Conversations with Contemporary Artists: Samia Halaby

Oct 18, 2018

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

As part of The Elaine Terner Cooper Education Fund Conversations with Contemporary Artists series, abstract painter and influential scholar of Palestinian art Samia Halaby (b. 1936, Jerusalem) discussed her work, and how new approaches to painting can contribute to technological and social advancement. A Q&A moderated by Sasha Kalter-Wasserman, Associate Curator, Abu Dhabi Project, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, followed the talk. A pioneer of contemporary abstraction, Halaby’s paintings are in the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. Her practice is rooted in the conviction that abstract painting reflects the principles of motion in nature and has the power to inspire technology with new visual insights.

Samia Halaby, Self-Portrait (2006). Photo: Samia Halaby

Samia Halaby is a Palestinian artist and scholar who lives and works in New York. Born in Jerusalem in 1936 during the British Mandate, today she is recognized as one of the Arab world's leading contemporary painters. She has long been active in the New York City's art scene, mainly through independent and non-profit art spaces and artist-run initiatives.