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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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Tate celebrates Fahrelnissa Zeid, cross-cultural modernist
May04

Tate celebrates Fahrelnissa Zeid, cross-cultural modernist

Come this June (2017), Tate Modern celebrates the life and works of Fahrelnissa Zeid, an artist who can rightly be seen as one of the female pioneers, in the wider Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, of both modernism and abstraction in a western sense, responsive to western aesthetics and sensibilities. Abstraction, through reinterpretation of Arabic/Farsi/Osmanli/Urdu calligraphic forms, isn’t new to a region that, in...

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Let there be Light! Nour Festival offers hope in creativity
Oct18

Let there be Light! Nour Festival offers hope in creativity

London’s annual Nour Festival returns to the multicultural metropolis 20 October-6 November 2016, promising to highlight “the best of contemporary arts and culture from the Middle East and North Africa.” Sadly the festival’s overarching mission is challenged and overshadowed by unprecedented turmoil and fragmentation in the region it celebrates and  showcases. As the five-year-old festival’s audiences...

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Ping Zheng: Artist with a Liberating Palette
Sep30

Ping Zheng: Artist with a Liberating Palette

Ping Zheng—aka Zheng Ping—can lay claim to a remarkable trajectory in pursuit of what rightfully expects to be perfection in her art, a completeness or wholeness that goes beyond colour and content. It’s an inner thing, you see, which is neither necessary for you, the viewer, fully to understand or indeed immediately to have available to you, or at all, any time soon, or ever. Sure, it’d be great if you attained it, but...

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