HASSAN SHARIFArtists and the Cultural Foundation: The Early Years May 5, 2019
Cultural Foundation, Abu Dhabi
Curated by Maya Allison and Alia Zaal Lootah
Until 8 June 2019
To mark the Cultural Foundation’s re-opening, Hassan Sharif features in the inaugural exhibition organised by the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi. Artists and the Cultural Foundation: The Early Years presents work from a core group of artists who had an active relationship with this space in those early decades, as well as a selection of artworks from a younger generation who grew up in and around the Cultural Foundation's impactful influence.
Art Basel | ParcoursMay 5, 2019
Bäumleingasse 18, 4051 Basel, Switzerland
10 - 16 June 2019
Preview: Monday 10 June from 1pm to 4pm
Coinciding with Art Basel and in collaboration with Alexander Gray Associates, New York and gb agency, Paris, we are also pleased to share that Hassan Sharif will participate in Art Basel | Parcours in which his monumental Copper No. 32, 2015 will be exhibited in an old antiquarian book dealership known as Erasmushaus within central Basel, combining location and artwork, manifesting as an emblematic expression of the artist’s interrogation of materiality, absurdist experimentation and his affinity towards language and the written word.
Art Basel | FeatureMay 5, 2019
Messe Basel Messeplatz 10, 4005 Basel, Switzerland
11 - 16 June 2019
We are delighted to announce that we will be participating at Art Basel | Feature with a dedicated solo presentation with the pioneering Hassan Sharif (1951 - 2016) whose influence and enduring legacy remains as potent as ever. On display will be a selection of important works across a broad span of his multivalent practice encompassing his Objects, Semi-Systems, works on paper and paintings.
Hassan SharifCahiers écrits, dessinés, inimprimés February 4, 2019
Fondation Bodmer, Geneva Curated by Thierry Davila
Until 25 August 2019
We are pleased to share that Hassan Sharif’s works are currently exhibited at Fondation Bodmer, Geneva, as part of ‘Cahiers écrits, dessinés, inimprimés’ (Notebooks written, drawn, nonprinted), curated by Thierry Davila.
The exhibition displays notebooks and diaries of artists, writers and philosophers. These are more than just sketchbooks or drafts. Most have been intricately worked, assembled and structured, even adorned, which makes them unique: they are single copies, never printed as such.
The objects are not exhibited based on chronology, but rather on appearance; visual and pictorial affinities justify correlations and dialogues between each other. Beyond text and substance, universes are written, drawn, traced and coloured presented through notebooks and diaries creating visual ties.
The exhibited contemporary works are jointly part of the MAMCO (Geneva Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art) collection and from the Martin Bodmer Foundation.
Hassan SharifThe 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT9) November 11, 2018
Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane
24 November 2018 – 28 April 2019
Featuring more than 80 artists and groups from over 30 countries, APT9 challenges conventional definitions of contemporary art by asking us to consider its relationship to shifting social structures across the region. Explore a number of never-before-seen installations, paintings, sculptures, photographs and video from emerging and senior artists, together with leading works from Indigenous communities and artists. Emblematic early works by Hassan Sharif's Objects will be presented at the triennale.
Mohammed Kazem and Hassan SharifThe Monochrome Revisited October 23, 2018
Jean-Paul Najar Foundation, Dubai
23 October 2018 - 28 February 2019
Including works by Mohammed Kazem and Hassan Sharif, The Monochrome Revisited explores the history and evolution of the monochrome, a provocative and innovative art form that invites introspection as it challenges perception. The exhibition begins by inviting audiences to question the origin of the monochrome - the ‘first’ documented monochromes can be found in publications as early as the seventeenth century. Ultimately, this survey of works investigates how contemporary artists today still engage with the art form to address contemporary issues, demonstrating the vitally important role the monochrome continues to play.
