Best known for her use of simple, sinuous lines employed in the exploration of eroticism and female sexuality, Huguette Caland spent her early life in Lebanon where she attended the American University of Beirut. Moving to Paris in 1970, the artist spent the next seventeen years immersed in the city’s bohemian culture, most notably working with the celebrated fashion designer, Pierre Cardin and the Romanian sculptor George Apostu. Leaving for California, shortly after Apostu’s death in 1986, Caland continued her artistic practice, eventually returning to Beirut in 2013. Renewed recognition from the international art world in recent years led to the artist's work being prominently featured in the 2012 exhibition, Modernités Plurielles 1905-1970 at the Centre Pompidou, as well as twenty-three works shown in the Arsenal’s Dionysian Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale. A solo exhibition of her work at Tate St. Ives was held in 2019. Originally in the collection of the French art critic, Raoul-Jean Moulin, the Caland's untitled work on paper - a still life, displays her characteristic use of monochromatic, loose brushwork.
Meem Gallery is a leading international presence in the management and promotion of modern and contemporary Arab, North African and Iranian art. Founded in 2007 by Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi, Mishal Hamed Kanoo and Charles Pocock, the gallery deals with primary and secondary market sales. Running an ambitious programme of solo and group exhibitions with a special focus on regional Modern Masters, including Dia Azzawi, Kamal Boullata and Parviz Tanavoli, Meem Gallery also exhibits the work of innovative contemporary artists such as Zhivago Duncan and Mahmoud Obaidi. Works by represented artists can be found in the collections of international museums and institutions such as British Museum, London; Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, UAE; Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris; LACMA, Los Angeles; Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; MoMA, New York; Tate Modern, London and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.