Hassan Sharif

Combs (2016)
Mixed media
108.27h x 78.74w x 27.56d in (275h x 200w x 70d cm)
Combs (2016)
Mixed media
108.27h x 78.74w x 27.56d in (275h x 200w x 70d cm)
Iron No 2 (2013)
Wood and iron
7.9h x 157.5w x 39.4d in (20.1h x 400.1w x 100.1d cm)
Iron No 2 (2013)
Wood and iron
7.9h x 157.5w x 39.4d in (20.1h x 400.1w x 100.1d cm)
Ladies and Gentlemen (2014)
Mixed media
108.27h x 181.1w x 17.72d in (275h x 460w x 45d cm)
Ladies and Gentlemen (2014)
Mixed media
108.27h x 181.1w x 17.72d in (275h x 460w x 45d cm)
Spoons No. 5 (2012)
Spoons and copper
18.9h x 19.7w x 55.1d in (48h x 50w x 140d cm)
Spoons No. 5 (2012)
Spoons and copper
18.9h x 19.7w x 55.1d in (48h x 50w x 140d cm)
Coir and Cotton Rope (1987)
Coir and cotton rope
43.31h x 43.31w x 19.69d in (110h x 110w x 50d cm)
Collection of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Coir and Cotton Rope (1987)
Coir and cotton rope
43.31h x 43.31w x 19.69d in (110h x 110w x 50d cm)
Collection of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Trees - Walham Grow Road - London (1983)
Photographs, original text on paperboard
33.07h x 23.43w in (84h x 59.51w cm)
Trees - Walham Grow Road - London (1983)
Photographs, original text on paperboard
33.07h x 23.43w in (84h x 59.51w cm)
Ruler (1981)
Photographs on paperboard
23.43h x 16.73w in (59.51h x 42.49w cm)
Ruler (1981)
Photographs on paperboard
23.43h x 16.73w in (59.51h x 42.49w cm)
Drawing Squares on the Floor Using a Cube (1982)
Photographs on paperboard
33.07h x 23.43w in (84h x 59.51w cm)
Drawing Squares on the Floor Using a Cube (1982)
Photographs on paperboard
33.07h x 23.43w in (84h x 59.51w cm)
Cadmium Red (2014)
Mixed media
38.58h x 64.96w x 1.57d in (98h x 165w x 4d cm)
Cadmium Red (2014)
Mixed media
38.58h x 64.96w x 1.57d in (98h x 165w x 4d cm)
Copper 1 (2012)
Copper
31.1h x 23.2w in (79h x 58.9w cm)
Copper 1 (2012)
Copper
31.1h x 23.2w in (79h x 58.9w cm)
Cotton Rope 8 (2012)
Cotton Rope And Copper Wire
27.6h x 51.2w x 27.6d in (70.1h x 130w x 70.1d cm)
Cotton Rope 8 (2012)
Cotton Rope And Copper Wire
27.6h x 51.2w x 27.6d in (70.1h x 130w x 70.1d cm)
Masks (2016)
Mixed media 
112.2h x 94.49w x 17.32d in (285h x 240w x 44d cm)
Masks (2016)
Mixed media
112.2h x 94.49w x 17.32d in (285h x 240w x 44d cm)
Seven Points Angular Lines - Part 2 (2013)
Mixed media in 3 parts
31.5h x 15.8w x 1d in (80h x 40.1w x 2.5d cm)
Seven Points Angular Lines - Part 2 (2013)
Mixed media in 3 parts
31.5h x 15.8w x 1d in (80h x 40.1w x 2.5d cm)
Wave-Like and Straight Horizontal No. 1-5 (2007)
Ink on paper
23.03h x 16.54w in (58.5h x 42.01w cm)
Wave-Like and Straight Horizontal No. 1-5 (2007)
Ink on paper
23.03h x 16.54w in (58.5h x 42.01w cm)
Plugs No. 1 (2014)
Mixed media
Dimensions Variable
Plugs No. 1 (2014)
Mixed media
Dimensions Variable
Iron No. 3 (2013)
Iron and steel wire
46.9h x 47.2w x 16.5d in (119.1h x 119.9w x 41.9d cm)
Iron No. 3 (2013)
Iron and steel wire
46.9h x 47.2w x 16.5d in (119.1h x 119.9w x 41.9d cm)

Biography

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Hassan Sharif (b.1951, Dubai, United Arab Emirates – d.2016, Dubai) lived and worked in Dubai. Recognized as a pioneer of conceptual art and experimental practice in the Middle East, Sharif's artworks surpass the limits of discipline or singular approach, encompassing performance, installation, drawing, painting, and assemblage. Since the late 1970s, he maintained a practice as a cultural producer and facilitator, moving between roles as artist, educator, critic, activist, and mentor to contemporary artists in the U.A.E. 



After familiarizing himself with the ideas of Dada and Fluxus art during his studies in the early 1980s at Byam Shaw School of Art in London (now Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design), Sharif created performance-based works that engaged with repetition, landscape, and the body, themes that he has continued to explore throughout his practice. Sharif first incorporated weaving into his art making process as a part of his “Objects” series (1982–present) as a means of critically exploring the increasing modernization and industrialization occurring in the U.A.E.

