From from October 19 through December 4 2011 the Contemporary Art Platform, Kuwait [CAPkuwait] will show Mashreq vs. Maghreb: Abstract Artwork by Modern Masters. The luscious works are comprised of paintings, prints and sculptures from Tunisia to Iraq, from where the sun rises on the Arab world to where it sets. Renowned curator and gallerist Dr. Claude Lemand collects these colors in Industrial Shuwaikh, Kuwait.
The artists included are :
Algerian Mahjoub Ben Bella & Abdallah Benanteur,
Lebanese Shafic Abboud & Assadour, and
Iraqi Dia Azzawi.
Through a varied number of symbolic gestures, the artists featured explore the theme of homeland and exile. Almost all of the artists featured were trained in London or Paris, and the tension of belonging vs. alienation is apparent in their expressive, explosive works.