Etel Adnan: Elsewhere

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Thursday, 28 February 2019 to Saturday, 30 March 2019
Wednesday, 27 February 2019 - 6:00pm

The Alan Cristea Gallery will unveil new works by Etel Adnan in the artist’s first solo exhibition, entitled 'Etel Adnan: Elsewhere' at the gallery from 28 February – 30 March 2019.

Adnan was born in 1925 in French-speaking Beirut to a Syrian father and a Greek mother. Her international roots and her studies in philosophy in Paris and the USA led to her fascination with language. It was not until the artist was thirty-six that she turned to painting as a means of artistic expression, a move that was prompted, in part, by her decision to stop writing in French following the Algerian War in the early 1960s. 

More recently, Adnan has incorporated printmaking into her practice, and our exhibition features a selection of prints created over the past year and a half. For this new body of etchings, Adnan depicts mountains, skylines, sunsets, oceans, and vast stretches of land from memory.

Having found expression in poetry, scholarship, painting and now printmaking, her work is a testament to a deep curiosity and engagement with the world, be that political, personal or physical.

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Etel Adnan, poet, writer and painter, was born in 1925 in Beirut, Lebanon. She studied philosophy at the Sorbonne, Paris and in January 1955 went to the United States to pursue post-graduate studies in philosophy at University of California, Berkeley, and Harvard.

In 2012, Adnan was included in Documenta 13 in Germany. Since then numerous museums have presented solo exhibitions of her work, including San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2018); Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern (2018); Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (2018); Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris (2017); Serpentine Galleries, London (2016); Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich (2016); Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2015) and Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria (2014).

Her work is held in collections all over the world including Centre Pompidou, Paris; Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris; British Museum, London; Mathaf, Doha; Royal Jordanian Museum; Tunis Modern Art Museum; Sursock Museum, Beirut; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington D.C. 
In 2014, Adnan was awarded France’s highest cultural honour, the Ordre de Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.

Etel Adnan lives and works in Paris, France.

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