Clare Davies

Ala Younis

Gypsum Gallery

May 2014

Ala Younis’s latest solo exhibition, “UAR,” offers a deceptively straightforward visual archive of Egypt’s second president (1956–70) and Pan-Arabist leader, Gamal Abdel Nasser. Photographs, illustrated journal covers, and other … READ ON

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“The Parenthesis Show”

Contemporary Image Collective

March 2012

This exhibition introduces audiences to the output of five young, largely unknown artists whose work is physically engaged, playful, and elegantly conceptual in scope. The pieces on view were produced over the course of a three-month workshop,… READ ON

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Alaa Awad

Alaa Awad discusses murals in Cairo

February 2012

Egyptian artist Alaa Awad graduated from Luxor’s Faculty of Fine Arts in 2004 and currently teaches in its department of mural painting. He has participated in multiple shows in Egypt and abroad. Here he discusses the work he has been … READ ON

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“Interventions”

March 2011

The opening of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha last December was marked by two large-scale exhibitions—“Sajjil: A Century of Modern Art” and “Told / Untold / Retold”—devoted to “modern” and “contemporary” periods… READ ON

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Francesc Ruiz

November 2010

Francesc Ruiz’s latest exhibition incorporates two parts: a stand-alone installation and a citywide “paper trail.” In the gallery, Newsstand (all works 2010) re-creates a bustling roadside stall as a dynamic world populated by sculptures… READ ON

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Al Taylor

February 2008

The wry sense of humor animating this body of early work by Al Taylor echoes a tradition of deadpan epistemological joke-making embraced by Marcel Duchamp and “rediscovered” by post–Abstract Expressionist American artists. The collection… READ ON

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Iman Issa

January 2008

“Making Places,” Iman Issa’s current exhibition of photographs and videos at the Townhouse Gallery, presents a meditation on the urban landscape in reproducible media. The relative anonymity of the scenery (its “placelessness”) and… READ ON

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Francis Als

November 2007

Francis Alÿs’s Fabiola inaugurates a three-year collaboration between the Dia Art Foundation and the Hispanic Society of America. If you haven’t already been, the museum’s collection and somewhat startling Beaux Arts architecture are… READ ON

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Chris Marker

September 2007

“Staring Back,” the title of Chris Marker’s current exhibition, suggests a challenge to viewers’ sense of self-entitlement, a bold visual and ethical gesture of response. Marker’s intervention quietly sidesteps the familiar impulse… READ ON

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Carter Mull

September 2007

Carter Mull’s latest exhibition, “Ethics of Everyday Fiction,” initially resists close looking. Painted-over photographs, digital prints of collaged images, photographs sandwiched between layers of Plexiglas and propped against the … READ ON

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