Cultural Narratives

This issue is dedicated to Selections’ very own special Cultural Narratives project,

a collection of 20x20cm works by emerging and established artists from the region.

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CULTURAL NARRATIVES

Cultural Narratives Foundation is an extensive art collection that travels the world and features leading established and emerging talents whose works reflect the culture of the region. The collection includes artists from Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, Tunisia, the UAE, Syria, Sudan and has recently expanded to include artists from Turkey, India and Africa.

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LATEST READS

Gabrielle Chanel (designer), Evening dress c. 1923–26 (detail). Silk crêpe, tube and rhinestone embroidery, lamé, tulle embroidered with gold thread, Patrimoine de CHANEL, Paris. Photo © Julien T. Hamon
The women's section of the store - Photo: Celine
3-2-1 QOSM, Exterior. Courtesy of Qatar Museums
Nebula, Vania Vaneau
Beyond Van Gogh, Preview Image
Abdul Rahman Katanani, Girl Sitting, 2021. Corrugated metal, oil barrel, 145 × 140 cm
Shah of Iran lounge and private cinema- Tehran PROJET

THE BULLETIN
JANUARY 2023

  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston will open new galleries for Art of the Islamic Worlds featuring Iranian Art on Extended Loan from the Afshar Collection and Selections from the Museum’s Holdings.
  • Historic Saudi Airlines Aircraft lands at Jeddah Airport in symbolic gesture of national unity ahead of World-First Islamic Arts Biennale.
  • Save the Date: Contemporary Istanbul 2023. When and where will the 18th edition of the Contemporary Istanbul take place?
  • Manuel Borja-Villel (1957, Burriana, Spain) leaves his charge as the director of Reina Sofia Museum after 15 years. Where will he be next and who will be replacing him?
  • “Generations”, Khaled Takreti, on permanent show at Mathaf.

GUIDED TOURS

NYU ABU DHABI Art Gallery unveils 2023 programme

  The NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery Announces 2023 Spring and Fall Exhibitions that Confront Contemporary Landscape Curated by The NYUAD Art Gallery Executive Director and University Chief Curator, Maya Allison, the shows examine the different ways we think about…

Shows to See in Dubai this week

  Timur D’Vatz, Reawakening Timur D’Vatz’s artworks are always infused with deep meaning and a diversity of symbols. You may devote hours looking at them, discovering new aspects and fascinating stories. Unique, sometimes mystical, wrapped in a mystery you desire…

FAIRS

Art Dubai 2022, Photos courtesy of Electra Official Contractor of Art Dubai

Art Dubai unveils inclusive and extensive 2023 programme, reinforcing Dubai’s status as a significant contributor to global conversations about art Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the…

Emergeast – the MENA region’s leading online art gallery introduces Qatari artist Mubarak Nasser Al Thani as the latest creative to join Emergeast’s roster of artists. Al Thani’s addition to the online gallery builds on Emergeast’s continual effort in supporting…

THEME

RACHANA’S OWN STAR BY CLAUDE LEMAND

Anachar Basbous’s Sculptures Soothe And Enchant Me; They Make Me Dream And Carry Me Far Away. They Are Made With Human Hands And A Celestial Spirit. They Belong To A Culture Of Magical Objects: Their Forms Are Modern And Universal.…

COLLECT

EXTREMISMOS. THE LIMITS OF THE CHILEAN LANDSCAPE

The Chilean landscape is unique in the world. For its diversity and its magnificence. The extreme north, arid, desert, contrasts with the south, polar and silhouetted by high peaks. In between, forests, jungles, lakes, rivers and volcanoes. A unique starry…

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Nicolás Franco, MHN 1819, 2017. Pigment ink, modified acrylic resins and acrylic paint on linen, 260 x 390 cm. Galeria Isabel Aninat

TENSIONS CALMÉES, A MASTERPIECE OF ABSTRACTION

Tensions calmées, a modern masterpiece from 1937 encapsulates Wassily Kandinsky’s extraordinary vision which continues to have a profound influence on generations of artists that have followed. No artist played a greater role in the development and emergence of abstraction than…

Wassily Kandinsky, Tensions calmées, 1937. Oil on canvas, 89.3 x 116.6 cm

CURATED BY

Curated By Menat Art Fair 2023

Curated By Menart Fair 2023  The MENART FAIR is a global exhibition of modern and contemporary art, showcasing works by artists from the Middle East and North Africa, handpicked by highly regarded galleries. These artists hail from countries in the…

Dr Abdellah Karroum, 2018. Photo by Dimitri Salomao

CURATED BY DR ABDELLAH KARROUM

CROSSING WORLDS, CURATING WORLD Art could be anything imagined as such by anyone able to perceive the world through this same “anything”: a painting, a combination of movements, a group of composed words, a selected object. Curating often comes after…

Huguette Caland, Check Point, 1974. Oil on linen, 149.2 x 149.2 cm. Courtesy of Studio Huguette Caland.

ARTIST ESTATES: HUGUETTE CALAND

HUGUETTE CALAND B. 1931 IN BEIRUT, LEBANON, D. 2019 IN BEIRUT, LEBANON           Interviewee: Brigitte Caland Relationship: Daughter Facebook : Huguette Caland Art Instagram : Huguettecaland Email: huguettecaland@verizon.net Exhibitions 2022 “Huguette Caland: Tête-à-Tête,” Wiels Museum, Brussels,…

Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim studio

SANCTUARIES | MOHAMMED AHMED IBRAHIM

In an attempt to delve into the private universe of artists and art collectors, Selections is exploring the sanctuaries of various men and women, some living and others who have passed away, and shedding light on places that remain out…

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Cultural Narratives foundation is an extensive collection that is travelling the world by leading established and emerging talents aiming to reflect the culture of the region in their works.

RANDOM READS

Perpetual Inventory and Dr. O’s Pop Shop

Perpetual Inventory was conceived by Dr. Omar Kholeif during the height of global lockdown. In this period of stillness, Kholeif spent much of their time alone in archives and storage units, in and around the UAE. The proposition of Perpetual…

Curated By Menat Art Fair 2023

Curated By Menart Fair 2023  The MENART FAIR is a global exhibition of modern and contemporary art, showcasing works by artists from the Middle East and North Africa, handpicked by highly regarded galleries. These artists hail from countries in the…

KHOR 2022 ARTISTS EXHIBITION

Khor 2022 is the third edition of Khor Art Initiative, an independent art prize defined to discover and support local talents, introducing them to a broader audience. These talented, mostly young Iranian artists were selected during a nationwide open call reviewed by prominent middle eastern and world contemporary art figures Rose Issa, Linda Komaroff, and Roxane Zand.

THE FUTURE OF TRADITIONS, Rose Issa Projects

THE FUTURE OF TRADITIONS WRITING PICTURES: CONTEMPORARY ART FROM THE MIDDLE EAST This exhibition is about three generations of artists from Iran and the Arab world, from the early pioneers of a vernacular Lettrism movement in the 1960s till now.…

Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse at NGV International

 Alexander McQueen (1969 – 2010), one of the most significant fashion designers of the late twentieth-century, was lauded for his conceptual and technical virtuosity. McQueen’s critically acclaimed collections synthesised his proficiency in tailoring and dressmaking with encyclopaedical and autobiographical visual…

Gilbert Hage, Tanit Gallery

The Earth Is Like a Child That Knows Poems by Heart Gilbert Hage photographs the tulips which have sprouted from their bulb and evolved into flowers; however, it is not time T of flowering and blossoming that is captured by…

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