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Hassan Sharif

Hassan Sharif was born in Iran in 1951, he died in Dubai in 2015.
Apart from the time he spent in London as a student in the early 80s, he worked in the Dubai and Sharjah Emirates in the United Arab Emirates throughout his life. Sharif is now regarded as one of the region’s most influential 20th century artists.

In the 1970s, Sharif published satirical drawings and caricatures in the newspaper Akhbar Dubai. Following the propitious discovery of oil in 1966 in the Gulf region, the city is in the midst of a transition, and the artist can thus observe how strikingly the traditional Arabia is being transformed.

Very early, he tries to find in art books alternatives to the general trend he was observing around him back then – the return to non figurative and calligraphic tradition:“From the beginning, just by looking at works in my books, I was becoming aware of a different way of thinking and making art. I was always trying to find a way. I knew there was something new and different out there.” He learns English and receives a scholarship to study in England in 1979.

In the early 1980s, during the years he spent in London at the Byam Shaw School of Art, Sharif develops experiments using simple objects. He understands the importance of the use of an object as a base for further construction and made his first attempts to build a two-dimensional field (the grid) with the purpose of revamping the framework of his artwork.

From 1982, Hassan Sharif develops the ‘Objects’ series. Using simple materials, like newspaper or jute, he makes sculptures which are sometimes autobiographical but mostly result of simple, repetitive actions and gestures of transformation.

Hassan Sharif, I Am The Single Work Artist at Malmö Konsthall

Retrospective
Malmö Konsthall, Malmö
September 19, 2020 - January 1, 2021

Recyclage/Surcyclage with Hassan Sharif

Group Show
Fondation Villa Datris at the L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue
June 20 - November 1, 2020

Hassan Sharif, From Daily Experiences To Collective Stories

A solo exhibition by Hassan Sharif
gb agency, Paris
March 11 - May 30, 2020

Hassan Sharif at KW Institute for Contemporary Art

Retrospective
KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin
February 29 - May 3, 2020

Beirut Art Fair 2019

Solo exhibition
Seaside Arena, Beirut
September 18 - 22, 2019

Art Basel 2019

Art Fair
Art Basel
12-16 June 2019

Hassan Sharif, I Am The Single Work Artist

Retrospective exhibition
Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah
4 November 2017 - 3 February 2018

Hassan Sharif, Reading is Making

Solo Show
gb agency
from 2 September to 7 October 2017

Fiac 2015

Art Fair
Grand Palais, Paris
22-25 October 2015

Hassan Sharif: The Physical is Universal

A solo exhibition by Hassan Sharif
gb agency
from 28 March to 23 May, 2015

FIAC 2014

Art Fair
Grand Palais, Paris
23 - 26 October 2014.

Art 45 Basel

Art Fair
Art Basel
June 19 - 22, 2014.

Hassan Sharif at Alexander Gray associates, NY

Solo show
Alexander Gray Associates, New York
February 2014

Parallel Forms

Group exhibition
gb agency
January 11 - February 22, 2014

Monographs

2019
Hassan Sharif, I am The Single Work Artist, by Hoor Al Qasimi, Sharjah Art Foundation and Koenig Books, London
2017 
Hassan Sharif, 2017, edited by Adel Khozam, published by Emirates Fine Arts Society
2011 
Hassan Sharif: Works 1973-2011, 2011, edited by Catherine David, published by Hatje Cantz

Selected Press

2020
Süddeutsche Zeitung, Werkschau von Hassan Sharif in Berlin, Mit listigem Blick, by Sonja Zekri, April
Gulf Today, Berlin honours Emirati artist Hassan Sharif with retrospective, by Muhammad Yusuf, March 16
Slash Paris, Point de vue, Hassan Sharif, gb agency, by Guillaume Benoit, March 31
Libération, Rétrospective de Hassan Sharif, père de la conceptuel dans le Golfe, by Elisabeth Franck-Dumas, June 1
2019
Gulf News, The pioneers of contemporary art in the UAE, April
Alserkal Avenue, I am loyal to colour, April
2018
Le Monde, Hassan Sharif, la preuve par l’absurde, by Philippe Dagen, Jan 8
Artforum, Hassan Sharif, Sharjah Art Foundation, by Melissa Gronlund, Feb
Selections, All things being equal, Hassan Sharif, by Anna Seaman, Jan
Art Review Asia, Hassan Sharif : I Am The Single Work Artist, by Paul Laster, Spring
Frieze, Odradek, by Matthew Ranna, May
Art in America, Hassan Sharif at Sharjah Art Foundation, by Rahel Aima, Feb 1
2017
Gazette Drouot, gb agency, Hassan Sharif - Reading is Making : Books and Boxes, by Alain Quemin, issue 31, Sept 15
The New York Times, The Materials Man of the Emirates, by Holland Cotter, Dec
Hassan Sharif Experimentations, Le réalisme des choses ou le flottement des êtres : Hassan Sharif (1951-2016), March
Libre Arts, Hassan Sharif, un art au carrefour de l’Occident et du Moyen-Orient, April
ArtAsia Pacific, Hassan Sharif - Staying Alive, issue 102, March
The Gulf today, Landmark retrospective for benchmark artist, by Muhammad Yusuf
Nov 16
Journal des Arts ,Hassan Sharif, la résistance active d’un artiste Emirati, by Magali Lesauvage, issue 485
2016
The Week, Miss You Hassan, Oct
The National, UAE’s artistic giant Hassan Sharif dies age 65, Sept
ArtAsia Pacific, Hassan Sharif (1951 - 2016), Sept
Art Forum, Hassan Sharif (ca. 1951 - 2016), Sept
The Art Newspaper, Hassan Sharif, the godfather of conceptual art in the Gulf, has died, Sept
2015
Fat Nancy’s new diet, In conversation V: Hassan Sharif, Aug
Ocula, A conversation with Hassan Sharif, July
Le Quotidien de l’Art, Insights, March
The National, Hassan Sharif, March
2014
Harpers Bazaar Art, Hassan Sharif, July/Aug
2013
Canvas Magazine, Studio Visit, Nov
Gulf News, Creativity in the mundane, Dec
The National, Not over-complicating, Dec
Wallstreet International Travel, Hassan Sharif, Dec

