The Economist: Art in the Middle East: An avenue of free expression

An article in The Economist discussing some of the more controversial artworks at this year’s Art Dubai:

“Perhaps surprisingly, it is in countries with especially severe regimes, such as Saudi Arabia and Iran, where the art is the most clever and interesting. It is also where the women, so often characterised as mute and oppressed, are finding their voice through art. They may not be able to vote, drive a car or wear what they like, but there is nothing to stop them from making art at home. Women artists in Saudi Arabia are now estimated to outnumber the men. In addition, women are among the biggest patrons and collectors of Middle Eastern art. Many have the top jobs running new art museums and festivals springing up in such places as Qatar and Abu Dhabi…’ (from article cited below)

Check out the full article here:

http://www.economist.com/blogs/prospero/2012/04/art-middle-east

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1 Response to The Economist: Art in the Middle East: An avenue of free expression

  1. Me & Beirut says:

    Interesting!

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