A.i.R Dubai 2015: Open Call for UAE-based Artists

Joe Namy ' Sideways Kiss' A.I.R 2013. Digital Print on 2009 Range Rover LR2 rear windshield. Courtesy of The artist, Delfina Foundation, Dubai Culture, Tashkeel, Art Dubai
 Joe Namy ' Sideways Kiss' A.I.R 2013. Digital Print on 2009 Range Rover LR2 rear windshield. Courtesy of The artist, Delfina Foundation, Dubai Culture, Tashkeel, Art Dubai
Joe Namy ‘ Sideways Kiss’ A.I.R 2013. Digital Print on 2009 Range Rover LR2 rear windshield. Courtesy of The artist, Delfina Foundation, Dubai Culture, Tashkeel, Art Dubai

 

Art Dubai, the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), Delfina Foundation and Tashkeel have launched the fourth year of Artists-in-Residence (A.i.R) Dubai, with an Open Call inviting Emirati and locally-based artists to apply for a place on the three-month residency.

In an expansion of the programme for 2014-15, Dubai Culture—the Emirate’s dedicated Authority for culture, arts and heritage—is supporting a new Assistant Curator position, offering the opportunity for an upcoming Emirati curator to work alongside the established, international curator who will manage this dynamic initiative.

The six selected artists–four from the local community, including both UAE Nationals and residents, and two from the international community–will spend three months in-residence in Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, January-March 2015, working with the Projects Curator and Assistant Curator. Their residencies will culminate in the creation of site-specific works, as part of Art Dubai Projects, a not-for-profit series of new commissions exhibited at the annual fair (March 18-21, 2015). While the Open Call is for UAE Nationals and resident artists, the international artists-in-residence will be by nomination.

The residency partners—Art Dubai, the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), Delfina Foundation and Tashkeel—are in the process of appointing an experienced Projects Curator, following a nomination process. The Projects Curator will manage the Art Dubai Projects at the fair as well as develop the A.i.R outreach programme with the support of the Assistant Curator. Expanding the programme to include an Assistant Curator follows a recognition of the need to nurture curatorial practice in the UAE.

A.i.R Dubai 2015 features an expanded education and outreach programme, with talks and workshops taking place throughout the three-month residency, engaging local schools, universities and the arts community at large. The residency house will then develop into an Open Studios during Art Week 2015, which includes Art Dubai, Design Days Dubai and SIKKA, the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority’s artist-led contemporary art fair.

Applications are open until August 21, 2014. For more information about the programme and to download the application form, please visit http://www.tashkeel.org, or send your enquires to submission@tashkeel.org.

Art Dubai 2015 And Abraaj Capital Art Prize 2015 Announces Open Calls

A visitor walks past the work of Thai artist Navin Rawanchaikul during  Art Dubai 2014. Courtesy: Getty Images for Art Dubai.

Art Dubai Announces Dates for its Ninth Edition‏ & Open Call for Application

A visitor walks past the work of Thai artist Navin Rawanchaikul during  Art Dubai 2014. Courtesy: Getty Images for Art Dubai.
A visitor walks past the work of Thai artist Navin Rawanchaikul, Art Dubai 2014. Courtesy: Getty Images for Art Dubai.

 

Art Dubai, the leading international art fair in the Middle East and South Asia, announced that its ninth edition will take place March 18-21, 2015, at Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Art Dubai has become a cornerstone of the region’s booming contemporary art scene, both reflecting and acting as a catalyst in its extraordinary international growth over the past decade.

The 2015 edition of the fair will run alongside Design Days Dubai–the world’s most diverse fair dedicated to limited collectible design–plus a myriad of other art-related events, exhibitions and cultural happenings in the UAE and across the region. Moreover, the leading fair will also coincide with Sharjah Biennial; the 12th edition of the renowned biennial, directed by Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi and curated by Eungie Joo, also opens in March 2015.

