Obituary: Moroccan artist Mohamed Melehi leaves a legacy of optimism

Every death comes too soon, but the news of Mohamed Melehi’s passing away feels especially painful. The 84-year-old Moroccan artist was in the midst of enjoying a spate of opportunities and attention that had resulted in new paintings. A solo exhibition of his bright, graphic paint


Opera Gallery Dubai showcases the works of Dutch artist Karel Appel

Opera Gallery, Dubai, is presenting a new virtual exhibition featuring Karel Appel, one of the most influential Dutch artists of the latter half of the twentieth century. Oscillating between realism and an emotionally charged, robustly active and spontaneous abstraction, Appel adopted a material-o


Egyptian Artist Crafts Pictures With Salt

Egyptian artist Hany Genedy focuses as he carefully pours white salt onto a black surface to create an image of actor Al Pacino. Genedy experimented with materials such as leaves and money before settling on a substance he says is versatile and cheap - salt. Genedy, who crafts images of Egyptian


Palestinian artist Mohammad Joulani dies at 37

Palestinian artist Mohammad Joulani died on Friday, aged 37, after a long battle with cancer. Primarily a painter, he created works that depicted his hometown of Jerusalem and often drew himself or an anonymous human figure as his subject as a way to tap into contemporary Palestinian issues. Rea


Gone in 60 Sections? UK Artist in UAE Hopes to Raise Millions with Giant Canvas

British artist Sacha Jafri aims to raise more than $30 million for children’s charities by creating the world’s largest canvas painting and auctioning it off in 60 sections. The piece, titled “The Journey of Humanity”, will measure just under 2,000 square meters when it is


'Two Laughing Boys': 17th century Frans Hals painting stolen for the third time

The artwork Two Laughing Boys by Dutch Golden Age painter Frans Hals seems to be an ever-enduring target for thieves. Last week, the 17th century painting was stolen for the third time. The incident took place at the Hofje van Aerden museum in the Dutch town of Leerdam on Wednesday


What did the subject of this sculpture do in the 1940s? The great British art quiz

This quiz is brought to you in collaboration with Art UK, the online home for the UK’s public art collections, showing art from more than 3,000 venues and by 45,000 artists. Each day, a different collection on Art UK will set the questions. Today, our questions come from Paisley Museum and Ar


Saudi artist reimagines Jeddah through ’80s pop art

Every Jeddawi has an obsession with their city; the elderly reminisce about historic Jeddah in the old days, while the youth romanticize the modern city through photography and social media. One Saudi artist, Zaina Hassan, 23, who goes by the name ZHA on social media, chose to express her attachmen


THE BREAKDOWN Mona Saudi — “The Lover’s Tree”

The veteran Jordanian artist discusses her 1977 homage to her friend Mahmoud Darwish — the legendary Palestinian poet who inspired a number of her poetry-infused drawings.    I first became acquainted with Mahmoud Darwish through correspondence that began when I heard he had left P


Dubai artist pays tribute to city’s desert with sand art for Burberry campaign

We have all – at some point in our lives – used sand to create art, whether it be sand castles or heartwarming messages to our loved ones.    But, drawing a massive monogram in the middle of the desert is definitely a showstopper.  Dubai multidisciplinary artist Na


Leonardo da Vinci's rediscovered painting 'Salvator Mundi' is getting the Broadway treatment

A new retelling of the drama and mystery surrounding the world's most expensive painting is set to take the stage in New York in 2022 as a major Broadway musical."Salvator Mundi!" The Musical, announced by Tony Award-winning production company Caiola Productions, will chronicle the tale of Leonard


Islamic artist Siddiqa Juma’s optimistic, inclusive art

Award-winning contemporary Islamic artist Siddiqa Juma’s path to success was not straightforward. Juma worked for many years as a graphic designer — a compromise between her creative urges and financial stability. Her parents, she says, wanted her to be a pharmacist, but that was never


Emirati artist creates artwork for Manchester City to mark Eid

Emirati artist Diaa Allam has created an artwork for Manchester City to mark Eid Al-Adha, with the piece of work now available for viewing in the Premier League club’s global platforms. Allam’s Arabic calligraphy-inspired drawing, which features star players Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruy


Fuad Honda, the Japanese Muslim reinterpreting Arabic calligraphy

Tokyo-born Fuad Kouichi Honda is widely recognized as one of the world’s top Arabic calligraphers. The native Japanese Muslim, who teaches at Daito Bunka University, has won numerous awards for his work, including at the International Arabic Calligraphy Competition. His most famous pieces use


Banksy painting raises millions for Palestinian children’s hospital

 A triptych by British artist Banksy of the Mediterranean Sea depicting the European refugee crisis has sold for more than £2.2 million ($2.9 million) at auction in London. The three-paneled work, “Mediterranean Sea View 2017,” was put up for sale at Sotheby’s auction h


Israeli artist takes aim at Netanyahu with life-size statue

Residents of the city of Tel Aviv woke up Wednesday to a jarring site: a pop-up exhibit depicting a life-size statue of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu enjoying a lavish meal by himself at a sprawling table in a mock re-enactment of the Last Supper.The installation, displayed in


The Beautiful Things inside Your Head: Winners of the 10th Annual Art of Neuroscience Contest

In 1968 an exhibit entitled Cybernetic Serendipity: The Computer and the Arts was held at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. The first major event of its kind, Cybernetic Serendipity’s aim was to “present an area of activity which manifests artists’ involvement with scie


Uffizi masterpieces show Black culture's role in the Renaissance

Italy’s Uffizi gallery said on Thursday it was planning to pick out nine of its masterpieces for a project to highlight the part that Black people and culture played in the Renaissance. Under the “Black Presence” initiative, images of works including Cristofano dell’Altissim




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