Now in its fourth year, the Abraaj Capital Art Prize, aimed specifically at the MENASA region, announces its five winners in the lead-up to Art Dubai 2012.

    After having submitting a detailed proposal for a work which can be realised with funding of $120,000 from private equity firm Abraaj Capital, the five artists, selected from a...

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  • East Meets East


    East Meets East
    September saw the opening of 'Middle East, Middle Kingdom' at Dubai's Etemad Gallery featuring 20 works by eight Contemporary Chinese artists showing for the first time in the UAE.

    As the doors of Etemad Gallery opened to the exhibition Middle East, Middle Kingdom on 19 September, the show's curator Pia Camilla Copper was apprehensive about audience...

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  • Sama Alshaibi: The Physicality of Exile


    Sama Alshaibi: The Physicality of Exile
    This Iraqi-Palestinian artist grapples with issues of displacement through visceral multi-media works. At her show vs. Him at Dubai’s Lawrie Shabibi Gallery running from 19 September–20 October, Rebecca Anne Proctor discussed her latest works.

    Dressed up like a boxer and standing in a spotlight reminiscent of an old Hollywood stage set, a woman with pale skin and short curly black hair is filmed in stop-motion as she...

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  • Leila Heller Gallery Opens New Space in Chelsea


    Leila Heller Gallery Opens New Space in Chelsea
    New York’s Upper East Side Leila Heller Gallery, formerly known as LTMH Gallery, has opened a second space in Chelsea.

    The new 3,500 square-foot venue is located at 568 West 25th between 10th and 11th avenues, placing it on the same block as two branches of the Pace Gallery, Marlbourough Chelsea,...

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  • Message In A Bottle


    Message In A Bottle
    Designs from some of the Middle East and India’s recognised names — Zaha Hadid (Canvas 3.2 and 6.6), Nadine Kanso (Canvas 4.5), Ayesha Depala and Amira Behbehani — celebrate Kiehl’s Crème de Corps bottle in the name of charity.

    Charity and design come together in urban skincare brand Kiehl's limited editions of its classic body cream, Crème de Corps. Special labels were created by some of the...

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  • Is the Market For Egyptian Art Undergoing Its Own Revolution?


    Is the Market For Egyptian Art Undergoing Its Own Revolution?
    By Shane Ferro, ARTINFO

    Yesterday morning, the news wire service Reuters reported on a prospering art market in Cairo, where work inspired by the uprising earlier this year against former dictator...

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  • Snail Fever


    Snail Fever
    Running at Dubai's The Third Line from 22 June -28 July, Snail Fever explores the viral power of music. We speak with curator Sara Mameni on the show's conception and the power of song.

    Featuring eight artists, Snail Fever comprises works by Abbas Akhavan, Fatima Al-Qadiri and Khalid Al-Gharaballi, Ala Ebtekar, Haris Epaminonda, Christodoulos Panayiotou,...

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  •  Art Matters


    Art Matters
    Art Matters at Manama's Seef Mall seeks to encourage the youth to utilise their creative imagination and discover the healing power of art. Organised by the mall in collaboration with Al-Riwaq Art Space, the project runs from 21 April-15 July.

    Nestled in the heart of Manama, Al-Riwaq Art Space was founded in 1988 and has long been regarded as the city's premier non-profit gallery. It was founded on the premise that...

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  • Offscreen in Arabia


    Offscreen in Arabia
    Arabia Offscreen is looking for 10 young, talented and, above all, creative practitioners working in the fields of art, photography and film. Entrants must be between 18-24 years old and come from the UK, Qatar, the UAE, Egypt or Malaysia.

    Ten winners will be selected by a judging panel consisting of Stephen Stapleton, Founder of Offscreen; Venetia Porter of the British Museum; Saudi artist Abdulnasser Gharem and...

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  • All Work and No Play


    All Work and No Play
    Kevin Jones visits Yto Barrada's retrospective, which ran at the Deutsche Guggenheim from 15 April-19 June and takes a look at the Moroccan artist's diverse riffs.

    Yto Barrada is the kind of artist you want to change the world with. Her brand of artistic activism is infused with a slow sense of humour that toys with its object, like a kid...

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