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The Beirut Exhibition Center is nowadays hosting "Raid of the Furthest Horizons," a retrospective show devoted to the work of Lebanese artist Wajih Nahle (b. 1932). Curated by veteran Lebanese art critic Cesar Nammour, the show is dominated by Nahle's bountiful work as a painter, sampling his output from the late 1940s to 2015 . Nahle's works are very much of the age that formed them and "Raid" will not speak with equal force to all students of this region's art history. Interesting as individual canvasses can be, once the artist embraced the language of expressionism – in his later calligraphy, monochromatic studies, the works Nammour has clustered into "Dynamism," as well as his most-recent work – his oeuvre acquired an element of decorative sameness. That said, for those of the appropriate mentality, it is interesting to wander among this mass of work and imagine how Nahle's oeuvre evolved from the sullen impressionism of his early landscapes to the energetic, at times blindingly colorful, curtain-like swirls of color that characterize his recent work.
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