MARC STRAUS

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Abdulnasser Gharem (b. 1973) lives and works in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He engages with themes of control and authority, as well as a desire to preserve and respect the history upon which traditional art is built. In his country, Gharem has paved the way for the past twenty years with his unwavering commitment to social and political change through his artistic practice, and to the propagation of his studio school’s ongoing effort to foster truth, teach compassion, and develop ideas that break boundaries.

Gharem invites us to look more closely at the ideological and physical barriers we’ve created that separate people on this planet. By seeing and listening, we have the possibility of understanding that different ideas, cultures, and beliefs have currency.

Abdulnasser Gharem graduated from the King Abdulaziz Academy in 1992. He later attended The Leader Institute in Riyadh, and in 2003 he studied at the influential Al-Meftaha Arts Village in Abha. Gharem had his first museum solo exhibition in the United States in 2017 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). He has participated in one-person and group exhibitions in Europe, Asia, the Gulf and the USA, including the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark; Chalet Saqqarah, Gstaad, Switzerland; Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK; Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan; the Station Museum, Houston, TX; Bates College Museum of Art in Lewiston, ME; Utah Museum of Contemporary Art Salt Lake City, UT; Art Museum of the University of Memphis, Memphis, TN; among others. Additionally, Gharem participated in the 53rd and 54th editions of the Venice Biennale (La Biennale di Venezia).

His work is in private and public collections including The British Museum, London, UK; V&A Museum, London, UK; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California, USA; Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy; Greenbox Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Culture & Information, Saudi Arabia; BASMOCA: Basma Al Sulaiman Museum of Contemporary Art, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; The Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE; among others.

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Selected Works
Concrete Block V, 2022
Rubber stamps and industrial lacquer paint on 9mm plywood board
40.5 x 43.3 x 21.25 in (103 x 110 x 54 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Abdulnasser Gharem

Concrete Block V, 2022
Rubber stamps and industrial lacquer paint on 9mm plywood board
40.5 x 43.3 x 21.25 in (103 x 110 x 54 cm)

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Concrete Block V, 2022 (detail)
Rubber stamps and industrial lacquer paint on 9mm plywood board
40.5 x 43.3 x 21.25 in (103 x 110 x 54 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Abdulnasser Gharem

Concrete Block V, 2022 (detail)
Rubber stamps and industrial lacquer paint on 9mm plywood board
40.5 x 43.3 x 21.25 in (103 x 110 x 54 cm)

Climate Refugee, 2022
Lacquer paint on rubber stamps mounted on aluminum
42.9 x 63 in (109 x 160 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Abdulnasser Gharem

Climate Refugee, 2022
Lacquer paint on rubber stamps mounted on aluminum
42.9 x 63 in (109 x 160 cm)

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Climate Refugee, 2022 (detail)
Lacquer paint on rubber stamps mounted on aluminum
42.9 x 63 in (109 x 160 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Abdulnasser Gharem

Climate Refugee, 2022 (detail)
Lacquer paint on rubber stamps mounted on aluminum
42.9 x 63 in (109 x 160 cm)

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Prosperity Without Growth II, 2020
Digital print, gold and color paint on rubber stamps mounted on aluminum
33.7 x 49 in (85.5 x 124.5 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Abdulnasser Gharem

Prosperity Without Growth II, 2020
Digital print, gold and color paint on rubber stamps mounted on aluminum
33.7 x 49 in (85.5 x 124.5 cm)

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Concrete Wall II, 2022
Rubber stamps and industrial lacquer paint on 9mm plywood board
110.6 x 49.6 x 25.2 in (281 x 126 x 64 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Abdulnasser Gharem

Concrete Wall II, 2022
Rubber stamps and industrial lacquer paint on 9mm plywood board
110.6 x 49.6 x 25.2 in (281 x 126 x 64 cm)

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Concrete Wall II, 2022 (detail)
Rubber stamps and industrial lacquer paint on 9mm plywood board
110.6 x 49.6 x 25.2 in (281 x 126 x 64 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Abdulnasser Gharem

Concrete Wall II, 2022 (detail)
Rubber stamps and industrial lacquer paint on 9mm plywood board
110.6 x 49.6 x 25.2 in (281 x 126 x 64 cm)

