Preface to the Seventh Edition II, 2012
archival inkjet print, 73,6 x 110,5 cm, edition 5 + 2 a.p.

Six paintings on display in an Emirati museum and considered to be canonical examples of early 20th century Arab abstraction were removed from view last June.

Was it because their auction-house-confirmed provenance was suddenly in question? No.

Was it because some orthodox figure had ‘read between the lines’ a veiled threat to the legitimacy of the Sheikhs’ rule? No.

It was because the painter’s recently discovered journals revealed that the works, hitherto attributed as Untitled, were in fact:

Painting of a painting’s shadow: One
Painting of a painting’s shadow: Two
Painting of a painting’s shadow: Three
Painting of a painting’s shadow: Four
Painting of a painting’s shadow: Five
Painting of a painting’s shadow: Six

Preface to the Seventh Edition II, 2012
Preface to the Seventh Edition II, 2012
archival inkjet print, 73,6 x 110,5 cm, edition 5 + 2 a.p.

Six paintings on display in an Emirati museum and considered to be canonical examples of early 20th century Arab abstraction were removed from view last June.

Was it because their auction-house-confirmed provenance was suddenly in question? No.

Was it because some orthodox figure had ‘read between the lines’ a veiled threat to the legitimacy of the Sheikhs’ rule? No.

It was because the painter’s recently discovered journals revealed that the works, hitherto attributed as Untitled, were in fact:

Painting of a painting’s shadow: One
Painting of a painting’s shadow: Two
Painting of a painting’s shadow: Three
Painting of a painting’s shadow: Four
Painting of a painting’s shadow: Five
Painting of a painting’s shadow: Six

Preface to the Seventh Edition II, 2012
archival inkjet print, 73,6 x 110,5 cm, edition 5 + 2 a.p.

Six paintings on display in an Emirati museum and considered to be canonical examples of early 20th century Arab abstraction were removed from view last June.

Was it because their auction-house-confirmed provenance was suddenly in question? No.

Was it because some orthodox figure had ‘read between the lines’ a veiled threat to the legitimacy of the Sheikhs’ rule? No.

It was because the painter’s recently discovered journals revealed that the works, hitherto attributed as Untitled, were in fact:

Painting of a painting’s shadow: One
Painting of a painting’s shadow: Two
Painting of a painting’s shadow: Three
Painting of a painting’s shadow: Four
Painting of a painting’s shadow: Five
Painting of a painting’s shadow: Six

Preface to the Seventh Edition II, 2012
Preface to the Seventh Edition II, 2012
archival inkjet print, 73,6 x 110,5 cm, edition 5 + 2 a.p.

Six paintings on display in an Emirati museum and considered to be canonical examples of early 20th century Arab abstraction were removed from view last June.

Was it because their auction-house-confirmed provenance was suddenly in question? No.

Was it because some orthodox figure had ‘read between the lines’ a veiled threat to the legitimacy of the Sheikhs’ rule? No.

It was because the painter’s recently discovered journals revealed that the works, hitherto attributed as Untitled, were in fact:

Painting of a painting’s shadow: One
Painting of a painting’s shadow: Two
Painting of a painting’s shadow: Three
Painting of a painting’s shadow: Four
Painting of a painting’s shadow: Five
Painting of a painting’s shadow: Six

Preface to the Seventh Edition II, 2012
archival inkjet print, 73,6 x 110,5 cm, edition 5 + 2 a.p.

Six paintings on display in an Emirati museum and considered to be canonical examples of early 20th century Arab abstraction were removed from view last June.

Was it because their auction-house-confirmed provenance was suddenly in question? No.

Was it because some orthodox figure had ‘read between the lines’ a veiled threat to the legitimacy of the Sheikhs’ rule? No.

It was because the painter’s recently discovered journals revealed that the works, hitherto attributed as Untitled, were in fact:

Painting of a painting’s shadow: One
Painting of a painting’s shadow: Two
Painting of a painting’s shadow: Three
Painting of a painting’s shadow: Four
Painting of a painting’s shadow: Five
Painting of a painting’s shadow: Six

Preface to the Seventh Edition II, 2012
Preface to the Seventh Edition II, 2012
archival inkjet print, 73,6 x 110,5 cm, edition 5 + 2 a.p.

Six paintings on display in an Emirati museum and considered to be canonical examples of early 20th century Arab abstraction were removed from view last June.

Was it because their auction-house-confirmed provenance was suddenly in question? No.

Was it because some orthodox figure had ‘read between the lines’ a veiled threat to the legitimacy of the Sheikhs’ rule? No.

It was because the painter’s recently discovered journals revealed that the works, hitherto attributed as Untitled, were in fact:

Painting of a painting’s shadow: One
Painting of a painting’s shadow: Two
Painting of a painting’s shadow: Three
Painting of a painting’s shadow: Four
Painting of a painting’s shadow: Five
Painting of a painting’s shadow: Six

Preface to the Seventh Edition II, 2012
archival inkjet print, 73,6 x 110,5 cm, edition 5 + 2 a.p.

