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Noor Riyadh 2023 curators discuss the festival’s themes and why Riyadh is the perfect canvas for public art

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Source: APN News

Noor Riyadh, the world’s largest light art festival, has returned to the Saudi capital, transforming it through a series of stunning public installations. Running until December 16, the third edition presents more than 120 artworks by over 100 artists, representing more than 35 countries.  

Presented by Lead Curator Jérôme Sans and Curators Pedro Alonzo, Fahad Bin Naif and Alaa Tarabzouni this year’s festival theme ‘The Bright Side of the Desert Moon’ explores light as a unifying force that sustains, comforts and connects us all. Artworks are dispersed across five main hubs and additional locations throughout Riyadh City, with the central hub located at the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD), complemented by those at JAX District, Salam Park, Wadi Hanifa and Wadi Namar.   

Read more: https://www.apnnews.com/noor-riyadh-2023-curators-discuss-the-festivals-themes-and-why-riyadh-is-the-perfect-canvas-for-public-art/

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BlowUp Art The Hague 2024: Inflatable perspectives through public art

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Source: Stirworld

When envisioning The Hague, few would imagine dreaming of a floating garden on the picturesque Hofvijver pond, with supersized and vibrantly coloured inflatable artworks. Instead, one immediately conjures images of The Hague as a bastion of international law. The historic Binnenhof, home to the Dutch Houses of Parliament, stands sentinel beside the serene Hofvijver pond, epitomising the city’s political gravitas. Yet, unbeknownst to many, The Hague’s cultural richness rivals its political prominence.

The city’s Museum Quarter has the highest density of museums in The Netherlands—visitors can marvel at Vermeer’s enigmatic Girl with a Pearl Earring (1665)—and from May 9 to June 2, 2024, take in the latest edition of vibrant inflatable artworks curated by Mary Hessing for BlowUp Art The Hague—a temporary, three-week outdoor immersive exhibition featuring artworks by leading Dutch designers. Previous editions featured site-specific inflatable artworks dotted through the streets of The Hague. “We need to do something different every year to keep people surprised. And I wanted to make a real statement. I was dreaming about a floating garden on the Hofvijver, which is a challenge. But lucky enough, we started early enough in the year,” Hessing said of the project.

Read more: https://www.stirworld.com/see-features-blowup-art-the-hague-2024-inflatable-perspectives-through-public-art

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University of Houston to Present Temporary Public Art Project and Artist Talk by Shahzia Sikander

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Source: Glasstire

Public Art of the University of Houston System (Public Art UHS), in partnership with Madison Square Park Conservancy, has commissioned a multimedia work by 2006 MacArthur Fellow Shahzia Sikander.

The temporary exhibition Havah… to breathe, air, life includes two works: Witness, an 18-foot golden sculpture of a female figure, and Reckoning, a video animation of warrior-like figures in a graceful struggle. Last January, the exhibition debuted in Madison Square Park in New York City, where it was on view through June 4. Also, as part of The Armory Show’s 2023 programming, at midnight every night in September, the four-minute animation Reckoning played across Times Square’s iconic video screens. At UH, the video will be projected adjacent to Witness at the university’s Cullen Family Plaza.

Read more: https://glasstire.com/2024/01/30/university-of-houston-to-present-temporary-public-art-project-and-artist-talk-by-shahzia-sikander/

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