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Concrete Wall Painting, 2022
Lacquer paint on rubber stamps mounted on aluminum
94.5 x 47.25 in (240 x 120 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Abdulnasser Gharem

Concrete Wall Painting, 2022
Lacquer paint on rubber stamps mounted on aluminum
94.5 x 47.25 in (240 x 120 cm)

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Don’t Trust The Concrete, 2022
Lacquer paint on rubber stamps mounted on aluminum
42.9 x 63 in (109 x 160 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Abdulnasser Gharem

Don’t Trust The Concrete, 2022
Lacquer paint on rubber stamps mounted on aluminum
42.9 x 63 in (109 x 160 cm)

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Caged Humanity, 2022
Lacquer paint on rubber stamps mounted on aluminum
42.9 x 63 in (109 x 160 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Abdulnasser Gharem

Caged Humanity, 2022
Lacquer paint on rubber stamps mounted on aluminum
42.9 x 63 in (109 x 160 cm)

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Participatory Surveillance, 2022
Lacquer paint on rubber stamps mounted on aluminum
42.9 x 63 in (109 x 160 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Abdulnasser Gharem

Participatory Surveillance, 2022
Lacquer paint on rubber stamps mounted on aluminum
42.9 x 63 in (109 x 160 cm)

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The Stamp (Moujaz), 2022
Hand carved wood with embossed rubber face
36 x 36 x 40 in (91.4 x 91.4 x 101.6 cm)
Edition of 8, AP I/III -  Marc Straus Gallery
Abdulnasser Gharem

The Stamp (Moujaz), 2022
Hand carved wood with embossed rubber face
36 x 36 x 40 in (91.4 x 91.4 x 101.6 cm)
Edition of 8, AP I/III

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Inshallah Rubber Stamp, 2022
Embossed rubber
34.65 in diameter (88 cm diameter)
Edition of 1/5, II AP -  Marc Straus Gallery
Abdulnasser Gharem

Inshallah Rubber Stamp, 2022
Embossed rubber
34.65 in diameter (88 cm diameter)
Edition of 1/5, II AP

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Amen Rubber Stamp, 2022
Embossed rubber
34.65 in diameter (88 cm diameter)
Edition of 1/5, II AP -  Marc Straus Gallery
Abdulnasser Gharem

Amen Rubber Stamp, 2022
Embossed rubber
34.65 in diameter (88 cm diameter)
Edition of 1/5, II AP

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Hijamah (Traditional Pain Treatment Performance), 2015
Pigment print triptych
33.75 x 33.75 in (left); 33.75 x 47.25 in (center); 33.75 x 33.75 in (right) (85.7 x 85.7 cm; 85.7 x 120 cm; 85.7 x 85.7 cm)
Edition of 1/5, II AP -  Marc Straus Gallery
Abdulnasser Gharem

Hijamah (Traditional Pain Treatment Performance), 2015
Pigment print triptych
33.75 x 33.75 in (left); 33.75 x 47.25 in (center); 33.75 x 33.75 in (right) (85.7 x 85.7 cm; 85.7 x 120 cm; 85.7 x 85.7 cm)
Edition of 1/5, II AP

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Hijamah (Traditional Pain Treatment), 2015
4K color video
Duration: 00:04:52
Edition of 1/5, II AP -  Marc Straus Gallery
Abdulnasser Gharem

Hijamah (Traditional Pain Treatment), 2015
4K color video
Duration: 00:04:52
Edition of 1/5, II AP

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Siraat (The Path), 2011
Silk screen print on Somerset Tub paper
50 x 70.9 in (127 x 180 cm)
From the Performance of the Path -  Marc Straus Gallery
Abdulnasser Gharem

Siraat (The Path), 2011
Silk screen print on Somerset Tub paper
50 x 70.9 in (127 x 180 cm)
From the Performance of the Path

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The Path (Siraat), 2007
Single channel video
Duration: 00:03:04
Edition of 7/12 -  Marc Straus Gallery
Abdulnasser Gharem

The Path (Siraat), 2007
Single channel video
Duration: 00:03:04
Edition of 7/12

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