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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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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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Waiting, and waiting: The Lost Men of Syria at the Saatchi Gallery
Jul12

Waiting, and waiting: The Lost Men of Syria at the Saatchi Gallery

Syria’s grim humanitarian crisis finds yet another sombre expression in The Lost Men of Syria exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, opening 19 July. Photographer Edward Jonkler’s work examines the role of men in refugee camps, and the shifting power dynamics that can often lead to acts of radicalisation and mental illness, with once patriarchal figures becoming “lost’. Fleeing violence and the destruction of their lives...

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ArtGemini Prize 5th cycle calls artists
Jun02

ArtGemini Prize 5th cycle calls artists

The ArtGemini Prize 2017 is upon us and the fifth annual cycle offers opportunities to artists of all ages from across the global spectrum. This year’s edition again offers cash awards and recognition in the categories of painting, photography and sculpture even as the ArtGemini branched out this year with PhotoX, a new prize dedicated to photography. The ArtGemini Prize offers cash prizes of a total of GBP 5,000 in those three...

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