Universes in Universe

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Abstract and semi-abstract works

This section features a number of abstract and semi-abstract works from the Barjeel collection, by a predominantly female group of artists. The second work from the right in this image, is the painting La Montagne Liban (Mount Lebanon), executed by partners and artists Etel Adnan and Simone Fattal. The two women collaborated to create an otherworldly depiction of Mount Lebanon in saturated yellow. Under what appears to be a sun and a moon, their washed brushstrokes of pastel pink, blue and yellow illustrate a painterly landscape of day and night seemingly collapsing into one another. Produced when the two artists first met, the painting is an ode to their shared experiences and mutual affinity with the natural world. A rare collaboration by Adnan, a poet, scholar and painter and Simone, a sculptor, painter and translator, lovingly combines their styles.

Text by Patrick Kane and Mandy Merzaban

© Photo: Courtesy of Barjeel Art Foundation, Photography by Capital D Studio

A Century in Flux - photos

Highlights from the Barjeel Art Foundation. Sharjah Art Museum, UAE, 12 May 2018 - 31 May 2023. Curators: Salwa Mikdadi, Mandy Merzaban, Karim Sultan.

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