ART

Wael Shawky interview

The National, January 2014 Black camels amble through the desert near Abu Dhabi. Silhouetted against the hot sun, they look both indignant and regal. They’re certainly unlikely stars….

India Art Fair

The National, January 2014 It felt like a major moment in Indian art – and it could have repercussions for the Middle Eastern art scene, too. In December…

Artes Mundi prize has global focus

Copy: The National, November 2012 >> The Turner Prize is obviously the most prestigious art prize in Britain, but Artes Mundi is certainly the most lucrative – the…

THE SLICK ART OF CRUDE OIL

Copy: The National 07/12/11 >> Artist Piers Secunda wanted to chronicle the most important natural resource of our times; oil. But he took his interest to obsessive lengths…

CIVIL WAR AS VIBRANT POP ART

Copy: The National, 01/12/11 >> Lamia Ziade grew up in the midst of the Lebanese civil war, seeing her apartment destroyed, her parents trapped in the other side…

LUCIAN FREUD: HIS LIFE AND WORK

Nice obituary in The National of one of my favourite painters, including an obligatory shoehorned-in reference to East Anglia. “Lucian Freud was a still a teenager when he…

RASHID RANA’S TOWERING ACHIEVEMENT

Copy: The National, 18/10/2011 >>Rashid Rana is the star of the show at the Asia Triennial Manchester, and the Pakistani artist deserves such attention. After really enjoying this…

FADI YAZIGI @ MOSAIC ROOMS

There’s not much that can be more timely than an exhibition by a Syrian artist in London which “reflects the personal tragedies of everyday contemporary Syrian reality.” I…