Season_s Greetings and Peace for 2017

 Courtesy of Hojat Amani
Janet Rady

Dear Readers

As we enter the first days of 2018 tentatively and with sincere hopes of a brighter year ahead, we remind ourselves that art is a powerful expression of humanity and of global shared idealogies.  And as such our appreciation of it is ever more necessary.

Now in its third year, we are delighted to continue, through our monthly newsletter, to impart our selection of exhibitions and events relating to the Middle East as well as sections on a variety of pertinent art matters and sources of inspiration. 

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German Encounters Contemporary Masterworks From The Deutsche Bank Collection
3 October, 2017 to 20 January, 2018

A Major highlight of the Qatar Germany 2017 Year of Culture is a selection of artworks from the Deutsche Bank Collection - one of the world's most important corporate collections of contemporary art - on show at the Garage Gallery at the Fire Station.
More than 100 exemplary works on paper including photographs, and paintings by 27 artists provide an informative overview of the development of German art - and thus also of the history of the country - from the 1960s up to the present day.
Ali Kazma
17 October, 2017 to 21 January, 2018
Jeu de Paume, Concorde, Paris, France 

"Souterrain", Kazma's solo show, sets out to reveal the evolution of Kazma's work over the past ten years by including an important number of his recent works, in particular two works made specifically for this exhibition. Around twenty video works and one photographic publication - an artist's book - will be on show.
Fahrelnissa Zeid
20 October, 2017 to 25 March, 2018
Deutsche Bank KunstHalle, Berlin, Germany

The retrospective »Fahrelnissa Zeid« introduces one of Turkey's most important pioneering modernists to an international audience. The artist, who was born in 1901 on an island off the coast of Istanbul into an upper-class, intellectual family and died in 1991 in Amman, Jordan, was a cosmopolite throughout her life. Her painting, which has been rediscovered beyond Turkey and Jordan in recent years at biennials and international exhibitions, synthesizes a wide range of influences, which relate to her multicultural and very eventful life.
Instantan_s d_Orient
7 December, 2017 to 11 February, 2018
Villa Empain, Brussels, Belgium 

The Boghossian Foundation presents Instantanés d'Orient, a selection of photographs from the Biennal of contemporary photographers from the Arab world shown in Paris at the Arab world institute as well as at the European house of photography in 2017.
The group exhibition explores the contemporary Arab world through the diverse viewpoints of six photographers: Jaber Al Azmeh, Moath Alofi, Mouna Karray, Rania Matar, Douraïd Souissi et Stephan Zaubitzer.
Nairy Baghramian
7 December, 2017 to 2 April, 2018
SMK (National Gallery of Denmark), Copenhagen, Denmark  

The artist has created a work of art especially for the x-room at SMK. A large, sculptural piece consisting of milky, semi-transparent forms balancing precariously on tall, shiny legs.
The exhibition  also includes a photographic work by Nairy Baghramian. The work shows the artist herself drinking from the conceptual artist Michael Asher's granite sculpture Untitled  from 1991, located in the campus park by the University of California San Diego.
The granite sculpture, which doubles as a drinking fountain for the students on campus, is an exact copy of those standard metal fountains seen everywhere in public federal buildings in the USA.
La Vie simple _ Simplement la vie _ Songs of Alienation
Until 2 April, 2018
Fondation Vincent van Gogh Arles, Arles, France

The thematic exhibition  La Vie simple - Simplement la vie / Songs of Alienation  documents this unaffected look at poverty, the admiration for Millet's art and the search for a union of humankind with nature, but also charts the desires and nostalgic yearnings associated with the ideal of "the simple life". Bringing together popular devotional objects and reproductions of paintings and engravings by Jean-François Millet, in company with an original canvas by Vincent van Gogh and works by living artists, the exhibition engenders a spirit of artistic profusion and interrogates the primacy of the image within this wealth of perspectives on "the simple life". It treads an open and exploratory path that echoes with the many promises of a daily life relieved of urban constraints and the sovereignty of humankind.
Crumbling Down_ Up And Up We Climb
15 December, 2017 to 18 February, 2018
YARAT Contemporary Art Space, Baku, Azerbaijan 

The exhibition explores attitudes towards cultural histories and monumentality as well as the constant human condition of entropy and re-awakening. Through works by Reza Aramesh, Vajiko Chachkhiani, Jan Fabre, Goshka Macuga and Stephen G. Rhodes, it draws upon the ambivalent ambition to move forward while continuously struggling with loss and forgetfulness.
NGV Triennial
15 December, 2017 to 15 April, 2018
NGV International, Melbourne, Australia

Featuring the work of over 100 artists and designers from 32 countries, the NGV Triennial surveys the world of art and design, across cultures, scales, geographies and perspectives.
A free exhibition, the NGV Triennial is a celebration of contemporary art and design practice that traverses all four levels of NGV International, as well as offering a rich array of programs.
Matug Aborawi
20 December, 2017 to 21 January, 2018
Euro-Arab Foundation, Granada, Spain 

The exhibition is the third part of a big project by the Libyan painter at the Euro-Arab Foundation. The first exhibition, in 2012, was called "Tribute to the Disappeared I". Two years later, in 2014, he presented "Tribute to the Disappeared II. Arab Spring". Now Aborawi offers two different parts in this exhibition. On the one hand, there is the work that Matug Aborawi developed during his stay in Granada; on the other hand, the work developed from 2015 in his own country, Libya, with war as a backdrop.

The Rifat Chadirji Archives
7 January to 17 February, 2018
Arab Image Foundation, Beirut, Lebanon 

This exhibition examines the work of Iraqi architect Rifat Chadirji through the collection of his original photographs and building documents held at the Arab Image Foundation in Beirut. With the work of his architectural office, Iraq Consult, and in his other professional and intellectual roles, Chadirji became a pivotal cultural figure in Baghdad during the period of its postwar modernization from the 1950s through the 1970s. As an architect, planning consultant, and Director of Buildings for various government agencies, Chadirji was central to the organization of Baghdad and to the consolidation of its postwar image.
Baya_ Woman of Algiers
9 January to 31 March, 2018
Grey Art Gallery, New York, US  

The first North American exhibition of works by the self-taught Algerian artist Baya Mahieddine (1931-1998). Known as Baya, she was born in Bordj el-Kiffan and orphaned at age five. Encouraged by her adoptive French mother to pursue art, she began as an adolescent to paint gouaches and make ceramics. Her work was soon discovered by fabled gallerist Aimé Maeght who, along with André Breton, organized an exhibition in Paris in 1947.

One of the most alluring aspects of researching an artist's inspiration is to uncover the identity of his or her muse.  Many are well documented such as those of Modigliani, Picasso and Matisse.  Here we look at a selection of these and more with some surprises! 

The Muses of Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse_ Masterworks from the Collection of Anne Marie and Julian J. Aberbach

Thomas Wilfred's Lumia compostions Opus 140. (Duration: 10')
Thomas Wilfred's Lumia compostions Opus 140. (Duration: 10')

This Artist Painted With Light. An Admiring Astronomer Helped Make Him a Star

The works and machinations of Thomas Wilfred, a lone performer, inventor and visionary, are now on view
It's all so random: a decision to spend a weekend in New York, another decision to visit the Museum of Modern Art, and then, wandering through an exhibition gallery, a decision to turn left instead of right or right instead of left. But around that corner-"Wow!"-life changes.
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