Exhibitions | Something Different ||

Something Different II
November 2017

 

Dia al-Azzawi has not staged a solo exhibition in Amman for close to a decade, but he hardly needs an introduction for Jordanian audiences.   As an artist, Azzawi stands with the signature names of a Middle Eastern art market that has changed beyond recognition in the last 15 years, with the likes of Syria’s late great Marwan Kassab-bachi, or Iran’s Parviz Tanavoli.  

Born in 1939, the first year of the Second World War, he was, and remains, an artist both classic and contemporary, pioneer and path-breaker.  He would publish his “New Vision” for Iraqi modernism in 1969.   In 2017, nearly half a century later, he was celebrated with a sweeping retrospective at Mathaf, the Arab Museum of Modern Art.  The show, in that flagship of a new era, featured close to 550 works, old and new.  

In an interview last year Azzawi was asked what was next for him.  “Sculpture,” he declared.    In Something Different II, returns to Jordan with his first solo show in Amman in 11 years and his first exhibition in the country devoted solely to sculpture, a form that has long taken second place to his painting.   “I challenge myself and adopt a new vision within a different landscape of creativity," the artist says, adding:  “Maybe this will challenge the artists there, try to do something different in that sense.”

Veteran, survivor, exile, witness: Azzawi is all these and more.  London's Tate Gallery calls him "one of Iraq's most influential living artists”;   Art Dubai has recognised him as a pioneer of modern Arab art, and CNN describes him as "one of the region’s most influential artists”.  For presenter and film-maker Ricardo Karam, “Dia al-Azzawi is an outstanding and world-class artist."

The exhibition features 23 sculptural works ranging from familiar classics of his oeuvre to several colourful pieces newly executed in Amman, romantic works that test the boundaries of sculpture and abstract painting.  

There also are the pointedly political pieces, familiar to admirers, like Souvenir from Baghdad No 1, a lament for the artificial barriers that cut off   Baghdad’s war-ravaged neighbourhoods from one another.   The Ugly Face of Occupation, also in bronze, shows a tank lurking above the shape of an ancient Mesopotamian temple tower.

But in Nothing to Watch, a bronze piece first conceived in 2006, a figure looks out into emptiness from a seat on a boulder.  “When I was in Iraq, I used to work in archaeology, outside the cities, the desert area,” the artist said.  “In the desert, whatever you do, you cannot watch anything, you just sit and see what’s going on.”  The desert is like the sea, he observes; it comes to you, you cannot comprehend it. This piece also reflects back to his time in Iraq, where he studied archaeology before becoming a practising artist.

The Desert Rose series continues his exploration of the geological phenomenon,   in which wind, sand, and rock combine to create extraordinary natural sculptures in the desert, with petals like flowers.   It was while working as an art advisor in Doha, in the 1990s, that he first encountered the desert rose.    “It is something which is incredible, an abstract piece created by winds that are sometimes so strong.  It is the way I try to get some sort of identity, doing something related to the area, to differentiate.”  

In colourful pieces like Zuhra’s Portrait - directly inspired by a work by Matisse - the artist explores the common ground between painting and sculpture.  There have often been comparisons between Azzawi’s work and that of Pablo Picasso; many artists, he observes, are influenced by these masters.

While it is decades since Azzawi left Iraq, the Karim Gallery exhibition marks his continuing determination to keep his work available to Arab countries.   

The works are smaller scale than the monumental pieces he showed in his milestone retrospective in Qatar

 

