Last night I was at Arttalks’ opening of their latest exhibit, “The Forbidden”, featuring the works of Weaam El Masry and Yasser Nabaiel. I was intrigued by the title, and as usual Arttalks’ invite and catalogue were so impeccably done, that they alone were enough to draw you to see the show. I’ve always found … Continue reading The Forbidden is unspeakably desirable
Currently at Misr Gallery is Islam Zaher’s exhibit, “Pink & Lamentation.” First off- I really like that title. The use of a very heavily stereotyped colour (“pink is girly/sexual/juvenile/etc.”) and a deeply melancholic word was quite intriguing. Sadly I can’t quite say the same about the entire exhibition. Now there were a few gems in … Continue reading Lamenting over Pink
Currently at Zamalek Art Gallery’s Venue II (it’s their new gallery space- if you haven’t seen it yet then you should) is an exhibit titled “The Cycle” by Kamal El Feky. One of the things I love about the Zamalek Art Gallery is how they like to represent young artists, without their young age … Continue reading The Never ending Cycle
Serge Gainsbourg has been quoted to say that “Ugliness is superior to Beauty, because it lasts”. Umberto Eco demonstrated the power of art to elevate even the most pitiable subject, stating that “Ugliness can be redeemed by a faithful and efficacious artistic portrayal.” Rabab Nemr’s latest exhibition, currently at the Zamalek Art Gallery, titled “Helwa … Continue reading Rabab Nemr’s Inner Beauty
I’ve been pretty much swamped with work lately, so I haven’t been covering as many artists and shows as I should have been. My sincere apologies for that. However, I always lay low and come back to you with a few gems, so sometimes it’s worth the absence. This time, it’s artist Ali Abdel Mohsen. Continue reading “A beautiful nightmare, rather.”
If you’re in the mood for to see some solid drawing and a serious sense of what it feels and looks like to be an artist in angst, head over instantly to ArtTalks and check out Weaam El Masry’s latest exhibit “The Golden Fly”. Weaam El Masry is an artist who’s work has been … Continue reading The Power of Line.
It’s been a while since I’ve been to a really tight group show, and it was such a pleasant surprise that the one that I deemed to be solid lately, “DownTown” at Gallery Misr, is curated by a dear friend and excellent curator, Mahmoud Hamdi. Not many people know what a curator is or does, … Continue reading Downtown Curated.
It gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling inside when paintings remain current in their subject matter and look aesthetically solid at the same time. It doesn’t happen often unfortunately, hence the pleasant surprise that one experiences upon coming across that particular cocktail. Ahmed Kassim is one of the artists who I’ve grown to like … Continue reading Like a video game.
Mina Farouk is currently holding his first solo exhibit titled “Unloaded”, at Cala Gallery in Zamalek. An impressive number of pieces for a first timer, the work is surprisingly mature and solid. For the most part. The pieces are essentially cut out silhouettes of black card on a white background. Much like etching but with … Continue reading A cut or two short of perfect: Mina Farouk’s ‘Unloaded’
It’s been a while since I’ve blogged (again), but this time it’s really not my laziness that was the culprit. This year has started off as rocky as the last, with a few heartbreaking events that have succeeded to put a serious dent in everyone’s productivity. It’s saddening not to know what’s happening, if … Continue reading Masochistic much?