2012
Agenda Culturel, Les répétitions non répétitives de Hassan Sharif, interview by Cristiana de Marchi, May 28
Artnews, Hassan Sharif at GB Agency Paris
les InRockuptibles, Abu Dhabi: une enfance de l’art, by Judicaël Lavrador, issue 887, Nov-Dec
Echos Art, Hassan Sharif at gb agency, une fourchette de trop?, Nov 1
Le Monde, Hassan Sharif at gb agency, by Emmanuelle Lequeux, Dec 2
Contemporary Visual Art and Culture, Process and Materiality, by Kathy Zarur, Feb

2011
ArtAsia Pacific, Experiments and Objects
2009
Nafas Art Magazine, Paths to the World, Paths Home
World Sculpture News, A Poetry of Objects, Spring
2008
Canvas Magazine, Hassan Sharif, Minimal Excess, Jan
Kunst, Art Magazin, Michael Schindhelm über Hassan Sharif, 13 Oct
2004
Nafas Art Magazine, Hassan Sharif, By Haupt & Binder, July

Hassan Sharif
Embodying, 2016

A collaboration between poet Cristiana de Marchi and artist Hassan Sharif

Poems by Cristiana de Marchi
Artworks by Hassan Sharif
Hardcover
16.5 x 12 cm
English and Arabic
159 pages, 105 visuals
Published by Sharjah Art Foundation, 2016
ISBN number: 978-9948-13-741-2

Hassan Sharif
Works 1973-2011, 2011

Monograph edited by Catherine David

Texts by: Catherine David, Paulina Kolczynska, a.o.
Graphic design: L. Krauss
English, 2011
Softcover, 22 x 30 cm
344 pp., ca. 200 color ills.
Hatje Cantz Verlag
ISBN: 978-3-7757-2824


Exhibition view, Hassan Sharif: I Am The Single Work Artist, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, 2017

Installation views of Hassan Sharif: I am The Single Work Artist at KW Institute for Contemporary Arts, Berlin 2020, photos: Frank Sperling

Installation views of Hassan Sharif: I am The Single Work Artist at KW Institute for Contemporary Arts, Berlin 2020, photos: Frank Sperling

Installation views of Hassan Sharif: I am The Single Work Artist at KW Institute for Contemporary Arts, Berlin 2020, photos: Frank Sperling

Installation views of Hassan Sharif: I am The Single Work Artist at KW Institute for Contemporary Arts, Berlin 2020, photos: Frank Sperling

Installation views of Hassan Sharif: I am The Single Work Artist at KW Institute for Contemporary Arts, Berlin 2020, photos: Frank Sperling

Exhibition View, Hassan Sharif, I Am The Single Work Artist, Malmö Kunsthalle, Malmö, 2020


Artworks

Buttons, 2016
Cotton Thread No. 2, 2016
Rope, 2016
Untitled, 2016
Untitled, 2016
Black Box, 2015
Images in Iron No. 1, 2015
Images in Iron No. 20, 2015
Images in Iron No. 6, 2015
Insect No. 3, 2015
Lead No. 16, 2015
One to Twenty One, 2015
Red Ant No. 3, 2015
Shredder, 2015
Weaving, 2015
White Paper, 2015
Yellow Ant, 2015
Dance No. 5, 2014
Footboard No. 1, 2014
Tissue Paper No. 3, 2014
Toshiba No. 1, 2014
Untitled, 2014
Untitled, 2014
Venus No. 1, 2014
Wood No. 7, 2014
Cardboard and Glue, 2013
Eight Points Angular lines - Part 1, 2013
Email, 2013
Five Points Angular Lines - Part 1, 2013
Mask, 2013
Six Points Angular Lines - Part 6, 2013
Squares, 2013
Towel No. 2, 2013
Dictionary No. 1, 2012
Dictionary No. 2, 2012
Pincers, 2012
Rhomboid Forms, 2012
Box No. 2, Green Paintings, 2011
Jelly Fish, 2011
Jelly Fish, 2011
Jelly Fish, 2011
Jelly Fish, 2011
Jelly Fish, 2011
Jelly Fish, 2011
Jelly Fish No. 3, 2011
Sand Dollar No. 9, 2011
Indanthrene Blue, 2010
Lines and Squares, 2010
Dance of Life No. 4, 2009
Economic Crisis No. 2, 2009
Man and Mountain No. 2, 2009
Press Conference No. 2, 2009
Raising Hands, 2009
Raising Hands No. 4, 2009
Airplane No. 3, 2008
Chair No. 1, 2008
Garden No. 3, 2008
M.A. Ibrahim’s sculpture No. 1, 2008
Press Conference No. 5, 2008
Sketches for Paintings No. 23, 2008
The Flying House No. 18, 2008
The Flying House No. 28, 2008
The Flying House No. 29, 2008
The Flying House No. 30, 2008
The Flying House No. 35, 2008
Thing from The Flying House No. 2, 2008
Thing in The Flying House No. 15, 2008
Things in The Flying House No. 1, 2008
Venus No. 1, 2008
Venus No. 1, 2008
Vermilion Boy with Yellow Hair, 2008
Plastic Net and Cloth, 2007
Praylady 555, 2007
Black Lines No. 1, 2006
Music, 1982