Ways Of See­ing

Some 26 in­ter­na­tional tal­ents on dis­play at NYU

What's On (Abu Dhabi) - - CULTURE -

S aadiyat Is­land hosts an ex­hi­bi­tion this month that is in­spired by a ground-break­ing book, plus a BBC TV se­ries re­leased in 1972. Ways Of See­ing is on at NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery and fea­tures 26 tal­ents from the GCC and beyond, and it’s based around a tele­vi­sion show of the same name.

The show was writ­ten by English art critic, nov­el­ist and painter John Berger and when it was re­leased, it chal­lenged Western cul­tural prin­ci­ples with re­gards to art, and ex­am­ined hid­den mes­sages in images.

Berger co-wrote a book of the same name and at this ex­hi­bi­tion on NYU, art fans will get the chance to look at pieces that look at tra­di­tional con­cepts in new ways.

Ways Of See­ing de­buted in Istanbul in the sum­mer of 2017 be­fore head­ing to Brus­sels at the end of last year, be­fore land­ing in the na­tion’s cap­i­tal in the UAE for its third edi­tion.

In to­tal, there will be 41 works on dis­play, and there will be a va­ri­ety of dis­ci­plines show­cased, in­clud­ing paint­ing, sculp­ture, pho­tog­ra­phy, sound and film.

Artists tak­ing part in­clude Amer­i­can in­stal­la­tion star James Tur­rell, known for his pieces that deal with light and space, plus New York min­i­mal­ist sculp­tor Fred Sand­back (his work has been on dis­play in both the Guggen­heim and the Mu­seum Of Mod­ern Art in New York). Also par­tic­i­pat­ing are Brazil­ian pho­tog­ra­pher Vik Mu­niz (he ap­peared in a 2010 doc­u­men­tary called Waste Land, which was nom­i­nated for an Os­car).

“We en­cour­age view­ers to be ac­tive rather than pas­sive in the way they look at the works in this ex­hi­bi­tion,” says the ex­hi­bi­tion’s co-cu­ra­tor Till Fell­rath. “There is no one cor­rect way to look at art, and our wish is that our au­di­ences should both be aware of and em­brace their in­di­vid­ual re­ac­tions and points of view, as th­ese are borne of unique per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences.” September 3 to Novem­ber 17

NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery, New York Univer­sity, Saadiyat Is­land, Abu Dhabi, free. Taxi: NYU Saadiyat. nyuad-art­gallery.org

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