Author: Anya Stafford

Illuminating Central Asia

A series of works by the prolific photographer Max Penson documenting rapid, regional change comes to Dubai Two images, just 10 years apart, illustrate Uzbekistan’s rapid development in the first half of the 20th century. The first, from the late 1930s, shows a trio of females in traditional costumes frowning, perhaps understandably, at distant sunlight; […]

The Unifying Pilgrimage

Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque hosts a collection of important Islamic artefacts in an exhibition exploring the Hajj From September 20, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi will be the venue for a new exhibition: Hajj: Memories of a Journey. It presents the Emirati relationship with Islam through a series of artefacts, […]

Championing Transcultural Perspectives

The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi redefines the region, by name and through culture Maisa al Qassimi, Programmes Manager of the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi at the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, discusses the shaping of the museum’s collection and the latest show, The Creative Act: Performance, Process, Presence. What aspects unite the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi’s acquisitions? […]

Once Upon a Revolution

A New York history of artistic experimentation and enterprise comes to Abu Dhabi NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery continues its strong run of shows this October with Inventing Downtown New York: Artist-Run Galleries, 1952—1965. The show links nearly with latest exhibition, But We Cannot See Them: Tracing a UAE Art Community, 1988-2008. Like the latter, […]

Life in Urban Arabia | Through a Lens

In its fifth edition, Vantage Point Sharjah extends its sights far beyond its beginnings It’s incredible to consider Vantage Point is only 5. While the show has grown in terms of how many photographs it exhibits, the maturation has been exponential since 2013. What started as an open call for Sharjah-based photographs now consists of […]

Tasting the Difference

Sharjah Biennial 13’s odyssey comes to an end with a culinary weekend and two exhibitions in Beirut This year’s Sharjah Biennial (SB13) has a new layer of outreach: far beyond the sands of the emirate to Dakar, Ramallah, Istanbul and Beirut. Curator Christine Tohme is the founding director of Beirut’s Ashkal Alwan, so it’s fitting […]

Arab Art and the Human Body

A group show featuring works from Sharjah’s Barjeel Art Foundation Collection explores desire, love and the human form Beloved Bodies II is entering its final month at Sharjah’s Maraya Arts Centre. Curated by Mandy Merzaban from the Barjeel Art Foundation, this show takes Roland Barthes term “beloved body” and looks at the object of a […]

Matter Out Of Place

Context is everything for Stephanie Neville and Jeff Scofield Is trash something else when it looks good? Can we elevate unwanted detritus to desirable fine art? Can we reframe natural/industrial hybrids to create lasting meaning? With their eco-assemblages, Stephanie Neville and Jeff Scofield pose these questions. Last night saw the opening of their two-person exhibition […]

Earthly Love

It is enthralling to hear an ancient love story regaled beside an Art Deco pool, like that of Villa Empain in Brussels. The Korean folk tale of the Princess reborn as a silkworm makes for an elegant introduction to Chun Kwang Young’s show, Aggregation, with this performance part of a series to accompany the exhibition, […]

Renovating by Decorating

The role of artwork in a dwelling place is revisited at the Boghossian Foundation’s Villa Empain in Brussels What happens when artists take their works off the plinth and back to pre-modern times, when art was part of the environment, rather than the stand-alone main attraction? Decor, at the Boghossian Foundation’s Villa Empain in Brussels, […]