Lebanese artist receives recognition late – perhaps too late – in life

In the end, it all came down to chance and the blessing of peripheral vision – figuratively and literally.

In 2011, Jessica Morgan, the newly appointed Daskalopoulos Curator at London’s Tate Modern, was in the Middle East, hunting for artwork that would help the British institution fulfil its ambition to broaden the geographical scope of its collection.

“We had been moving into collecting in the Middle Eastern region and she’d been doing a lot of work there,” recalls Ann Coxon, one of Morgan’s fellow curators. “She was in Beirut, visiting Saleh Barakat, one of the dealers, and he was showing her work by young emerging contemporary artists when she spotted something out of the corner of her eye, and said: ‘What’s that amazing thing?'”

That amazing thing was Poem, a sculpture created in the mid-1960s by an artist who was now neither young nor emerging – Saloua Raouda Choucair, well enough known in

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