Artscape RSTW at Manarat Al Saadiyat in Abu Dhabi

Photo by Hind Mezaina

Photo by Hind Mezaina

The RSTW exhibition that has been running since 22nd September 2010 in Manarat Al Saadiyat is closing on 24th January 2011. RSTW stands for Rauschenberg, Ruscha, Serra, Twombly, Warhol and Wool whose work is on display at this exhibition, which includes painting, sculptures, drawings and photography from the private collection of Larry Gagosian.

If you've not been, you have a few days left to catch this exhibition and to mark the closing of the exhibition, Artscape RSTW on 21st January 2011 will host a day of film screenings, workshops, spoken word and live music. All of this will be spread around Manarat Al Saadiyat, in the  Film Room, Art Studio and the terrace outside the recently opened Fanr Restaurant.

Personally, I'm really looking forward to the musical performance by Takht El Emarat, a UAE band that performed at WOMAD Abu Dhabi and WOMAD Charlton Park, they've also toured in Korea and Canada. You can read about them here and here. Ironically, despite being in the Gulf, I've not seen live "Khaleeji" music for a very long time, so I'm very eager to see this band.

Takht El Emarat at WOMAD Charlton Park (Image from

Besides checking out the RSTW exhibition on the day, which is open from 10am, this is the line up for the rest of the day:

3pm - Film Screening
Painters Painting: The New York Art Scene: 1940- 1970

Painters Painting director Emile de Antonio interviews artists in their studios about their art from the period of Abstract Expressionism, through Hard Edge and Colour Field painting to Pop Art.

5pm -  Film Screening
Herb and Dorothy

Herb and Dorothy tells the story of Herbert and Dorothy Vogel who managed to build one of the most important art collections in history with very modest means and in doing so, redefined what it means to be an art collector.

6pm - Art Workshops
Cool Compositions

Inspired by artworks in RSTW create your own cool composition, a unique piece of contemporary art experimenting with process such as image transfer, stencilling, collage and text. 

6:30pm - Spoken Word Performance by Hala Ali
Spoken word artist Hala Ali will deliver an original piece based on RSTW, encompassing the context behind the works and exploring the significance of their current time, space and place.

7pm - Musical Performance
Jam Session

After a musical exchange surrounded by the art of RSTW Takht Al Emarat and the Wayne Escoffery Quartet will perform a joint improvisation set.

7pm - Film Screening
The Cool School: How LA Learned to Love Modern Art

The Cool School focuses on the seminal Ferus Gallery and its proprietors, Walter Hopps and Irving Blum who groomed the LA art scene from a loose band of idealistic beatniks into competitive, brilliant artists.

8pm - Musical Performance
Wayne Escoffery Quartet

Direct from New York´s Jazz at the Lincoln Center the Wayne Escoffery Quartet will perform contemporary compositions inspired by RSTW, as well as their own classic works.

Wayne Escoffery @ All rights reserved by escofferymusic

Wayne Escoffery @ All rights reserved by escofferymusic


9pm - Musical Performance
Takht Al Emarat

Takht Al Emarat’s seven member band will be playing their original compositions and pieces of  traditional music from the Arab region.

Takht El Emarat (Image from

Takht El Emarat (Image from



Event details
Date: Sunday, 21st January, 6pm-10pm. Film screenings from 3pm
Location: Manarat Al Saadiyat (location map)
Free entry.