Highlights from the Gypsum Gallery at London’s Frieze Art Fair

Gypsum Gallery is a solo booth by Tamara Al-Samerraei, a Kuwaiti-born artist. (Supplied)
Updated 07 October 2019

Highlights from the Gypsum Gallery at London’s Frieze Art Fair

DUBAI: Here are some highlights from Gypsum Gallery’s solo booth by Tamara Al-Samerraei, on show at London’s Frieze Art Fair until Oct. 6. 

‘Jungle’ (2019)

Kuwait-born, Beirut-based painter Tamara Al-Samerraei is representing Cairo-based Gypsum Gallery at London’s prestigious art fair. Al-Samerraei’s work is, the gallery says, “often triggered by photographs from her personal archive and from the public domain.” Inspiration can come from film stills, Internet searches, or found photographs.

‘Living Room II’ (2016)

Al-Samerraei “depicts indoor and outdoor spaces, objects, and figures that are stripped of everything except their bare essence,” Gypsum’s press release for Frieze states. “Her details are vague, and pigments take on the appearance of discoloration — or the inverse of it.”

‘Night Shrub’ (2018)

This painting from last year is typical of Al-Samerraei’s tendency to imply “outside interference from the margin of the canvas into the frame,” the statement explains. “Like a spectral vision, we register a palpable presence even when we can’t physically see it.”


Bollywood’s Sonam Kapoor shines as The Dubai Stars opens

Bollywood star Sonam Kapoor Ahuja was on hand at the opening press conference. (File/AFP)
Updated 20 October 2019

Bollywood’s Sonam Kapoor shines as The Dubai Stars opens

DUBAI: From Bollywood to the Arab world, stars took to the stage on Sunday at a press conference announcing the opening of The Dubai Stars walkway.

Emirati singer Balqees Fathi - who celebrated her birthday on stage - Egyptian actress and actor Mona Zaki and Ahmad Helmi, Bollywood star Sonam Kapoor Ahuja and Pakistani crooner Atif Aslam were all honored with stars at the event.

Recently beauty mogul Huda Kattan was awarded a star alongside Lebanese singer Fayrouz, Bollywood veteran Shah Rukh Khan, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jackie Chan and other international celebrities.

The Dubai Stars award the world’s highest achievers in a walkable tribute in the city’s Downtown area.