Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A New Art Capital, Finding Its Own Voice

By Carol Vogel
Mao Zedong plays host in Zhang Hongtu’s “Last Banquet” (1989). Credit Zhang Hongtu
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES---The site of the future Guggenheim Abu Dhabi is desolate these days: just arid land and concrete pilings jutting out over a peninsula on Saadiyat Island, north of the city’s urban center here. The collection is being assembled from scratch by Guggenheim curators following a “transnational” template, with popular symbols of American culture like Andy Warhol’s Brillo boxes or Richard Prince’s photographs of the Marlboro Man juxtaposed with works by artists from China, Asia, India and the Middle East.[link]