the Art Newspaper Abu Dhabi Art censors work by Saudi Arabian artist

A painting by the Saudi Arabian artist Abdulnasser Gharem was removed from display at the Abu Dhabi Art fair last month after government officials raised concerns about the piece, which focuses on the Sunni-Shia divide in the Middle East. The work, titled Prosperity Without Growth (2017), was withdrawn during the VIP opening from the stand of the Cologne-based dealer Brigitte Schenk. It was later hung in the back room of the booth, and sold to a private collector.

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