Last year there were 76 galleries, this year over 80 from 35 countries. Announced for open-call in June 2013, today Art Dubai declare participating galleries and for the first time, the fair now includes three distinct gallery programmes: Art Dubai Contemporary; the inaugural edition of Art Dubai Modern; and Marker, which in 2014 focuses on Central Asia and the Caucasus.
This year sees the launch of Art Dubai Modern, a series of solo and two-person booth exhibitions, plus research projects, devoted to modern masters from the Middle East and South Asia. This precise programme has been developed with a group of eminent historians and curators, including Savita Apte, Catherine David, Kristine Khouri and Nada Shabout.
Artists exhibiting in the inaugural edition of Art Dubai Modern include Hamad Abdalla (with Karim Francis gallery, Cairo); Rasheed Araeen (Grosvenor Vadehra, London/New Delhi); Michel Basbous (Agial, Beirut); Ardeshir Mohasses (Shirin Gallery, Tehran/New York); and Anwar Jalal Shemza (Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai). For full list click here.
Art Dubai’s contemporary halls have again been heavily oversubscribed, and the independent selection process was lengthy and stringent. Galleries joining the fair for the first time include Baró Galeria (São Paulo), The Breeder (Athens), Gladstone Gallery (New York), Marian Goodman (New York/Paris), Galerie Greta Meert (Brussels), Galleria Franco Noero (Turin), Gallery SKE (Bangalore), Yavuz Fine Art (Singapore), and 313 Art Project (Seoul).
Following the success of Art Dubai 2013, many key galleries are returning in March 2014, among them: Athr Gallery (Jeddah), Galerie Chantal Crousel (Paris), D Gallerie (Jakarta), Experimenter (Kolkata), Galerist (Istanbul), Alexander Gray Associates (New York), Greenaway (Adelaide/Berlin), Grey Noise (Dubai), Galerie Rodolphe Janssen (Brussels), Galerie Krinzinger (Vienna), Victoria Miro (London), Schleicher/Lange (Berlin), The Third Line (Dubai), Galerie Tanja Wagner (Berlin). For full list click here.
Marker—the dynamic programme of invited art spaces—focusses on Central Asia and the Caucasus and is curated by the artists Slavs and Tatars. Participating spaces, plus a programme of projects, research, and educational initiatives, will be announced early December.
Providing an opportunity to discover the work of more than 500 artists through histories and across geographies, the 8th edition of Art Dubai will be held at Madinat Jumeirah, March 19-22, 2014, in partnership with The Abraaj Group. (book now!)