Annabel Daou

Annabel Daou

Annabel Daou’s work takes place at the intersection of writing, speech, and non-verbal modes of communication. Her paper- and tape-based constructions, sound pieces, and performances explore the language of power, intimacy and self-encounter. Among her interests is our intangible relationship to time and presence. Daou’s work is often constructed out of lightweight, seemingly ephemeral materials that both indicate and resist a sense of objecthood. Her performances and sound pieces frequently involve interactions with random strangers, and the process of asking questions and recording or transcribing the answers.

Selected works







Annabel Daou

Born in Beirut, Lebanon
Lives and works in New York

Scholarships and awards


CentralTrak in Dallas


Biennial Award at Cairo Biennale


Brown Foundation Fellows Residency


Dora Maar House (MFAH), Ménerbes


2002 – 2007
Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Studio Center Residency in New York

Solo exhibitions, performances and projects (selected)

When in the course of human events
Signs and Symbols, New York


Spring Open Studios, New York


signs and symbols, New York


if you only knew
Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin


Chou Hayda? an audio guide project
by Annabel Daou and the people of Beirut
The Beirut Museum of Art, Beirut


life itself

Conduit Gallery, Dallas



Leila Heller Gallery

, New York



53 Orchard Street, New York


I don’t care about your body
Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin


a million times
Albertz Benda, New York


your secret is safe with me
Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin


Conduit Gallery, Dallas


‘Meanwhile…History’, performance
Art Dubai‘s Global Art Forum, Dubai


come back to the war
Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin


you say i want a revolution
Josee Bienvenu Gallery, New York


repaired landscapes
Conduit Gallery, Dallas


David Winton Bell Art Gallery, Brown University, Providence


Sex & Politics
Conduit Gallery, Dallas


a book of hours
Gallery Joe, Philadelphia


Josee Bienvenu Gallery, New York


ideas about the thing and the thing itself
Gallery Joe, Philadelphia


The Last Painting Show
Conduit Gallery, Dallas


installation at the EFA Studio Center, New York


Conduit Gallery, Dallas


a million years
Conduit Gallery, Dallas


Entwistle Gallery, London


Rachel Harris Gallery, Fort Worth


20th Century Fiction
Rachel Harris Gallery, Fort Worth

Group exhibitions (selected)


Dissolving Artifacts
Studio 200, New York


Rituals of Regard and Recollection, 
Law Warschaw Gallery, St. Paul, MN


After Europe
Sophiensaele, Berlin


Reclaiming Our Time
Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD), Milwaukee


The Naked Truth. A European history.
Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede


Living Room UIT (Use it together)
iscp – International Studio & Curatorial Program, New York


Privacy in Public
Metropolitan New York Library Council, New York


The Queens English: Who Owns It?
City Lore, New York


Fünfter Akt
Trabanten, Düsseldorf


Walk the Distance and Slow Down
Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Colorado


Galerie Tanja Wagner, New York


Acts of Sedition
WhiteBox, New York


Stages of Trust
Galerie Zimmermann Kratochwill, Graz


The Big Other
Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin


White Cube…Literally. On Form and convention of display
Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Dubai


What We Call Love: From Surrealism To Now
Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin


Beirut Exhibition Center


Wicked Problem
EFA Project Space, New York City


Art=Text=Art: Works by Contemporary Artists
UB Anderson Gallery, University at Buffalo, New York


Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin


Simply Drawn: Gifts to the Columbus Museum from the Collection of Wynn Kramarsky
Columbus Museum, Columbus


Marking Language
Drawing Room, London


Art=Text=Art: Drawings, prints, and artists’ books from the Sally and Wynn Kramarsky Collection
The Hafnarfjordur Centre of Culture and Fine Art, Hafnarfjörður


The Emo Show
Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York


A.I.R. GALLERY, New York


Sunday Sessions hosted by Nikolaus Hirsch & Markus Miessen / fortune
PS1, New York


Art=Text=Art: Works by Contemporary Artists
Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick


Discussing Metamodernism
Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin


Beyond The Chaos Between Intelligence And Beauty
Osart Gallery, Milan


University of Richmond Museums, Richmond, Virginia


Drawn / Taped / Burned: Abstraction on Paper
Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah


states of ruin
Free Museum of Dallas, Dallas


Cairo Biennale (representing the US)


New York Chronicles
Virginia Commonwealth University, Doha


On the Mark: Contemporary Works on Paper
The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore


