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Iran sets sights on cultural projection through vibrant contemporary art
Jan16

Iran sets sights on cultural projection through vibrant contemporary art

Iran has set sights on reaching out to the international community through a major cultural initiative that draws on the remarkable rise of its modern and contemporary art globally, both in its aesthetic appreciation and the marketplace. Although ostensibly an independent private sector initiative, the Contemporary and Modern Art (CAMA) project’s ambitious cultural outreach has the hallmarks of a finely nuanced diplomatic...

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Hai Shuet Yeung showcased in British Museum gallery refit
Dec16

Hai Shuet Yeung showcased in British Museum gallery refit

British Chinese artist Hai Shuet Yeung MBE is showcased in the British Museum’s premier Chinese gallery as a result of a recent refurbishment that brought contemporary and modern art into what used to be a largely historical display. Yeung, also known as Yáng Xīxuě (a literal pinyin transliteration of the three characters 杨希雪), received further recognition of his innovative abstract painting style in a publication accompanying...

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Turner Prize goes to Lubaina Himid
Dec05

Turner Prize goes to Lubaina Himid

The 2017 Turner Prize has gone to Lubaina Himid, at 63 reportedly the oldest artist to win the honour and the GBP 25,000 that comes with it. Himid’s resiliently uncompromising and witty approach to some of her artistic concerns, not least of those being the resurgence of aggressive nationalism in Europe and beyond, have widened her following over the years. The award of the prize comes in a week when United States government...

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Seeing art in juxtaposition
Jul22

Seeing art in juxtaposition

The Welsh capital is host to Juxtaposition, which explores the idea of what happens—generally but to the viewer in particular—when contrasting elements are placed on display parallel to one another, writes Eastern Art Report arts newsdesk. Boundary Art, a gallery overlooking the Cardiff Bay, brings together artists native to Britain or with Asian roots. ‘Juxtaposition’ in the context of the exhibition may refer to...

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Music from the Silk Road event
Jul21

Music from the Silk Road event

Five artists, including known musical figures on London’s creative scene, perform a lunchtime concert in a capsule presentation of music from the Middle East and its eastward extensions along the Silk Road ancient and modern, writes The Middle East in Europe. ‘Summertime in Distant Lands,’ part of an ongoing and well regarded Music@One series, is a collaboration between SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies),...

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