Handallah
People
Dia Azzawi
Good morning Beirut
Signing
Mural
people
people
Nazar
Naji Chalhoub | Untitled | 2018 | Mixed Media | Canvas | 80x80 cm | 122-NC8-2018
Naji Chalhoub | Untitled | 2018 | Acrylic and ink | Paper | 70x50 cm | 132-NC8-2018
Hani Zurob | ZeftLand #5 Details | 2018 | Tar, Pigments & Mixed Media | Canvas | 115x200 cm | 217-HZ11-2018
Hani Zurob | ZeftLand #5 Details | 2018 | Tar, Pigments & Mixed Media | Canvas | 115x200 cm | 216-HZ11-2018
Nazar Yahya | Knight on Sawhorse | 2018 | Acrylic | Canvas | 198x198 cm | 209-NY6-2018
Nazar Yahya | Birds | 2018 | Acrylic | Canvas | 163x90 cm | 207-NY6-2018
Nazar Yahya | Inheritance | 2018 | Acrylic | Canvas | 163x90 cm | 206-NY6-2018
Nazar Yahya | Inheritance | 2016 | Bronze | 84x73x22 cm | ED.2/3 | 205-NY6-2016
Amar Dawod | Untitled | 2010 | Water Colour | Paper | 18x13 cm | 204-AD10-2010
Amar Dawod | Untitled | 2012 | Water Colour | Paper | 18x13 cm | 203-AD10-2012
Amar Dawod | Untitled | 2012 | Water Colour | Paper | 18x13 cm | 202-AD10-2012
Amar Dawod | Untitled | 2012 | Water Colour | Paper | 18x13 cm | 201-AD10-2012
Amar Dawod | Untitled | 2012 | Water Colour | Paper | 18x13 cm | 200-AD10-2012
Amar Dawod | Untitled | 2013 | Water Colour | Paper | 15x11 cm | 199-AD10-2013
Amar Dawod | Untitled | 2013 | Water Colour | Paper | 15x11 cm | 198-AD10-2013
Amar Dawod | Untitled | 2013 | Water Colour | Paper | 18x13 cm | 197-AD10-2013
Amar Dawod | Untitled | 2013 | Water Colour | Paper | 18x13 cm | 196-AD10-2013
Amar Dawod | Untitled | 2013 | Water Colour | Paper | 18x13 cm | 195-AD10-2013
Amar Dawod | Untitled | 2014 | Water Colour | Paper | 17x14 cm | 194-AD10-2014
Amar Dawod | Untitled | 2014 | Water Colour | Paper | 18x13 cm | 193-AD10-2014
Amar Dawod | Untitled | 2014 | Water Colour | Paper | 18x13 cm | 192-AD10-2014
Amar Dawod | Untitled | 2016 | Water Colour | Paper | 17x14 cm | 191-AD10-2016
Sinan Hussein | Waiting | 2014 | Mixed Media | Canvas | 180x290 cm | 190-SH4-2014
Sinan Hussein | Agreeing & Disagreeing | 2016 | Mixed Media | Canvas | 130x130 cm | 183-SH4-2016
Dia Al-Azzawi | Handallah | 2011 | Bronze | 29x17x10 cm | ED.4/9 | 182-DA1-2011
Dia Al-Azzawi | Colorful Bird #1 | 2017 | Polyester Resin | 58x30x21 cm | 181-DA1-2017
Bahram Hajou | Untitled | 2013 | Mixed Media | Canvas | 140x120 cm | 180-BH3-2013
Naji Chalhoub | Untitled | 2018 | Acrylic and ink | Paper | 50x35 cm | 178-NC8-2018
Naji Chalhoub | Untitled | 2018 | Ink | Paper | 50x35 cm | 177-NC8-2018
Naji Chalhoub | Untitled | 2018 | Acrylic and ink | Paper | 30x21 cm | 176-NC8-2018
Naji Chalhoub | Untitled | 2018 | Acrylic and ink | Paper | 30x21 cm | 175-NC8-2018
Naji Chalhoub | Untitled | 2018 | Acrylic and ink | Paper | 30x21 cm | 174-NC8-2018
Naji Chalhoub | Untitled | 2018 | Acrylic and ink | Paper | 30x21 cm | 173-NC8-2018
Naji Chalhoub | Untitled | 2018 | Acrylic and ink | Paper | 30x21 cm | 172-NC8-2018
