LOL with Khaled Takreti
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.