From a photo showing a crowd’s various reactions while staring at an artwork, to a subtle representation of the UAE’s transition into a modern city – the latest art exhibit at NYUAD challenges viewers to look beyond what they see.
Ways of Seeing features 26 artists – including Salvador Dali and video pioneers Paul and Marlene Kos – and 41 artworks created using various media such as painting, photography, sculpture, sound and film. The concept of the exhibition is about ways in which familiar forms may take on new meanings and appearances, with many open to different interpretations.
“This aims to give the average viewer that role of an expert so you can decide for yourself based on what you see in an artwork,” said Till Fellrath, co-curator and co-founder of the multi-disciplinary curatorial platform, Art Reoriented.
“It’s encouraging visitors not to leave conclusions or the interpretations to academics and scholars, and not worry if your analysis is accurate or wrong. It will make you, in a sense, your own critic.”
The exhibition, which will run until 17th November at NYUAD Art Gallery, also comprises a series of talks, workshops and family-friendly activities.