Su­per sub­ver­sive

Emirates Man - - CULTURE -

New York’s Richard Mi­rando, AKA Seen, has been a street artist since the 1970s. This month he brings his colour­ful art to Dubai for an ex­hi­bi­tion at the Opera Gallery, at DIFC, Dubai, in what’s another sign of grow­ing in­ter­est in the scene in the UAE. Seen’s world of street art is steeped in ur­ban cul­ture – he’s most fa­mously known for his 1980 piece The Hands Of Doom, when he painted a whole New York sub­way train car in four hours. His work on dis­play in Dubai, though, ex­plores his pop- art in uences, with su­per­heroes such as the Hulk and Spi­der- Man leap­ing out of graf titagged can­vases. And it turns out that the Mi­rando of the 1980s did just spend his time tag­ging trains. He grew up read­ing the comics of the he­roes he paints now. “They weren’t fa­ther gures grow­ing up, he says, “but they were my friends, for sure.

Un­til De­cem­ber 11 Opera Gallery, DIFC, Dubai. Tel: ( 04) 3230909. Taxi: DIFC. oper­a­gallery. com

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