The NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery: 2014-2020 (2021)
When New York University Abu Dhabi opened on Saadiyat Island in 2014,
it also launched The NYUAD Art Gallery, a museum-format space for
scholarly, experimental, and envelope-pushing exhibitions. It has
since been recognized for its growing contribution to the UAE’s
cultural landscape, as museums spring up around it, including the
Louvre Abu Dhabi in 2017, and more to come.
This dual-language English-Arabic publication tells the origin story
of The NYUAD Art Gallery – the first of its kind in the Arabian
Peninsula – giving voice to the founders and collaborators. Mariët
Westermann writes about the role of exhibition-making and study of art
in a university’s mission; H.E. Zaki Nusseibeh situates the arrival of
The NYUAD Art Gallery in the history of the UAE’s cultural sector;
while Maya Allison details the origins and development of the mission
and vision for exhibition-making at NYU Abu Dhabi in the context of
the UAE’s fast-changing cultural landscape.
With elegant cloth binding and slipcase, and extensive color images
charting the timeline of exhibitions, this beautiful edition offers a
retrospective of the Gallery’s exhibitions, book publications, and
projects. Contributors include Sam Bardaouil, Guido Comis, Emily
Doherty, Anthony Downey, Till Fellrath, Scott Fitzgerald, Bana Kattan,
Salwa Mikdadi, H.E. Zaki Nusseibeh, Alistair Rider, Beatrix Ruf, Slavs
and Tatars, and Mariët Westermann.