Immediately, I was taken aback by what I can only describe as a contemplative yet ambiguous beauty present in his pieces and I understood why so many of his images have been so celebrated and repeatedly showcased at exhibitions all around the world.
It is to the inhabitants who live permanently so close and near to this place of worship that we can search for the answer because their artistic sentiments give rise to the issue of Islamic Art in general. Although Western academics would have us believe that it all ended in the 19th Century, this new exhibition at Artspace London Gallery offers a challenge.
Still for the Libyan this exhibition is hard to stomach because Gaddafi was the great tormentor, abuser and grand narcissist, who derived great pleasure in displaying his prowess. The material only evokes feelings of loss, grief and shame about the wasted years and what could have been achieved but wasn’t.
In fact, it was as early as 1914, that Van Gogh’s widowed sister-in-law Johanna Van Gogh-Bonger published the first edition of the letters almost in full that Theo had kept; and, accordingly, they always played a large part in shaping Van Gogh’s posthumous reputation as they deliver a phenomenal explanation of what the artist went through personally and what major themes influenced his work.