interview Art, activism, and Armenia: Serj Tankian speaks candidly in h-pem exclusive In this exclusive interview, Serj Tankian speaks candidly with h-pem editor Rupen Janbazian about everything from the Armenian community's reactions to System of a Down's early days to his move to New Zealand, his years of activism, and his lifelong love for Armenian culture.
submission Paintings | Impressions de Manu: A canvas of colors and emotions While most people spend a lifetime searching for their passion, painter Manu Harutyunian has always known hers. With several solo exhibitions, interview spotlights, and a swarming buzz on her budding craft, see why this young artist is one to watch.
feature From Van to Sherman: Unearthing the unfinished legacy of Arshile Gorky Arshile Gorky’s pioneering art has made him the subject of several books, documentaries, and even a nonprofit foundation dedicated to understanding his work. Yet, his revolutionary legacy also lives on outside of the art world—in one of the most unexpected of places—his home. We ventured to find this artistic oasis and, in doing so, learned more about the man behind the painting. This year marks the 70th anniversary of Gorky’s passing and the unassuming farmhouse that once inspired one of the 20th century’s best painters continues to inspire new generations.
interview Vahé Berberian: 'You need to have some kind of a mirror' He is a seasoned stand-up comedian who makes awkward confessions and tells hilarious real-life anecdotes in a daring effort to break taboos. He is best known for his use of local words and flavors of the Armenian language to help us laugh at ourselves, yet he's a versatile artist who paints and writes with equal passion. Even at his most serious moment, when reflecting on everything from the creative process to why it matters to be Armenian, Vahé Berberian never fails to strike an ironic chord. We meet him twice in his birthplace Beirut, between his shows and lectures, in an attempt to connect with the wizard of art and humor behind the celebrity.
profile The Betrothal (c. 1947; Yale University Art Gallery) This series was painted just a year before Gorky’s death. Devastating depictions of marriage combine abstraction with the erotic, melding the psychotic with symbolism. No doubt the unraveling of his marriage in his final years played a role in the images Gorky created.
profile Komitas in Tumanian’s home The Tiflis of Tumanian’s time was a teeming hotspot of Armenian culture and literature. For nearly a decade, Tumanian invited many of his fellow literary giants, such as Levon Shant, Avetik Isahakian, and Nikol Aghbalian, into his home to exchange ideas on literature, politics, and art. This writer’s saloon, aptly named “Vernatun” (meaning “garret” in Armenian), left an indelible impression on Armenian culture. In this 1970s painting by Soviet Armenian painter Dmitry Nalbandian (1906-1993), we see members of Vernatun’s star-studded ensemble, gathered around the piano, admiring the great Komitas.