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 Huguette El Khoury Caland  (1931 - )

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Lived/Active: California/New York / France/United Arab Emirates      Known for: fashion design, painting and sculpture

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Artist, fashion designer, curator and important figure of the Los Angeles cultural scene, Huguette El Khoury Caland is the daughter of the first president of Lebanon, Bechara El Khoury.  In 1952 she married Paul Caland, the nephew of the publisher of Lebanon’s L’Orient newspaper, which eventually merged with her uncle’s rival publication Le Jour. This striking defiance would characterize much of her career over the course of 50 years, as she maintained a rebellious spirit and refused to be limited by purported social boundaries, surpassing expectations in every aspect of her work.

Born in Beirut in 1931, she began embroidering and painting hand-made gowns while in her mid thirties.  Although married with children at the time, she enrolled at the American University of Beirut in 1964 where she studied art.  Relocating to Paris in 1970 and then living in New York for a year in 1981, she returned to France in 1983.

In the capital she studied in the atelier of Romanian sculptor George Apostu and worked on a series of stone, wood and terra cotta works, expanding the already diverse range of her oeuvre.  After settling in Los Angeles in 1988, where she remains till this day, she began exhibiting regularly both in the US and abroad, in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

A gallery in Beirut has represented her work since 1993, where it remains on permanent display.  Through exhibiting in Lebanon she developed a significant following in the Arab world and most recently participated in Art-Paris Modern Art Fair in Dubai, Art Dubai, Art Abu Dhabi and was featured in one of the first public sales of Christie’s Dubai in 2006.  Her work has been highlighted by the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC, Tokyo’s Museum of Modern Art, The Joan Miro Foundation in Barcelona and the Monaco Art Center in Monte Carlo.

In addition to her success as a visual artist, her talent in fashion design led her to draft a line of clothing for Pierre Cardin. 

Perhaps the best summation of Caland’s work is that which appears in a survey written by the late Lebanese artist and art critic Helen Khal. The author described Caland’s work in her 1987 seminal publication The Woman Artist in Lebanon (Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World) by stating that the artist explores: "all the qualities of line, texture, angle and juncture of limb, torso, and appendage with the absorbed and innocent eye of a child examining a new toy.  Although the erotica is often explicit, the eye is first provoked by a highly inventive handling of compositional space, and follows with aesthetic appreciation Huguette’s seductive, abstract play line, color, and form. It is only upon closer, more literal observation that one arrives at the erotic content—but not before being wooed by the tender humor and wit of a surreal imagination that insists on the pleasures of sensual discovery and denies any taboo."
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