Ayyam Publications’ Samia Halaby: Fifty Years of Painting and Innovation is a new oversized monograph that provides an unprecedented look at one of the Arab world’s leading painters. Spanning over five decades of the Palestinian artist’s illustrious career, the book contains nearly 450 color reproductions, presenting her expansive oeuvre through paintings, prints and drawings. These images are accompanied by an in-depth essay by art historian Maymanah Farhat in addition to lengthy captions in which the reader is offered the personal reflections of the painter as she explains the many inspirations and approaches that were involved in creating some of her most recognized works.
Organized chronologically according to consecutive periods of Halaby’s painting, from her early student days in the 1960s to her most recent series in 2010, this impressive book is slated to be one of the most important publications on a single Arab artist to date, making it essential to the study of Middle Eastern culture. Written in English with Arabic and French translations, Fifty Years of Painting and Innovation has broad appeal and is sure to be referenced by generations to come.