Hassan SharifCrude October 9, 2018
Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai
Curated by Murtaza Vali
11 November 2018 - 23 March 2019
We are very pleased to share Hassan Sharif's inclusion in Crude, curated by Murtaza Vali, in the inaugural series of exhibitions at the new venue of Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai. Bringing together 17 artists and collectives from the region and beyond, Crude explores oil as an agent of social, cultural and economic transformation across the Middle East and North Africa, as well as a driver of geo-political upheaval.
Hassan SharifWays of Seeing September 9, 2018
NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery, Abu Dhabi
Curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath
3 September - 17 November
Hassan Sharif has been included in Ways of Seeing, bringing together 26 internationally acclaimed artists and art collectives from the region and the world, working in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, photography, sound, film, and installation. Displayed in this exhibition is a monumental installation from Sharif entitled, Knots (2012 - 16).
HASSAN SHARIFWe Began By Measuring Distance May 3, 2018
Musée d'art moderne et contemporain, Geneva
Curated by Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi
30 May - 9 September
Musée d'art moderne et contemporain (mamco) is inaugurating the first phase of its reflections concerning the internationalisation of its exhibition corpus and the emergence of a world art history with four summer exhibitions. We Began By Measuring Distance features works by Hassan Sharif, Marwan Rechmaoui and Basma Al Sharif from the collection of the Sharjah Art Foundation, and responds to the invitation to broaden the frame of reference of practices under review at mamco.
HASSAN SHARIFAsia Pacific Triennial 9 April 3, 2018
Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane
24 November 2018 - 28 April 2019
The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT9) announced the list of participating artists for its upcoming edition, including Hassan Sharif. The exhibition will feature a wide range of art forms and give particular focus to artists exploring the ongoing presence of spirituality in digital times, the multiple ways that wealth, value and labour operate, the agency of the body, and concerns for others as well as the vulnerability of the natural world.
Mohammed Kazem and Hassan SharifFrom Barcelona to Abu Dhabi March 4, 2018
Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi
Curated by Ferran Barenblit and Nasser Abdullah
Until 17 March
Mohammed Kazem and Hassan Sharif participate in From Barcelona to Abu Dhabi: Works from the MACBA Art Collection in dialogue with the Emirates. The exhibition, which is part of the Abu Dhabi Festival and held in partnership with Manarat Al Saadiyat, showcases highlights from the MACBA collection in dialogue with artworks by 20 Emirati artists from ADMAF's collection and borrowed from private collectors.
Hassan SharifOdradek March 4, 2018
Malmö Konsthall, Sweden
Curated by François Piron and Mats Stjernstedt
Until 6 May
Odradek invited eight artists including Hassan Sharif, Judith Scott, Laura Lamiel, Henri Jacob, Oscar Tuazon, Franz Erhard Walther, Katinka Bock and Nairy Baghramian whose works similarly transgress the fixed dualities between subject and object. The exhibition aims at making links and weaving affinities between the practices of these artists from various backgrounds and generations.
HASSAN SHARIF: INTEREXCHANGE SYMPOSIUMJanuary 31, 2018
Gallery 5, Al Mureijah Square
Sharjah Art Foundation
Wednesday, 31 January
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Coinciding with the major retrospective Hassan Sharif: I am the Single Work Artist, Sharjah Art Foundation is organising Hassan Sharif: Interexchange Symposium, which will host a group of critics and artists to explore Sharif's five-decade career.
The exhibition runs until Saturday, 3 February
ART GENEVE 2018January 15, 2018
1 - 4 February
Preview: 31 January
We are pleased to participate in Art Genéve with works by German-Iranian artist Haleh Redjaian and Hassan Sharif. The booth highlights Sharif and Redjaian's critical approach of using the grid as a measurement tool and foundation for their compositions, allowing for chance and repetition.
Hassan Sharif : Semi SystemsAlexander Gray Associates January 4, 2018
Exhibition Dates: 4 January - 10 February, 2018
Alexander Gray Associates presents Hassan Sharif: Semi Systems, the Gallery's fourth exhibition of work by the artist (b.1951, Iran - d.2016, Dubai, United Arab Emirates). Focused on Sharif's use of the grid, geometry, and repetitive gesture, the exhibition includes work in a variety of media made as early as 1982 until his death in 2016.
