Bahrain Art Week @ Asia House

I have always believed that art is a powerful tool of communication. Although it is often audibly silent, the visual nature of art has the ability to speak volumes in ways the written or spoken word cannot. The opening reception to Bahrain Art Week began with a panel discussion that included a former British MP […]

Read More

Barjeel Art Foundation @ Whitechapel

The final show in Whitechapel’s four part exhibition of contemporary art from the Middle East is probably both the most interesting and the most frustrating. Over the past year the gallery has played host to the Barjeel Art Foundation in a bid to introduce Londoners to modern and contemporary art from the Arab world. This […]

Read More

Debating Modernism II @ Whitechapel

Towards the end of last year, I wrote about the ongoing series of exhibitions at the Whitechapel Gallery that present the Barjeel Art Foundation’s collection of modern and contemporary art from the Arab world. The first exhibition of the sequence left a positive impression on me, however, after returning for the second, I couldn’t help […]

Read More

Contemporary Arab Art @ Whitechapel

The incumbent exhibition of modern and contemporary Arab art at the Whitechapel Gallery is not in any way how I expected it to be. I am so used to seeing modern art displayed against white walls that when a slightly coloured background is introduced I am thrown a little off balance. That said, the unexpected […]

Read More

Wael Shawky @ Serpentine

Egyptian artist Wael Shawky is enjoying his first major London show at the Serpentine Gallery. The gallery hosts drawings, puppets and political film Upon entering the gallery, the visitor is greeted by a procession of puppets standing statically and in a dimly lit room, all facing the same direction. The figures seemed to me, somewhat […]

Read More