InstitutionsArtists 15-03-2017

March 15 | The Met joins forces with Art Jameel and the Middle East

At a moment when many of the art world's key players are gathering in Dubai, the Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York announces its renewed partnership with the region. In other news, Henri Cueco, iconic painter of the Nouvelle Figuration movement, passes away.

New York’s Met invests in Middle Eastern non-profit initiative

The Metropolitan Museum of Art looks set to launch a new partnership with Art Jameel. In an effort to acquire more Middle Eastern modern and contemporary art, the Met will work with artists from the region via the organisation.

Based in the United Arab Emirates, the non-profit arts and culture initiative was set up in 2003 in an effort to promote positive social change, through the establishment of long-term partnerships with international institutions.

This announcement comes just ahead of the opening of a new space, the Jameel Arts Centre Dubai, scheduled for late 2018. The 107,640 square foot space will be designed by the British firm Serie Architects.

Championing the thriving arts scene in the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey, Art Jamel will be one of the first contemporary art initiatives in the United Arab Emirates to open a nonprofit institution of this size and magnitude.

Their new space, The Project Space, opened just last week in Dubai with an exhibition by Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme. “And yet my mask is powerful” runs through April 9. More info via Art Jameel.

Jameel Arts Centre Dubai ©


Sotheby’s opens Dubai Outpost

In order “to meet the needs of every aspect of the art and luxury market globally”, Sotheby’s today will open a new gallery and office in Dubai’s International Financial Centre. The expansion comes just one week after the institution saw record sales at their spring London auction.

In attendance to the ribbon-cutting ceremony will be Sotheby’s president and CEO, Tad Smith, Dubai’s minister of culture and knowledge development, H.H. Sheikh Nahyan Mabarak Nahyan, along with the auction house’s chairman for the Middle East, Edward Gibbs.

As Mr Gibbs stated, “We’ve seen particular traction with our Middle Eastern clients. Our Dubai office enhances our ability to serve our fast-growing community of clients across the region and is geared to broadening the scope of what we offer to a whole new audience.”  For more, see Artforum.

Dubai, ribbon-cutting ceremony with Katia Nounou, Director, Head of Office, Sotheby’s Dubai; Dubai’s minister of culture and knowledge development, H.H. Sheikh Nahyan Mabarak Nahyan; Tad Smith, President and CEO of Sotheby’s


Open call for New York’s Wave Hill Sunroom Project

Located in the Bronx, Wave Hill has announced an open call to artists interested in its 2018 Sunroom Project Space Program.

The venture will see artists create site-specific work or a project to be exhibited in a six-week solo show in one of the two sunrooms at their Glyndor Gallery. Five artists will be selected for 2018. All forms of media are invited, including projects that are participatory or interactive, engaging with Wave Hill’s surrounding communities.

Selected artists will be awarded an honorarium of $1,500 and will have 6–12 months to develop their ideas. Each of the five exhibitions will stand for six weeks, from April through November 2018.

Wave Hill’s Visual Arts Program presents the work of contemporary artists exploring the dynamic relationship between nature, culture and site. The call is limited to emerging artists who are not represented by a commercial gallery, not a student, and have not previously shown at Wave Hill. Further details for applicants here.

© Wave Hill. Reopening today after hazardous snow blizzard last week, 2017


Henri Cueco passes away at 88

Confirmed by his gallery Louis Carré today, the French painter and writer passed away this Monday, March 13.

Born 1929 in Uzerche, France. Henri Cueco lived and worked in Paris. He was an influential figure in the Nouvelle Figuration art movement.

Cueco began his career participating in the Salon de la Jeune Peinture, in 1952. From the 1960s onwards, Cueco’s practice became concerned with the socio-political role of the artist and the construction of images. His most prolific series, “The Red Men,” debuted at Musée d’art moderne de Paris in 1970. The series evoked the political context of the era, citing the Vietnam War and the Western fear of communism in the Cold War.

Currently, his work is on show at La Maison Rouge in Paris, at the "L'esprit français" exhibition, which showcases the "Countercultures 1969-1989", through May 21.  

Henri Cueco, "The Red Men" (1970)

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