I'm really enjoying this "The View From Here" section in the April 2016 issue of #PoetryMagazine . #Writers I'm not familiar with talking about their experiences with #poets I'm largely unfamiliar with. Today I read Omar Kholeif writing about the Lebanese-born #poet /essayist/#painter Etel Adnan.
The Arab identity seems so segregated on the world stage lately. The identity of Arabs in the U.S. gets linked to religious extremists, and as such, we don't get a warmhearted view of them as humans. Kholeif's intro made me think of how that image must affect the people in general, all over the world. Where can they live in peace, simply taking care of their families and engaging in art, commerce, and leisure?
Kholeif opened my eyes today, and I consider myself sympathetic to the Arab situation. I suppose I should say he opened my eyes further, for which I'm grateful.
All of these short essays are available on the @PoetryFoundation website, along with the poems in the issue. Most of these essays just have snippets of the #poems , but they're in service to what the author is trying to convey.
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“I understand that this peace must signify: acceptance of the other”: Poet-artist #eteladnan at #zentrumpaulklee in Bern.
Image 1: Detail from the leporello “New York”, 1990
Image 2: “Untitled”, 1970ies
Image 3: Detail from “The war poems” (1988), written in the late 60ies
«I felt part of an immense movement of American poets at a time when poetry seemed to grow in that country like music and grass.»
Guided Tour «Etel Adnan» Sunday 17 June 2018 3pm
Etel Adnan in her student room at the University of California, Berkeley, ca. 1955
Copyright Etel Adnan
#zentrumpaulklee#bern#museum#switzerland#exhibition#artist#eteladnan#california @galerielelongparis @sfeirsemlergallery @gregoireprange @ucberkeleyofficial
The #ZentrumPaulKlee is opening its doors to #EtelAdnan for a unique exhibition of the works from this outstanding poetess, artist, and philosopher!
The exhibition is opening today and will run until October 07th in the #Bern Museum, #Switzerland !
Etel Adnan’s biography is defined by a multi-cultural environment. She was born in 1925 in Beirut, in French-occupied Lebanon. Her mother is a Greek Christian and her father a Muslim Syrian. Etel Adnan later studied at the Sorbonne in Paris and at Berkeley and Harvard in the United States. From this time onward, San Francisco Bay, Beirut, and Paris were all equally her home. Her origins, family, and the history of the Middle East are especially present in her literary work. As early as the 1970s, she acquired international renown with her philosophical essays, novels, poems, and journalistic texts, becoming a leading figure in Arabic literature.
Picture: Etel Adnan, ‘Déjeuner au soleil’ (2017), exhibition view, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italy.
Photo by Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio
#EtelAdnan teleported in from Paris to talk to us, #SimoneFattal in the background with dinner on the table, ready to celebrate her opening. And a very happy and proud Andree sharing the beginnings of her relationship with this incredible artist/poet/prophet. All of it so touching! #awholelotofsweetness
“I think Klee was the first painter I fell in love with. He obsessed me. By obsessed, I mean that his paintings put me into a state of ecstasy. They possessed me”. Etel Adnan articulating how many of us feel about her work. So moved to have witnessed her meet #PaulKlee through this exhibition last night. Highlight of my Basel week that will stay with me. Alf mabrouk to #EtelAdnan and @sfeirsemlergallery and special thanks for sharing this moment.
Je n’avais encore jamais pris le temps de lire #eteladnan dont je connais surtout la peinture.
#sittmarierose dévoile une écriture hautement poétique et souvent théâtrale. Dans ce drame, où tout précipite vers la tragédie, l’écriture acérée dissèque autant comme un scalpel qu’une arme mortelle qui fouillerait davantage des plaies ouvertes.
Drame de la guerre, des guerres ici moyen orientales mais qui évoque autant toutes les guerres contemporaines dont il est désespérant de noter que l’homme n’atteint finalement l’universel que par la violence...
Dans ce contexte : le destin de #sittmarierose s’écrit inéluctablement...
Difficile d’isoler des extraits de ce bref opus qui se lit dans un souffle.
Toutefois comme oraison, ces deux moments cause/conséquence qui ne justifient rien...
« Alors, quand l’impossible mutation a lieu, quand par exemple quelqu’un comme Marie Rose sort du cours ordinaire des choses, le corps social affolé dégage ses anticorps dans un mécanisme aveugle et automatique pour résorber, tuer, et digérer la cellule dans laquelle le vouloir vivre de la liberté est parvenu à se manifester. »
« Qu’on le veuille ou non une mise à mort est toujours une célébration. C’est la danse des Signes et leur stabilisation dans la Mort, c’est la montée en flèche du silence sans pardon, c’est l’éclatement de l’absolu noir parmi nous. Que faire dans cette contre fête sinon danser ? »
It means : #idontneedyourcivilwar#instabook#booksofinstagram#dansmabibliotheque#tamyras#mucem
La passion d'Etel Adnan pour Paul Klee est au cœur de l'exposition inaugurée aujourd'hui au Zentrum Paul Klee, ouverte jusqu'au 7 octobre. Elle témoigne de cette fascination dans le livre publié à cette occasion "ses peintures me mettent dans un état d'extase. Elles me possèdent. À Kairouan, il écrit "la couleur et moi ne faisons qu'un" je compris alors qu'il parlait de révélation" .
The passion of Etel Adnan for Paul Klee is at the heart of the exhibition inaugured today at Zentrum Paul Klee, opened until October 7th. She testimonies of this fascination in the book published on this occasion "his paintings put me into a state of ecstasy. They possessed me. In Kairouan, he wrote, "color and I are one". And I understood, he was speaking of revelation" .
@hansulrichobrist @suzanne_mcotter @ninayeszimmer @kaelenwg @fanettemellier #sebastiendelot
@zentrumpaulklee #tbt#eteladnan#paulklee#zentrumpaulklee#islandedition @is_land_paris #dilecta @editions_dilecta #modernart#contemporaryart#abstractpainting#poetry#opening
Etel Adnan: “A yellow sun; A green sun; a yellow sun; A red sun; a blue sun” is on view at MASS MoCA. Etel Adnan, Untitled, 2014, oil on canvas. #eteladnan#yellowsun#massmoca @galerielelong @massmoca #ayellowsun
Since 1958, Etel Adnan has been creating her paintings by ladling paint with a palette onto a canvas support laid flat. Etel Adnan, Untitled, 2014, oil on canvas. #eteladnan#yellowsun#massmoca @galerielelong @massmoca #ayellowsun
Currently on view at MASS MoCA is a lovely exhibition of painting by the Beirut-born artist Etel Adnan: “A yellow sun; A green sun; a yellow sun; A red sun; a blue sun.” Etel Adnan, Untitled, 2016, oil on canvas. #eteladnan#yellowsun#massmoca @galerielelong @massmoca #ayellowsun
"I put in a small box some ten small size paintings to show what I do. The owner of the gallery wasn’t there but the assistant was there. She put them against the wall, and she started crying. She said, you mean there is a place that gives you this peace? And I was surprised. I saw this young woman cry. Then she said, you know, don’t show this to the owner of the gallery, because we don’t take this type of painting, we like big aggressive paintings." #eteladnan