Samia Halaby was born in Jerusalem in 1936. Although based in the United States since 1951, Halaby is recognized as a pioneer of contemporary abstraction in the Arab world. Halaby began her career in the early 1960s, shortly after graduating from Indiana University with an MFA in painting. A trip in 1964 to the eastern Mediterranean, where she studied the geometric abstraction of the region’s Islamic architecture, launched Halaby on a series of experiments that would initiate a careerlong investigation of the materialist principles of abstraction: how reality can be represented through form.
Halaby has been collected by international institutions since the 1970s, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of Art (New York, US and Abu Dhabi, UAE); the National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C., US); the Art Institute of Chicago (IL, US); Institut du monde arabe (Paris, France); and the British Museum (London, UK). Selected solo shows include Ayyam Gallery, Al Quoz (Dubai, UAE, 2017); Birzeit University Museum (Ramallah, 2017); Beirut Exhibition Center (Lebanon, 2015); and Ayyam Gallery (London, 2013 and 2015). She has participated in recent group shows at American University Museum (Washington, D.C., 2017); Palestine Museum (Birzeit, 2017); Galerie Tanit (Munich, Germany, 2017); The School of Visual Arts (New York, US, 2017); and Ayyam Gallery, DIFC (Dubai, UAE, 2017).
The following conditions of sale describe the relationship between the Institute for Palestine Studies-USA and the buyers, prospective buyers, and bidders for the Keyword: Palestine II Art Exhibition and Auction which will begin on March 2nd, 2020, and end on December 31st, 2020. By using this website to buy, bid, or inquire about any artwork, you agree to be bound by these conditions.
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