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Melissa Gronlund

Melissa Gronlund is a writer on art based in Abu Dhabi and London. Her writing has appeared in Artforum, L’Hebdo d’Art, BOMB, e-flux journal and The New Yorker, among other publications. She is the author of “Contemporary Art and Digital Culture,” which explores the relationship of contemporary art to the internet and digital technologies. Gronlund previously lectured on contemporary art at Oxford University’s Ruskin School of Drawing & Fine Art and co-edited the journal Afterall.

Articles By Melissa Gronlund

Are Online Exhibitions Here to Stay? If So, Expect a Smaller Art World By Melissa Gronlund - Jun 4, 2020

Almost 15 years ago, a group of artists, filmmakers, curators and critics came together at the Oberhausen Film Festival in western Germany to discuss the introduction of a new technological medium: YouTube. How would watching film and video online differ from its regular places of spectatorship, such as cinemas or the Oberhausen festival itself, which played … Continue reading “Are Online Exhibitions Here to Stay? If So, Expect a Smaller Art World”

At the Center of the Middle East, UAE’s Art World Is More International Than It Is Arabic  By Melissa Gronlund - Feb 3, 2019

Note: The following article is not available to clients in the GCC. Over the past few decades, the UAE has positioned itself as the stable exception to the politically fraught Arab region: a safe haven for investment, capital and people. As many jokingly call it, the UAE is “Middle East-lite.” The UAE art scene has followed a … Continue reading “At the Center of the Middle East, UAE’s Art World Is More International Than It Is Arabic “