Welcome to our September newsletter and we hope you had a wonderful summer break and are rested and relaxed, ready for the coming months packed with exhibitions and events.

We have had a busy summer, and were delighted by the response we received to the CARAVAN Arts KAHLIL GIBRAN: A Guide for our Times Exhibition at Sotheby's, which proved a huge success with visitors and the press. In addition, the ongoing I AM Exhibition continues its tour around the US, opening last week at Vanderbilt University , Tennessee, to great acclaim. And coming up, we have an exciting new JRFA online selling exhibition planned, details of which will follow soon.

In this month's issue of the newsletter, we look at art critics and the important role they play in the artworld. We have a new section on recommended books and our inspiration feature contains a poignant, heartwarming video portrait of the people of Iraq.

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Best wishes from all the team at JRFA

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Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) | Brisbane, Queensland, Australia | 24 Nov 2018 - 28 Apr 2019
Echigo Tsumari Art Triennale 2018 | Niigata, Japan | 29 Jul - 17 Sep 2018
Gwangju Biennale Exhibition Hall, Asia Culture Center, Select Locations in Gwangju Metropolitan City | Gwangju, South Korea | 7 Sep - 11 Nov 2018
P21 Gallery | London, UK | 16 Aug - 6 Sep 2018
William Morris Gallery | London, UK | 29 Aug - 23 Sep 2018
Somerset House | London, UK | 4 - 23 Sep 2018
Fondation Boghossian, Villa Empain | Brussels, Belgium | 6 Sep 2018 - 24 Feb 2019
Arab British Centre | London, UK | 13 - 18 Sep 2018
Riverside Building | London, UK | 13 Sep - 3 Oct 2018
NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery | Abu Dhabi, UAE | 3 Sep - 17 Nov 2018
Dar El-Nimer for Arts and Culture, Magnum Photos | Beirut, Lebanon | 13 Sep - 22 Dec 2018
Seaside Arena | Beirut, Lebanon | 20 - 23 Sep 2018
Istanbul Congress Center (ICC), Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Centre (ICEC) | Istanbul, Turkey | 20 - 23 Sep 2018
REDCAT, CalArts' downtown center for contemporary arts | Los Angeles, CA, USA | 21 Jul - 30 Sep 2018
Walker Art Center | Minneapolis, MN, USA | 9 Sep - 30 Dec 2018
Franklin & Marshall College | Lancaster, PA, USA | 14 Sep - 16 Nov 2018
Gallery 344, Cambridge Arts Council | Cambridge, MA, USA | 17 Sep - 30 Nov 2018
Hammer Museum | Los Angeles, CA, USA | 22 Sep 2018 - 20 Jan 2019
Craft and Folk Art Museum | Los Angeles, CA, USA | 30 Sep 2018 - 6 Jan 2019
(Image via Discover Los Angeles)
A compelling topic for art market professionals, collectors and artists alike, we look at the role art critics play in today's art world.
Nabil Anani is one of the most prominent Palestinian artists working today. A painter, ceramicist and sculptor, he has built an impressive catalogue of outstanding, innovative and unique art over the past five decades, pioneering the use of local media such as leather, henna, natural dyes, papier-mâché, wood, beads and copper ... Download PDF
“The Unknown Fallen” is a visual feast for readers of all ages, with lavishly drawn illustrations and striking authentic pictures. It features not only historical aspects of the First World War but also unveils forgotten stories and testimonies backed up with breath-taking photos from Muslim soldiers from all continents fighting with the Allied forces in battlefields far away from their homes ...
If you Google image search “Iraq” looking for photos of anything other than soldiers and war then you're in for some serious scrolling...
Since the spring of 2016, I’ve been traveling back and forth to Iraq working on a longer form doc with Nations Media. The Iraq I’ve come to know and love over the course of these visits is a drastically different place than the version of the country I grew up seeing in the news ...
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