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Pegged as one of the modern art world’s rising stars, Marwan Sahmarani is haunted by his heritage. His paintings reveal a perception of the region that is both powerful and provocative.
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Once a source of mystical fascination to European and American artists, the Middle East is currently portrayed in a very different light. But as author and expert Kristian Davies argues, some Orientalist painters, aside from creating exceptional work, continue to bridge the gap of understanding between two different worlds.
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