Born in Damascus in 1935, where he stills lives and works, Elias Zayat is one of the founders of the Faculty of Fine Arts in Damascus, where he taught until his retirement in 2000. As a painter and icon restorer, his art is influenced by religious and popular iconography. Zayat’s oeuvre remains intimately concerned with the history, terrain and psyche of his homeland. His parallel life as an art restorer and historian is evident in his rich vocabulary drawn from Byzantine, early Christian, Sufist, and popular iconography. He has published several studies in the history of art, iconography and art criticism. Despite emerging at the height of Pan-Arabist fervour that culminated in the Naksa of 1967, Elias Zayat managed to resist this sweeping aesthetic hegemony to develop his own inimitable visual language. His works are often emotionally charged, with symbols and pleas for peace caught within seemingly impossible struggles to flee human chaos in order to arrive at a better world. His works on paper form a crucial backbone of his practice and philosophical stance, depicting the movements of birds and new lines of flight.
This represents the first publication covering the practice of Toronto-based artist Abbas Akhavan, examining a large body of his work over the course of his career, ranging from site-specific ephemeral installations to drawing, video and performance. The domestic sphere, as a forked space between hospitality and hostility, has been an ongoing area of research in Akhavan’s work. More recent works have shifted focus, wandering onto spaces just outside the home – the garden, the backyard, and other domesticated landscapes. This title, co-produced with Skira, reflects the conceptual aesthetics of Akhavan’s practice and includes essays by leading curators and professors of art, including, among others, Omar Kholeif and Marina Roy.
This scholarly catalogue reviews the recent work of Syrian-American artist Diana Al-Hadid at a critical juncture in her fast-growing career. Already represented by a major New York gallery (Marianne Boesky), this bilingual publication (English and Arabic) marks the occasion of her first solo show in the Middle East, at the Art Gallery of NYU Abu Dhabi – a new exhibition venue dedicated to museum-quality exhibitions and scholarly, timely publications.
Co-produced with in-depth research by Harvard University, this highly erudite and invaluable academic resource addresses a seemingly insurmountable challenge: how to create an environment in which people can enjoy comfortable lifestyles, pursue fulfilling careers, educate their children, and contribute to their societies, without exhausting food and water supplies or polluting the environment, even when the surrounding terrain is hostile and barren. With applicable guidelines, this accomplished work in two volumes presents a credible vision of how an urban population can live sustainably with relative comfort.
Working in conjunction with the United Nations Climate Change Conference, this title brings together all the salient discussions and decisions reached during COP 18 (Doha, 26 November to 7 December 2012), including, among others, the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol.