Just Follow The Rulers
Three books survey the complicated exchanges, and artful slippages, that occur when culture is brought to service the powerful
THE GULF: HIGH CULTURE/HARD LABOR edited by Andrew Ross [For Gulf Labor]. Published by OR Books, New York/London, 2015. Softcover with black-and-white illustrations, 358 pages.
SLAVS AND TATARS: MIRRORS FOR PRINCES edited by Anthony Downey.Published by JRP|Ringier, Zürich with NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery, 2015. Softcover with full color illustrations, 192 pages.
SCULPTURES OF JEDDAH: TWENTIETH-CENTURY SCULPTURE IN THE ARABIAN PENINSULA edited by Edward Booth-Clibborn and …