NYU Abu Dhabi hosts exhibition inspired by UAE’s capital

John Torreano, 'Polar Bear Footprints and Dark Matters', 2016. Image courtesy the artist.

The Art Gallery at NYU Abu Dhabi will host an exhibition Above Below and Below Below in its auxiliary venue, The Project Space from 8 November until 3 December 3, showcasing the artwork of NYU Abu Dhabi faculty member John Torreano.

The body of artworks in Above Below and Below Below contain Torreano’s observations and fascinations with the city of Abu Dhabi, his students, and reflections on an artistic life lived between Abu Dhabi and New York. While these works draw inspiration from the visual world of the UAE and the desert, they also help us to envision new possibilities and dimensions inspired by the mysterious worlds far above and below us. In their totality, these paintings and photographs also offer a brief glimpse into the inner and outer spaces of a true painter’s imagination.

Torreano has taught at NYU since 1992, and has made important contributions to the University’s arts community. He has headed up the Painting & Drawing Program, directed the MFA in Studio Art Program, and created and taught hundreds of NYU classes in New York, Italy, and Abu Dhabi. Since 2011, he has been a key arts faculty member at NYU Abu Dhabi, returning each academic year for a full semester.

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The exhibition is free and open to the public.

 

 

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