“‘The dotted line,’ the artist has said, ‘suggests that there is the possibility of infinite demarcations of negative space in an empty room.’ The installations require one to view them not as a sum of their parts but as a summons to discover an imaginary world, and an invitation to question the very nature of reality.”
“Aftercinema,” with work by La Ribot, Kamal Aljafari, and Jumana Manna, among others, closes at Beirut Art Center
“Stop by the up-and-coming Badaro area for a beer and a bite at Roy’s or KissProof, then make your way east to Jisr el-Wati, where you’ll find two of the most progressive kunsthalle-style spaces in the city. Founded by Joreige and curator Sandra Dagher in 2009, Beirut Art Center (BAC) was the first nonprofit exhibition space to pull an international group of contemporary artists to Beirut—among them central figures like Giuseppe Penone, Kader Attia, Mona Hatoum, and Harun Farocki. ‘The lack of public space dedicated to contemporary art is the main reason Sandra and I created BAC,’ says Joreige.”
“Hartley has always been both a sculptor and a painter, and the two practices are intimately connected in his work. A close kinship is discernible here—both paintings and sculptures are characterized by a rich, textural quality that makes you want to reach out and touch. Coloring is complex in both cases. Bright neons leap out yet a long process of layering and removing paint creates an overall effect that is steady, integrated, and controlled.”
“She Came To Stay,” featuring work by Annie Kevans, Eileen Cooper, and Lucy Farley, among others, closes at Rook & Raven.
“The painters whose works are on display may vary wildly in age and style, but they share a drive to create works based on individual experience and a penchant to trouble the idea that perception is entirely objective—particularly when it comes to the modern female experience.”