Art April 28, 2010 By Nana Asfour


Farhad Moshiri, Silver bowl on gold and gold bowl on silver, 2006, Private Collection, Tehran

The book provides not only discoveries of important individual artists — such as Bahrain’s Abdul Rahim Sharif and Faisal Samra, Egypt’s Inji Eflatoun who “helped to establish a vigorous avant-garde in her native” country and is in fact but one of many women artists from the region, and Lebanon’s most recent art sensation, Ayman Baalbaki — but shows how artistically vibrant and rich cities like Damascus, Tehran and Iraq continue to be.

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