Art Dubai will open applications for galleries interested in participating starting from June 1, 2014. Applications are open to contemporary and modern art galleries established for more than two years. Decisions on admission are made by the Art Dubai Selection Committee for Contemporary and by the appointed Advisory Committee for Modern. To apply click here.

For further information on Art Dubai, please visit our website here.

Like Art Dubai on Facebook and Follow on Twitter: @artdubai and Instagram: Instagram: @artdubai

 

Open Call for Applications: The Abraaj Group Art Prize 2015

 

The Abraaj Capital Art Prize Exhibition View Exterior 2014. Courtesy : Art Dubai.
The Abraaj Capital Art Prize Exhibition View Exterior 2014. Courtesy : Art Dubai.

 

The Abraaj Group Art Prize announced today the launch of the Open Call for artists and curators interested in taking part in the seventh edition of the prize. The curators’ applications are accepted until June 22, 2014, while artists’ applications are open until June 29, 2014.

The annual prize and accompanying exhibition is a platform for recognising particularly notable artists in the region and for showcasing their work on an international stage to museum directors, curators, critics, gallerists, their peers, and the public.

In an evolution to the format of recent years, following the application and jury process, four artists will be shortlisted for the prize and one (of the four) artists awarded the $100,000 commission. The commissioned work will be exhibited as part of The Abraaj Group Art Prize exhibition at Art Dubai 2015, before becoming part of The Abraaj Group Art Collection. The three shortlisted artists will receive a cash prize and be represented in the exhibition through previous works, which will be carefully selected by the Guest Curator in liaison with the artist.

The shortlisted artists for The Abraaj Group Art Prize will be mid-career, having already participated in exhibitions to critical acclaim. Artists will have produced particularly significant bodies of work in the past couple of years, their practice having expanded or developed during this time. Their work must be original, initiating new ideas and concepts, and be seen as influential to emerging artists and their contemporaries.

Curators are invited to apply for the position of Curator of the Abraaj Group Art Prize 2015. The selected curator will liaise directly with the artists, selecting significant works that best represent the three shortlisted artists, and working with the winning artist on the development and production of their new work. The curator will also be responsible
for editing and providing content for the accompanying catalogue or e-publication.

Curators can originate from any country in the world and be based anywhere. Applicants are expected to have quantifiable experience in the field of curating on an international level, and have an active interest in the development of artistic practice in the Middle East and South Asia.

Alongside the prize, The Abraaj Group this year launched The Abraaj RCA Innovation Scholarship, thereby broadening and deepening their support for the arts. For the next five years, each year, the grant supports five exceptional post-graduate students from Asia, the Middle East, Central Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America.

The scholarship will cover full international tuition fees to study at a Master’s level for two years at the Royal College of Art in London. More information on the scholarship can be found here.

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Cheers

Artistic Trip 2/2: Three Words Combined into One Craze… Dubai Art Week!

Sara Al Haddad "Therefore, Thereafter"
Part of Art Dubai Projects 2014. Courtesy : Getty Images Art Dubai 2014

The trip was not over in Dubai Art Week, I tried to see as much as I can and be involved in many activities happening around the city and one of the most exciting adventure was to visit Tashkeel, which is located in an area between Dubai and Al Ain, to see “Turning Points” exhibition. At Alserkal Avenue, Isabelle Van Den Eynde hosted a tremendous extravaganza exhibition by three pioneer Iranian artists: Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian that many friends in Dubai recommended I see it. There was also ZHIVAGO DUNCAN: AS THE JUNGLE WEEPS opening at JAMM in Al Qouz where I got the chance to meet Ramin Salsali and see once again the Beirut Art Fair masterminds: Odille Pascal and Laure Laure d’Hauteville who gave Al Mahha Art exclusive quick and spontaneous interview about their Singapore Art next November!

Back to Art Dubai where I couldn’t miss attending Global Form, meeting the two geniuses behind The Energy Charger and the most priceless things was the chance to sit, talk, discuss & listen to artists, curators & writers from around the world who share the same concerns and ambitions for Middle East art scene… If you missed my review on Art Dubai, click here.

