Anachar Basbous has regularly erected his sculptures in public spaces across Lebanon, including sites such as Rachana (where his father, the eminent sculptor, Michel Basbous, inaugurated an open-air sculpture park in the early 1960s), the Sanayeh Garden in 1995, and downtown Beirut in 2008, for which he produced a site-specific monument to commemorate the Prime Minister Rafic El Hariri’s assassination. His exhibitions have also been hosted in the Beiteddine Palace, the Silk Factory in Beiteddine-Maasser, Starco, and Agial Art Gallery. His current exhibition at Saleh Barakat Gallery is his first extensive exhibition in a large white cube space in Beirut.
Anachar Basbous’ work is at home in the white cube. Decades of artistic, curatorial, and art historical practice have revealed that the notion of the white cube as a neutral space is ideological. However, it is in the white cube that Basbous’ work is no longer put in the service of a site which ultimately remains extrinsic to its conceptualization. To put it differently, Basbous is an artist of skill, rather than gesture.
Anachar Basbous’ work is idealist in character: with the inversion of the inside and outside, the whole is not fragmented and lost. The parts stand in for the whole, with the latter defined by its essence rather than appearance. Echoing Constantin Brâncusi via Michel Basbous, there is a binary split between essence and appearance in which the essence is foregrounded. But in its monumentality, Anachar Basbous’ work articulates its own singular voice.
9 November - 29 December, 2018
Art Book Signing
13-17 November, 2018
An art book signing by Lebanese artist Arwa Seifeddine with a selection of her recent works.
Born in Beirut, Arwa Seifeddine graduated with High Distinction from the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (ENSAD) in Paris in 1982, with a diploma in Interior Architecture. She is currently an adjunct faculty at the Lebanese American University (LAU), and a member of the Lebanese Artists Association for Painting and Sculpture. Her work is part of the permanent collection of Sursock Museum.
Arwa’s first solo exhibition was held at the UNESCO Palace in Paris in 1988, followed by three other solo shows in Lebanon in 1996, 2012 and 2018 at Agial Art Gallery, Beirut.
She has taken part in numerous group exhibitions among them: Beirut/Sidney, Sidney/Beirut at the Casula Power House, in Australia, Médinas at the Institut du Monde Arabe (IMA) in Paris, and at other french venues including the Liliane François Gallery in Paris, the Usine Center in Nice, and the Archétypes gallery in Paris.
She has also exhibited work in several group shows in Beirut, among them Primitia, Proventus, and Loquis, the faculty exhibits at the LAU, the Syri-Arts show at the Beirut Exhibition Center, Let the Earth Breathe at Haighazian Art Center, and the Salon d’Automne (1995-2011) of Sursock Museum.