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The Creative Act

IMG_8738.JPGMy Red Homeland // Anish Kapoor // wax, oil-based paint, motor & steel // edition 1/1 // 2003 // Photograph by Alexa Corbin

While the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi is still under construction, the museum has already started having exhibitions in other venues. Its second exhibition, “The CreativeAct: Performance, Process, Presence” was held later last year. This group exhibition showcased artists from different cultures who practiced from the 1960s to present day and created works that respond to performances pieces, the artistic process or the artist’s presence. Individuals such as Anish Kapoor, Giovanni Ozzola, Hasaan Sharif and Tanaka Atsuko were just a few of the artists on view. 

IMG_8741.JPGScars // Giovanni Ozzola // engraving on brass plates // 343 x 686 cm // 98 plates, 49 x 49 cm each // 2016 // Photograph by Alexa Corbin

IMG_8744.JPGDourob // Nja Mahdaoui // installation of 20 drums // mixed media on drum vellum & wood // 70 x 38 x 43 x 29 cm // 2015 // Photograph by Alexa Corbin

Highway Gallery

IMG_3812Photograph by Sultan Al Ameri

Have you ever listened to an art podcast and found yourself irritated that you were unable to view the work being discussed? That is definitely true for me. Well the Louvre Abu Dhabi has found a way to combat that frustration. Called the “Highway Gallery,” the Louvre Abu Dhabi has placed 9×6 meter billboards of various works from their collection on the side of the E11/Sheikh Zayed Road. If you are interested in hearing about these works as you drive by simply tune into one of three radio stations and you are able to hear a 30 second blurb detailing information including title, artist, medium and a description of the masterpiece. The “Highway Gallery” certainly provides a little culture to your drive don’t you think?

Radio Stations Include:

Radio 1: 100.5 FM

Classic FM: 91.6 FM

Emarat: FM: 95.8 FM

Al Noor Island

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In Sharjah is the Khalid Lagoon where Al Noor Island is located. Al Noor Island, which opened in 2015, is devoted to the arts where artists from around the world can showcase their work. Famed Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s Obliteration Room and Dot Obsession Infinity Room are currently on view. However, the building itself is a work of art with its wave-like undulating design and geometric lattice allowing light to stream through. The island is an artistic oasis.

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Photograph by Alexa Corbin

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Photograph by Alexa Corbin

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Torus Sculpture // David Harber // double-sided stainless steel // 240 cm // Photograph by Alexa Corbin

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Photograph by Alexa Corbin

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Dot Obsession // Yoyoi Kusama // 1 October 2016 – 9 January 2017 // Photograph by Alexa Corbin

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The Obliteration Room // Yayoi Kusama // 2002 – Present // furniture, white paint, dot stickers // Photograph by Alexa Corbin

Squeaki

IMG_8772Squeaki (Monumental) // Britto // Enamel on aluminum // 182.9 x 127 x 30.5 // Photograph by Alexa Corbin

This cute geometric kitten is a sculpture by Brazilian pop artist Britto. Created in his signature style, Britto uses bold colors and patterns as a way to play with contemporary conceptions of pop art. This cat, Squeaki, is currently in Dubai. Have you seen any Britto sculptures? 

It’s A Balancing Act

IMG_4374Photographs by Stacey Brisbois.

Life is all about balance. Well, in this case so is art. These cold cast hanging bronze sculptures are created by artist Jerzy Kedziora. The sculptures hang from trees and wire in a balancing act. These sculptures are currently suspended in palm trees on the beach at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. What a nice place to hang!

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IMG_4379Pierrot // Jerzy Kedziora // cold cast bronze

IMG_4376Eagle and Snake // Jerzy Kenziora // cold cast bronze