... through art, sublimation is completed in a way that
my brain, my spirit, is totally satisfied
In September, the Jean-Paul Najar Foundation will kick-off the 2016-2017 Dubai arts season by hosting New York artist Judy Rifka. She will spend two weeks in Dubai for an artist’s residency, a series of talks and workshops, and will host three apprentices to work with her on a newly commissioned body of work. “We are delighted that seasoned public programmer Wafa Jadallah will be organizing the events at the Foundation for the duration of Judy Rifka’s stay,” says Foundation Director Deborah Najar. Beneficiary institutions include Zayed University, the American University of Sharjah, the American University of Dubai, NYU-Abu Dhabi and a number of local secondary schools.
«This programme fits directly into the Foundation’s mission both to support the artists of the Collection as well as to propose unique educational content». Rifka aims to create a series of works that will be unveiled at the opening of her solo show Judy Rifka: RETROactive on September 18th. This exhibition will juxtapose seminal works from the 1970s chosen from the permanent collection, as well as these newer works.
The Jean-Paul Najar Foundation for Contemporary Art is a non-profit private museum, gathering European and American abstract art from the 1960s through today. By making its home in Dubai, the JEAN-PAUL NAJAR FOUNDATION is honoured to connect this seminal period of contemporary art history to the extraordinary energy of such a burgeoning international art destination. The Foundation has three main goals: to present its permanent collection, to support its artists and to engage collectors. In so doing, the Foundation is committed to educational programs, ongoing acquisitions, guided tours and “Friends of the Foundation” events. The Foundation’s dedicated space in Dubai is designed by Mario Jossa, of Marcel Breuer and Associates, and is presented in partnership with Alserkal Avenue.
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