Alexander Gray Associates
Luis Camnitzer, Hassan Sharif
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Alexander Gray Associates' participation in Art Dubai 2012, featured an exhibition of works by two leading figures in Conceptual Art, Hassan Sharif and Luis Camnitzer.
The parallel careers of each artist have influenced the development and distribution of conceptual art practice in the Middle East and Latin America since the 1970s and 1960s, respectively. The selected works, representing a range of periods and media, use subtle means to emphasize language and critical thinking, exploring issues of location, identity and migration.
Works on view included Hassan Sharif’s Cardboard & Wire (1996), an iconic sculpture that was included in exhibitions at the Sharjah Art Museum (1996) and the 2009 Venice Biennale. This assemblage, exploring the transformation of materials and ideas, juxtaposes with Luis Camnitzer’s text-based works from the series Assignment Book (2011), which also encourage open-ended interpretation from viewers. Also on view are Camnitzer’s graphic works from the late 1960s, early experiments with language that pushed traditions of printmaking.
Together, the works exhibited by Camnitzer and Sharif were awarded the inaugural John Jones Art on Paper Award, which aims to recognize the potential for excellence and innovation for works made on paper.
WATCH THE VIDEO: Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath: Hassan Sharif and Luis Camnitzer
Curators Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath speak on the work of Hassan Sharif and Luis Camnitzer presented by Alexander Gray Associates at Art Dubai 2012 on Canvas Online.
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