Arab Today, arab today the sum of abdulnasser gharem soldier artist
Last Updated : GMT 20:30:42
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

The sum of Abdulnasser Gharem, soldier artist

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today The sum of Abdulnasser Gharem, soldier artist

Dubai - Arabstoday

Abdulnasser Gharem was noticeably absent on the eve of the Dubai auction that would generate US$842,500 (Dh3.09 million) in sales earlier this year. His absence, it should be noted, was entirely excused. As well as being one of the region\'s foremost artists, Gharem is a lieutenant-colonel in the Saudi army and he was on duty in Riyadh at the time. Abdulnasser Gharem: Art of Survival is a new monograph that excavates the artist\'s divergent life and, in the process, chronicles Saudi Arabia\'s rise to recognition on the contemporary art scene. Written by artist-author Henry Hemming (whose most recent book Together was reviewed in these pages earlier this year), the publication is an Edge of Arabia (EoA) release, an education initiative founded by the British artist Stephen Stapleton in 2003 that nurtures and promotes the kingdom\'s newest talent. In Message/Messenger, the installation piece that broke all previous auction records for Saudi art, Gharem recreated the gilded dome of a mosque and, using the pointed crescent moon from the top of the structure, raised it precariously on one side. Beneath that he placed a dove in flight - evoking a primitive trap that would fall on the bird if disturbed. Art of Survival hinges on the energy incubated by the Shattah collective, a group of artists including Gharem and Ahmed Mater who have carved out a fresh, vocal art practice in the green Asir mountains of southern Saudi. This monograph details Shattah\'s recent attempts to find a more interrogative, critical practice that could still get past Saudi\'s censors. Interestingly, Hemming refers to Gharem\'s use of the media as a measure of how far the artist could push the boundaries of his work. When a bridge collapsed after one of Asir\'s frequent floods and washed away a nearby village, the artist took this largely unreported event as inspiration and, together with other Shattah artists, spent three days writing \"siraat\" in Arabic (meaning \"the way\") on what remained of the road. A ghostly video documentation of the piece - shot at night, with goats wandering around on the dilapidated, spray-painted highway - remains one of his most stirring artworks. That the Saudi press and culture authorities responded to it cordially gave Gharem the ground he felt he needed to push his work even further. Art of Survival was launched at London\'s Frieze art fair last month and will be available in the UAE at Abu Dhabi Art from November 16. At 196 pages, it is hefty yet concise; simple in design yet thorough in its analysis of Gharem\'s oeuvre. Anecdotes colour Hemming\'s narrative, and there\'s a nervous excitement at work here - a sense that a fresh page in art history is being fashioned. Without formal training, aside from a few years of art classes in secondary school - an educational institution from which two of his classmates would go on to be hijackers in the September 11 attacks - Gharem is an uninhibited voice to whom this considered publication does justice.

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today the sum of abdulnasser gharem soldier artist Arab Today, arab today the sum of abdulnasser gharem soldier artist

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Tourism shows signs of recovery

GMT 09:59 2017 Monday ,20 February

Tourism shows signs of recovery
Arab Today, arab today Sarah Belamesh designs antiques of "ceramic"

GMT 19:45 2017 Monday ,20 February

Sarah Belamesh designs antiques of "ceramic"
Arab Today, arab today Top Yemen commander killed

GMT 09:55 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Top Yemen commander killed
Arab Today, arab today Media host Mona Iraqi stresses her show's success

GMT 15:32 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Media host Mona Iraqi stresses her show's success
View News in Arabic - Culture: أخبار الثقافة والفنون
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today To hold social dialogue over secondary school

GMT 07:43 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

To hold social dialogue over secondary school
Arab Today, arab today 63-Year-Old Woman Delivers Baby

GMT 12:35 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

63-Year-Old Woman Delivers Baby
Arab Today, arab today Milan laughs while Rome cries

GMT 10:28 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Milan laughs while Rome cries
Arab Today, arab today Pluto's unruly moons

GMT 06:31 2015 Thursday ,04 June

Pluto's unruly moons
Arab Today, arab today Nissan enhances sales in most markets

GMT 14:08 2017 Monday ,20 February

Nissan enhances sales in most markets
Arab Today, arab today Competes Sweden and Germans by S90

GMT 22:36 2017 Thursday ,16 February

Competes Sweden and Germans by S90
Arab Today, arab today Janat pleased for issuing 'Good Morning'

GMT 06:41 2017 Monday ,20 February

Janat pleased for issuing 'Good Morning'
Arab Today, arab today Small ponds have outsized impact

GMT 15:53 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

Small ponds have outsized impact

GMT 06:34 2017 Sunday ,19 February

Ahmed Fahmy stresses he did not ignore singing

GMT 06:50 2017 Wednesday ,15 February

Tragic fluctuations of Bakhtiari's life revealed

GMT 14:29 2017 Monday ,20 February

Prepares to present her new collection

GMT 14:06 2017 Friday ,17 February

London to tax old cars

GMT 23:29 2017 Thursday ,16 February

Home built on sand castles-style costs $8m

GMT 05:15 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

Omega 3 can reduce asthma cases

GMT 19:16 2017 Friday ,17 February

Aziz House ready to host the tourists

GMT 13:12 2015 Saturday ,09 May

Sheikh Sultan opens Sharjah Centre

GMT 12:39 2017 Monday ,20 February

newest smartphone another winner for Huawei

GMT 19:10 2017 Friday ,17 February

Hats, scarves add beauty to women
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday