The Ocean Can Be Yours @ Gerald Moore

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The ocean can be yours. Can it? Visas, passports and border control may argue otherwise. Air travel is a modern phenomenon, the first commercial flight crossed the skies in 1914, before then however, voyages traversed oceans by ship. Who owns the sea? This is a question that our ancestors have been arguing about for centuries […]

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Zaha Hadid @ Serpentine Sackler

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Of all those who left us in 2016, one of the most heartbreaking and devastating losses to the world of art and architecture was the premature death of Dame Zaha Hadid. The Iraqi-born, Lebanese and British educated architect was a pioneer and an inspiration to many. The exhibition of her drawings at the Serpentine Sackler […]

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Azadeh Razaghdoost @ Sophia Contemporary

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‘O rose thou art sick The invisible worm … Has found out thy bed Of crimson joy And his dark secret love Does thy life destroy’ – The Sick Rose, William Blake, 1794 What does the state of contemporary Iran and eighteenth and nineteenth century Britain and France have in common? Persian artist, Azadeh Razaghdoost, […]

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Bahrain Art Week @ Asia House

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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 […]

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Barjeel Art Foundation @ Whitechapel

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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 […]

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Edel Adnan @ Serpentine Sackler

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The work inside Edel Adnan’s Serpentine show is bright and colourful. It doesn’t scream for joy, but it certainly does not appear to be at all woeful. It comes as a surprise then, that it has been titled ‘The Weight of the World’, a term that comes with a lot of negative connotations. Adnan is […]

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Sursock @ Beirut

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I have just returned from a trip to my mother’s beautiful homeland: Beirut. Of course, no trip would be complete without a visit to a museum or gallery and Lebanon certainly impressed with its stunning Sursock Museum. The Nicolas Ibrahim Sursock Museum is a glittering white palace. When the sun is up its spectacular façade […]

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