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Lebanese artist Nadim Karam has been creating sculptural and architectural showstoppers around the world for decades, dotting the streets of Beirut, Prague, Melbourne, Tokyo and London. Unveiled during the Beirut Art Fair last week, "Shorthand: Nadim Karam, Notes from the Archive," curated by Rachel Dedman, delves into about 40 years of archival material, showing the method behind the masterpieces.The exhibition begins with Karam's formative years in Japan, as a graduate student and subsequent architect.Karam's "Urban Toys" became a common sight during the '90s in Beirut, and were often seen around the world.In Beirut, the strange figures would appear every year and shift toward the sea.Dedman said the figures were a product of the anxiety and fear that Karam felt during Lebanon's Civil War, which he watched from a distance via news from Japan.
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