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Saleh Barakat stepped onto the city's art exhibition stage in 1991, when he opened Ras Beirut's Agial Gallery.It's upon this shifting landscape that Barakat has founded a new, much larger, space, Saleh Barakat Gallery.Barakat would mount larger solo and group shows at Beirut Art Center and the (now shut) Beirut Exhibition Center.At 11:30 in the morning, the gallery's transformed entrance hall is spacious and wonderfully lit with natural sunlight.The high white walls currently feature the paintings of veteran Lebanese artist Nabil Nahas, who created a whole new set of paintings for the launch of Barakat's gallery.The artist and gallerist worked together in the 2010 Nahas retrospective at the Beirut Exhibition Center.Sometimes, an artist's body of work is more suited to a smaller space, which is when the more intimate Agial gallery will remain useful.Art is way of expressing oneself, as many have said in the past, and Barakat aims to be the voice box of artists who have something to say.
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