Naji Chalhoub | Untitled | 2018 | Acrylic and ink | Paper | 30x21 cm | 171-NC8-2018
Naji Chalhoub | Untitled | 2018 | Acrylic and ink | Paper | 30x21 cm | 170-NC8-2018
Naji Chalhoub | Untitled | 2018 | Acrylic and ink | Paper | 30x21 cm | 169-NC8-2018
Naji Chalhoub | Untitled | 2018 | Ink | Paper | 42x30 cm | 168-NC8-2018
Naji Chalhoub | Untitled | 2018 | Ink | Paper | 42x30 cm | 167-NC8-2018
Naji Chalhoub | Untitled | 2018 | Ink | Paper | 42x30 cm | 166-NC8-2018
Naji Chalhoub | Untitled | 2018 | Ink | Paper | 42x30 cm | 165-NC8-2018
Naji Chalhoub | Untitled | 2018 | Acrylic and ink | Paper | 30x21 cm | 164-NC8-2018
Naji Chalhoub | Untitled | 2018 | Acrylic and ink | Paper | 30x21 cm | 163-NC8-2018
Naji Chalhoub | Untitled | 2018 | Acrylic and ink | Paper | 30x21 cm | 162-NC8-2018
Naji Chalhoub | Untitled | 2018 | Acrylic and ink | Paper | 30x21 cm | 161-NC8-2018
Naji Chalhoub | Untitled | 2018 | Acrylic and ink | Paper | 30x21 cm | 160-NC8-2018
Naji Chalhoub | Untitled | 2018 | Ink | Paper | 30x21 cm | 159-NC8-2018
Naji Chalhoub | Untitled | 2018 | Ink | Paper | 30x21 cm | 158-NC8-2018
Naji Chalhoub | Untitled | 2018 | Acrylic and ink | Paper | 42x30 cm | 131-NC8-2018
Naji Chalhoub | Untitled | 2018 | Ink | Paper | 70x50 cm | 130-NC8-2018
Naji Chalhoub | Untitled | 2018 | Ink | Paper | 42x30 cm | 129-NC8-2018
Naji Chalhoub | Untitled | 2018 | Ink | Paper | 42x30 cm | 128-NC8-2018
Naji Chalhoub | Untitled | 2018 | Acrylic and ink | Paper | 42x30 cm | 127-NC8-2018
Naji Chalhoub | Untitled | 2018 | Ink | Paper | 30x21 cm | 126-NC8-2018
Naji Chalhoub | Untitled | 2018 | Ink | Paper | 30x21 cm | 125-NC8-2018
Naji Chalhoub | Untitled | 2018 | Acrylic and ink | Paper | 42x30 cm | 123-NC8-2018
Naji Chalhoub | Untitled | 2018 | Ink | Paper | 30x21 cm | 121-NC8-2018
Naji Chalhoub | Untitled | 2018 | Acrylic and ink | Paper | 42x30 cm | 120-NC8-2018
Naji Chalhoub | Untitled | 2018 | Acrylic and ink | Paper | 30x21 cm | 119-NC8-2018
Naji Chalhoub | Untitled | 2018 | Acrylic and ink | Paper | 42x30 cm | 118-NC8-2018
Naji Chalhoub | Untitled | 2018 | Acrylic and ink | Paper | 42x29 cm | 117-NC8-2018
Naji Chalhoub | Untitled | 2018 | Acrylic and ink | Paper | 42x29 cm | 116-NC8-2018
Naji Chalhoub | Untitled | 2018 | Ink | Paper | 42x29 cm | 115-NC8-2018
Naji Chalhoub | Untitled | 2018 | Acrylic and ink | Paper | 42x29 cm | 114-NC8-2018
Naji Chalhoub | Untitled | 2018 | Ink | Paper | 30x21 cm | 113-NC8-2018
Naji Chalhoub | Untitled | 2018 | Ink | Paper | 30x21 cm | 112-NC8-2018
Naji Chalhoub | Untitled | 2018 | Ink | Paper | 30x21 cm | 111-NC8-2018
Naji Chalhoub | Untitled | 2018 | Ink | Paper | 30x21 cm | 110-NC8-2018
Naji Chalhoub | Untitled | 2018 | Ink | Paper | 30x21 cm | 109-NC8-2018
Naji Chalhoub | Untitled | 2018 | Ink | Paper | 30x21 cm | 108-NC8-2018
Naji Chalhoub | Untitled | 2018 | Acrylic and ink | Paper | 45x33 cm | 107-NC8-2018
