Etel Adnan

Etel Adnan paired with Van Gogh in Amsterdam exhibition

“Van Gogh really liberated colour,” said Etel Adnan about the famous Dutch painter. “Because he accepted it as true.”. Two years ago, curator Sara Tas at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam began speaking to Adnan about the possibility of an exhibition, thinking that Adnan and Vincent Van Gogh — though not often paired together — shared approaches to colour and landscape.
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For Etel Adnan, Poet and Painter With Bay Area Ties, Art Was Pure Energy

That overseas trip in 1955 caused a transfiguration in her character. She found her measure, rhythm and pause in the English language she came to master. She developed a Dionysian aphoristic style, terse and clever, worthy of comparison to Emerson. English liberated her from the bounds of “professional writing” as defined by French culture, opening the doors to something more experimental, something we might now label punk. She entered the realms of what John Keats famously described as the chameleon-like qualities of the poet—a person without a fixed identity. Despite being born and raised in Lebanon, Adnan always cheekily described herself as an American poet and a California artist.
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The Independent

Etel Adnan: Celebrated author who found fame as an artist later in life

For more than half a century, Etel Adnan, who has died aged 96, pursued dual vocations, writing novels, poems and essays that grappled with war and history, even as she made paintings, tapestries and ceramic sculptures that reflected her love of nature and the cosmos. “It seems to me I write what I see, paint what I am,” she once said.
Antelope Valley Press

Etel Adnan, Lebanese American author and artist, dies at 96

Etel Adnan, an influential Lebanese American writer who wrote a seminal novel about the Lebanese civil war and achieved acclaim in her later years as a visual artist, died Sunday in Paris. She was 96. Her death was confirmed by her longtime partner and only immediate survivor, Simone Fattal, who...

Etel Adnan (1925–2021)

Lebanese American author, poet, and artist Etel Adnan died November 14 in Paris at the age of ninety-six. News of her death was confirmed by her partner, the artist Simone Fattal, according to the New York Times. First coming to wide acclaim as a novelist with her award-winning Sitt Marie Rose, published in French in 1978 and detailing a kidnapping during the Lebanese Civil War, Adnan went on to become a renowned poet and in her eighties achieved global recognition as a painter with her bright, simple works that evoked complex emotions through the warm hues of California sun and Lebanese desert reflected therein. “There are few lives that have charted the dislocations, tectonic shifts, passions, and innumerable heartbreaks of the modern Arab world as Etel Adnan,” wrote Negar Azimi in this magazine’s January 2014 issue.
Kirkus Reviews

Author, Artist Etel Adnan Dies at 96

Lebanese American poet, novelist, and artist Etel Adnan, known for books including Sitt Marie Rose, Sea and Fog, and Night, has died at 96, the New York Times reports. Adnan was born in Beirut and educated in France and the United States. She first gained literary fame in 1978 with the novel Sitt Marie Rose, about a woman kidnapped during the Lebanese Civil War. The book won the Amitié Franco-Arab Prize and is still studied today.

Etel Adnan, 1925-2021

The Lebanese-American artist, novelist and poet Etel Adnan has passed away in Paris at the age of 96. The news was confirmed by her partner, the artist Simone Fattal. Adnan was born in 1925 in Beirut, Lebanon – then under French mandate – to a Syrian father (a former Ottoman army officer and classmate of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk) and a Greek mother. Adnan studied in French-language schools, before moving to take up a scholarship to study philosophy at the Sorbonne in Paris in 1949, and then on to California for postgraduate work and teaching.

Etel Adnan, Influential Lebanese American Writer and Artist, Has Died at 96

Etel Adnan, the celebrated Lebanese American writer and artist, died on Sunday in Paris. She was 96. Her death was confirmed by her gallery, Galerie Lelong & Co. She is survived by her longtime partner, the artist and publisher Simone Fattal. Over the course of half a century, Adnan explored themes of political discord, national identity, and feminism in the Arab world in astute poetry and prose. Her novel, Sitt Marie Rose (1978), is among the defining texts of Lebanon’s 15-year civil war. Later works such as the poetry collection Arab Apocalypse (1980); Of Cities and Women (Letters to Fawwaz), a...

Etel Adnan obituary: 1925 – 2021

Etel Adnan, acclaimed writer, trailblazing artist and pioneer in Arab-American culture, has died in Paris at the age of 96. Born in 1925 in Beirut, Lebanon, to a Greek mother and Syrian father, Etel Adnan started painting in the early 1960s. After studying philosophy at the Sorbonne in Paris, she moved to America in 1955 to pursue her education at University of California, Berkeley and Harvard. Three years later, she settled in California to teach philosophy of art and aesthetics at the Dominican University of California. She wrote essays, articles, novels, poetry and plays in various languages, including French, Arabic, and English.
The New Yorker

The Luminous Abstractions of Etel Adnan

The poet, novelist, journalist, and artist Etel Adnan (pictured above, on the Brittany coast) was born in Beirut in 1925. She grew up speaking Arabic and Greek at home, and was educated in French and English. In the late nineteen-fifties, while working as a philosophy professor in Northern California, Adnan began to express herself in a new language—painting—making luminous abstractions of the view of Mt. Tamalpais from her home in Sausalito. On Oct. 8, the Guggenheim opens the exhibition “Etel Adnan: Light’s New Measure.”

The Middle Eastern artists showing at Art Basel: from Etel Adnan to Afra Al Dhaheri

Art Basel returns in both physical and digital formats this year, allowing audiences to experience the fair up close in Switzerland or from the comfort of homes across the world. The 2021 event features major presentations from regional galleries, while Middle Eastern artists are increasingly visible among established and emerging...