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Aïda Touré: Luminous Dark Matter Opening Reception

Thank you to those who attended the “Luminous Dark Matter” opening, it was a pleasure to meet each one of you~ The exhibit runs until February 28th at Rio Gallery II, 583 Riverside drive, New York.

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Invitation to the Exhibit “Luminous Dark Matter” by Aïda Touré

You are cordially invited to the opening reception of Aïda Touré’s exhibit
“LUMINOUS DARK MATTER”
starting 3-6:00pm, Sunday February 8th, 2015 at
Rio II Gallery,
583 Riverside Drive, 7th Floor New York, NY 10031
(corner of 135th street)
Luminous Dark Matter exhibit february 8th-february 28th

Luminous Dark Matter exhibit february 8th-february 28th

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Aïda Touré: Luminous Dark Matter

February 8th – February 28th 2015

In celebration of Black History Month, Rio II Gallery is pleased to present the exhibit “Luminous Dark Matter” by Gabonese Malian artist Aïda Touré. This will be her second New York solo show (curated by Jose Reyes) since her exhibit “Inner Treasures” at Rio Penthouse Gallery in 2011. The opening reception is on Sunday February 8th, 3-6pm.

The “Luminous Dark Matter” exhibit comprises the series of the same title by the artist as well as abstract paintings inspired by her Sufi poetry. “Luminous Dark Matter” evokes the Unity of all as the series explores the sublime origin of mankind through the portrayal of Black women in ancient historical contexts.

The art works of Aïda Touré are renowned for their exuberance which celebrates the Sufi tradition. Her exalting paintings are in private and public art collections internationally.

Aïda Touré was born in Gabon, she published three books of Sufi poetry whose imagery suddenly inspired her to start painting.

For additional information contact:
info@aidatoure.com

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Dervisha

Dervisha © 2008 Aida Toure

Dervisha details © 2008 Aida Toure

The poem below inspired this highly detailed painting Dervisha. If you are interested in purchasing this framed original painting, contact me.

~ Dervisha ~

I met your pure eyes
and I became myself,
your sight behind mine
looking at lights’ dance.

With such remote music
lingering on that close,
the human heart softens.

Look at my new weakness,
it’s crawling by your feet!

Being is that vast union,
that grace, that quietness.

Some secret Conversation
curls around us like locks
around Prophets’ earlobes.

Bless me, make speech go!
How many more will join

this love-community
of generous ears inside?
Let us beg them my love:

“Be true beingness.
realize your exuberance,
embrace the Essence and
watch all generous hearts
become your companions.
Remember in one, many!
Strive to be vulnerable,
touch the grace of femininity,
drown in the empty,
swim that deeply,
know Surrender;
fight to be that weak
so you can sense
what true strength is.

Then we fall back within,
inertia buoyantly begins
for the Sky leaps in …
Lo, we all are feminine!”

2007 © Aïda Touré

(excerpt from Nocturnal Light: Sufi Poems)

Read more about this painting.

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The Music of the Spheres

La Note Orange~ guitar art © Aïda Touré

La Note Orange~ guitar art © 2014 Aïda Touré

~ The Music of the Spheres ~

When you begin to hear
the Music of the Spheres,
you can’t help
but to observe
Silence and to lead
a reverent Life~
Awaken my dear,
find the way
to yourself,
come to the Essence,
come to Love
in its sublimest form~
Learn to read
the divine notes
that ornate your soul~

© 2014 Aïda Touré

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Only Hu~ Jewel

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“Only Hu” 6″x3″ cuff bracelet with pink velvet backing

From the splendid Islamic civilization of my father’s land Mali, I was inspired to conceive these jewels, all hand-made and hand-painted, they actually are miniature versions of my paintings in the form of cuff bracelets. I spend much time working on these unique art pieces simply because the experience of Beauty is such a source of joy for me, it is in this spirit that I aspire to share it.

This wearable painting is available for purchase here.

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The Beloved’s name~

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details~

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In Praise of The Beloved…

Touré at work on "The Milky Way's Savants"

Touré at work on “The Milky Way’s Savants”

“The act of painting has been unexpected for me. Just like the composition of my poetry, it suddenly happened after a period of retreat… Having had no conventional training, it is through the luminous corridor of Islamic tradition and my Malian~Gabonese cultures that my pens and paint brushes wander in praise of The Beloved.”
~Aïda Touré (excerpt of “statement”)

(More about the painting “The Milky Way’s Savants” here.)

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Seventh Dimension Love

Wearable painting by Aida Toure

wearable painting

~ Seventh Dimension Love ~

Love is the union of divine qualities,
the hidden suddenly revealed
tending to ineffable beauty;
the lotus that leaps out of
the lover’s soul as an offering
to the collective soul…

© 2011-2014 Aïda  Touré

This all handmade, hand-painted cuff bracelet is available for purchase here.

pink velvet backing

pink velvet backing

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