Day 3: Finding Tashkeel Adventure!

Date: March 20, 2014

Time: 12 – 3 PM

Take the risk of driving and getting lost seeking for a hidden treasure! Read my review on Turning Points Exhibition here.

 

Arriving at Tashkeel and my love at first sight is the Telephone booth which actually works! Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
Arriving at Tashkeel and my love at first sight is the Telephone booth which actually works! Courtesy to Al Mahha Art

 

Part of "Turning Points" Exhibition at Tashkeel. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
Part of “Turning Points” Exhibition at Tashkeel. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art

 

Day 3: A Night at Al Qouz Art Scene

Date: March 20, 2014

Time: 5 – 9 PM

Alserkal Avenue provides a platform for dialogue among different cultures, bringing the community together and fostering creativity through a platform of collaboration. 

 

Graffiti in Alserkal Avenue. Courtesy: Al Mahha Art
Graffiti in Alserkal Avenue. Courtesy: Al Mahha Art

 

“The Exquisite Corpse Shall Drink the New Wine” at Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde was a bold, provocative and mesmerizingly disturbing art show… I will write a full review about it soon so stayed tuned! 

 

From The Exquisite Corpse Shall Drink the New Wine Exhibition at Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde. Courtesy: Al Mahha Art
From The Exquisite Corpse Shall Drink the New Wine Exhibition at Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde. Courtesy: Al Mahha Art
From The Exquisite Corpse Shall Drink the New Wine Exhibition at Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde. Courtesy: Al Mahha Art
From The Exquisite Corpse Shall Drink the New Wine Exhibition at Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde. Courtesy: Al Mahha Art
From The Exquisite Corpse Shall Drink the New Wine Exhibition at Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde. Courtesy: Al Mahha Art
From The Exquisite Corpse Shall Drink the New Wine Exhibition at Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde. Courtesy: Al Mahha Art

 

Omi Kam Ahwaha, Singing Pony, Wadi Rum, Gunshots & Beautiful People at JAMM

ZHIVAGO DUNCAN: AS THE JUNGLE WEEPS. Courtesy to JAMM
ZHIVAGO DUNCAN: AS THE JUNGLE WEEPS. Courtesy to JAMM
ZHIVAGO DUNCAN: AS THE JUNGLE WEEPS. Courtesy to JAMM
ZHIVAGO DUNCAN: AS THE JUNGLE WEEPS. Courtesy to JAMM
More than love! Everyone gathered for a group photo to Al Mahha Art after the opening of ZHIVAGO DUNCAN
More than love! Everyone gathered for a group photo to Al Mahha Art after the opening of ZHIVAGO DUNCAN

 Day 4: Global Art Forum | Art Dubai Projects

Date: March 21, 2014

Time: from 2 – 7 PM

“The Global Art Forum is a unique event with an amazing constellation of topics and projects devised by artists, intellectuals and regional experts.” Global Art Forum Co-Director Ala Younis 

 

Global Art Forum 8. Courtesy to: Art Dubai 2014
Global Art Forum 8. Courtesy to: Art Dubai 2014
Farah Al-Nakib, Kristine Khouri and Ala Younis at Global Art Forum 8. Courtesy to: Art Dubai 2014
Farah Al-Nakib, Kristine Khouri and Ala Younis at Global Art Forum 8. Courtesy to: Art Dubai 2014

 

“Art Dubai Projects produces a dynamic mix of works, installations, performances, and draws on content as diverse as that of the fair,” says Antonia Carver, Fair Director.

 

My favorite Art Dubai Project 2014 was an installation by Emirati artist Sarah Al Haddad… A huge orange net spread from the top to ground of stairs linking between Madinat Jumeirah and Mina Al Salam Hotel. 

