PORTRAIT OF A NATION II 

The companion book to the art exhibition of the same name, Portrait of a Nation II documents the more than 100 key works, including 15 special commissions, that help form the landscape of Emirati and Emirates-based artists through painting, photography, 3D installations and audio-visual works. The artists’ stories are told through ephemera from their lives and careers, including manifestos, recorded interviews and other memorabilia. The book lovingly captures each work of art in the exhibition in rich photography, with descriptions from curators, writers and the artists themselves. These are accompanied by bios and artist statements from the UAE’s most important visual art practitioners, as well as introductions from VIPs in the world of culture and art, and essays from the exhibition’s curators guiding readers through the exhibition – and through the UAE’s remarkable art history.

Launching January 2022

A new book, published in conjunction with the “Portrait of a Nation II” exhibition, traces the unprecedented growth of the UAE art world and the explosion of its significance in the global context. The story is told through interviews, roundtable discussions and essays by the people who have built the UAE’s visual art scene and infrastructure from the ground up since the nation’s founding. From the director of the Louvre Abu Dhabi to the UAE’s most well-known living artists, “Art of the Emirates II” is an unprecedented conversation with the people who are writing the history of art in the Emirates as we speak. The book is edited by Melissa Gronlund, acclaimed author and art journalist for the UAE’s leading daily newspaper The National, as well as a correspondent for The Art Newspaper.

Launching January 2022

Launching January 2022

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