Middle Eastern Art Comes to D.C.

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Besides a pilgrimage to the new Obama White House, a just-opened exhibition at The Kennedy Center is reason enough for a late-winter visit to Washington, DC. Titled Arabesque: Arts of the Arab World, the mulit-media display chronicles contemporary art from throughout the Arab World in a tightly-edited, visually-dazzling, expertly-curated experience.

Arts writer Marisa Katz took it all in last week and delivers a compelling report in today’s Financial Times, paying special attention to artists including Egyptian-born/New York-based Youssef Nabil (whose work is shown above), Lebanese video talent Lara Baladi, and an unusual suite of 29 works by women artists assembled by the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Art.

Arabesque comes at a moment of much-needed reapproachment between the U.S. and Arab World and might possibly prove that culture is the sturdiest building block on a pathway toward peace.

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