LOL with Khaled Takreti

Emirates Man - - CULTURE -

So­cial com­men­tary in post­mod­ern art isn’t a new con­cept, but few de­liver the mes­sage with such gusto as Khaled Takreti. The Syr­ian artist’s lat­est ex­hi­bi­tion, ti­tled LOL, is on dis­play this month in Beirut’s Ayyam Gallery. His works marry pop cul­ture and so­cial me­dia, both old and new, through vi­brant pop art colours which clash with sub­tle greys and blacks. Born in Beirut in 1964, Takreti moved to New York in 1995 to be a painter and he’s been based in Paris since 2004. Fans of Warhol and Banksy will ap­pre­ci­ate his ex­am­i­na­tion of the ab­sur­di­ties and anx­i­eties of mod­ern life cre­ated by to­day’s mass me­dia.

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