The 10th edi­tion of the cap­i­tal’s art fair is small but per­fectly formed

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Abu Dhabi Art re­turns to the Saadiyat Cul­tural Dis­trict this month

Now in its 10th edi­tion, Abu Dhabi Art is a bou­tique art fair in terms of size – with con­sid­er­ably less gal­leries in at­ten­dance than the fair in Dubai and other big cities – but that makes for a more man­age­able ex­pe­ri­ence, help­ing vis­i­tors to take in the full range of what’s on show. With world-renowned gal­leries along­side lead­ing spa­ces from the Mid­dle East re­gion, the fair is a plat­form for sup­port­ing es­tab­lished artists and nur­tur­ing emerg­ing ones. This year, un­der the di­rec­tor­ship of Dyala Nus­seibeh, the pro­gramme is cu­rated and de­signed by lead­ing fig­ures in the re­gional arts world so that out­side of the com­mer­cial halls, there will be a host of ex­hi­bi­tions, work­shops, and pub­lic events for ev­ery­one to en­joy. COM­MER­CIAL GAL­LERIES High­lights this year in­clude: Los An­ge­les gallery Kayne Grif­fin Cor­co­ran will be mak­ing its Mid­dle Eastern de­but, with a stun­ning solo by the Amer­i­can artist James Tur­rell; Spruth Magers, which has spa­ces in LA, Ber­lin and Lon­don will present ab­stract pho­to­graphs by Ger­man artist Thomas Ruff, and a spe­cial in­stal­la­tion by the Amer­i­can artist Jenny Holzer – whose per­ma­nent sculp­ture stands in the ground of the Lou­vre Abu Dhabi. EMI­RATI TAL­ENT Un­der the guid­ance of their men­tor, Mo­hammed Ahmed Ibrahim, three young and tal­ented artists – Ahmed Saeed Al Areef Al Dha­heri, Dhabiya Al­ru­maithi, and Taqwa Al­naqbi – have cre­ated works for an ex­hi­bi­tion dur­ing Abu Dhabi Art in Ma­narat Al Saadiyat, which will stay on view for an ad­di­tional two months af­ter­wards. TALKS This fo­rum presents a se­ries of talks on the topic of the re­gional art mar­ket. Top­ics in­clude the rise of ne­olib­eral economies in the Gulf, the rise of auc­tion houses and the cir­cu­la­tion of art in emerg­ing mar­kets and con­flict re­gions. GATE­WAY A nom­i­nated guest cu­ra­tor cu­rates this ex­hi­bi­tion ev­ery year. This year, Ham­mad Nasar has gath­ered art­works that ex­plore the built en­vi­ron­ment and lan­guage as struc­tures through which mean­ing ac­cu­mu­lates. It is ti­tled Struc­tures of Mean­ing | Ar­chi­tec­tures of Per­cep­tion and will re­main on dis­play for an ad­di­tional two months af­ter the Novem­ber dates. COM­MIS­SIONS In a spe­cial sec­tion of the fair in Al Ain, large-scale sculp­tures and in­stal­la­tions will be in­stalled in the oa­sis of the desert city. These in­clude three com­mis­sions by es­tab­lished con­tem­po­rary artists Moataz Nasr from Eg­pyt, Am­mar Al At­tar from the UAE, and Im­ran Qureshi from Pak­istan. PER­FOR­MANCE The fair’s per­for­mance art plat­form Du­rub AlT­awaya, cu­rated by Tarek Abou El Fe­touh, will take place in dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions through­out the city Novem­ber un­til Jan­uary with a fo­cus on tech­nol­ogy


The vernissage – which is the nor­mally pri­vate evening that hap­pens on the eve of the fair – is open to the pub­lic this year in or­der to cel­e­brate the 10th year an­niver­sary. It will fea­ture DJs, spe­cial per­for­mances and canapés, and tick­ets will be avail­able to buy on­line.

Vernissage: Abu Dhabi Art Cel­e­brates 10 Years! Novem­ber 14 from 6pm, Dhs100.

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