The Materials Man of the EmiratesHASSAN SHARIF December 28, 2017
The Emirati artist Hassan Sharif (1951-2016), who has a sensational retrospective at the Sharjah Art Foundation here on the edge of the Persian Gulf, was a born contrarian. Working in a range of seemingly unrelated media and styles, he made art that belongs to no locatable culture, or maybe to several. Dodging definitions, he referred to himself, half-jokingly, as a nomad, though he didn't live like one. Apart from a few youthful years in England, he spent his entire life in the Gulf region, where he is revered today as a pioneer.
Extract from The New York Times, click here to read the full article
ABU DHABI ART 2017November 8, 2017
Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi
Focus: Beyond Territory
8 - 11 November
Preview: 7 November
We are pleased to participate in Abu Dhabi Art with works on paper, paintings and objects by Hassan Sharif in Focus: Beyond Territory, the newly-added solo section curated by Omar Kholeif. Additionally, a large-scale work by Vikram Divecha will be featured in the main atrium of Manarat Al Saadiyat, alongside works by Mohammed Kazem from the Kisses series in Gateway, curated by Maya Allison.
HASSAN SHARIFHassan Sharif: I am the Single Work Artist November 4, 2017
Sharjah Art Foundation
Curated by Hoor Al Qasimi
4 November 2017 - 3 February 2018
In the making for several years, this landmark retrospective will include Hassan Sharif's diverse body of work from the early 1970s to 2016. On view in Al Mureijah Square and Bait Al Serkal, Arts Square, the exhibition will encompass Sharif's early newspaper caricature and comic strip drawings, Semi-System works, performances, paintings and 'urban archeology' objects.
HASSAN SHARIFWays of Seeing September 22, 2017
Villa Empain | Boghossian Foundation, Brussels
Curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath
22 September 2017 - 18 February 2018
Taking its cue from John Berger's 1972 groundbreaking text on visual culture, the eponymous exhibition explores the various formalistic strategies that artists employ to re-configure our perception of the world. After its debut at ARTER, Istanbul, Ways of Seeing is on view at Villa Empain in Brussels and brings together works by 33 artists including Hassan Sharif's playful work Slippers (2016). The exhibition invites the viewer to investigate the manifold ways by which artists accord forms and concepts that are otherwise familiar with renewed appearances and meanings. Each of the artworks on display beckons us to take a second look, upon which the contours of a new reality begin to emerge.
FRIEZE NEW YORK 2017May 5, 2017
Focus, Booth D11
Randall's Island Park
5 - 7 May
Preview: 4 May
We are pleased to return to the sixth edition of Frieze New York with works by Emirati artist Hassan Sharif and Berlin-based Iranian artist Haleh Redjaian. The booth highlights the artists' critical approach of using the grid as a measurement tool and foundation for their composition, allowing for chance and repetition. Both Sharif and Redjaian's works are presented within a more formally and visually similar framework to investigate how this philosophy translates into their three-dimensional objects, hand-woven carpets and works on paper.
HASSAN SHARIFExpérimentations April 6, 2017
La Patinoire Royale, Brussels
Curated by Hervé Mikaeloff
Until 27 May
This exhibition renders an overview of Hassan Sharif's eclectic practice, from his early cartoons and performances to his recent paintings, drawings, sculptures and installations. The works included in the show continue his career-long investigation on where art can be found, what art is for, what our expectations are of it and how those limits can be usurped. "When I met Hassan in Dubai in 2014 and 2016, I discovered a few sketches of unrealised monumental sculptures that he later wanted to create for his exhibition at La Patinoire Royale. The scale of these Objects further reflects on Sharif's ideas of redundancy and uselessness," notes curator Hervé Mikaeloff.
ART DUBAI 2017March 15, 2017
Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai
15 - 18 March
We are pleased to participate in the 11th edition of Art Dubai with works by Hassan Sharif, Mohammed Kazem, Abdelkader Benchamma, Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian.