 

Sara Al Haddad "Therefore, Thereafter" Part of Art Dubai Projects 2014. Courtesy : Getty Images Art Dubai 2014
Sara Al Haddad “Therefore, Thereafter” Part of Art Dubai Projects 2014. Courtesy : Getty Images Art Dubai 2014

 

Day 5: Street Charger Middle East

Date: March 22, 2014

Time: 4 – 6

“We are truly fortunate to have ample sun in this part of the world and tapping into this solar energy potential on an everyday accessible level is fast becoming a need and a requirement.” Mujahid Salman, Founder and CEO of 174 Solar.

So here is a story, my friend artist Shereen Audi was sitting next to me when her mobile battery started dying! Usual right?! We were sitting at the terrace area in Madinat Jumeirah – where Art Dubai was held – I told her “I have a charger but you need to find a place to charge”

“We don’t have to” She said  “There is energy polar chargers!” and I was stunned!

Two geniuses as I said, Mujahid & Ahmed Salman brought the first solar public charging station in the Middle East at Art Dubai. Spearheaded by 174 Solar, a Dubai-based company focusing on sustainable-centric initiatives, and in collaboration with Goumbook, a leading green-information online platform, Street Charge Middle East aims to bring accessible solar power to urban communities. Merging the latest in solar technology and modern product design, the drop-in solution stations provided all attendees an easy way to harness the sunʼs energy and charge their mobile devices. Coinciding and resonating with HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoumʼs latest Smart City initiatives aiming to improve overall quality of life in Dubai, Street Charge naturally supports the governmentʼs strategic projects, ahead of Expo 2020 and beyond. (source: Art Dubai)

For more information on this outstanding project, click here.

STREET CHARGE in Middle East. Courtesy to StreetChargerME
STREET CHARGE in Middle East. Courtesy to StreetChargerME

 

Final Destination: #AlMahhaArtFriends !

Location: Art Dubai

Smile Wider for Al Mahha Art!

 

The amazing masterminds behind Arabian Wings: Mohammed Bahrawi & Najlaa Felemban posing with Hamad Al Saab, Aziz Daoud & Khalid Bin Afif for Al Mahha Art
The amazing masterminds behind Arabian Wings: Mohammed Bahrawi & Najlaa Felemban posing with Hamad Al Saab, Aziz Daoud & Khalid Bin Afif for Al Mahha Art
One of most influencing and supporting patrons in Middle East Omar Hunidi and one of Lebanon's pioneer architects and favorite artist Nadim Karam posing for Al Mahha Art
One of most influencing and supporting patrons in Middle East Amer Huneidi and one of Lebanon’s pioneer architects and favorite artist Nadim Karam posing for Al Mahha Art

 

Odille Pascal and Director at Sabrina Amrani Art Gallery herself Sabrina Amrani. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
Odille Pascal and Director at Sabrina Amrani Art Gallery herself Sabrina Amrani. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
Promising artist Aziz Daoud, Jordanian artist Shereen Audi and No.1 Pop Artist in Kuwait Hamad Alsaab sharing a big smile to Al Mahha Art
Promising artist Aziz Daoud, Jordanian artist Shereen Audi and No.1 Pop Artist in Kuwait Hamad Alsaab sharing a big smile to Al Mahha Art
The lady who runs the world with her smile! Gallery & Project Manager at Art Basel ‎Angelle Siyang-Le. Courtesy: Al Mahha Art
The lady who runs the world with her smile! Gallery & Project Manager at Art Basel ‎Angelle Siyang-Le. Courtesy: Al Mahha Art
Artist Louma Rabbah and Albareh Art Gallery Founder Hayfa Aljishi at Art Modern. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
Artist Louma Rabbah and Albareh Art Gallery Founder Hayfa Aljishi at Art Modern. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
Great energy spreader Afra Bin Dhaher and promising Emirati artist Sara Al Haddad. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
Great energy spreader Afra Bin Dhaher and promising Emirati artist Sara Al Haddad. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
One of my favorite saudi promising artists Ibrahim Abumsmar and Nasser Al Salem. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
One of my favorite saudi promising artists Ibrahim Abumsmar and Nasser Al Salem. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
Ramin Salsali, Lulu Al Sabah and ZHIVAGO DUNCAN. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
Ramin Salsali, Lulu Al Sabah and ZHIVAGO DUNCAN. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
Artist Ibi Ibrahim & Al Mahha Art Founder, Mashaael Basheer posing next to Hayv Kahraman artwork
Artist Ibi Ibrahim & Al Mahha Art Founder, Mashaael Basheer posing next to Hayv Kahraman artwork
The amazing Ahmed and Mujahid Salman with artist Tasleem Mulhall
The amazing Ahmed and Mujahid Salman with artist Tasleem Mulhall

