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Arab Artists of the Mediterranean World: the Early History of Art Education for Artists from Syria, Lebanon and Algeria in the USSR in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s

Mediterranean Mosaic: History and Art, Italy. 2019. No. 6. P. 93-115.

During recent decades, interest in different facets of contemporary Arab art has increased significantly (Shabout, 2007). Although this interest has brought modern and contemporary Arab art into wider focus, significant gaps remain in the scholarly discussion. Speaking to one such absence, this essay analyzes the new artistic practices and art heritage of Arab artists from Syria, Lebanon and Algeria who graduated from the Vasily Surikov Moscow State Art Institute. It examines artists who graduated or were continuing as postgraduate students between 1959, when the first group of Arab art students arrived in the USSR, and 19791.