HASSAN SHARIF57th Venice Biennale February 13, 2017
Viva Arte Viva
International Art Exhibition
13 May - 26 November 2017
Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde is proud to announce the inclusion of Hassan Sharif in the International Art Exhibition Viva Arte Viva, curated by Christine Macel for the 57th Venice Biennale.
Hassan Sharif is represented by Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Dubai, Alexander Gray Associates, New York, and gb agency, Paris.
MOHAMMED KAZEM AND HASSAN SHARIFIs Old Gold? February 12, 2017
DUCTAC, The Gallery of Light, Dubai
Curated by Cristiana de Marchi and Muhannad Ali
21 February - 7 April
Predicated on curious desire to locate the spirit of experimentation that was present in the genesis of UAE avant-garde contemporary art practice, Is Old Gold? indirectly questions if, how and why this narrative has been aborted, lost or evolved and if it can or should be recovered in the current context. In a comparative experiment that takes the form of a fictional narrative, two artists from the contemporary 'younger' generation of Emirati artists were assigned to work separately on a 'character' from the '5 UAE'. The experimental, productive structure of the exhibition reflects on the atelier atmosphere of innovative exchange initiated by Hassan Sharif and transmuted and sustained by four of his students - Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim, Mohammed Kazem, Abdullah Al Saadi and Hussain Sharif.
MOHAMMED KAZEM AND HASSAN SHARIFBut We Cannot See Them: Tracing a UAE Underground, 1988 - 2008 February 12, 2017
NYUAD Art Gallery, Abu Dhabi
Curated by Maya Allison and Bana Kattan
2 March - 25 May
Hassan Sharif and Mohammed Kazem participate in But We Cannot See Them, an exhibition that surveys one of the most important artistic communities in the UAE's history with works by Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim, Abdullah Al Saadi, Hussein Sharif, Vivek Vilasini, Jos Clevers and Ebtisam Abdulaziz. Community has played a key role in every modern art historical breakthrough, with artists banding together around manifestos, or turning to one another for support when art institutions rejected their innovations. Art communities grow out of critical and creative exchange among peers and mentors. This exhibition focuses on one community of artists, sometimes called "the five", at an intersection of visual artists, writers, and filmmakers based in the UAE. Its members identified with a "new culture" of encouraging radical, formal and conceptual experimentation. Eventually, some of these artists founded the celebrated Flying House.
MOHAMMED KAZEM AND HASSAN SHARIFTHE CREATIVE ACT: PERFORMANCE, PROCESS, PRESENCE February 12, 2017
Guggenheim Abu Dhabi
Curated by Valerie Hillings, Sasha Kalter-Wasserman, Sarah Dwider and Maisa Al Qassimi
Beginning 8 March
The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi collection's second exhibition brings together artists of different nationalities and generations who have emphasised performance, process, and human presence in their practice, offering a transcultural perspective on these defining aspects of contemporary art. Among several early performances by Hassan Sharif and Mohammed Kazem's Directions 2002, the exhibition will feature more than 25 works in a variety of media - installation, painting, photography, sculpture, video and works on paper, representing more than 18 artists.
ARTISSIMA 2016November 4, 2016
Booth Black 12
Oval, Lingotto Fiere, Turin
Preview and Vernissage: 3 November
4 - 6 November
As a continuation of Involved in Nonsense - a solo presentation dedicated to Hassan Sharif's early practice in Back to the Future at Artissima in 2015 - this year we are pleased to present the artist's recent Objects, which he started creating in the 1980s.
Always questioning the functional and the useless, the found and the created, Sharif transformed consumer products and waste into complex assemblages and weavings. In his Objects, he raised concerns about consumerism and social order, the human body and the physical evidence of our times. According to the artist, his Objects are the vernacular aesthetics of everything that is 'useless, meaningless and artificial' and illustrate an important truth about the world we live in. Weaving them together with rope, coil and twine, the heaps and bundles that he created became a visualisation of the surplus of mass-production - the commonly unseen by product of the UAE's globalised, consumerist society that developed since the country's formation.
