Jean-Paul Najar Collection

The Jean-Paul Najar Collection consists of an extensive library of works about modern and contemporary art, and other related fields, that belonged to Paris-based art collector Jean-Paul Najar (1948-2014). 

On loan from the Jean-Paul Najar Foundation (JNPF), which is located in Dubai’s Alserkal Avenue arts district, the books in the Najar Collection focus on various schools of late 20th century visual arts in Europe and North America, with the emphasis being on abstract and post-minimalist art, which were the main areas of art that Najar collected. In addition, the collection contains works on modern architecture, philosophy, literature, and other topics that reflect Najar’s wide-ranging interests, and which colored his choices in the art that he collected and the artists who he befriended and whose careers he supported. The JNPF encouraged several prestigious galleries, including the Leila Heller Gallery in Dubai, Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York, and Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in Paris, to contribute volumes to the collection.

More Information

Further information about the Jean-Paul Najar Foundation, including its public events and exhibitions of works from its collection, can be found on the JPNF website.

On-Site Access

The books in the Jean-Paul Najar Collection are available for on-site reading and consultation in the NYUAD Library’s Archives and Special Collections Reading Room. An inventory of titles from the collection is available on-site and online.

Contact Us

Campus Center (C2), Floor 3
We are located in the back of the library, between Library Administration and the Campus Technology Center.

Brad Bauer
Librarian for Archives and Special Collections
Lauren Kata
Assistant Librarian for Archives and Special Collections