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Global Art at the Persian Gulf Coast – Art Dubai 2018

Rasheed Araeen's "Rainbow on the Ground Surrounding the Black," 2016.
(Courtesy Aicon Gallery)

Known for its dynamic global diversity, Art Dubai 2018 brings together various forms of visual arts from 105 galleries from across 48 countries.  With 77 of them being returning galleries, 28 will be first-time exhibitors at the fair.  

The participating galleries are categorized as Contemporary, Modern and Residents, with Residents being the new addition this year. The Contemporary section will feature 78 galleries from 42 countries with first-time participants from Iceland, Ethiopia and Kazakhstan. The works presented will include painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, video, photography and performance.

This year, Art Dubai Modern will provide an opportunity to galleries to present curated collective exhibitions plus solo and two-artist shows. The Modern section will comprise 16 galleries from 14 countries exhibiting works by 20-century masters from the Middle East, South Asia and Africa.

The new addition, Residents is dedicated to solo presentations by artists who will take part in a 4-8 week residency in the UAE. The artists will be given the chance to explore the local art scene and create a body of work that merges with their own individual style that will be displayed by the artist’s respective galleries.

The other events that will take place at the fair include the Global Art Forum which is a daily program of performances. Titled “I Am Not A Robot,” the forum this year will focus on the power, paranoia and potential of automation.

A series of talks and presentations focusing on the life, work and cultural impact of 20th-century masters from the Middle East, South Asia and Africa by renowned curators, scholars and patrons will be on view at the Art Dubai Modern Symposium.

A highlight at the fair is the exhibition — “That Feverish Leap into the Fierceness of Life” that presents a number of artworks by some of the leading members of five modernist artist groups and schools spanning five decades from five Arab cities. Similarly featured will be the Sheikha Manal Little Artists Program which is Art Dubai’s non-commercial program designed for children and teenagers by international and UAE-based artists. The program will include workshops, publications and discovery tours encouraging the young ones to involve themselves in the arts.

Another main event is “The Room” in which this year’s edition titled “Good Morning GCC” recreates a live onsite TV show including daily segments on fashion, cooking and health in the Arab world. An immersive, interactive installation by Khaleeji artist collective GCC is on display at the heart of the fair for “The Room.”

Programs, such as Campus Art Dubai (CAD), which is a course that gives UAE-based artists, writers, curators and cultural producers an opportunity to develop their artistic practice, and Art Dubai Film, which is a program of video and film by artists, will also be featured at Art Dubai 2018.

Additionally and importantly, the fair will also include an exhibition of works by the Abraaj Group Art Prize winner and shortlisted artists. 

Art Dubai 2018 is on view from March 21 through March 24, 2018, at Madinat Jumeirah, Al Sufouh Road, Umm Suqeim, Exit 39 (Interchange 4) from Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, UAE.

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Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the fair.