Saatchi Gallery, London
30th Jan – 6th May 2009
Phillips de Pury & Company presents an important sample of works by artists from the Middle East and North Africa who are some of the most pioneering Arab and Iranian artists of the Modern era. These artists, represented in this show by early, mid-career or recent works, were all born in the Middle East or North Africa between the years 1880-1945 and are considered the forefathers of the rapidly developing contemporary art scene in the region. This exhibition marks the first time these works have been exhibited in The United Kingdom.
The exhibition will display the key examples by those artists who pioneered the development of art practices in the region: from artists being passive recipients of a dominant Western discourse to the creation of a wholly individual art movement which contributes to the global art of our age.
The Artists involved are Etel Adnan, Suad Al-Attar, Shakir Hassan Al-Said, Masoud Arabshahi, Huguette Caland, Ali Omar Ermes, Abdel Hafiz Farghali, Ismail Fattah, Samia Halaby, Shakir Hassan Al-Said, Adam Henein, Louay Kayali, Hussein Madi, Nja Mahdaoui, Fateh Moudarres, Gazbia Sirry, Abdul Qader Al Rassam, Madiha Umar, Mohsen Vaziri-Moghadam.
Barjeel Art Foundation will host an exhibition entitled Tariqah (Pathway) at Maraya Art Centre on the 21st of February. The exhibition will present a collection of modern and contemporary Arab artworks inspired by Islamic art traditions. The artworks have been selected from the private collection of Sultan Saud Al Qassimi, founder of Barjeel Art Foundation. The exhibition coincides with the celebration of Sharjah as ‘Capital of Islamic Culture 2014′, with pieces on display referencing the ‘pathway’ of translating ephemeral ideas into material forms through art-making.
The exhibition “Between Desert and Sea: A Selection from the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts” opened on 24 January 2013, it shows the common background in contemporary visual art between Turkey and the Arab countries that are on the shore of the Mediterranean which includes Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, and Tunisia.
Meem Gallery’s two-part exhibition, Modern Arab Art and Letters in Art, marks the first installment of the gallery’s new curatorial venture Meem Projects. Modern Arab Art will display key works, in a range of media (painting, sculpture, and drawings), by modern ‘pioneer’ artists.