Mar 27, 2013
Mar 25, 2013
|I Just Want to be Wonderful|
|Marliyn - Black|
Mahmood Sabzi is an Iranian artist currently living and working in the States. The influences of both the American and Iranian cultures are clear in his engaging artwork.
Mar 24, 2013
|The Tree of Life by Farah Behbehani|
On the second day of Jeddah Art Week (Feb. 26th), Athr Gallery hosted a thought-provoking talk with Saudi film-maker Ahd Kamel about her short film Sanctity and her participation in the Berlin International Film Festival followed by the group exhibition, Pen To Paper. The show displays a diverse collection of contemporary artwork with plenty of exceptional pieces. Pen to Paper is open till the 26th of March, and it's definitely worth a visit.
|Boy With Kite by Abdulrahman Katanani|
|Enlightenment by Qaswra Hafez|
|I Read I Write (Women Education series) by Laura Boushnak|
|Performance #44 (Distorted Reality series) by Faisal Samra|
|The Golden Gun by Farnaz Rabiejah|
|Sitting Alone on Jingtin Mountain by Xu Bing|
Feb 26, 2013
Jeddah Art Week kicked off last night with it's first two exhibitions at AlFurusya, Park Hyaat. First was Sotheby's first-ever exhibition in Saudi Arabia which displayed stunning artwork from it's upcoming Doha Auction of Contemporary Art. I was delighted to see art pieces by Farhad Moshiri (whom I'm a huge fan of) and by Hassan Hajjaj as well. The walls covered with Chant Avedissian's work were beautiful, seeing all these iconic figures in a very visually interesting manner was awe-inspiring.
|Icons of The Nile by Chant Avedissian|
|Ya Illahi (Dear Lord) by Ayman Baalbaki|
|Anywhere The Dervish Roams, Where He Lays His Home is There by Farhad Moshiri|
|M.U.S.A. by Hassan Hajajj|
|Le Monde Sous Pression (The World Under Pressure) by Batoul S’himi |
Second was Mostly Visible, curated by Ashraf Fayadh and organized by Athr Gallery. The exhibition features great work by a good deal of talented Saudi artists. Of course there was plenty of inspiring, aesthetically beautiful, or just downright weird art with solid concepts or interesting stories. This exhibition is definitely a must-see and luckily it will be running till the 25th of March.
On a personal note, I felt like this was the stepping stone, or the inauguration, of an exciting new era for art and creatives in Jeddah, if not the in the whole Kingdom as well. I'm looking forward to where we go from here, and the rest of the exhibitions and talks this week.