Kaelen Wilson-Goldie

“Meeting Points 8: Both Sides of the Curtain”

Beirut Art Center

May 2017

At the heart of this iteration of the biennial exhibition Meeting Points is a black-and-white marble-tiled dance floor with a working water fountain, some great gaudy curtains, a few plants, several empty plinths, and amphitheater seating—all… READ ON



May 2017

Curated by Sylvie Patry In 2014, the Algerian-born, Paris-based artist Mohamed Bourouissa began a long-term project about black cowboys in northern Philadelphia, producing a slew of videos, photographs, drawings, and sculptures. He spent the… READ ON


Learning Curves

The opening of Documenta 14 in Athens

April 2017 ATHENS

LET’S SAY YOU LIVE IN TWO DIFFERENT PLACES. Maybe you were born in one city and live in another. One is cold, orderly, efficient, and peaceful; the other is hot, chaotic, wildly corrupt, and untenable. You endlessly set them in dialogue, sure… READ ON


Downtown Express

The 6th Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival in Cairo

April 2017 CAIRO

LAST WEEKEND, I took a walk through downtown Cairo with the writer and novelist Yasmine El Rashidi. In the years I’ve known it, the neighborhood has always demanded that you move in a particular way: jaunty, quick, cutting across wide avenues… READ ON


James Coleman

Marian Goodman Gallery | New York

February 2017

Every hour, a drama plays out across a pair of huge screens in a project room strewn with cables, audio equipment, and some folding chairs. Frequently, the two screens subdivide into eight. Occasionally, the smaller screens go black, show … READ ON


Hassan Khan

February 2017

Of the many organizing principles through which to present the work of Hassan Khan—moving chronologically from early to recent work, for example, or arranging disparate mediums into thematic clusters related to recurring ideas of power or … READ ON

IN PRINT February 2017 [TOC]

Saba Innab

December 2016

Seven terrazzo columns run diagonally across a narrow room, each one standing slightly taller than the one that came before. Behind them stands a large piece of a perforated concrete wall (the kind used in Mediterranean buildings to shade … READ ON

IN PRINT December 2016 [TOC]

Temple Talk

“The Silent Echo” in Baalbek


CYNTHIA ZAVEN IS AN ARTIST, COMPOSER, AND PIANIST with wild curly hair and a steely demeanor. She is exceptionally talented and extremely busy, frustrating from a critic’s point of view. She teaches at a conservatory in Beirut, scores films,… READ ON


“The Arab Nude”

October 2016

THE SUMMER OF 2016 was not a particularly auspicious time in the Arab world for art deemed sexually explicit. It was in many ways a terrible season all over the world, marked by intense spasms of violence. It was also a summer when the strain… READ ON

IN PRINT October 2016 [TOC]

“Basim Magdy: The stars were aligned for a century of new beginnings”

September 2016

Curated by Omar Kholeif Rainbows, prisms, and a bouquet of tulips with playful faces drawn on their petals. Industrial wastelands and barren cityscapes. Soldiers, superheroes, skeletons, and a giant squid paired with a rocket. Basim Magdy’s… READ ON