Nabil Nahas Lebanese, b. 1949

Overview

Born in Lebanon, Nahas spent his formative years in Cairo and Beirut. He attended university in the USA, earning a BFA from Louisiana State University in 1971 and an MFA from Yale University in 1973. Encounters with contemporary painters at Yale influenced Nahas to move to New York after graduation. Nabil Nahas currently lives and works in New York but still spends significant amounts of time in his native Lebanon. Nahas has exhibited extensively in the USA and abroad over the last three decades. His first major museum retrospective was held at the Beirut Exhibition Center in 2010. Public collections include The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Tate, London; and the British Museum, London, amongst other international institutions. In 2013, Nahas was awarded the National Order of the Cedar for services to Lebanese culture, an honour rarely bestowed to visual artists.

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Biography

 

Nabil Nahas

Born

1949, Beirut, Lebanon
Lives in New York City

EDUCATION

1971

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, BFA

1973

Yale University, CT, MFA

AWARDS

1980

 

National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grant

ONE PERSON EXHIBITIONS (* denotes catalogue)

 

1973

Yale University, CT Yale University Chemistry Dept; mural

1977

Ohio State University, Ohio

1978

Robert Miller Gallery, New York

1979

Robert Miller Gallery, New York

1980

Robert Miller Gallery, New York

1987

Holly Solomon Gallery, New York

1988

Galerie Montenay, Paris

 

Holly Solomon Gallery, New York

1994

Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO

1997

Sperone Westwater, New York*

1998

Baumgartner Galleries, Washington, DC

 

Milleventi, Milan

1999

Sperone Westwater, New York

2002

25th Bienal De Sao Paulo

2002-2003

J.Johnson Gallery, Jacksonville Beach, FL

2005

Galerie Xippas, Paris

 

Sperone Westwater, New York

2009

 

2010

 

2011

Nabil Nahas: untitled (trees), Galerie Tanit, Munich

 

Works: 1970-2010. Curated by Vincent Katz. Beirut Exhibition Center, Beirut

 

Palms & Stars, Lawrie Shabibi Gallery, Dubai, UAE

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

1977

Art on Paper, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 13th Weatherspoon Annual Exhibition

1979

Paintings on Loan from Private Collections, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

 

New York Now, Phoenix Museum, Phoenix, AZ

 

 

1980

Subject Space, Pratt Institute Gallery, New York

1981

Studio Museum of Harlem, New York

1983

Twentieth Century Art From the Metropolitan Museum, Queens Museum, Queens, New York

1987

Razzle Dazzle, SSC&B Worldwide Advertising, New York

 

Art against Aids, Benefit Auction organized by Livet-Reichard, New York

1988

American Baroque, Holly Solomon Gallery, New York

1993

Edward Thorp Gallery, New York

1994

Brian Gross Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1996

Sperone Westwater, New York

1997

Galerie Tanit, Munich

 

What's Hot, Baumgartner Galleries, Washington, DC

1999

Group Exhibition, Sperone Westwater, New York

1999-2000

Souvenirs: Collecting, Memory, and Material Culture, The Museum Guild Hall, NY

2000

Arte Americana; Ultimo Decennio, Museo d'Artedella Cittadi Ravenna, Ravenna*

 

Le Temps Fractal, Galerie Xippas, Paris

2001

Painting Abstraction II, New York Studio School, New York

 

Green on Greene, Sperone Westwater, New York*

2002

American Fractals, Blanden Memorial Art Museum, Fort Dodge, IA*

 

Invitational Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York

 

Blobs, Wiggles and Dots, Webs and Crustillations, The Work Space, New York,

2010

BARAKAT: The Gift. Contemporary Art from the Middle East and Africa, curated by Gaia Serena Simionati, Stux Gallery, New York

2011

Glasstress 2011: Collateral Event of the 54th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale diVenezia, Istituto Veneto diScienze, LettreedArti, Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti; Berengo Centre for Contemporary Art and Glass, Campiello della Pescheria, Murano; Wake Forest University, Casa Artom, Murano, Venice; organized by Adriano Berengo

Palms and Stars, Lawrie Shabibi, Dubai

 

 

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

1979

Loring, John, "The Volatile Geometry of Nabil Nahas," Arts, February 1979

1980

Frank, Elizabeth, Subject Space, Pratt Institute: New York, 1981

 

Raynor, Vivien, "Nabil Nahas," The New York Times, 10 October 1980

1981

Frank, Elizabeth, "Nabil Nahas at the Robert Miller Gallery," Art in America, January 1981, pp. 126-127

1983

Wintour, Anna, "Painting the Town," New York Magazine, 29 August 1983

1987

Russell, John, "Nabil Nahas and Alain Kirili," The New York Times, 30 January 1987, p. C22

 

Westfall, Stephen, "Nabil Nahas and Alain Kirili at the Holly Solomon Gallery," Art in America, June 1987, pp. 152-153

