The Lure of the East: British Orientalist Painting, Edited by Nicholas Tromans

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Tate Publishing has published a phenomenal book of photographs and essays titled “The Lure of the East: British Orientalist Painting (1830-1925)” to coincide with the equally phenomenal displays of the same name at the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, Connecticut (ongoing through April 27) that also features during the same time a second display, “Pearls to Pyramids: British Visual Culture and the Levant (1600-1830).”“The Lure of the East” features approximately 90 paintings displays encounters between British artists and the Arab World, sponsored by the Sharjah Art Museum, UAE, the Pera Museum in Istanbul, the British Council and organized by Tate Britain. “Pearls to pyramids” features nearly 90 pieces of art depicting the history of British cultural interchange with the Middle East through trade, toruism archeological exploration, and military interests. The collection is phenomenal.

If you love the history of the Middle East and especially the Arab World, you will love the reprints of oil paintings and art in this softcover booklet from portraits of Arabs in full regale of the period to harems, Mosques, buisness rooms covered in carpets, Col. T.E. Lawrence, panoramic views of cities like Cairo, and gatherings of nomads on Camel back, and reflecting the lure of once pristine Palestine and the Holy Land which is today consumed in hate-driven conflict. The paintings offer a glimpse into the past, into history forgotten by today’s headlines featuring the works of artists from the period including William Holman Hunt, John Frederick Lewis, Joshua Reynolds, David Roberts and Stanley Spencer.

The collection of some 90 paintings are accopanied by essays authored by Rana Kabbani, Fatema Mernissi, Christine Riding and Emily M. Weeks.

The web site for the Center is:
http://ycba.yale.edu/index.asp

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Ray Hanania

Ray Hanania is an award winning former Chicago City Hall reporter and Columnist who began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He covered Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992 (Mayor Daley to Mayor Daley) and has expanded to writing for newspapers around the world focussed on Middle East and American politics.

Hanania loves to write about American Arabs in politics, and focuses on Arab life in America.

Currently, he writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at www.ArabNews.com. He writes on American politics for the Des Plaines Valley News, Southwest News-Herald, The Regional News newspaper and the Reporter Newspapers. He also writes for the online websites TheArabDailyNews.com and NewsAmericaNetwork.com (Illinois News Network at IllinoisNewsNetwork.com).

Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Hanania began in journalism as an activist publishing Chicago’s first English-language American Arab Newspaper “The Middle Eastern Voice” from 1975 through 1977. In 1976, he was hired by the Chicago community newspaper The Southtown Economist (Daily Southtown) and in 1985 was hired by the Chicago Sun-Times and covered Chicago City Hall for both. In 1993, he launched the “The Villager” Newspapers which covered 12 Southwest Chicagoland suburban regions. In 2004, he published “The National Arab American Times” monthly newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East ethnic food stores in 48 American States.

Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. Hanania has also received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.

Hanania’s writings have been published in newspapers around the world. Formerly syndicated by Creators Syndicate, Hanania also has written news, features and Opinion Columns for Al Jazeera English, the Jerusalem Post, YNetNews.com, Arab News, Saudi Gazette, Newsday in New York, the Orlando Sentinel, the Houston Chronicle, The Daily Star, the News of the World, the Daily Yomimuri in Tokyo, Chicago Magazine, the Arlington Heights Daily Herald, and Aramco Magazine. His political columns are published in the Southwest News-Herald and Des Plaines Valley News, Regional News and Palos Reporter newspapers in Chicagoland. Hanania is the President/CEO of Urban Strategies Group media and public affairs consulting which has clients in Illinois, Florida, Michigan and Washington D.C.

Hanania is Palestinian Christian from prominent Bethlehem and Jerusalem families. His wife and son are Jewish and he performs standup comedy lampooning Arab-Jewish relations, advocating for peace based on non-violence, mutual recognition and Two-States.

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