The Art Newspaper: Art on Shifting Sands

An article on The Art Newspaper’s website discussing the ‘cultural success’ of this year’s Abu Dhabi Art. 

So how was last month’s Abu Dhabi Art, run by the Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), which is responsible for a housing and tourism development that includes the future museums? As a cultural event, which is what Abu Dhabi Art aims to be, this looked like the most successful so far. The move from the Emirates Palace Hotel, a pompous gilded and marble building, to the UAE pavilion, brought back from Shanghai after the World Expo 2010, and next to the Manarat al Saadiyat, an already popular exhibition and meeting place, completely changed its atmosphere. The great majority of dealers thought it was an improvement, Emirati and other families poured in, the restaurant worked overtime, and the lectures were well attended. A busy children’s zone with clean pinnies for all was staffed by dozens of painting teachers bussed down from a studio project in Dubai. A huge success was the photo booth by the street artist JR, which spewed out poster-size portraits to stick up around the Manarat. Everyone could identify with the “Emirati Expressions” exhibition, which showed photographs of the Gulf by the American master of the informal shot, Stephen Shore, and by his Emirati pupils, with some stylish, ironical pictures about Abu Dhabi’s love of extreme landscaping by the Palestinian-Kuwaiti, Tarek al Ghoussein. In a night-time maze of art, performance and film, orchestrated by Fabrice Bousteau, I saw a brilliant danced impersonation of a chicken. ” (from website cited below)

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