John Carswell
Trans-Oriental Monochrome

November 19, 2014 – February 25, 2015
Tuesday – Saturday 12:00 noon – 6:00 pm (Closed on public holidays)
Opening: Wednesday, November 19. 2014 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm (Welcoming speeches at 6:30 pm)
AUB Byblos Bank Art Gallery
The exhibition continues at the Rose and Shaheen Saleeby Museum, Sidani Street, Hamra

This exhibition familiarizes the public with a series of monochrome works produced by John Carswell: the art historian, artist, teacher, explorer, curator and scholar of Near, Middle, and Far Eastern art and culture. Carswell graduated in 1951 from the Royal College of Art in London, and instead of setting out to conquer the British art world ruled at the time by local social realists, he embarked on a steamboat and entered the Middle East through the port of Beirut. For almost six decades now John Carswell has been studying this region, following on the heels of his lifelong source of inspiration, the medieval Islamic explorer Ibn Battuta. Instead of tracing the routes of the sacred hajj, however, Carswell has been closely observing the pilgrimage of artistic ideas, the circulation of cultural currents within and beyond an area that gave the world its earliest great civilizations.

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