Post image for Money and Design Impress: The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

During my trip to Abu Dhabi Art, I took a bit off the art fair beat to take a look at one of Abu Dhabi’s more well known cultural attractions: Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Constructed between 1996 and 2007, the mosque is the largest in United Emirates, and the 8th largest in the world. It can accommodate up to 40,000 worshippers. The place is amazing. Here are some pictures.

Post image for On the Latest Ken Johnson Shit Storm: Are “Bad Boy” and “Soccer Mom” Comparable Terms?

It’s been two weeks since New York Times critic Ken Johnson penned his review of Michelle Grabner’s show at James Cohan and debate over whether he used sexist language to dismiss it still rages on. A few responses to the responses on the responses.

Post image for Recommended from Detroit: Ed Fraga’s Shadowy Optimism

The title of veteran Detroit painter Ed Fraga’s exhibition “Tabula Rasa” translates to “blank slate,” as a reference (in part) to the new direction he has taken his aesthetic.

Post image for Recommended Shows: Fin de Siècle and Sara Greenberger Rafferty

With a potential frontrunner for best exhibition of the year.

Post image for Abu Dhabi Art: An Intimate Art Fair Experience

After a Tuesday night opening at the Manarat Al Saadiyat that involved a near two hour Patti Smith performance and the glitteriest of the glitterati, Wednesday afternoon at Abu Dhabi Art seemed quiet by comparison. A steady stream of collectors were milling about the halls this first day of the fair, though just as often, so too were the dealers.

Post image for Recommended From Detroit: The People’s Biennial

At the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit’s “People’s Biennial,” curators Harrell Fletcher and Jens Hoffmann have selected a group of established artists to, in turn, choose their own non-art world collaborators. But “outsider art” hardly begins to cover the kinds of creative practices on display.