The ninth edition of Art Dubai includes 92 galleries from 39 countries. In March 2015, audiences will discover the work of more than 500 artists, from an extraordinarily diverse roster of galleries that includes the world’s most influential alongside fresh, upcoming art spaces. The fair takes place at Madinat Jumeirah, March 18-21.
Art Dubai includes three gallery programmes: Contemporary, the largest hall, presents 71 gallery exhibitions showing predominantly new work by artists from across the world; Modern features solo and two-person shows by masters from Africa, the Middle East and South Asia; while Marker is a curated programme which, in 2015, focuses on Latin America and that region’s relationship with the Arab world.
Launched last year, Art Dubai Modern, is a unique programme featuring artists who proved influential in the twentieth century, particularly through the vibrant modern period of the 1940s to 1980s. In 2015, this section grows to include 15 gallery exhibitions, including Shafic Abboud (Lebanon, shown by Beirut’s Agial Gallery), Ngwenya Malangatana (of Mozambique, with Gallery of African Art, London), Pakistan’s Shahid Sajjad (Artchowk, Karachi), renowned Moroccan painters Mohamed Melehi and Mohamed Hamidi (Loft Gallery, Casablanca), Jamil Molaeb (Galerie Janine Rubeiz, Beirut), Cape Verdan master Manuel Figueira (Perve Galeria. Lisbon), and works from the 1970s by Iranian master Kourosh Shishegaran (Shirin Gallery, Tehran/New York).
A new project space features collages by renowned Iranian photographer Kaveh Golestan, curated by Vali Mahlouji.
Galleries participating in Art Dubai Contemporary – the largest gallery hall, with 71 booth exhibitions – are selected via a lengthy and stringent independent selection process. New galleries exhibiting for the first time include Kurimanzutto (Mexico), Galerie Lelong (Paris/New York), Wentrup (Berlin), Dastan’s Basement (Tehran), Gypsum Gallery (Cairo), Honor Fraser (Los Angeles), mor.charpentier (Paris), Hannah Barry Gallery (London) and Jhaveri Contemporary (Mumbai).
Several galleries have opted to present ambitious solo and two-person shows within the Contemporary halls: Carroll / Fletcher (London) focuses on Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, while Beirut’s Galerie Tanit presents a major installation by photographer Fouad El Khoury with poetry by Etel Adnan. Chatterjee & Lal (Mumbai) presents a solo show of drawings by Nikhil Chopra; Sabrina Amrani Gallery (Madrid) showcases Brazilian artist Marlon de Azambuja; while Atassi Gallery (Damascus) displays new work by Syrian master Elias Zayat.
Art Dubai is rooted in the UAE and the Gulf region, and remains the world’s largest annual exhibition of artists from the Arab world.
Meanwhile, the fair’s ever-expanding geographic reach is at the foundation of its role as a fair of discovery. “Focusing on diversity and quality has enabled Art Dubai to attract the broadest line-up of influential and dynamic galleries,” says Antonia Carver, Fair Director, Art Dubai. “Each March, the fair – and the UAE in general – becomes a hub for art professionals and enthusiasts, and all those interested in a vision of the art world that is resolutely global.” The galleries participating in Contemporary represent the broadest international selection to date.
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Madinat Jumeirah Al Sufouh Road, Umm Suqeim Exit 39 (Interchange 4) from Sheikh Zayed Road