Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Contemporary Art / Doha - Abdulnasser Gharem

Abdulnasser Gharem
B.1973
MEN AT WORK (TIME MAGAZINE PERSON OF THE YEAR 2003: THE AMERICAN SOLDIER) 
ink and lacquer paint on rubber stamps and board, in four parts 
Overall: 160 by 200cm.; 63 by 78 3/4 in.
Executed in 2011.
"I HAVE NO STUDIO SO MY STUDIO IS WHERE I CAN FIND PEOPLE. WHEN I SEE THE OPPORTUNITY I GO. THAT IS MY WAY OF THINKING ABOUT ART."

BORN IN 1973 IN THE SAUDI ARABIAN CITY OF KHAMIS MUSHAIT, WHERE HE CONTINUES TO LIVE AND WORK TODAY. IN 1992 GHAREM GRADUATED FROM THE KING ABDULAZIZ ACADEMY BEFORE ATTENDING THE LEADER INSTITUTE IN RIYADH. IN 2003 HE STUDIED AT THE INFLUENTIAL AL- MEFTAHA ARTS VILLAGE IN ABHA AND IN 2004 GHAREM AND THE AL-MEFTAHA ARTISTS STAGED A GROUP EXHIBITION, SHATTAH, WHICH CHALLENGED EXISTING MODES OF ART PRACTICE IN SAUDI ARABIA. SINCE THEN GHAREM HAS EXHIBITED IN EUROPE, THE GULF AND THE USA, INCLUDING AT MARTIN GROPIUS-BAU AND AT THE VENICE, SHARJAH & BERLIN BIENNALES. HE RECENTLY MADE HISTORY WHEN HIS INSTALLATION MESSAGE/MESSENGER SOLD FOR A WORLD RECORD PRICE AT AUCTION IN DUBAI, ESTABLISHING GHAREM AS THE HIGHEST SELLING LIVING GULF ARTIST. GHAREM DONATED THE PROCEEDS OF THIS SALE TO EDGE OF ARABIA TO FOSTER ART EDUCATION IN HIS NATIVE COUNTRY. HIS FIRST MONOGRAPH ‘ABDULNASSER GHAREM: ART OF SURVIVAL’ WAS PUBLISHED IN LONDON IN OCTOBER 2011. More