A Certain Shade of Blue: In the studio with cornerstone Emirati painter Abdul Qader Al Rais

ARTIST PROFILE: Dubai, UAE. “Drinking from a glass of juice made from mangos heavy on the trees of his own garden, Abdul Qader Al Rais perches on a red leather chair in his home studio, where completed paintings lean against every possible surface, spilling out into the French Rococo-inspired foyer. Behind him is a half-finishedContinue reading

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Architectural Digest Portfolio: Bohemian Rhapsody

INTERIORS FEATURE. Beirut fashion photographer Tarek Moukaddem’s converted shoe factory blends old world flavour with warehouse edge. “Both my work and my home are organized chaos, but there is harmony hidden within,” says, Tarek Moukaddem. In much the same way that the boundary pushing fashion photographer, draws out the sculptural beauty of unconventional faces fromContinue reading

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And I, Will I Forget? Manal Al Dowayan

GALLERY TEXT: DUBAI, UAE. “Where does a memory go after it has left the lips of the living? Does it disappear into the atmosphere like a thin rain? Is it assigned a serial number then stored by a divine keeper of time in a secret safe deposit box, to be retrieved in the future byContinue reading

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artnet Opens its Inaugural Sale of Contemporary Middle Eastern Art

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE. The New York-based online platform artnet opened its inaugural sale of Contemporary Middle Eastern Art earlier this month. In some ways this first thoughtfully curated sale plays it safe with lots by some surefire darlings of Middle Eastern art— including ‘Transparent Body’ a rare 2013 oil on panel from a particularly successful series byContinue reading

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Botanist of Letters: Wissam Shawkat

CATALOGUE TEXT: The ability to read Arabic is irrelevant when it comes to appreciating Wissam Shawkat’s work. While traditional calligraphy embellishes a text or verse, the pieces comprising Inside/Outside, the artist’s first show at XVA Gallery in Dubai, do not contain prescriptive written messages. When encountered out of context, it might not even occur toContinue reading

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Passion Collection: His Excellency Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani’s private museum brings Qatar’s cultural heritage to life

COLLECTOR PROFILE: Doha, Qatar. “Doha’s skyline is an untamable urban garden of steel and glass skyscrapers, each more futuristic than the next. Yet, just 30 minutes’ drive into the desert quarter of Al Samriya lies a striking fortress, complete with windswept turrets. The thick limestone walls of the Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani MuseumContinue reading

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Seamless Loop: Wafa Bint Hasher Al Maktoum

CATALOGUE TEXT: Dubai, UAE. “Dubai has grown in audacious bursts and daily life surges ahead at a breakneck pace, nearly as quickly as new skyscrapers dot the dusty horizon. With Seamless Loop, Sheikha Wafa Bint Hasher Al Maktoum isolates eight iconic images from the Emirate in distinct screen prints and textile-based embroidery works, presenting staidContinue reading

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The Worker’s Trap: An Interview with Sara Rahbar

INTERVIEW: Dubai, UAE. “Dirty gold is the color that smothers every surface of Sara Rahbar’s New York City studio. Disembodied casts of the artist’s own anxiously clenched hands and feet are laid out, clinically, on long tables alongside bullet casings, rifle butts, chains, and other found objects. With the same studied intensity that won herContinue reading

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