Meem Gallery at the Armory Show with Marwan


5 – 8 March 2015

The more I read about Marwan, the more I came to respect and admire his work. Few living artists can lay a claim to being amongst the very best of their generation, not just regionally but internationally—in 1994 he became the first Arab member of the distinguished Akademie der Künste of Germany.

— Sheikh Sultan Al Qassemi
Chairman of Meem Gallery and Founder of Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE
Extract from Topographies of the Soul, exhibition catalogue foreword, December 2014 – February 2015

Meem Gallery is pleased to announce their participation in the 2015 edition of established New York art fair, The Armory Show. The Armory Show has chosen to continue their FOCUS section of the fair, looking at the MENAM region and curated by Whitechapel Gallery Curator, Omar Kholeif.

Meem Gallery will present a selection of key works by Syrian artist Marwan. Marwan is well known for his distinctive style and monumental paintings, utilizing the recurrent themes within his self-portraits, portraits, figures and silhouettes. Each decade since the 1960s marks a new chapter for Marwan, developing his style, technique and concerns. By bringing together important works from the 1960s to the 1990s, Meem gallery will curate a focused booth that exemplifies his artistic practice and production.

Marwan first exhibited in New York in 1976, in a solo show at Gruenbaum Gallery. Since the late seventies, he has participated in an abundance of solo exhibitions internationally, including the Museum of Modern Art in Baghdad, 1980, to the Institut du Monde Arab, in Paris, 1993, to his recent show at the Fundação de Serralves in Porto, 2014. It has been some time since Marwan’s work has been displayed in New York, leading to the decision of Meem Gallery and Marwan to participate in The Armory Show, and present a group of works that retrospectively consider the artist’s oeuvre.

His work can be found in over thirty-five international public collections including the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Stadel Museum, Frankfurt, National Museum, Damascus, Tate Modern, London, British Museum, London, and the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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