First Supper
Josee Bienvenu Gallery, New York


Close Encounters 2
Nathan Cummings Foundation, New York / Denison Museum, Granville


Museum On The Seam, Jerusalem


On, Of or About: 50 paper works
Texas State University, San Marco


Microwave 7
Judi Rotenberg Gallery, Boston


Gallery Joe, Philadelphia


New York New Drawings 1946-2007
Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Esteban Vicente, Segovia


KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin / Muzeum Sztuki w Łodzi, Lodz (2009)


Indexing the Moment
CADD Artlab, Dallas


Democracy in America
The Park Avenue Armory, New York


Abecedarium for Our Times
apexart, New York


Homebase III
New York


Indexical Frontiers
Inova, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee


Text Messages
Adam Baumgold Gallery, New York


Monumental Drawings
Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, San Antonio


Drawn Twice
The Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs


Double Exposure
Makor Gallery, New York


Gallery Joe, Philadelphia


Under Construction
SICA, Long Branch


Featured Artist
ArteEast Virtual Gallery


Ruined Cities, installation/sound project
EFA Studio Center, New York


The Dreamland Artist’s Club
Coney Island


neXXt metroplex- Artists in their twenties
The MAC, Dallas


Six Painters
Purdy Hicks Gallery, London


The Book as Object in Art
Wifredo Lam Center, Havana


Quinta Bienal de La Habana (The Fifth Biennial of Havana)

dBfoundation Projects (

We Are Not an Arab Artist, New York Chronicles

Virginia Commonwealth University, Doha


Home Base IV
New York


Phillips Collection, Washington


i prefer not
The Park Avenue Armory, New York


Mulberry, New York


Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles


EFA Gallery, New York

Annabel Daou

Born in Beirut, Lebanon
Lives and works in New York


What We Call Love. From Surrealism to now, Christine Macel, Rachael Thomas (Eds.),
Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin 2015


Contemporary Drawing – from the 1960s to Now, Katherine Stout (Ed.),
Tate Publishing 2014


Marking Language, texts by Kate Macfarlane and Melissa Gronlund, Drawing Room London,
London 2013


Transmission Annual | Provocation: Sex and Politics Revisited: Collaboration as Counter-Apparatus, Annabel Daou and David Markus, Artwords Press, London 2012


Twice Drawn: Modern and Contemporary Drawings in Contex, Tang Teaching Museum, Ian Berry/Jack Shear (Ed.), New York 2011


Orienteering, gallery guide for XII International Cairo Biennale, Ranya Husami (Ed.), Cairo 2010


12th Cairo International Biennale Catalog, Cairo 2010


Art, Word and Image: 2,000 Years of Textual/Visual Interaction, Reaktion Books, University of Chicago Press, Michael Corris, et al (Ed.), Chicago 2010


Knot, with David Markus, David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University, text by Vesela Sretenovic,  Providence 2009


Close Encounters 2, Nathan Cummings Foundation, Provisions Library, New York 2009


Contemporary Art in the Middle East, Paul Sloman (Ed.), London 2009


Nature/Nation, Museum On The Seam, Einat Manoff (Ed.), Jerusalem 2009


New York New Drawings 1946-2007, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Esteban Vicente, Segovia 2009


the gun is cocked, in: Gagarin 18, Wilfried Huet (Ed.), Antwerp 2008


A Guide to Democracy in America, Nato Thompson (Ed.), New York 2008


Political/Minimal, KW Institute for Contemporary Art Berlin, Klaus Biesenbach (Ed.), Nürnberg 2008


Arte-Sociedad-Reflexion, Havana Biennial Catalogue, Lourdes Castillo (Ed.), Havanna 1994


The Crisis of Crisis. Ideology & Marginality, Atlantica International, Figueroa Valdes, 1994


Annabel Daou déchire et répare… by L’Orient Le Jour, August 2018


Art Publics by Amanda Abi Khalil, by Canvas Magazine, June 2018


Les antiquités du Liban racontées par ses habitants by Agenda Culturel, Juni 2018


BeMa launches “Chou Hayda?” at the National Museum of Beirut An audio guide reflecting the imaginations of the people of Beirut by Executive Bulletin, May 2018


Revisiting america: Annabel Daou’s The Declaration of Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms, The Lantern, January 2017


