Arab World

Conceptual Art

قلب – Arabic Programming Language as Conceptual Art

قلب – Arabic Programming Language as Conceptual Art

Posted January 27th, 2013

Arab World, Calligraphy, Computer Art, Conceptual Art

“قلب, as far as I know, is the first programming language that’s also a conceptual art piece,” says Ramsey Nasser, computer scientist and a fellow at New York’s Eyebeam Art+Technology Center. He can’t read the Russian hacker forums or the Chinese Twitter accounts buzzing about… Read More

News

Focus On Emirati Visual Arts At Abu Dhabi Art

Focus On Emirati Visual Arts At Abu Dhabi Art

Posted November 8th, 2012

Arab World, Art Fairs, News

Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF), one of the leading cultural foundations in the Middle East and Arab world, will join world renowned artists, galleries, collectors and academics in the fourth edition of Abu Dhabi Art until 10th. ADMAF has made a strong foray… Read More

Videos

Art of the Emirates – The UAE’s artistic voice

Art of the Emirates – The UAE’s artistic voice

Posted November 6th, 2012

Arab World, Contemporary Art, Documentaries, Videos

The National’s Mariam Al Nuaimi explores the UAE’s art scene through in-depth interviews with established and emerging Emirati artists.

News

Bids at Dubai auction go through the roof

Bids at Dubai auction go through the roof

Posted October 25th, 2012

Arab World, Art Market, Auctions, News

Sales at Christie’s Dubai auction of Modern and Contemporary Arab, Iranian and Turkish Art reached $3,640,100 on Tuesday. Bidders from 13 countries purchased 29 paintings by artists from a total of eight Middle Eastern countries. Topping the sale was Pecheurs à Rosette by Mahmoud Saïd,… Read More

Politics

Who’s building the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi ?

Who’s building the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi ?

Posted October 24th, 2012

Arab World, Architecture, Politics

While the upcoming fourth edition of Abu Dhabi Art welcomes it’s international art world personalities, Price Waterhouse Coopers has released their first monitoring report on labor conditions on Saadiyat Island. The artists boycott of the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, the Gulflabor Coalition, remains in place. Below… Read More

Qatar

Can billion-dollar investments put Qatar on the cultural map?

Can billion-dollar investments put Qatar on the cultural map?

Posted October 23rd, 2012

Arab World, Business, Qatar

“If there is one thing Qatar has in spades, it is patience. It has long been overshadowed by its oil-rich, headline-grabbing neighbours in the United Arab Emirates, which boasts two international art fairs and plans to create Middle Eastern outposts of the Louvre and the… Read More

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s Underground Cinema

Saudi Arabia’s Underground Cinema

Posted October 18th, 2012

Arab World, Film, Saudi Arabia

“In a country with no public cinemas and where only a few films have been shown to the public in more than three decades, it is a radical step: a handful of film-makers in Saudi Arabia has launched a secret cinema group, showing their own… Read More

News

Louvre Abu Dhabi Picks Up Steam

Louvre Abu Dhabi Picks Up Steam

Posted September 28th, 2012

Arab World, Museums, News

In January the Louvre Abu Dhabi finally confirmed a new opening date of 2015, and starting next month the public will be offered an opportunity to see how the museum’s permanent collection is being shaped by investments in new acquisitions. “We’ve had a variety of… Read More

News

Art for All in the UAE

Art for All in the UAE

Posted September 26th, 2012

Arab World, Contemporary Art, News

The Sheikha Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation (SSHF) announced today the launch of Art for All, the premiere community arts programme which celebrates the art and artists of the UAE. The Abu Dhabi City Guide reports: “Held under the guidance and leadership of Her… Read More