Perhaps most people don’t know that the visual effects artist and Indie filmmaker Roger Kupelian, best known as one of the creative forces behind the Academy Award-winning trilogy “The Lord of the Rings,” is a proud Armenian. His cultural heritage has inspired his latest endeavor, the recently released graphic novel “War Gods,” which is the first in a two-part volume of the “East of Byzantium” series that has gripped readers, and has them anxiously awaiting the sequel.

It is a Byzantine-era saga of unparalleled bravery, a fresh new look at the world before the Dark Ages and after the fall of the classical Rome of the Caesars. It is the story of exceptional men and women who must pull together a world torn apart by war, religious strife, and the lust for world domination…from the murder that destroyed family to the battles that regained a kingdom, to the religious conflicts that created the first Christian nation in history and the curse carried down through centuries that culminates in a bloody battlefield – at the edge of Rome and the gates of Persia.

Don’t miss this opportunity to purchase the publication through our bookstore and check out the special offer for an autographed copy.

To buy your copy today, email: books@agbu.org or call 212.319.6383, ext. 104

Dr. Theriault speaking about Gorky at AGBU Chicago. (photo courtesy AGBU Chicago)

On March 27, Professor Kim Servart Theriault spoke about “Arshile Gorky and the Development of Abstract Expressionism” at the AGBU Chicago center (7248 N. Harlem Ave, Chicago).

Assistant professor of art history, theory, and criticism at Dominican University in Illinois, Dr. Theriault addressed the importance of Arshile Gorky as an initiator of Abstract Expressionism, America’s first internationally significant art movement. Her lecture focused on how the artist developed a painting style instigated by his status as an immigrant, Armenian Genocide survivor, and his cultural background. She focused on Gorky’s work “The Liver is the Cock’s Comb” (1944), which was recently featured in a US stamp series honoring Abstract Expressionism.

On January 6, 2011, AGBU’s YP Lebanon organized a gathering in the Paul Guiragossian museum.

The event was held in New Jdeideh, Beirut. The gathering started with a welcoming address from a member of YP Lebanon. Emmanuel Guiragossian, the eldest son of the late artist, also spoke, discussing the importance of art throughout history. Following a Q&A with guests about the artist and his work, the group was treated to a guided tour of the museum.

Founded in 1991 by Paul Guriagossian and his family, this gallery brings together the work of one of Lebanon’s most celebrated artists. Guiragossian is a well-known in artistic circles throughout the Middle East and in many places around the world.

Congratulations to the Argentinean Armenian community for their wonderful monument. We have a complete report about the event here and many more photos here.

>From the AGBU Egypt website, we receive news about the Armenian-Egyptian art exhibition (including photos) that occurred last month:

An important exhibition of Armeno-Egyptian artists’ works was inaugurated on Monday 23rd November at the “El Hanager Art Center” …

About 100 artworks of 38 artists are displayed representing some of the finest works of Armeno-Egyptian artists of different generations. The works have been burrowed from individuals, private collectors and Armenian institutions. The main theme of the exhibition is the celebration of the birth centenary of the prominent Armeno-Egyptian painter Puzant Godjamanian whose son Mgo has travelled to Cairo for this special occasion…

Read the whole article here.