Brush with ge­nius

Identity - - CONTENTS - TEXT: JOANNE MOLINA

The 11th edi­tion of Art Dubai is bring­ing a new vi­sion and fresh tal­ent, and id can re­veal the high­lights of this year’s show

The 11th edi­tion of Art Dubai is bring­ing a new vi­sion and fresh tal­ent, and as me­dia spon­sor, id can re­veal the high­lights of this year’s show.

For over a decade Art Dubai has been a top plat­form for artis­tic tal­ent from the re­gion and around the world. This year, the fair (15-18 March) will bring new gal­leries, rep­re­sen­ta­tive countries and pro­gram­ming el­e­ments un­der the new lead­er­ship of Fair Di­rec­tor Myrna Ayad and In­ter­na­tional Di­rec­tor Pablo del Val.

Ninety-three gal­leries from 43 countries will be ex­hibit­ing at its two halls in Mad­i­nat Jumeirah, in­clud­ing a se­lec­tion of 30+ gal­leries fo­cus­ing on solo or two-artist ex­hi­bi­tions, show­ing along­side col­lec­tive pre­sen­ta­tions by gal­leries with multi-artist shows; to­gether they will high­light the revamped sec­tions within the halls.

“A lot of the suc­cess of the re­gion’s cul­tural scene is owed to di­as­poric pock­ets around the world, all of which sought a vis­ual art lan­guage to iden­tify with, sup­port and pa­tro­n­ise,” says Ayad. “The art pro­duced by their con­tem­po­raries and mod­ernists in­formed th­ese in­di­vid­u­als about their home­lands, their neigh­bours, his­tory and the tra­di­tions and val­ues; peo­ple wanted to hang on to some­thing and art was one of the an­swers. It’s a great way to un­der­stand a cul­ture; a fan­tas­tic way to iden­tify with cus­toms, his­tory and other no­tions. Artists, I be­lieve, are the great­est doc­u­men­tar­i­ans and his­to­ri­ans – no-one can quite tell a story the way they can.”

In ad­di­tion to the con­tem­po­rary and mod­ern gal­leries, high­lights in­clude: Art Dubai’s in­au­gu­ral Mod­ern Sym­po­sium, ini­ti­ated to cel­e­brate the cul­tural im­pact of 20th-Cen­tury masters from the Mid­dle East, Africa and South Asia;

Ni­cola De Maria by Gior­gia Per­sano for Turin Ex­hi­bi­tion

Opaque Water­color on Wasli Pa­per by Aisha Khalid

Polyp­tych by Na­ri­man Far­rokhi

Com­po­si­tion No. 1609 by Sonia Balas­sa­nian for Aria Gallery

Close to Par­adise by Ge­org Blaschke

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