Heba Elkayal

Heba Elkayal

Heba Elkayal has a master’s degree in modern art history and curation from Columbia University, has served as a consultant and staff member for numerous art collectors, galleries, and an auction house, and was the lifestyle editor for Daily News Egypt from 2008 to 2012.

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Arts & Culture Publishing

For Sudanese Artist Mohammad Omar Khalil, Black Is All Color

Heba Elkayal | 30 Mar 2020

An exhibition of Khalil’s prints in London honors his international career. With the gallery closed by the coronavirus pandemic, viewers can see only glimpses of it online.

Arabic Arts & Culture

Umm Kulthum: A Tribute to a Legendary Voice of Egypt

Heba Elkayal | 20 Mar 2020

The life of a singer much loved across the Arab world is told in a Western-style musical in London. Can such an adaption succeed?

Arts & Culture Liberal Arts Politics

A New York Exhibition Unravels the Complexities of Contemporary Algerian Art

Heba Elkayal | 21 Feb 2020

Waiting for Omar Gatlato, the first major survey of contemporary Algerian art in the United States, asserts the need to consider the cultural specificity of art from postcolonial nations.

Arts & Culture Gender

Land Art in the Desert: A Dramatic Exhibition Challenges Artistic Ideas

Heba Elkayal | 18 Feb 2020

An exhibition at Al Ula, in Saudi Arabia, put Arab and international artists in dialogue with one another, the local community and the land. It didn’t happen without controversy, however.

Arts & Culture Gender Liberal Arts

A ‘Horizon of Infinity’: The Promise of Arab Abstract Art

Heba Elkayal | 07 Feb 2020

An exhibition in New York makes the case that Arab artists developed abstraction in parallel with Western achievements rather than as a derivative example of the genre.

Arts & Culture Conflict Violence

Artists Respond to War as They Experienced It, at Home or on TV

Heba Elkayal | 20 Dec 2019

A landmark exhibition in New York offers multiple perspectives on how the televised invasions of Kuwait and Iraq affected contemporary art and image culture.

Arts & Culture Internationalization Liberal Arts

In New York, More Eyes Turn to Middle Eastern Art

Heba Elkayal | 25 Oct 2019

The art calendar begins a new season with a number of exhibitions that reflect growing interest in Arab artists and Arab-world art themes.

Arts & Culture Gender

An Iraqi-Born Artist Rejects Identities Imposed on Women

Heba Elkayal | 04 Sep 2019

Hayv Kahraman brings a unique perspective to representations of, and assumptions about, women like herself in a post–9/11 world.

Arab Spring Arts & Culture Politics Protests

The Story of the 2011 Egyptian Uprising Told in Song and Dance

Heba Elkayal | 19 Jun 2019

The musical theater production, “We Live in Cairo,” narrates the events that led to the Tahrir Square protests and the overthrowing of a regime and then, the unraveling of a dream.

Arts & Culture Liberal Arts Religion

New Waves: How Moroccan Artist Mohamed Melehi Shaped an Aesthetic

Heba Elkayal | 07 Jun 2019

An intimately scaled retrospective of Moroccan artist Mohammed Melehi in London shows how abstract expressionism in the Middle East was culturally inspired.




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