Lebanese Art Exhibit in New York: Official Press Release
Photos from the Reception
The Reception was held on Friday October 19, 2007 at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City.
Architects from Lebanon & Russia share “Narratives”
NEW YORK – The Lebanese American University’s office in New York organized an art exhibition at the City University of New York in collaboration with the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center and LebRecord Art Network from October 17 through October 22.
Four architects displayed their abstract, surreal and impressionistic work created from oil, ink and mixed media in “Narratives: Stories in Artform” at The Graduate Center, City University of New York, New York City.
The opening reception which took place Friday night, October 19, and drew a large crowd. Mr. Edward Shiner, LAU programs manager in New York, welcomed the guests, the sponsors and the four artists: Antoine Faddoul of Tampa Bay, Fla.; Chadi Chamoun of Queens, N.Y.; and Maroun Kassab and Irina Verkhovshaya of Little Ferry, N.J.
LAU’s New York and New Jersey Alumni Chapter helped organize and promote the event because Faddoul, Chamoun and Kassab hold architecture degrees from the Lebanese American University in Byblos.
“Every work of art should talk to you, should tell you something, or make you think of something,” said Faddoul, who displayed work in oil and ink. His abstract and surreal work is often inspired by world events or concerns, as well as people’s daily lives.
Faddoul’s oil on canvas “the Phoenix Shall Rise” tells the story of Lebanon’s rebirth from ashes through history, as portrayed through recent and historic events.
Verkhovshaya, who was born in Moscow and holds a master’s degree in architecture, explores mood as a state of being human. “The primary realization that we are part of this existence, and we are beings that pose questions and reflect upon our being, generates the first impulses of art” she explained.
Chamoun explores the relationships between ideas, drawings and buildings. He was born in Lebanon and earned a doctoral degree in architecture.
Kassab’s art work focuses on existential issues and the ways people encounter their humanity.
“It is only in the “happening” that we face our humanity,” said Kassab, “and understand something about our existence.”
Photos from the exhibition:
List of Artwork exhibited:
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