Six paintings on display in an Emirati museum and considered to be canonical examples of early 20th century Arab abstraction were removed from view last June.

Was it because their auction-house-confirmed provenance was suddenly in question? No.

Was it because some orthodox figure had ‘read between the lines’ a veiled threat to the legitimacy of the Sheikhs’ rule? No.

It was because the painter’s recently discovered journals revealed that the works, hitherto attributed as Untitled, were in fact:

Painting of a painting’s shadow: One
Painting of a painting’s shadow: Two
Painting of a painting’s shadow: Three
Painting of a painting’s shadow: Four
Painting of a painting’s shadow: Five
Painting of a painting’s shadow: Six

Preface to the Seventh Edition II, 2012
Preface to the Seventh Edition II, 2012
archival inkjet print, 73,6 x 110,5 cm, edition 5 + 2 a.p.

Six paintings on display in an Emirati museum and considered to be canonical examples of early 20th century Arab abstraction were removed from view last June.

Was it because their auction-house-confirmed provenance was suddenly in question? No.

Was it because some orthodox figure had ‘read between the lines’ a veiled threat to the legitimacy of the Sheikhs’ rule? No.

It was because the painter’s recently discovered journals revealed that the works, hitherto attributed as Untitled, were in fact:

Painting of a painting’s shadow: One
Painting of a painting’s shadow: Two
Painting of a painting’s shadow: Three
Painting of a painting’s shadow: Four
Painting of a painting’s shadow: Five
Painting of a painting’s shadow: Six

Preface to the Seventh Edition II, 2012
archival inkjet print, 73,6 x 110,5 cm, edition 5 + 2 a.p.

Six paintings on display in an Emirati museum and considered to be canonical examples of early 20th century Arab abstraction were removed from view last June.

Was it because their auction-house-confirmed provenance was suddenly in question? No.

Was it because some orthodox figure had ‘read between the lines’ a veiled threat to the legitimacy of the Sheikhs’ rule? No.

It was because the painter’s recently discovered journals revealed that the works, hitherto attributed as Untitled, were in fact:

Painting of a painting’s shadow: One
Painting of a painting’s shadow: Two
Painting of a painting’s shadow: Three
Painting of a painting’s shadow: Four
Painting of a painting’s shadow: Five
Painting of a painting’s shadow: Six

Preface to the Seventh Edition II, 2012
Preface to the Seventh Edition II, 2012
archival inkjet print, 73,6 x 110,5 cm, edition 5 + 2 a.p.

Six paintings on display in an Emirati museum and considered to be canonical examples of early 20th century Arab abstraction were removed from view last June.

Was it because their auction-house-confirmed provenance was suddenly in question? No.

Was it because some orthodox figure had ‘read between the lines’ a veiled threat to the legitimacy of the Sheikhs’ rule? No.

It was because the painter’s recently discovered journals revealed that the works, hitherto attributed as Untitled, were in fact:

Painting of a painting’s shadow: One
Painting of a painting’s shadow: Two
Painting of a painting’s shadow: Three
Painting of a painting’s shadow: Four
Painting of a painting’s shadow: Five
Painting of a painting’s shadow: Six

Preface to the Seventh Edition II, 2012
archival inkjet print, 73,6 x 110,5 cm, edition 5 + 2 a.p.

Six paintings on display in an Emirati museum and considered to be canonical examples of early 20th century Arab abstraction were removed from view last June.

Was it because their auction-house-confirmed provenance was suddenly in question? No.

Was it because some orthodox figure had ‘read between the lines’ a veiled threat to the legitimacy of the Sheikhs’ rule? No.

It was because the painter’s recently discovered journals revealed that the works, hitherto attributed as Untitled, were in fact:

Painting of a painting’s shadow: One
Painting of a painting’s shadow: Two
Painting of a painting’s shadow: Three
Painting of a painting’s shadow: Four
Painting of a painting’s shadow: Five
Painting of a painting’s shadow: Six

Preface to the Seventh Edition II, 2012
Preface to the Seventh Edition II, 2012
archival inkjet print, 73,6 x 110,5 cm, edition 5 + 2 a.p.

Six paintings on display in an Emirati museum and considered to be canonical examples of early 20th century Arab abstraction were removed from view last June.

Was it because their auction-house-confirmed provenance was suddenly in question? No.

Was it because some orthodox figure had ‘read between the lines’ a veiled threat to the legitimacy of the Sheikhs’ rule? No.

It was because the painter’s recently discovered journals revealed that the works, hitherto attributed as Untitled, were in fact:

Painting of a painting’s shadow: One
Painting of a painting’s shadow: Two
Painting of a painting’s shadow: Three
Painting of a painting’s shadow: Four
Painting of a painting’s shadow: Five
Painting of a painting’s shadow: Six