Egyptian artist Chant Avedissian has passed away
On Wednesday, October 24 in the city of Cairo, the Egyptian artist of
Armenian origin Chant Avedissian passed away at the age of 67, after
spending the last three years battling cancer. Casa Árabe devoted a
retrospective exhibition to his work at its Madrid and Cordoba
headquarters from October 2017 through July 2018.
October 26, 2018
Included in the exhibition were some of his famous “Cairo Stencils,” a full iconographic and analytical compendium of Egypt’s social and cultural history, which conferred the artist with great recognition in the international arena, using a pop-art style to represent cultural figures from the Arab world in the decades of the 1940’s through 1970’s, including Umm Kulthum, Asmahan, Farid Al Atrash and Faten Hamama. Along with these, other works were presented, as well. Though more recently produced, they included main topics which concerned the artist since he completed his studies in the decorative arts and textile design. He dealt with reflection on the process of formation and reproduction of basic geometries and ornamental patterns, which constitute the cultural foundation of many different civilizations. These reflections were the result of the artist’s desire to break away from Western academic art and show the particular claim he stakes on Eastern cultures, with all their diversity and breadth of scope.
Throughout his career, Avedissian’s work could be seen at 25 solo exhibitions put on at sites like the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution; the British Museum (London); Tropenmuseum (Amsterdam); National Museums of Scotland (Edinburgh), and the National Gallery of Jordan.
Source: Casa Árabe, Ahram