Walaa Dakak | Untitled | 2009 | Acrylic | Canvas | 170x130 cm | 17-WD2-2009
Walid El Masri | Untitled | 2016 | Mixed Media | Canvas | 150x200 cm | 41-WM5-2016
Walid El Masri | Untitled | 2014 | Mixed Media | Canvas | 155x200 cm | 21-WM5-2014
Untitled wala Dakak
Walaa Dakak | Untitled | 2010 | Acrylic | Canvas | 170x130 cm | 18-WD2-2010
Walaa Dakak | Untitled | 2015 | Acrylic | Canvas | 170x130 cm | 16-WD2-2015
Walid El Masri | Untitled | 2014 | Mixed Media | Canvas | 155x200 cm | 42-WM5-2014
Walid El Masri | Untitled | 2014 | Mixed Media | Canvas | 100x100 cm | 51-WM5-2014
Walaa Dakak | Untitled | 2010 | Acrylic | Canvas | 150x150 cm | 38-WD2-2010
Walid El Masri | Untitled | 2016 | Mixed Media | Canvas | 150x200 cm | 45-WM5-2016
Walaa Dakak | Untitled | 2010 | Acrylic | Canvas | 170x130 cm | 39-WD2-2010
Walid El Masri | Untitled | 2014 | Mixed Media | Canvas | 155x200 cm | 23-WM5-2014
Walaa Dakak | Untitled | 2010 | Acrylic | Canvas | 170x130 cm | 19-WD2-2010
Walid El Masri | Untitled | 2014 | Mixed Media | Canvas | 155x200 cm | 22-WM5-2014
Walid El Masri | Untitled | 2014 | Mixed Media | Canvas | 170x140 cm | 20-WM5-2014
Walid El Masri | Untitled | 2016 | Mixed Media | Canvas | 81x100 cm | 44-WM5-2016
Walid El Masri | Untitled | 2005 | Mixed Media | Canvas | 130x97 cm | 43-WM5-2005
Walaa Dakak | Untitled | 2016 | Charcoal and Ink | Paper | 30x40 cm | 106-WD2-2016
Walaa Dakak | Untitled | 2016 | Charcoal and Ink | Paper | 50x65 cm | 105-WD2-2016
Walaa Dakak | Untitled | 2016 | Charcoal and Ink | Paper | 50x65 cm | 104-WD2-2016
Walaa Dakak | Untitled | 2016 | Charcoal and Ink | Paper | 46x61 cm | 103-WD2-2016
Walaa Dakak | Untitled | 2016 | Charcoal and Ink | Paper | 30x40 cm | 102-WD2-2016
Walaa Dakak | Untitled | 2016 | Charcoal and Ink | Paper | 30x40 cm | 101-WD2-2016
Walaa Dakak | Untitled | 2016 | Charcoal and Ink | Paper | 30x40 cm | 100-WD2-2016
Walaa Dakak | Untitled | 2016 | Charcoal and Ink | Paper | 30x40 cm | 99-WD2-2016
Walaa Dakak | Untitled | 2016 | Charcoal and Ink | Paper | 30x40 cm | 98-WD2-2016
Walaa Dakak | Untitled | 2016 | Charcoal and Ink | Paper | 30x40 cm | 97-WD2-2016
Walaa Dakak | Untitled | 2016 | Charcoal and Ink | Paper | 30x40 cm | 96-WD2-2016
Walaa Dakak | Untitled | 2016 | Charcoal and Ink | Paper | 24x32 cm | 95-WD2-2016
Walaa Dakak | Untitled | 2016 | Charcoal and Ink | Paper | 24x32 cm | 94-WD2-2016
Bahram Hajou | Untitled | 2016 | Mixed Media | Canvas | 200x170 cm | 90-BH3-2016
Dia Al-Azzawi | Desert Rose #4 | 2012 | Colored Aluminum | 95x86x54 cm | ED.2 of 3 | 88-DA1-2012
Walaa Dakak | Untitled | 2010 | Acrylic | Canvas | 170x130 cm | 40-WD2-2010
Nazar Yahya | Revealing | 2013 | Giclee Print | Photo paper | 188x111.5 cm | ED.1 / 3 | 87-NY6-2013
Nazar Yahya | Hiding | 2013 | Giclee Print | Photo paper | 188x111.5 cm | ED.1 / 3 | 86-NY6-2013