1988

Dunning, Jennifer, "Premieres Offered by Muller," The New York Times, 14 April 1988

 

Supree, Burt, "WoWoWo Feelings," The Village Voice, 26 April 1988

1989

Schwendenwien, Jude, Artforum, February 1989, p. 134

 

Coleman, Andrew, "Holly Solomon Art Designs Its Own Room," Metropolitan Home, February 1989, pp. 160-164

 

Groult, Catherine, "Nabil Nahas," Art Press, no. 133, February 1989, p. 80

 

Boodro, Michael, "A Man of Many Faces," Vogue Decorations, no. 22, October-November 1989

1990

Bethany, Marilyn, "Interiors," New York Magazine, 9 April 1990

1991

Michetti, Chantal, "Audace Suisse," Connaissance des Arts, no. 473-474, July-August 1991, pp. 82-89

1992

Loring, John, "Realms of Gold," Worth, October-November 1992, p. 147

1993

Alhadeff, Gini, "The Well Composed Cottage," House and Garden, July 1993, pp. 67-73

1994

Adams, Brooks, Elle Decor, February 1994

1995

Dabadie, Marie, Maison & Jardin, March 1995, pp. 124-129

 

Boodro, Michael, "Simplicité, compexité, humour et couleurcommevecteurs du courage de transgresser," Angeline's mag, no. 5, Spring 1995, pp. 12-14, 95

1997

Smith, Roberta, "Art in Review: Nabil Nahas," The New York Times, 17 January 1997, p. C27

 

Ebony, David, "Nabil Nahas at SperoneWestwater," ArtNet Worldwide, January 1997

 

Hogrefe, Jeffrey, "Nahas at SperoneWestwater," The New York Observer, 17 February 1997, p. 31

 

Colman, David, "Nabil Nahas: Contrast and Texture That Originate From the Sea," Elle Decor, no. 52, April-May 1997, pp. 54-60

 

Katz, Vincent, "Nabil Nahas at SperoneWestwater," Art in America, no. 5, May 1997, pp. 125-126

 

Ratcliff, Cartier, Nabil Nahas, SperoneWestwater, New York, 1997

 

Scruby, Jennifer, "All Revved Up!" Elle Decor, vol. 9 no. 5, August-September 1998, pp. 152-159

1999

Phillips, Owen, "Going About Town," The New Yorker, 19 April 1999, p 14

 

Kuspit, Donald, "Nabil Nahas," Artforum, XXXVII, No. 10, Summer 1999, p.154

2000

Arte Americana; Ultimo Decennio, exhibition catalogue with essays by Claudio Spadoni, Alan Jones, Roberto Daolio, FernandaPivano, Mazzotta, Gabriele, Ed.,  Museo d'Arte della Citta di Ravenna: Ravenna, 2000

 

Nuridsany, Michel, "Carte blanche pour le "fractal", Le Figaro, 11 July 2000

 

Gian Enzo Sperone; Torino Roma, New York; 35 Anni di Mostratra Europa e America, 2000, Hopeful Monster, pp. 464-465

 

Buci-Glucksmann, Christine, Le Temps Fractal, Galerie Xippas, Paris, 2000

2001

Boodro, Michael, "Fleeting Pleasures," Garden Design, April 2001, pp. 46-55

 

Condé, Susan, La Fractalité dans l'artcontemporain, La Différence: Paris, 2001, pp. 108-112

 

Green on Greene, Sperone Westwater, New York, 2001

2002

"25ª Bienal De São Paulo," O Estado de Sao Paulo," 15 April 2002, Brazil.

 

"Nabil Nahas é o únicorepresentante do Libanona 25ª Bienal," 25ª Bienal De São Paulo, 6 April 2002, Brazil.

 

"25ª Bienal De São Paulo," Jornalda Tarde, 10 April 2002, Brazil.

 

Países: 25ª Bienal de São Paulo, exhibition catalogue, 25ª Bienal de São Paulo Nurisdany, Michel, "Sao Paulo, biennale des megapoles," le Figaro, April 5.

 

Katz, Vincent, Nabil Nahas: Paintings 1990 - 2002, J. Johnson Gallery: Jacksonville, FL, 2002

2003

"Nabil Nahas," American Art at the Flint Institute of Arts, Hudson Hills Press: New York and Manchester, 2003, pp. 258-259.

2005

McKee, Lauren, "Art before the hiatus," am New York, 23 June 2005, p. 19

2008

De Dampierre, Florence. "Lots of Wonder," The New York Observer Home Magazine, Fall 2008, pp. 44-47

2009

Nabil Nahas: untitled (trees), Galerie Tanit: Munich, 2009.

THEATRE WORK

1988

Designed sets for "Occasional Encounter," Jennifer Muller Dance Co.

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

 

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

 

Vorhees Zimmerli Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey

 

FAE, Musée d'art moderne, Pully-Lausanne, Switzerland

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston , USA

Mathaf. Arab Museum of Modern Art. Doha Qatar

 

 

 

 

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