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Fine Arts in the Middle East: Library Resources

This guide is intended to help you know more about Library and Internet resources in the area of Fine Arts in the Middle East. Use this guide as your starting point, come to the Library or Ask a Librarian for more resources and help.

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I. Definitions

معجم مصطلحات الفنون ثلاثي اللغات: عربي - انكليزي - فرنسي

II. Essays and Overviews

  Contemporary art in the Middle East  
© 2009

Location: Jafet Stacks
Call Number: J 709.56:C761s
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       Contemporary Art in the Middle East (Artworld): Paul Sloman, Paul ...
    Art of the Middle East: Modern and contemporary art of the Arab world & Iran.
© 2011
Location: Jafet Reference Department
Call Number: R 709. 56: E 348a
Additional Information
  Art of the Middle East: Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab ...

Oxford Art Online Online encyclopedia with full-text essays on most aspects of the art world. Covers all geographical areas and all periods.

Oxford Islamic Studies Online features reference content and commentary by renowned scholars. Browse subject entries and refine results by topic and/or by region.

موسوعة أعلام الرسم: العرب و الاجانب

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Browse Art E-Journals by subjects such as: Fine Arts, Decorative Arts , Drawing & Illustration and Painting

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ARTstor  A digital library of more than one million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and social sciences. Go to Browse by Geography to view images by regions or countries.

Oxford Art Online provides access to more than 13,000 art images with links to international museums and galleries.

Books are great sources for finding good quality images. Go to the Catalog and perform a keyword search to find books about a particular artist, an exhibit, museum collections, etc.  

Convergence: new art from Lebanon   

Forces of change: Artists of the Arab world 

New Vision Arab contemporary art in the 21st century Five essays explore in depth contemporary Arab production, followed by 90 superbly illustrated profiles of key artists, organizations and galleries.

Interventions: A dialogue between the Modern and the Contemporary

Sajjil: a century of modern art (Examples of works)

Tamass: Contemporary Arab representations

Told, untold, retold: 23 stories of journeys through time and space 

Ayaman Baalbaki


Georges Sabbagh

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Select Bibliography on Fine Arts in the Middle East

Abaza, M. (2011). Twentieth-century Egyptian art: the private collection of Sherwet Shafei. Cairo, Egypt: American University in Cairo Press.

Abillama, N. S. (2012). Art from Lebanon modern and contemporary artists volume 1: 1880-1975. Lebanon: LebanonPostcard.

Ankori, G. (2006). Palestinian art. London: Reaktion Books.

Art Palestine: Nabil Anani, Tayseer Barakat, Sliman Mansour. (2011). Dubai: Meem Galllery,

Boullata, K. (2009). Palestinian art 1850-2005. London: Saqi.

Daher, N. (1995). L'identite nationale a travers le paysage realiste dans la peinture contemporaine de l'Orient Arabe. Beirut: Universite libanaise.

Halaby, S. (2001). Liberation art of Palestine: Palestinian painting and sculpture in the second half of the 20th century. New York: H.T.T.B Publications.

Keiso, F. (2008). The body in twilight: representation of the human body, sexuality and struggle in contemporary Arab art. Saarbrucken: VDM Verlag,

Khal, H. (1987). The woman artist in Lebanon. Beirut: Institute for Women Studies in the Arab World

Lahoud, E. (1974). Contemporary art in Lebanon. New York: Near East Books Co.

Naef, S. (1996). A la recherche d'une modernite arabe: l'evolution des arts plastiques en Egypte, au Liban et en Irak. Geneve: Slatkine,

Saeb. E. (2010). Art of the Middle East: modern and contemporary art of the Arab world and Iran. London: Merrell Publishers.

Said, H. (1964). Contemporary art in Egypt. Cairo, Egypt: Ministry of Culture and National Guidance.

Shabout, N.. (2007). Modern Arab art: formation of Arab aesthetics. Gainesville FL: University Press of Florida.


  ابو اليزيد، ا. ( 2002). سيرة اللون: تجارب تشكيلية معاصرة. القاهرة: الهيئة المصرية العامة للكتاب.

   أتاسي، م. ,الصايغ، س., و الزيات، ا. (1988). الفن التشكيلي المعاصر في سورية،1898-1998. دمشق: غاليري اتاسي.

  البهنسي, ع. (1985). الفن العربي الحديث بين الهوية و التبعية . بيروت: دار الرائد العربي.

  الراوي، ن. (1962). تأملات في الفن العراقي الحديث. بغداد: مديرية الفنون والثقافة الشعبية بوزارة الارشاد.

  الربيعي، ش. (1972). الفن التشكيلي المعاصر في العراق. بغداد: وزارة الاعلام، مديرية الثقافة العامة.

  القيسي, ع. (2011). الفن التشكيلي العربي المعاصر: الميراث و الحداثة. بيروت: اللجنة الوطنية اللبنانية للتربية والعلم والثقافة.

  العطار، م. (1996- 1998). رواد الفن وطليعة التنوير في مصر. القاهرة: الهيئة المصرية العامة للكتاب.

   سعيد، ح. (1964). الفن المعاصر في مصر. القاهرة: وزارة الثقافة والارشاد القومي.

  فروخ, م. (1967). الفن و الحياة : مقالات تبحث في الفن وارتباطه بالحياة. بيروت: دار العلم للملايين.


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