Hassan Sharif | 1951 - 2016September 19, 2016
We remember the life and artistic legacy of Hassan Sharif who passed away on Sunday, September 18, 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates at the age of 65 years old.
Sharif's exact date of birth is unknown, nor did it really matter to him. He didn't put stock in conventions of age, identity or the need for comfort. Only art and the restless making of art grasped his attention. He was a prolific cultural producer and facilitator, moving between roles as artist, educator, critic, activist, and mentor.
His career as an artist began in Dubai and Sharjah in the 1970s, working as a satirical caricaturist, highlighting a rapidly changing United Arab Emirates at the dawn of its formation. In 1979, Sharif is awarded a scholarship to the United Kingdom where he studied at the Byam Shaw School of Art and returned five years later to the UAE, with the goal of establishing an art practice and building an audience for contemporary art in the Gulf region. The young country was an unlikely setting for an artist with a taste for provocation but his work found exactly the resistance that stimulated him. With determination, Sharif began a life-long pursuit to expand the definitions of art and the role of artists.
For his earliest experimental work of the 1980s, Sharif brought friends to the edges of Dubai and they were the audience for his performances - jumping in the desert, tying rope between rocks - using apparently simple gestures to pointedly question ideals of technical skill, mastery, and accomplishment. Always questioning the functional and the useless, the found and the created, he transformed consumer products and waste into complex assemblages and weavings in his ongoing series "Objects". In these works, Sharif raised concerns about consumerism and social order, the human body and the physical evidence of our times. He was fascinated by the errors and flaws that arise in rigid systems, utilizing them in his large body of "Semi-system" drawings. Across his diverse work, he believed that flaws in such systems are ultimately creative ruptures.
Internationally recognized as a pioneer of conceptual art and experimental practice in the Middle East, Sharif served as a colleague and mentor to generations of Emirati artists. He believed that art was not only practice to be expanded and shared, but also a catalyst for community. In the early 1980's, he founded the Al Marijah Art Atelier in Sharjah, and was a founding member of the Emirates Fine Art Society and of the Art Atelier in the Youth Theater and Arts, Dubai. In 2005, he was one of four artists to establish The Flying House, a Dubai art space dedicated to promoting contemporary Emirati artists. The first Emirati to have his work shown in the Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, Qatar, Sharif was also among the selected artists to represent the U.A.E. during its first national pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2009. Sharif's artwork is included in the collections of the Centre Pompidou, Paris; M+ Museum, Hong Kong; Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar; the Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, U.A.E.; the Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, U.A.E.; the Sittard Center, The Netherlands; and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., and Guggenheim, New York, U.S.A.
Hassan Sharif will be remembered for his gentle and generous spirit and his playful attitude. The legacy of his artistic journey will inspire artists and audiences, having left an indelible mark on Middle Eastern art history and the global art world.
Mohammed Kazem and Hassan SharifYinchuan Biennale September 8, 2016
For an Image, Faster Than Light
Curated by Bose Krishnamachari
9 September - 18 December
We are pleased to announce Hassan Sharif and Mohammed Kazem's participation in the inaugural edition of Yinchuan Biennale, which will witness more than 80 international artists representing all facets of the global spectrum and from all parts (east-west, north-south) working on contemporary issues that the world has to contend with. The exhibition will be held on the premises of MOCA Yinchuan and will include an engaging display of artworks both inside and outside the museum.
Following a 2-week long artist residency at the MOCA Yinchuan, Kazem will create two site-specific installtions, entitled Directions (Standing on Water) and Directions Yinchuan.
