Contemporary Saudi art shown at UNESCO displays ‘intercultural convergence’

Monday, 16 October 2017

Prince Muhammad Bin Salman Foundation (Misk Foundation) launched an exhibition titled ‘Incense Route’ at the headquarters of UNESCO in Paris last Monday. The launching ceremony was held in the presence of UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova, Saudi Ambassador to France Khaled Al-Anqari, Permanent Representative of Saudi Arabia to UNESCO Ibrahim Al-Balawi, Secretary General of Misk Foundation Badar Al-Asakir, and several other officials, diplomats and cultural figures at Segur Hall of ...

The literature of confession

Thursday, 5 October 2017

The most difficult thing a novelist can do is sit before people to testify as this act reveals the literary journey, which turned him into an author. The gathering will thus resemble a sad adventure on a beautiful and hospitable stage. His confession helps people understand the extent of his depth or simplicity.It is through this confession he answers if he relied on experience or impulse. Did he become a writer due to a legacy he inherited or was it all just an adventure? He will reveal his ...

Reem Al-Kamali

Saudi artist celebrates triumph of women driving through unique artwork

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Saudi visual artist Sakna al-Tarmoukh agreed with five other artists a year ago to hold an art exhibition with the message calling to permit Saudi women to drive cars, but it was rejected. Tarmoukh however kept the paints and showcased them on the day the royal decree was announced. Through art, Tarmoukh wanted to represent women as the main focus in life, expressing with her paintings the feelings of Saudi women. She told Al Arabiya about her beginning with the expressive painting: “Since ...

Picasso’s Italy journey celebrated in Rome exhibition

Friday, 22 September 2017

In the frosty first months of 1917, Spanish master Pablo Picasso travelled to Italy in search of inspiration for the sets he was designing for the “Parade” ballet. One hundred years on, a new exhibition in Rome celebrates that journey with 100 paintings, drawings, watercolors, sketches and stage costumes looking at how Italy and the Ballets Russes theatrical troupe inspired the artist. “Picasso between Cubism and Neo-Classicism: 1915-1925” opens on Friday at the Quirinal ...

American artist creates paintings that actually breathe

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Los Angeles-based artist Alexa Meade is creating 2D master pieces using human beings as her canvas, a CNN Style article said. Using shading techniques which focus on the variations of lights and different color palettes, Meade blends her models into the background, creating an illusion of a 2D painting. Each set is then photographed, the final product appears as a stunning art work, said the report. Speaking to CNN Style, Meade said: “I’ve always been interested in painting on ...

Saudi female artist dreams of becoming the Arab Madame Tussauds

Friday, 4 August 2017

Noura Gowharji, the hospital management student, did not expect the piece of clay that she was molding with her hands would one day ignite the passion for sculpting within her. This Saudi artist turned her hobby into a professional one when she created the character Gedo Sarhan in the kids’ series “Baba Farhan" in 2015. She cried of joy when she saw her first model completed and admired by those around her. "I am a realist sculptor. I am trying to develop myself through ...

How Hip Hop became part of Saudi Arabia’s cultural scene

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

The Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts in Jeddah has decided to include Hip Hop as part of the various art programs they offer, Dr. Omar al-Jasser, manager of the society, announced last week. There has been debate over Hip Hop’s culturally acceptability in Saudi Arabia and whether it can become part of the Kingdom’s art landscape. Al-Jasser noted that the art of Hip Hop must be respectful and consistent with the Kingdom’s laws and regulations. Speaking to Al ...

Playing with fire: Czech artist creates steel portraits with flame

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Czech artist Ladislav Vlna has swapped his brush for a blowtorch as he ‘paints’ with fire to create artworks that change according to lighting.Vlna’s self-titled metallurgic painting technique results in surprisingly delicate and detailed pieces, mostly portraits or figures, with oxyacetylene torches.The 40-year-old artist begins by painting a draft upon a steel surface and then carves, sharpens and polishes the basic image into it before putting a flame to the engraving which ...

Egyptian and Turkish belly dancing - between stigma and artistic expression

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Oriental dancing did not emerge from an open culture that advocates getting comfortable with our bodies as per Latin American cultures where dancing is an integral part of living life to the fullest, not just behind closed doors or for special occasions. Thanks to Egypt and Turkey, dancing in the Middle East is mostly attributed to a long history of entertaining performances mostly known as Raqs Baladi in Egypt and Oryantal Dans in Turkey. Both the Egyptian and Turkish cultures were not likely ...

Kate Moss immortalized as naked mannequin-style sculpture

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

British supermodel Kate Moss has been stripped down and immortalized as a naked, armless mannequin in an avant-garde sculpture, which has gone on display in London. The silicone sculpture of an expressionless Moss and her naked torso was unveiled at the Opera Gallery on Thursday, with the life-like piece priced at $31,800. Artist Edgar Askelovic, who has previously depicted late British rock star David Bowie as half man-half dog, spent four months working from photographs of Moss on the piece, ...

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