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Abstraction and meaning

It’s rare for me to be surprised by a painting show, but I didn’t see “Taking Shape” coming. The exhibition is a generous survey of abstract art made from the 1950s to the 1980s, drawn from the collection of the Barjeel Art Foundation based in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. “Taking Shape” includes the […]

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The violent struggle between Islamic fundamentalists and the secular government has dominated what little news we’ve heard from Algeria over the last decade. And buried in the reportage has been the plight of the Berbers–the original inhabitants of North Africa–who’ve been caught in the cross fire. In fact, even in the emergence of Algerian music […]