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"Opacity and Transparency," the latest exhibition by Palestinian artist Samia Halaby, experiments with light and layering on canvases that exude the colorful abstraction that's become her trademark.The nine-canvas series of acrylics, now up at Ayyam Gallery Beirut, deploys a combination of contrasting hues and layers of paint of varying thickness to capture cityscapes and bustling streets, as well as the natural light that plays upon them.Now based in New York, the artist regularly returns to the Arab world to exhibit her work.Other paintings in the series are less regular in shape, possibly representing the blurred light of fast-moving traffic, or else refracted through windows. Halaby's often experimental artistic process evolves organically.Halaby is known for having vocal views regarding the Israeli occupation of her homeland and though she tries to keep her political work separate from her art, which is not obviously partisan her politics has made Halaby's career in New York challenging."Opacity and Transparency" is up at Ayyam Gallery, Mina al-Hosn, through Nov. 30 .
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