The Armory Show in New York will focus on the Middle East region next year

Wafaa Bilal, Chair, Ashes Series, 2003-2013 (Courtesy: Lawrie Shabibi Gallery)
Wafaa Bilal, Chair, Ashes Series, 2003-2013 (Courtesy: Lawrie Shabibi Gallery)

Two Dubai galleries will be participating in the The Armory Show in March, when its Focus section sheds light on art from the Middle East, North Africa and the Mediterranean (MENAM). Curated by Omar Kholeif, in a devoted section of the New York art fair that takes place over two piers in central Manhattan, the MENAM focus will feature Meem Gallery and Lawrie Shabibi from Dubai. Among others, it will also show work from two Istanbul galleries – Galerist and Galeri NON as well as Gypsum Gallery from Cairo, the first Egyptian gallery to ever exhibit at The Armory Show, Taymour Grahne from New York and Claude Lemand from Paris.

The art work will attempt to show a cross section of art from this vast geographic region and from several generations.

Meem will be exhibiting the work of Marwan Kassab Bachi, whose large retrospective opens in Sharjah tonight. Known simply as Marwan, he is well known for his distinctive style and monumental paintings, utilising the recurrent themes within his work of self-portraits, portraits, figures and silhouettes. By bringing together important works from the 1960’s to the 1990’s, Meem gallery will curate a focused booth that exemplifies his artistic practice and production.

Lawrie Shabibi will show a new piece of work by Iraqi artist Wafaa Bilal. Pictured on this blog post is The Ashes Series, which he began in 2003 after the American invasion of Iraq. For this series he made models of images depicting destruction to create a new set of visual narratives.

For the Armory Show, the details have not been released yet but it will be so interesting to find out what it and also to see the effect on New York and international audiences. Armory Focus is presented in collaboration with Edge of Arabia, and education partner, Art Jameel.

* The Armory Show takes place from March 5-8. For more info visit

Published: December 6, 2014 04:00 AM