more click here.
May 20, 2014
MAP OF A WRETCHED PAST: Patrik Altes
"What shapes your sense of belonging? French-Algerian artist Patrick Altes attempts to reconcile his identity with the troubled history of his birthplace, finds Stephen Clarke…"
To find the full story click here
April 21, 2014 - Zoltan Somheygi
'From the regional to the Global Market: MENASA artists in western galleries' is an interview with Janet Rady and nine other gallerists about MENASA contemporary practice, their representation in western galleries and also their reception in the global markets.
To read the full story, please click here.
January 10, 2014
"And amongst the sultans I stood out..." History is made with unveiling of National day Sculpture on the Corniche, Doha, Qatar
Read Islamic Arts Magazine's full article on Sabah Arbilli and his sculpture for Qatar National day based on a poem by H. E. Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani, the founder of Qatar.
September 24, 2013 - Manoto TV
May 5, 2013 - Canvas Magazine
We are pleased to announce that Pedram Baldari's work is in the collection of the renowned Curator, HE Sheika Maisa Al-Qassemi's colletion.Download Article (PDF)