Hassan Sharif, Haleh Redjaian and Rokni HaerizadehART BRUSSELS April 22, 2016
22 - 24 April
Tour & Taxis, Brussels, Belgium
Prime Booth B50
We are pleased to announce our participation in Art Brussels with a prime booth featuring works by Emirati artist Hassan Sharif and German-Iranian artist Haleh Redjaian, where a formal comparison will be drawn between the 3D weaving techniques and works on paper by both artists. The booth will be an investigation of Sharif and Redjaian's critical approach of using the grid as a measurement tool and foundation for their composition, allowing for chance and repetition.
Solo Booth B50-S
The solo booth will centre on a video animation Letter! (2014) by Iranian artist Rokni Haerizadeh, which uses footage from a Femen protest, and shows how the protest is turned into its own hysterical, violent and performative spectacle once the gaze of the media is present. Haerizadeh refers to his videos as 'moving paintings' to emphasise the pulse of the video. He purposely doesn't refer to them as animations as he's not tracing a movement between frames, instead, each movement is enacted in these individual hand-painted frames to create an erratic pulse, and also merges thousand of individual paintings into one durational piece.
Hassan SharifEmbodying | Published by Sharjah Art Foundation April 21, 2016
Hassan Sharif and Cristiana de Marchi's book Embodying, reflects on Sharif's early performances, each corresponding to 29 poems by de Marchi, where she is narrating and animating, almost bringing these documented performances back to life. In the early 1980s and 1990s, Sharif carried out a series of performances without an audience and had them photographed in colour or black and white by close friends or other artists. This documentation of the artist's movements shows how pointless and meaningless these actions and mundane activities appear to be when taken out of context.
MOHAMMED KAZEM AND HASSAN SHARIFPortrait of a Nation April 11, 2016
Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, UAE
11 April - 10 May
Mohammed Kazem and Hassan Sharif participate in Portrait of a Nation, a group exhibition celebrating the 20 years of Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation (ADMAF) and featuring works by 50 Emirati artists. Divided in seven different thematic areas, the works explore topics of Nation and Unity, Geography and Nature, Architecture and Urbanism, Portraiture and Identity, Religion and Spirituality, Language and Calligraphy, and Tradition and Heritage. The exhibition captures the ever-changing face of the visual arts in the United Arab Emirates through a work from Sharif's Objects, which are sculptural assemblages constructed from mass-produced materials and created via random and arbitrary rules, and Kazem's performative work Photographs with a Flag, in which the artist stands next to small flags that neither represent countries, corporations or institutions, but are merely pieces of cloth in different colours, set into a space of ground in Dubai's Al Mamzar area.
Hassan SharifAlexander Gray Associates, New York, USA April 7, 2016
7 April - 14 May 2016
Hassan Sharif presents a solo show at New York's Alexander Gray Associates, featuring sculptures and woven assemblages. Recognised as a pioneer of conceptual art and experimental practices in the United Arab Emirates over the past four decades, Sharif has transgressed traditional frameworks for art making by extending his practice to performance, installation, drawing, painting, and assemblage that integrates ordinary objects as the primary medium. The tapestry-like works in this exhibition are conceptually linked by their relationship with the human body and social structures.
ART DUBAI 2016March 16, 2016
Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE
16 - 19 March
We are pleased to participate in the 10th edition of Art Dubai with works by Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, Hesam Rahmanian, Hassan Sharif, Haleh Redjaian, Mohammed Kazem and Xu Qu.
Hassan Sharif: Objects and FilesMathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar Curated by Laura Barlow March 10, 2016
Until 4 September
Hassan Sharif's solo exhibition at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art includes a selection of works from the museum's collection such as object installations and artist archives made between 1981 and 1987. During these years, Sharif established new, self-imposed system of repetition, duration, and chance in the execution of his work. These methodologies have driven a practice spanning 40 years that mischievously confront our material and immaterial complicity with production of art and culture, as well as commodoties and industry. The exhibition shows key works through which Sharif asserts the role of art and the artist in writing new visual languages to disseminate critical debates on the political, economic and cultural layers of the society.
