|Fine arts in Lebanon|
|Publisher & Editor|
Ramzi El Hafez
|Tanya Abou-Ghazaly |
|Louis F. Parks|
With many good art magazines around, why introduce another?
Gallery is for the young collector, the occasional art buyer, the regular art lover. It is focused solely on the art scene inside Lebanon, its local and non-local artists. Dormant until a few years ago, Beirut’s art ecosystem has blossomed rapidly, with galleries mushrooming, auctions multiplying, plenty of new artists emerging, forgotten art being rediscovered, and new collections being born. Museums are being planned or renovated, and private collections are being opened to the public. Even the Ministry of Culture has created a website dedicated to its valuable collection.
It is therefore only natural to create a publication that focuses on local developments in visual arts, keeps readers informed about events and trends, and offers tips on art acquisition, collecting, and preservation. Gallery will not present artistic critique or academic narratives or become a reference to experts. Instead, it aims to bring art into homes and artists to people. It will publicize exhibitions and events so they become accessible to the widest possible audience. With the shrinkage – even disappearance – of cultural pages in the local press and broadcast media, the emergence of Gallery is a necessity.
Gallery is a platform for all members of the local art family. It is an advocate of the fine arts, and will collaborate with all elements of the art world in Lebanon to help it grow.
We invite our readers to get in touch, to tell us what they want to see in this nascent magazine, and to share their likes and dislikes.