Q & A: Annabel Daou by Rafael Soldi, Strange Fire , November 24, 2016


Brühwürfel der Energie/Drawing – Concentrated Energy by Christiane Meixner, tipBerlin/zitty, Berlin Art | Kunst, 2015/16


X marks the spot by Laura van Straaten, Aïshti, December 2015/January 2016


Heartland-Territoire d’affects. Une terre d’amour et de désamour by L’Hebdo Magazine, November 2015


Zwischen Besitzen und Begehren by Ingeborg Ruthe, Berliner Zeitung, May 2014


Intuition and capacity for flight by Thomas W. Kuhn, artmagazine, May 2014


Een verlangen naar oprechtheid – Het nieuwe tijdperk: metamodernisme (A Desire for Honesty – The New Age: Metamodernism) by Timotheus Vermeulen & Robin van den Akker, De Groene Ansterdammer, September 2013


Notes On Metamodernism by Timotheus Vermeulen, June 19, 2012


Josée Bienvenu by Barbara A. MacAdam, ARTnews, May 2012


Von hier nach nirgendwo by Thomas W. Kuhn, Der Tagesspiegel, February 11, 2012


Marie-Adele Moniot, in: Artlies, Issue 63, 2009


Blake Gopnik, in: Washington Post, June 7, 2009


Melena Ryzik, in: New York Times, May 10, 2009


Danielle O’Steen, in: Express Night Out, Washington DC, May 7, 2009


Karen Schiff, in: The Brooklyn Rail, May 2009


Cate McQuaid, in: The Boston Globe, April 15, 2009


Greg Cook, in: The Phoenix, February 4, 2009


Bill van Siclen, in: The Providence Journal, January 29, 2009


Irmgard Berner, in: Berliner Zeitung, December 9, 2008


Michelle Grabner, Critics’ Picks, in: Artforum, May 2008


Charissa Terranova, in: ARTNews, April, 2008


Lost in Transliteration by Koan Jeff Baysa, Ctrl + Pdf – Journal of Contemporary Art, March 2008


Kevin Bouchard, Annabel Daou & Stephen Lapthisophon – Conduit Gallery, in: Art Lies, Issue 57, 2008


Jesse Hughey, in: Dallas Observer, November 4, 2007


Laura Seewoester, in: Pegasus News, October 30, 2007


Charissa Terranova, in: Dallas Morning News, October 25, 2007


Christopher Russell, in: artUS, Issue 20, 2007


Holly Myers, in: Los Angeles Times, July 20, 2007


Dan Goddard, in: San Antonio Express-News, April 25, 2007


Elaine Wolff, in: San Antonio Current, April 10, 2007


Barbara A. MacAdam, in: The New Abstraction| ARTnews, April 2007


Roberta Fallon, in: Philadelphia Weekly, January 17, 2007


Edith Newhall, in: Philadelphia Inquirer, January 12, 2007


Block Magazine #04, ruined cities, Israel, 2007


Roberta Fallon, in: Artblog, December 24, 2006


David Markus, in: The Brooklyn Rail, May 2006


Elisabeth Kley, in: Time Out, New York, April 20-26, 2006


Edward Sozanski, in: Philadelphia Inquirer, May 6, 2005


Roberta Fallon, in: Philadelphia Weekly, April 13, 2005


Roberta Fallon, in: Artblog, March 31, 2005


Charissa Terranova, in: Dallas Observer, September 30, 2004


Charles Dee Mitchell, in: Dallas Morning News, Texas, May 29, 2002


Mike Daniels, in: Dallas Morning News, Texas, May 11, 2002


Shelly Grimes, in: D Magazine, April 2001


Nour Al-Jarah, Al-Mushahid Assiyasi, October – November 1997

Richard Reynolds, in: Flash Art International, New York, October 1997


N Abu Hamad, Al Hawadeth, October 3-9, 1997


Sue Hubbard, in: Time Out, London, September 24 – October 1, 1997


T Zag, in: Al Hayat (Arabic daily newspaper), London, September 17, 1997


Mike Daniels, in: Dallas Morning News, Texas, June 27, 1997


Suzanne Aktar, in: Fort Worth Star Telegram, Texas, June 22, 1997


Susan Platt, in: Art Papers, Seattle, July – August 1996


Wade Wilson, in: Fort Worth Star Telegram, Texas, April 7, 1996


Wade Wilson, in: Fort Worth Star Telegram, Texas, October 1, 1995