 

Founder of Ayyam Gallery Khaled Samawi, Al Mahha Art Founder Mashaael Basheer and Saudi artist Rashed Alshashai
Founder of Ayyam Gallery Khaled Samawi, Al Mahha Art Founder Mashaael Basheer and Saudi artist Rashed Alshashai
Artists talks and discussions!
Artists talks and discussions!
Caught Artist Fatima Lootah in Art Dubai! Lucky me because at that time she was preparing for her solo exhibition in Fujerah. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
Caught Artist Fatma Lootah in Art Dubai! Lucky me because at that time she was preparing for her solo exhibition in Fujerah. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art

 

See you next year Art Dubai! Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
See you next year Art Dubai! Courtesy to Al Mahha Art

 

Cheers

 

Art Dubai 2014 Transformation from Art Fair to International Art Platform

Ramin Haerizadeh "Carrot Cake, Carrot Cake Do You Have Any Nuts?" 2014. Mixed Media & collage on Canvas. Diam 114cm. Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde. Art Dubai 2014 (Courtesy: Al Mahha Art)
artwork by Pascal Hachem at SELMA FERIANI GALLERY. Art Dubai 2014 (Courtesy: Al Mahha Art)
artwork by Pascal Hachem at SELMA FERIANI GALLERY. Art Dubai 2014 (Courtesy: Al Mahha Art)

 

For the third year I visit Art Dubai I insist it is the leading art fair in the region, in terms of curating, programming and embracing. The fair became an annual international hub for all art communities. Here’s why:

  • Curating:
  1. There were two halls exhibiting contemporary art and they were not over-packed with artworks; galleries were minimalist creating space which allowed viewers to see everything hanged and displayed.
  2. A newly dedicated hall for modern art from Middle East & South Asia in Dubai Modern featuring 11 galleries, each of which presented a solo or two-person show by modern masters.
  3. Commissioned Art Dubai Projects were interactive, innovative and displayed everywhere outdoor by emerging Emiratis and foreigners artists.
  4. Global Art Forum title (Meanwhile… History) is certainly an international forum of culture and art matters from the heart of Middle East with sessions lived streamed in Arabic & English on the internet.
  5. Artists Talks and book launches were done daily; Samia Halaby, Five Decades of Painting and Innovation, Contemporary Kingdom book launch,  Rokni Haerizadeh, Fictionville and more.
  6. Different local and international initiatives and non-profits booths were all over the place providing an opportunity to integrate and socialize.
  • Programming:
  1. Abraaj Capital Art Prize 2014 was an absolute success (too successful I had to separate its’ review in different article).
  2. Sheikha Manal Children’s workshops were programming on daily bases, twice workshops for different age groups.
  3. There were daily screening for movies part of trio initiatives: Art Dubai, Dubai International Film Festival and Sharjah Art Foundation.
  4. Global Art Forum was bigger not only space but also speakers & topics.
  • Embracing:
  1. Art Dubai transformed from an art fair into a platform for emerging, established artists, curators, writers to communicate, exchange and interact. Who’s the next big shot upcoming artist? You’ll find many examples in Art Dubai.
  2. Not only people were embraced but also international galleries representing both western and Middle Eastern artists came together in one place which gives the opportunity to compare and study between all different levels and standards of mutual topics artists work on and present.

