RSTW at Manarat Al Saadiyat in Abu Dhabi

A new exhibition called RSTW opens on 22nd September at Manarat Al  Saadiyat in Abu Dhabi and will go on till 24th January 2011.

RSTW stands for Rauschenberg, Ruscha, Serra, Twombly, Warhol and Wool, some of the leading names in Post-War American art (or as I’d like to call it RRSTWW in a French accent – don’t ask me why).

It’s a showcase of masterpieces - paintings, sculptures, drawings, photography - that have never been exhibited together, all from the private collection of one of the art world’s renowned figures, Larry Gagosian.

Curated by Anne Baldassari, President of Musée National Picasso in Paris, she proposed to present a deliberately partial interpretation through the most emblematic artists’ work. The seemingly arbitrary nature of the alphabetical ordering, offers a new perspective on the notion of a collection. The works selected offer a slice of art history through an arrangement of forms and techniques – a multiplicity of realities that will occupy the Manarat Al Saadiyat space.

It’s great to have an exhibition of this calibre happening in the country and it will be interesting to see it’s impact, what impressions it leaves and what it leads to.

I’ve put together a collection of videos I found for each artist, each one shows the artist talking about his work or a showcase of some of their important their work.

Robert Rauschenberg

Ed Ruscha

Richard Serra

Cy Twombly

Andy Warhol

Christopher Wool