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Tate celebrates Fahrelnissa Zeid, Middle East modernist pioneer
Apr22

Tate celebrates Fahrelnissa Zeid, Middle East modernist pioneer

Come this June (2017), Tate Modern celebrates the life and works of Princess 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...

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Nour Festival 2014 launched
Oct21

Nour Festival 2014 launched

The annual Nour Festival in London’s cosmopolitan Chelsea and Kensington neighbourhoods launches its fifth cycle this week with an expanded cultural programme focused on contemporary Middle Easter and North Africa (MENA) and its varied British and European connections. Spread across numerous venues in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, home to citizens and residents of great cultural diversity, the six-week festival...

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ArtGemini Prize deadline nears
Sep01

ArtGemini Prize deadline nears

The ArtGemini Prize 2014 deadline is near and, although extended, artists now have up to 15 September 2014 to submit their work for consideration of this year’s winning tally. The Prize launched its second round 15 May 2014 during the 20-21 International Fair at the Royal College of Art. Artists can compete for awards in four categories to a total of GBP 5,500, up from GBP 5,000 in the first round in 2013. Selected artists will...

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African art collecting picks up
May22

African art collecting picks up

More African individuals and businesses are spending on or investing in art than a few years earlier, with the focus on contemporary art produced by artists on the African continent or in  locations elsewhere , anecdotal evidence and art market trends suggest. There’s also an emerging trend toward restitution of historical cultural materials now outside Africa. At Bonhams’ sale 21 May 2014, entitled Africa Now and billed...

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African masks appear in Dorotheum, Vienna, sale
Mar11

African masks appear in Dorotheum, Vienna, sale

An old “Deangle” mask of the Dan people of Côte d’Ivoire / Liberia described as “very handsome” and an Igala helmet mask from Nigeria are among highlights of African art objects going for sale at Dorotheum, Vienna, 24 March 2014. The Dan mask estimate is  Euro 4,000 – 5,000 while the estimate for the helmet mask of the Igala, Nigeria, described as rare, ranges between Euros 4,800 – 5,400. The Dan, also...

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Art Gemini Prize 2013: A promising debut
Jan24

Art Gemini Prize 2013: A promising debut

Just out of its first cycle, wherein it disbursed GBP 5,000* in awards to artists and photographers, the Art Gemini Prize 2013, announced in January 2014, demonstrates there really is no limit to opportunities for discovering, or rediscovering, new creative talent, writes SAJID RIZVI. The rediscovery, where an incentive such as the Art Gemini Prize acts as a conduit or facilitator, occurs when an artist spotted in a previous outing...

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