Samia Halaby (Palestine, born 1936) Wind in the Sun on Earth in Early Winter (No.377)

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Samia Halaby
(Palestine, born 1936)
Wind in the Sun on Earth in Early Winter (No.377)

Sold for £ 22,562 (US$ 27,890) inc. premium
Samia Halaby (Palestine, born 1936)
Wind in the Sun on Earth in Early Winter (No.377)
oil on canvas, framed
signed "S A HALABY" (lower right), further signed and dated on the verso, executed in 1982
106 x 122cm (41 3/4 x 48 1/16in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Property from a private collection, Sweden

    Published:
    Farhat Maymanah, Samia Halaby: Five Decades of Painting and Innovation, Booth Clibborn Editions, Illustrated in Colour p.153


    "Although the critics traditionally have tried to separate the two from each other, to me, abstraction is about reality. But reality is not necessarily a photographic image. If you take ten seconds turning your head from left to right, all the shapes and forms that you see cannot be captured in a photograph or a realistic image. When you walk down the street in New York, where it is so busy, to preserve your life you have learnt to look in certain ways and your eyes jump from blocks of colour, that is the rhythm you see in my paintings and explains where I place the squares."

    - Samia Halaby

    In 1975, Halaby lived in New Haven, Connecticut where she taught at the Yale School of Art. Known for its dramatic seasons, which are often reflected in its landscape, she was taken by the orange, yellow and red leaves that would appear on new England trees with the onset of fall. Gathering fallen leaves, she would dissect them into rectangles and out of these create complex rectilinear compositions. These paintings not only reflect the complexity of their original natural subject matter, but immortalize in abstraction the ephemeral and cyclical decay of the natural world.

    Born in Jerusalem in 1936, Samia Halaby is a leading abstract painter and an influential scholar of Palestinian art. Recognised as a pioneer of contemporary abstraction in the Arab world, although based in the United States since 1951, she has exhibited throughout the region and abroad and is widely collected by international institutions, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of Art (New York and Abu Dhabi), the National Gallery of Art, Washington, the Art Institute of Chicago, Institute du Monde Arab, the British Museum, and Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art.

    Halaby was the first full-time female associate professor at the Yale School of Art, a position she held for nearly a decade, during the initial part of her career when she taught at universities across the United States. In addition to a renewed interest in her oeuvre recently, historians of new media are currently re-evaluating Halaby's experiments with computer-based painting in the 1980s, which she created programs for and performed live at Lincoln Center and the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York and categorised as kinetic art. In 2014, Halaby was named amongst "The World's 100 Most Powerful Arab Women" by Arabian Business.
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