Traversing art, design and fashion, Huguette Caland’s interdisciplinary practice encompasses both the figurative and the abstract. Her work explores depictions of the female body and the politics of beauty and femininity.
Recent exhibitions of Caland’s work have been presented at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Art, New York (2018); 57th Venice Biennale (2017); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2016); Prospect.3, New Orleans Biennial (2014); Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2013); Institut du monde arabe, Paris (2012); Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, US (2012); Beirut Exhibition Center (2012); National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC (2010) and Sursock Museum, Beirut (2006). Her work has been acquired by the collections of the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris; British Museum, London; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; San Diego Museum of Art, US; Palm Springs Museum of Art, US and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, US, among others.
Caland took her first painting lessons at age 16 with Fernando Manetti, an Italian artist living in Lebanon, and studied fine arts for four years at the American University of Beirut. In 1970, she moved to Paris, where she worked with other contemporary artists, and in 1987, she relocated to Venice, California and established her own studio. In 2013, she retired and returned to Lebanon.
She was born in 1931 in Beirut, where she currently lives and works.
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