By Salma Awwad
Eighth edition will include 85 galleries from 34 countries and more than 500 artists
Dubai’s Madinat Jumeirah will host the eighth edition of Art Dubai on March 19-22, with a total of 85 galleries from 34 countries set to showcase pieces by more than 500 artists from around the world.
Art Dubai 2014 will feature, for the first time, three distinct gallery halls: Contemporary, Modern and Marker.
Art Dubai Contemporary: This area remains the largest section of the fair, with more than 70 galleries exhibiting works for sale. Returning galleries include Athr (Jeddah), Galerie Chantal Crousel (Paris), Galerist (Istanbul), Alexander Gray Associates (New York), Victoria Miro (London) and Experimenter (Kolkata) among others.
UAE-based galleries participating in Art Dubai include Ayyam Gallery, Carbon 12, Gallery Etemad, Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Green Art Gallery, Grey Noise, Elmarsa, Tashkeel and The Third Line.
Art Dubai Modern: In 2014, Art Dubai launches a new gallery programme devoted to Middle Eastern and South Asian modern art from the twentieth century. Most of the artists showcased worked from the 1950s-1980s and were only known in their home countries rather than internationally.
Each gallery booth presents a solo or two-person show by highly influential artists, including Rasheed Araeen (Grosvenor Gallery, London), Nasser Al Yousif and Rashid Al Khalifa (Albareh Art Gallery, Manama), Michel Basbous (Agial Art Gallery, Beirut), Hamed Abdalla and Adam Henein (Karim Francis, Cairo), among others.
Marker: Each year a section is dedicated to a particular theme or geography and Art Dubai 2014 turns its focus to Central Asia and the Caucasus.
Curated by the artists Slavs and Tatars, selected art spaces and artist-led organisations taking part include: ArtEast (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan), Asia Art (Almaty, Kazakhstan); North Caucasus Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Art, NCCA (Vladikavkaz, Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, Russia), and YARAT Contmporary Art Space (Baku, Azerbaijian).
“So far we have had over 200,000 visitors coming to the fair over the past eight years. We’re aiming to top last year’s 25,000 visitors into the fair with our huge programme this year,” said Antonia Carver, Art Dubai’s Fair Director.
Alongside the three gallery programmes, the fair will also feature an extensive not-for-profit programme, including commissioned site-specific works for “Art Dubai Projects”, an exhibition by winners of “The Abraaj Group Art Prize”, the five-day conference Global Art Forum; a live radio station; film and video screenings, and “Sheikha Manal Little Artists Program”.
“We now have the largest not-for-profit programme of any fair globally. We are very proud and very committed to working to build up the local art scene and to provide artists opportunities year round, both locally and internationally,” Carver added.