CULTURE KLATCH | Indonesian government focuses on the nexus of culture and sustainable development in Bali forum

Everyone knows that by investing in the arts and incorporating arts and culture into their economic development plans, counties can reap numerous benefits — economic, social, civic, and cultural—that help generate a more stable, creative workforce; new tourism; and more livable communities. But as long as cultural sustainability is framed in terms of promotion, national image, tourism and economic advantage alone, there will never be a true paradigm shift. Read More

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ART OPENING | Iranian painter portrays faceless people in Dubai art gallery

These paintings are based on studies of the gestures of resistance and defiance. They are permanent records of the ‘faceless’ individuals who find themselves on the wrong side of the law. Read More

DUBAI REPORT | For first time, Middle East region sees a black light show

Black light shows usually come from the Czech Republic. Dubai, however, will see a spectacular show from a renowned Hungarian black light company, called Attraction, which is performing it for the first time in the UAE and the Middle East region Read More

VENICE BIENNIAL | United Arab Emirates seeks applicants for Venice internship for 2013

“Hands-on experience is an ideal way to learn about best practices in the international arts context, the Venice Internship offers such experience and much more. I look forward to sharing my curatorial process with these bright young Emiratis.” Reem Fadda, Curator. Read More

VENICE BIENNIAL | United Arab Emirates selects Emirati artist Mohammed Kazem for 2013 national pavilion

Our founder, Sheikha Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan, is a passionate patron of the arts and a committed supporter of Emirati artists, and so it is with great pleasure that we are able to play a role in the program,” stated Dr Salvatore LaSpada, Executive Director of the Foundation. Read More

Iranian photographer zooms toward staged narrative in Dubai gallery

In a new exhibition in a Dubai gallery, entitled “Collage Tales,” Iranian photographer Arman Stephanian invokes the tradition of story telling by using photographic images to tell stories of past and present. Read More

Walk over me | Stepping over Balkan performance artist Igor Josifov is both a work and a walk of art

In “2-Dimensional,” an unconventional performance installation, the young Macedonia-born artist Igor Josifov lies underneath a plexiglass structure. Starting 8 pm Tuesday June 12 to Thursday June 14 at Abrons Arts Center Gallery, “2-Dimensional” invites the audience to walk over him. Read More

Iranian painter fuses kabuki, Bosch, Persian folklore in Dubai solo show

Judging from Zad’s paintings in the catalogue, I would add that his work draws a great deal of its energy from the lush anarchy of the 15th-century paintings of Hieronymus Bosch Read More