Skoto Gallery hosted a wonderful evening of art and culture on June 26. The book “De La Case A La Villa” was presented to the attendees, books were signed, and visitors toured the Skoto Gallery Summer Group Show on view.
Ce lundi 16 juin, il y aura la Journée de l’Estampe Contemporaine à la Place Saint Sulpice à Paris, dans la cadre de la Fête de l’Estampe le 26 mai dans toute la France.
Frédérique Hervet, artiste parisienne, y participera de 11 à 22 heures, avec 2 autres artistes, Valérie Evrard et Florence Vasseur. Elle y présentera sa série d’estampes de Pékin.
== Stand 302 – M° Saint-Sulpice, Mabillon ==
Par la suite, le 20 juin, elle accueille dans son atelier le 20 juin, en après-midi et en soirée (de 13 à 21 heures). Elle se fera un plaisir de vous rencontrer et de discuter de l’art et de la démarche de l’artiste.
The opening was on a very rainy evening, in Tribeca, near the Holland Tunnel. Sadly enough, the artists themselves were not in attendance–possibly creating new art in Beirut.
Ayman Baalbaki attended the same institution of higher learning as I did, the National Institute of Fine Arts (INBA – Institut National des Beaux Arts, Lebanese University); but many years later, and in the fine arts section (I was in architecture). He was born the year the civil war started, so for the first fifteen years of his life war was what he knew, as well as at least some of the other artists: Mohamed-Said Baalbaki, Oussama Baalbaki, Tagreed Darghouth, Omar Fakhoury, and Nadia Safieddine. The aftermath of the war and related issues appear to have informed all the pieces in the exhibition.
The Lebanese flag was prominent in several paintings; it is a very distinctive flag, with the Cedar of Lebanon between two red horizontal bands. It has emotional resonance not only with Lebanese, but also with many in the diaspora. However, as it is depicted in Cedar 3, by Ayman Baalbaki (shown above), it is rather disquieting: the flag wraps a missile, surrounded by flowers. Not being able to speak with the artist, I don’t know what he meant – is it hopeful or pessimistic for the future? Burj el-Murr shows the building that was to be Beirut’s very own skyscraper: its construction started before the Lebanese civil war (1975-1992), and the building was never finished.
Ibrahim El-Salahi, a Sudanese artist, wasn’t present for the opening of his exhibition, Ibrahim El Salahi: Selected Works, 1962-2010, at Skoto Gallery, but another event, on May 21, celebrated this acclaimed artist, when he arrived to New York.
Holland Cotter from the New York Times provides the background of this exhibition in a June 5 article in the Art & Design section. Below are a few photos of the art and the evening.
The book: Ibrahim El-Salahi, a Visionary Modernist, by Salah M. Hassan, is also on sale at the Gallery.
The works are on display through June 14, 2014.
Epee Ellong will present the book in French and in English.