Mohammed Kazem and Hassan Sharif1980-Today: Exhibition in the United Arab Emirates February 13, 2016
The Flying Saucer, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah UAE
Curated by Hoor Al Qasimi
Until 14 May
As presented at the National Pavilion of the UAE in the 56th edition of the Venice Biennale, 1980-Today: Exhibitions in the United Arab Emirates is now on view in Sharjah and looks at the history of exhibition making in the United Arab Emirates over the last 40 years. The emergence of art practices in the UAE is presented here through a selection of over 100 works by 15 Emirati artists.
The exhibition is built upon extensive research involving archives of newspaper articles, artists' writings, and catalogues, as well as interviews with artists and cultural practitioners. Reflecting personal and geopolitical trajectories, the research focused on the underexposed historical record and evolving practices of some of the UAE's most important modernist and contemporary artists.
Hassan SharifLooking at the World Around You. Contemporary Works from Qatar Museums February 9, 2016
Fundación Banco Santander, Madrid, Spain
Curated by Abdellah Karroum and Fatma Mostafawi
Until 19 June
Hassan Sharif participates in Looking at the World Around You. Contemporary Works from Qatar Museums, which is held in collaboration with Madrid's Fundación Banco Santander.
The exhibition includes works that traverse nearly two centuries of artistic production across three continents. Conceiving of art as a way of looking at the world around you, of proposing a multitude of interpretations and ideas for changing perceptions, the exhibition is itself an invitation to look again and see anew; an invitation, in other words, to rethink the alignment of histories and how to make sense of the world today.
Hassan Sharif and Mohammed KazemDo It [In Arabic] January 23, 2016
Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE
Curated by Hoor Al Qasimi and Hans Ulrich Obrist
Until 23 March
We are pleased to announce Mohammed Kazem and Hassan Sharif's participation in Do It [In Arabic], in which more than 60 participating artists will create written instructions that will allow anyone to make a new work of art. The exhibition is a new iteration of Hans Ulrich Obrist's project, which began in Paris in 1993 as a conversation between Obrist, photographer Christian Boltanski and artist Bertrand Lavier.
Hassan Sharif and Mohammed KazemIn Search of Lost Time January 21, 2016
Brunei Gallery, London, UK
Curated by Amal Khalaf, Abdel Al Kadiri and Abdulnasser Gharem
Until 19 March
We are pleased to announce Mohammed Kazem and Hassan Sharif's participation in In Search of Lost Time. The exhibition, commissioned by The British Council in association with Brunei Gallery, presents works that explore the complex relationship between image, speed and time in the Gulf. In doing so, the exhibition aims to provoke a discussion about the role of art and culture in the region through the works of Rajaa Khalid, Jafar Islah, Sami Mohammed, Ahmed Mater, Abdallah Al Saadi, Ajlan Gharem, Camille Zakharia, Kazem, Sharif, Sophia Al Maria, Monira Al Qadiri, Lantian Xie, Mohammed Sharaf and Shaweesh.
ABU DHABI ARTNovember 18, 2015
Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, UAE
18 - 21 November 2015
We are pleased to participate in the seventh edition of Abu Dhabi Art with new works by Hassan Sharif, Mohammed Kazem and Rokni Haerizadeh. Additionally, a large-scale copper sculpture by Sharif will be featured in the Beyond section, curated by Fabrice Bousteau, which aims to bring art to the public arena under the theme of Bliss.
ArtissimaBack To The Future November 6, 2015
Involved in Nonsense
Back To The Future is the section Artissima has devoted to solo exhibitions of the great pioneers of contemporary art. This edition focuses on the period between 1975-85 by presenting works by artists who played a key role in the history of art but whose work is not always known to the general public.
We are pleased to present the very early practice of Hassan Sharif, the first recipient of a fine art scholarship from the United Arab Emirates to study at the Byam Shaw School of Art, London. Involved in Nonsense will focus on works made between the years 1982-85, a period in which Sharif travelled frequently between the Emirates and the UK, mailing or carrying works between the two countries. This nomadic back and forth movement of the artist, knowledge and works underscores a dynamism that charged this initial encounter between the Emirates and the Western avant-garde.