Nazar Yahya | Seat 2 (The Head) | 2013 | Giclee Print | Photo paper | 164x111.5 cm | ED.1 / 3 | 85-NY6-2013
Nazar Yahya | Seat 1 (The Arms) | 2013 | Giclee Print | Photo paper | 164x111.5 cm | ED.1 / 3 | 84-NY6-2013
Nazar Yahya | Seat 3 (Ecstasy) | 2013 | Giclee Print | Photo paper | 164x111.5 cm | ED.1 / 3 | 83-NY6-2013
Nazar Yahya | The Dilemma | 2013 | Giclee Print | Photo paper | 111.5x95 cm | ED.1 / 3 | 82-NY6-2013
Nazar Yahya | He Is The Truth | 2013 | Giclee Print | Photo paper | 111.5x92.5 cm | ED.1 / 3 | 81-NY6-2013
Nazar Yahya | Ascension | 2013 | Giclee Print | Photo paper | 115.5x183 cm | 80-NY6-2013
Nazar Yahya | Incarnation And Union | 2013 | Giclee Print | Photo paper | 61.5x137.5 cm | 79-NY6-2013
Nazar Yahya | Magic Cane | 2013 | Giclee Print | Photo paper | 61.5x127.5 cm | ED.1 / 3 | 78-NY6-2013
Bahram Hajou | Untitled | 2016 | Mixed Media | Canvas | 200x170 cm | 77-BH3-2016
Sinan Hussein | Legitimate Relation | 2016 | Mixed Media | Canvas | 120x150 cm | 76-SH4-2016
Sinan Hussein | Untitled | 2014 | Mixed Media | Canvas | 140x190 cm | 75-SH4-2014
Sinan Hussein | Untitled | 2013 | Mixed Media | Canvas | 120x150 cm | 74-SH4-2013
Sinan Hussein | Fishing For Kindness | 2015 | Mixed Media | Canvas | 180x190 cm | 73-SH4-2015
Sinan Hussein | Just A Dream | 2014 | Mixed Media | Canvas | 180x210 cm | 72-SH4-2014
Dia Al-Azzawi | Desert Rose #4 | 2013 | Polyester Resin | 40x34x35 cm | 71-DA1-2013
Dia Al-Azzawi | Totem #1 | 2017 | Polyester Resin | 135x120x40 cm | 70-DA1-2017
Dia Al-Azzawi | Mural For Silent Music | 2014 | Polyester Resin | 200x300 cm | ED.1/3 | 69-DA1-2014
Dia Al-Azzawi | Imaginary Temple | 2017 | Stainless Steel | 60x45x20 cm | 68-DA1-2017
Dia Al-Azzawi | Golden Altar | 2017 | Polyester Resin | Canvas | 44x35x19 cm | 67-DA1-2017
Dia Al-Azzawi | Desert Rose #7 | 2013 | Polyester Resin | 78x53x35 cm | 66-DA1-2013
Dia Al-Azzawi | Desert Rose #1 | 2013 | Polyester Resin | 80x48x40 cm | 65-DA1-2013
Dia Al-Azzawi | Colorful Bird #2 | 2017 | Polyester Resin | 60x42x12 cm | 64-DA1-2017
Dia Al-Azzawi | Butterfly | 2017 | Polyester Resin | 44x35x19 cm | 63-DA1-2017
Sinan Hussein | Selfie II | 2016 | Mixed Media | Canvas | 180x120 cm | 62-SH4-2016
Sinan Hussein | Right Path 3 | 2016 | Mixed Media | Canvas | 150x120 cm | 61-SH4-2016
Sinan Hussein | Issa | 2016 | Mixed Media | Canvas | 130x130 cm | 60-SH4-2016
Sinan Hussein | In Agreement | 2016 | Mixed Media | Canvas | 130x130 cm | 59-SH4-2016
Sinan Hussein | Worrier | 2016 | Acrylic | Canvas | 147x80 cm | 58-SH4-2016
Sinan Hussein | Untitled | 2015 | Mixed Media | Canvas | 150x105 cm | 57-SH4-2015
Sinan Hussein | Untitled | 2015 | Mixed Media | Canvas | 140x135 cm | 56-SH4-2015
Sinan Hussein | Waiting II | 2014 | Mixed Media | Canvas | 180x290 cm | 55-SH4-2014
Sinan Hussein | Waiting | 2014 | Mixed Media | Canvas | 180x190 cm | 54-SH4-2014
Sinan Hussein | Icon | 2013 | Mixed Media | Canvas | 50x50 cm | 53-SH4-2013
