This major retrospective presents a largely unknown body of work created by the prolific Lebanese artist Aref El Rayess (1928–2005). The exhibition will include a wide range of paintings, drawings, works on paper, sculptures and tapestries that together reveal the rich and complex artistic practice of this important Arab modernist.
The presentation follows a rough chronology, exploring several key moments in the development of his work: the years of training spent between Lebanon, Senegal and Paris; the abstract materialist works produced in Italy; the overtly political paintings inspired by the Algerian War of Independence; the liberation struggles of the ‘Third World’ and of African-Americans as well as the Lebanese War; and the Deserts
painted during his stay in Saudi Arabia.
Organised by Sharjah Art Foundation and Sharjah Art Museum.
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