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Hassan Sharif I Am The Single Work Artis

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Publisher:SharjahArtFoundation and KoenigBooks,
LondonPublication
date:March2020

Price:$45
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This monograph of Hassan Sharif arose from Hassan Sharif: I Am the single Work Artist, the largest-ever exhibition of the artist’s work. Curated by Hoor Al Qasimi, it was first staged from late 2017 to early2018, across multiple venues of Sharjah Art Foundation before touring Europe at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, and MalmöKonsthall in Sweden. Pulling together the Foundation’s research into the late artist, this book presents a comprehensive look at his oeuvre, including English translations of his writings, archival exhibition materials, documentation from his performances, such as jumping in the Desert(1983), as well as never-realized works and those recreated for the exhibition from proposals and sketches found in his studio. From Sharif’s education in London to returning home to the UAE –which he vowed to never leave again and never did – the pages share the life of one of the region’s cultural giants, celebrating his contributions an artist, writer, educator, political caricaturist, and critic.

Through his vision and work, he assessed and analyzed the radical changes under way in the UAE, as well as the environmental and socio-economic impacts of the country’s newfound wealth and influence. The book is not proposed as an exhibition catalog or achronological reflection, but rather as an overview of Sharif’sextensive, experimental journey and essential insight into his practice and legacy. It achieves these objectives admirably, providing invaluable look into the works and thoughts of one of the pioneersof experimental and conceptual art in the UAE and an artist whoseimpact is still felt today

Amit Varadrajan is a staff writer at Canvas, covering news, politics, and culture
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