Kaelen Wilson-Goldie

Elizabeth Catlett

Burning in Water

January 2018

The Senegalese poet Léopold Sédar Senghor once said that “everyone must be mixed in their own way.” That idea, according to the philosopher Souleymane Bachir Diagne, in his book African Art as Philosophy (2011), was central to Senghor’s belief… READ ON

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Cecily Brown

January 2018

In her marvelous writing on the art of Joan Mitchell in Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions (2007), Maggie Nelson wrestles with several of the reasons why Mitchell’s paintings have proven so difficult to place in the … READ ON

IN PRINT January 2018 [TOC]

“Francis Al˙s: Knot’n Dust”

January 2018

Curated by Marie Muracciole Francis Alÿs came to Beirut for the first time nine years ago, in December 2008, for a workshop organized by the upstart arts organization 98Weeks. At the time, he and the curator Cuauhtémoc Medina proposed walking… READ ON

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“Mounira Al Solh: I strongly believe in our right to be frivolous”

January 2018

Curated by Hendrik Folkerts with Jordan Carter Mounira Al Solh has established herself as one of the most exciting young Lebanese artists in a generation set to follow in the outsize footsteps of predecessors such as Rabih Mroué, Walid Raad,… READ ON

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René Magritte

Bruce Silverstein Gallery

December 2017

René Magritte and his wife, Georgette, never had children—that kind of production wasn’t high on the Surrealist agenda—but they did keep a menagerie of pets, including dogs and cats and much-beloved pigeons. In one of the most striking images… READ ON

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“Interwoven Dialogues”

Aicon Gallery

December 2017

For almost fifteen years, the Moroccan artist Hassan Hajjaj has been making loud, uproarious photographs pairing the conventions of historical West African studio portraiture with the accouterments of Arabic kitsch. The pictures are light … READ ON

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Tunji Adeniyi-Jones

Nicelle Beauchene Gallery

December 2017

In all but one of the eight large paintings on view in Tunji Adeniyi-Jones’s assured solo debut, a curvaceous, androgynous figure, or pair, floats in space, twisting and turning ethereally through dense vegetation, the coils of a serpent, or… READ ON

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Phil Collins

Tanya Bonakdar Gallery

December 2017

In baghdad screentests, 2002, he auditioned everyday Iraqis for a nonexistent Hollywood movie, throwing Andy Warhol’s example into the harrowing pause between international sanctions and a catastrophic war. In they shoot horses, 2004, he … READ ON

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Kaelen Wilson-Goldie

December 2017

WALID RAAD’S LATEST EXHIBITION at the Sfeir-Semler Gallery in Beirut features three solid bodies of work spanning the artist’s two well-established long-term projects, the Atlas Group, 1989–2004, and Scratching on Things I Could Disavow, … READ ON

IN PRINT December 2017 [TOC]

Ahmad Ghossein

December 2017

For several years now, the artist and filmmaker Ahmad Ghossein has been splashing around in the psyche of Southern Lebanon, that swath of politically volatile, frequently war-ravaged, and always incongruously verdant countryside squished … READ ON

IN PRINT December 2017 [TOC]