It is human nature to pay homage to history and reflect more fondly on what has gone before us than what is happening in the here and now.
However, in the forward-thinking UAE, there is no time like the present. And in the progressive capital of Abu Dhabi, while tradition is rightly cherished, we are now living in a golden age of culture.
Thanks to the hugely successful launch of Louvre Abu Dhabi, supplemented by a thriving scene of eclectic galleries, art spaces and new creative talents, the city is transforming into a cultural powerhouse in real time.
The latest chapter of the ongoing success story is now being told at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr Gallery, where a quartet of gifted artists are taking centre stage for the iAM Here & Now exhibition, the first venture from the city’s newest art management and events firm, International Artists Management.
The exhibition, which will run until the end of March, showcases the artwork of Abu Dhabi-based visual artists Mariam Abdulla, Rashed Al Mansoori, Jeramie Christian, Peter Corbett, Emily Gordon and Unni Kriens, alongside that of celebrated Australian landscape photographer Anthony Horth, fresh from his successful solo show at Emirates Palace in December. While the fantastic four have their own unique artistic styles, they are united by a brilliant ability to capture the moment in their works of art.
iAM Here & Now aims to highlight the growing art scene in Abu Dhabi by spotlighting innovative rotating artists who are either of the capital or interested in joining the capital’s art community.
Long-time Abu Dhabi-based artist Emily Gordon has founded iAM to help give a stage to fresh artistic talent.
Gordon explains: “I have spent three decades nurturing a grassroots art scene in Abu Dhabi, and I am pleased to find myself still here with an emerging art scene to boot. Following up on the success of my No White Walls, iAM’s new exhibition will showcase the many talented local artists prospering right here in the capital along with numerous international artists who have great interest in getting exposure in our increasingly competitive art scene right now. There has never been a better time
to be an artist in the capital.”
Covi Larxe-Rey, director of sales and marketing at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, adds: “Fairmont Bab Al Bahr is pleased to align itself with iAM and this group of talented artists. We have worked with Emily Gordon for many years, and our new relationship with iAM and its debut exhibition is a testament to our long-standing commitment to nurturing the Abu Dhabi art scene.”
Horth, who was a world-renowned fashion photographer before turning his lens to landscapes, will have his own exhibition
at the hotel until April 7.
The Mother Earth Kimberley exhibition recounts his journey to the East Kimberley region of Western Australia to capture the remote beauty of the outback. The exhibition will feature six of the 21 limited-edition photographs in the series.
Art is on the rise in Abu Dhabi – and you can share in its success.
iAm Here & Now: Until March 31; Mother Earth Kimberley Australia: Until April 7. Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Khor Al Maqta
(02 654 3333).