Art as defiance in the Middle East? Calligraphic expression might work best

by Rashmee

Posted on April 5, 2017


Art as defiance in the Middle East. It’s an interesting topic for discussion and Chatham House is doing exactly that today (April 5) by bringing together a Lebanese musician, a Syrian medical doctor who writes and a Palestinian visual artist. The stated aim is to examine the impact of conflict on the output of artists … Continue reading “Art as defiance in the Middle East? Calligraphic expression might work best”

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Belgium’s idea of the Islamicate world laid bare at one of its most important museums

by Rashmee

Posted on February 27, 2017


At the Cinquantenaire Museum in Brussels, one of Europe’s largest, there is a beautiful if dispiriting exhibition of the treasures from the Islamicate world. The term Islamicate, of course, refers to regions in which Muslims live, often in a dominant way. Islamicate does not, however, specifically mean anything to do with Islam, the religion. Anyway, … Continue reading “Belgium’s idea of the Islamicate world laid bare at one of its most important museums”

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Can ‘Art Basel Cities’ of the future find a future on the world culture map?

by Rashmee

Posted on March 27, 2016


Two-dozen or so cities around the world are hell bent upon becoming great, says The Economist. They have identified good transport, green space and great culture as the basic minimum to achieve their goal. And Art Basel, the Swiss group that organizes art fairs, is pitching for a big role in the process. Apparently, the … Continue reading “Can ‘Art Basel Cities’ of the future find a future on the world culture map?”

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Can we rely on our collective memory to preserve art for eternity?

by Rashmee

Posted on January 18, 2016


The answer is probably ‘no’ but we’ll know for sure on February 21 when the Tate Liverpool ends its mind-bending exhibition ‘An Imagined Museum’. The whole point of the show is memory and forgetting. The exhibition brings together more than 60 major, post 1945 artworks from three prestigious galleries and visitors are told to commit … Continue reading “Can we rely on our collective memory to preserve art for eternity?”

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Amedeo Modigliani is the very artist for our fiercely frank, candid camera age

by Rashmee

Posted on November 11, 2015


Who was Amedeo Modigliani that his paintings sell so startlingly well in the 21st century? During his lifetime, the Italian painter and sculptor was not particularly well known (or well thought of). He lived in Paris for a long time, where he met Picasso. He lived a Bohemian life – self-destructive in its debauchery and drugs … Continue reading “Amedeo Modigliani is the very artist for our fiercely frank, candid camera age”

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Rembrandt’s Night Watch was like 1642 version of Facebook tagging

by Rashmee

Posted on December 9, 2013


It was back in April that the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam celebrated the return of Rembrandt’s ‘The Night Watch’ with a remarkable recreation of the painting in a shopping mall in the southern Dutch city of Breda. (Watch it here.) I remember reading about it at the time but just recently stumbled across the video again. … Continue reading “Rembrandt’s Night Watch was like 1642 version of Facebook tagging”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK