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The eighth edition of Beirut Art Fair opened its doors yesterday, hosting 51 galleries from 23 countries at BIEL, with sections for promoting young talents and celebrating established artists. With 1,400 works of art on show, the fair set out to highlight contemporary art in Lebanon and the Arab world, while engaging with artists and collectors from America, Europe and Asia. The centerpiece of this year's fair, "Ourouba, The Eye of Lebanon," is a 62-work exhibition curated by Lebanese-Iranian author and contemporary arts specialist Rose Issa. The collection looks back through 15 years of art in this region, exploring what it means to be an Arab in a region associated with conflict.Lebanese artist Ayman Baalbaki's work is more retrospective, looking back through his experience of Lebanon's Civil War and the marks it has left on the country.Baalbaki has three paintings in "Ourouba," taken from the private collection of Agial Gallery, including "Barakat Building," 2015, which depicts the bullet-riddled yellow villa recently rebranded as "Beit Beirut".
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