Sinan Hussein | Icon 2 | 2013 | Mixed Media | Canvas | 50x50 cm | 52-SH4-2013
Walid El Masri | Untitled | 2014 | Mixed Media | Canvas | 150x200 cm | 50-WM5-2014
Walid El Masri | Untitled | 2016 | Mixed Media | Paper | 50x65 cm | 49-WM5-2016
Walid El Masri | Untitled | 2016 | Mixed Media | Paper | 32.5x50 cm | 48-WM5-2016
Walid El Masri | Untitled | 2016 | Mixed Media | Paper | 32.5x25 cm | 47-WM5-2016
Walid El Masri | Untitled | 2016 | Mixed Media | Paper | 50x65 cm | 46-WM5-2016
Nazar Yahya | Plant 1-2 | 2013 | Giclee Print | Paper | 61.5x121.5 cm | 37-NY6-2013
Nazar Yahya | Allah | 2013 | Giclee Print | Paper | 61.5x116.5 cm | 36-NY6-2013
Bahram Hajou | Untitled | 2017 | Mixed Media | Paper | 70x50 cm | 35-BH3-2017
Bahram Hajou | Untitled | 2017 | Mixed Media | Paper | 70x50 cm | 34-BH3-2017
Bahram Hajou | Untitled | 2017 | Mixed Media | Paper | 70x50 cm | 33-BH3-2017
Bahram Hajou | Untitled | 2017 | Mixed Media | Paper | 70x50 cm | 32-BH3-2017
Bahram Hajou | Untitled | 2017 | Mixed Media | Paper | 65x50 cm | 31-BH3-2017
Bahram Hajou | Untitled | 2017 | Mixed Media | Paper | 65x50 cm | 30-BH3-2017
Bahram Hajou | Untitled | 2017 | Mixed Media | Paper | 65x50 cm | 29-BH3-2017
Bahram Hajou | Untitled | 2017 | Mixed Media | Paper | 65x50 cm | 28-BH3-2017
Bahram Hajou | Human Beings | 2017 | Mixed Media | Canvas | 160x250 cm | 26-BH3-2017
Sinan Hussein | Tourists | 2009 | Mixed Media | Canvas | 60x60 cm | 15-SH4-2009
Sinan Hussein | Living In Time | 2014 | Mixed Media | Canvas | 65x65 cm | 14-SH4-2014
Sinan Hussein | Selfi I | 2014 | Mixed Media | Canvas | 180x210 cm | 13-SH4-2014
Sinan Hussein | Isolation Legitmacy | 2014 | Mixed Media | Canvas | 180x210 cm | 12-SH4-2014
Dia Al-Azzawi | Handallah: Good Morning Beirut | 2016 | Polyester Resin | 47x49x35 cm | 8-DA1-2016
Dia Al-Azzawi | Desert Rose No.5 | 2013 | Polyester Resin | 68x56x48 cm | 7-DA1-2013
Dia Al-Azzawi | Colorful Bird No.1 | 2017 | Polyester Resin | 58x30x21 cm | 5-DA1-2017
Dia Al-Azzawi | Desert Rose No.3 | 2013 | Polyester Resin | 29x36x27 cm | 6-DA1-2013
Dia Al-Azzawi | Silk Road No 3 | 2008 | Acrylic | Silk Screen | 160x300 cm | 4-DA1-2008
Dia Al-Azzawi | Silk Road No 4 | 2008 | Acrylic | Silk Screen | 160x160 cm | 3-DA1-2008
Dia Al-Azzawi | Silk Road#1 | 2006 | Acrylic | Silk Screen | 170x200 cm | 1-DA1-2006
Dia Al-Azzawi | Silk Road No 2 | 2007 | Acrylic | Silk Screen | 160x200 cm | 2-DA1-2007
Sinan Hussein | Portait 3 | 2016 | Acrylic | Paper | 30x30 cm | 185-SH4-2016
Sinan Hussein | Portait 2 | 2016 | Acrylic | Paper | 30x30 cm | 184-SH4-2016
Sinan Hussein | Untitled | 2016 | Ink | Paper | 38x28 cm | 189-SH4-2016
Sinan Hussein | Untitled | 2016 | Ink | Paper | 38x28 cm | 187-SH4-2016
Sinan Hussein | Untitled | 2016 | Ink | Paper | 28x38 cm | 186-SH4-2016
Sinan Hussein | Untitled | 2016 | Ink | Paper | 38x28 cm | 188-SH4-2016