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"The Urban Experience," a 10-day-long pop-up exhibition at 3Beirut, showcases the work of 14 international artists, all reflecting on cross-cultural identities and their personal urban experiences. Curated by gallerist Hind Ahmad, the show is mounted by Artual Gallery, a virtual art platform Ahmad launched in November. Bringing the artists to her native Lebanon, this pop-up is the platform's first physical exhibition in Beirut.The featured works are a mix-and-match of different paintings, photos and sculptures, all with a colorful pop-art and vintage personality. The exhibition's young and fresh energy reflects Ahmad's desire to attract millennial art lovers.One of the artists is George Morton-Clark, a British painter who left his animation job with Looney Tunes to pursue an independent art career.The exhibition features works by what Ahmad calls "self-emerged artists," who wish their art to be affordable, in a world of more expenses and less disposable income.Three pieces by American artist Jonni Cheatwood are a patchwork of different materials and textures – an analogy for his several ancestries.
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