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An exhibition of doodle-style acrylic-on-canvas illustrations by Benoit Debbane, "OUGA OUGA!" is a playful exploration of how civilization is no more than a pose.Debbane started as a street artist in the 1990s. He says all his paintings from that period were destroyed during the reconstruction of Beirut. His work disappeared but the vibe of urban art is very much alive in his technique.In Debbane's hands, Rodin's male figure -- posing deep in thought, often associated with philosophy -- is X-rayed.'OUGA, OUGA!'"Visitors to the gallery said they found the messages in Debbane's paintings relevant. Gallerist Cheriff Tabet says he makes it a point to encourage young artists, to bring freshness to the art world. "OUGA OUGA!" marks the first time he's exhibited street art, in hope of encouraging younger audiences to come. He insists on the centrality of Debbane's messages.
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