The Gugg Abu-Dhabi Chronological Reading List

Since it’s initial announcement in 2006, the partnership between the The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Cultural Authority (TDIC) has been fraught, to put it sweetly, with concerns about the abuse of migrant farm workers in UAE, generating new headlines every year. Despite what appear to be solid efforts to…

Is Gugg Abu-Dhabi in Check?

In 2006 the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Cultural Authority (TDIC) announced a plan to build a 452,000-square-foot (the larlgest ever) Guggenheim Museum on Saadiyat Island as part of an “international arts hub” that will also include the Zayed National Museum, Louvre Abu Dhabi, and a Performing Arts Center. In…

Picasso’s Schmatte

When the Seagram’s Building was being planned, Phyllis Lambert, the 27 year old daughter of the Seagram founder, Samuel Bronfman. was enlisted to take charge of design and construction. So she and Philip Johnson (co-architect along with Mies van der Rohe)  scouted out appropriate artwork for key display surfaces, including some in and around the swank…