Plan­ning Ahead

The post-sum­mer pe­riod is al­ways a busy time for events so it's best to strate­gise if you don't want to miss the ones that in­ter­est you most. Here are our picks for what to add to your busy cal­en­dars.

Bespoke - - ESSENTIALS - BEIRUT ART FAIR

It’s al­most that time of the year for the an­nual com­ing to­gether of art­works, gal­lerists and col­lec­tors in the (un­of­fi­cial) cap­i­tal of Mid­dle Eastern cul­ture. This will be the eighth edi­tion of the the Beirut Art Fair and one par­tic­u­lar high­light we're look­ing for­ward to this year is the re­turn of ' Re­veal­ing' (a space ded­i­cated to the se­lec­tion com­mit­tee’s favourite up-and-com­ing global tal­ents), which has been given a much larger area now. In ad­di­tion to this, around 50 gal­leries from all over the world will be de­scend­ing on Beirut with the hope of pen­e­trat­ing the Le­banese mar­ket and its dense and di­ver­si­fied net­work of lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional col­lec­tors. Last, but cer­tainly not least, the fair has se­cured the ser­vices of Lon­don-based in­de­pen­dent cu­ra­tor and Mid­dleEastern con­tem­po­rary art ex­pert Rose Issa ( right), for the cu­ra­tion of their 2017 fo­cal ex­hi­bi­tion, 'Ourouba, The Eye of Le­banon'. Issa will en­deav­our to re­flect, through in­stal­la­tions, paint­ings, pho­tog­ra­phy and sculp­tural works, the aes­thetic, con­cep­tual and so­cio-po­lit­i­cal con­cerns that have sur­faced in the Arab world over the last decade. “Even in tragedy, there is hu­mour and cynism," she re­veals. Septem­ber 21st – 24th at BIEL

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