Born in Beirut in 1925, Etel Adnan is widely recognized as one of the foremost authors, poets and playwrights of her generation. Writing across languages and continents, she has long been a singular voice in the cultural discourses of the Middle East, and painting has always been a key component to her artistic work. She writes: "Abstract art was the equivalent of poetic expression; I didn't need to use words, but colors and lines. I didn't need to belong to a language-oriented culture but to an open form of expression.” (1996, To Write in a Foreign Language)
On view will be approximately 50 paintings, including both oil on canvas and works on paper. Landscapes in provocative palettes verge on abstraction, while her abstract color studies suggest a kind of interior landscape. The intimacy of her small canvases (between 25x30cm and seldom bigger than 50x80 cm ), her direct, straightforward paint strokes and lucid swaths of color work to make her devoted investigation of painting a truly fresh, poetic, avant-garde practice.