An acute awareness of his environment led Sharif to embrace constant experimentation and a variety of materials. In his body of work, he focused on experiments and semi-systems, he utilized the grid to draft constructivist structures. Sharif aimed to create art that was linked to society and speaks to universal aspects of daily life. He manifested this interest through his use of ordinary materials. He incorporated cotton, textile, metal, chord, plastic, and everyday objects to create a variety of works that reflect contemporary concerns such as consumerism, manufacturing, and commercialization of handicrafts.



Hassan Sharif was a founding member of the Emirates Fine Art Society and of the Art Atelier in the Youth Theater and Arts, Dubai. In 2007, he was one of four artists to establish The Flying House, a Dubai institution for 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. In 2011, Sharif was the subject of a retrospective exhibition, Hassan Sharif: Experiments & Objects 1979-2011, curated by Catherine David and Mohammed Kazem and presented by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture & Heritage/Platform for Visual Arts, U.A.E. His work has been shown in recent exhibitions at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Qatar (2016); the Sharjah Biennial (2015); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2015); New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2014); Fundação Casa França-Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil (2014); and the International Centre of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia (2012); among others. 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 Museum, Sharjah, U.A.E.; the Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah; the Sittard Center, The Netherlands; and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., and Guggenheim, New York. Sharif’s work was on view at the Sharjah Art Foundation as part of the exhibitions Do It curated by Hoor Al Qasimi and Hans Ulrich Obrist, and 1980 — Today: Exhibitions in the United Arab Emirates curated by Hoor Al Qasimi and first featured at The National Pavilion United Arab Emirates at the 56th Venice Biennale, Italy.

Articles / Reviews

  • Sharif ArtAsiaPacific  September, 2015  PDF 279 K
  • Sharif The National  March 4, 2015  PDF 605 K
  • Sharif The National  March 4, 2015  PDF 164 K
  • Sharif Madame Figaro  August 29, 2014  PDF 612 K
  • Sharif Harper's Bazaar Abu Dhabi  July – August 2014  PDF 2.6 MB
  • Sharif New York Times  July 17, 2014  PDF 158 K
  • Sharif Art in America  January 28, 2014  PDF 327 K
  • Sharif National  January 27, 2014  PDF 353 K
  • Sharif Wall Street Journal  January 17, 2014  PDF 148 K
  • Sharif Exhibition Catalogue  January 8, 2014  PDF 1 MB
  • Sharif WSIMagazine.com  January 2, 2014  PDF 243 K
  • Sharif Modern Painters    PDF 1.9 MB
  • Sharif National  December 19, 2013  PDF 240 K
  • Sharif Art Basel Miami Beach 2013 Brochure    PDF 194 K
  • Sharif Gulf News  December 5, 2013  PDF 361 K
  • Sharif Canvas Magazine  November 2013  PDF 0.8 MB
  • Sharif Art Newspaper  March 25, 2013  PDF 277 K
  • Sharif Art Agenda  March 20, 2013  PDF 242 K
  • Sharif Sculpture on the Beach  March 19, 2013  PDF 80 K
  • Sharif artsHub  June 17, 2012  PDF 333 K
  • Sharif Al Akhbar  June 14, 2012  PDF 124 K
  • Sharif Middle East Online  June 14, 2012  PDF 83 K
  • Sharif Canvas Magazine  March/April 2012  PDF 387 K
  • Sharif Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art  2010  PDF 93 K
  • Sharif Gulfnews Online  December 4, 2009  PDF 30 K
  • Sharif Nafas Art Magazine  September 2009  PDF 308 K
  • Sharif World Sculpture Magazine  Spring 2009  PDF 812 K
  • Sharif Canvas Magazine  January 2008  PDF 0.9 MB
  • Sharif Qantare Magazine  July 2007  PDF 73 K
  • Sharif Nafas Art Magazine  July 2004  PDF 217 K
  • Sharif Al-Ittihad  September 22, 2000  PDF 79 K
  • Sharif Al-Bayan  May 7, 2000  PDF 177 K
  • Sharif Al-Ittihad  April 6, 2000  PDF 94 K
  • Sharif Al-Khaleej  April 19, 1999  PDF 95 K
  • Sharif Al-Khaleej  October 12, 1998  PDF 92 K
  • Sharif Vivek Vilasini  1997  PDF 57 K
  • Sharif Al-Bayan  October 9, 1996  PDF 80 K
  • Sharif Al-Shuruq  March 23, 1994  PDF 149 K
  • Sharif Al-Ittihad  April 17, 1993  PDF 90 K
  • Sharif Al-Khaleej  October 23, 1990  PDF 147 K
  • Sharif Al-Khaleej  March 1, 1990  PDF 129 K
  • Sharif Al-Bayan  June 26, 1989  PDF 105 K
  • Sharif Al-Bayan  June 10, 1989  PDF 98 K
  • Sharif Al-Khaleej  April 24, 1988  PDF 64 K
  • Sharif Al Azmena Al Arabia  December 15, 1986  PDF 91 K
  • Sharif Al-Bayan  October 24, 1986  PDF 85 K
  • Sharif Al-Khaleej  May 5, 1986  PDF 75 K
  • Sharif Al-Ittihad  April 20, 1986  PDF 100 K
  • Sharif Awraq Magazine  September 13, 1985  PDF 187 K
  • Sharif Al-Khaleej  September 1984  PDF 142 K
  • Sharif Yousif Aydabi    PDF 94 K