This quick conclusion and judgment is based on visiting three different art fairs in Arab countries including Art Dubai, it is fair to compare between fairs in emerging market, not with Miami Basel or Art Basel or Frieze – just to name a few. It is also unrealistic to compare between an art fair and Design fairs… Yes many did that and I could not help myself but think are these people kidding me?!

 

Maimouna Guerresi "Minarets" 2012. Archival pigment prints on aluminium. 200x54 cm. TASVEER GALLERY (New Delhi / Bangalore, India) Art Dubai 2014 (Courtesy: Al Mahha Art)
Maimouna Guerresi “Minarets” 2012. Archival pigment prints on aluminium. 200×54 cm. TASVEER GALLERY (New Delhi / Bangalore, India) Art Dubai 2014 (Courtesy: Al Mahha Art)

 

artwork by Hayv Kahraman at The Third Line, Art Dubai 2014 (Courtesy: Al Mahha Art)
Artwork by Hayv Kahraman at The Third Line, Art Dubai 2014 (Courtesy: Al Mahha Art)

 

 

However, if any art fair wants to be labeled international it should give up censorship… In fact its a MUST to forget artworks censorship. I understand we live in a complicated region that is restrained and relatively conservative but it is the role of art to break all rules, as it is a daring method that doesn’t only WOW people and make others acquire works to decorate their homes with, it is meant to make us think out of the box, open our eyes, revolt on what’s wrong and teach us acceptance of difference and odd… How is that happening if there is censorship?

Another element that benchmarks an art fair into international is becoming an open platform for all kind of topics in art. There wasn’t much provocative artworks , I mean what makes an artwork timeless is personally the communication one builds with work, how long did you engage with the colors, idea, media, concept? It doesn’t mean there were not mesmerizing pieces – in fact I have a list of over 20 eye catching artworks! – but not shocking like Khosrow Hassanzadeh’s ‘Dome’ featured in Art Dubai 2012, Barry X Ball’s PURITY or Oussama Diab’s New Guernica. The fair was politically-friendly and most artworks were personal storytellers rather than cultural shocking.

That being said, let’s talk highlights (source Art Dubai):

  • 85 participating galleries from 34 countries and featured the work of more than 500 artists. With a combined value in excess of US$45m, galleries reported healthy sales to local, regional and international collectors and institutions from the moment the buzzing collectors’ preview opened on March 18, and throughout the week.
  • Over 25000 visitors attended the fair during its four days. Witnessing highest-ever levels of attendance from universities and colleges, with more than 500 UAE and GCC-based students on specially organised tours.
  • The Sheikha Manal Little Artists Program, which featured workshops and Discovery Tours of the fair, attracted over 1000 children plus their parents.
  • Art Dubai and The Cultural Office have today signed an agreement to work together through 2015 and beyond, building on the success of the children’s programme at the fair.

 

details from Youngiin Jo "THE PRESENT MOMENT,,, ONCE BEAUTIFUL FOR OTHERS, A WISH FOR MY OWN, A REMINISCENCE FOR SOMEONE". 313 Art Project, Art Dubai 2014 (Courtesy: Al Mahha Art)
details from Youngiin Jo “THE PRESENT MOMENT,,, ONCE BEAUTIFUL FOR OTHERS, A WISH FOR MY OWN, A REMINISCENCE FOR SOMEONE”. 313 Art Project, Art Dubai 2014 (Courtesy: Al Mahha Art)

Visual Highlights in Contemporary & Modern

 

Art Dubai featured separated arenas for Modern & Contemporary, each one was vibrant with mesmerizing and eye-catching artworks and it took 3 dedicated days to see everything thus select my favorite. There was a strong presence of Middle Eastern galleries as well as international ones, presenting artists from all over the world creating a diverse, multi-cultural, interactive and vivid visual space that was a pleasure for visitors and collectors, which drives a strong competition between artists to produce their best; an open – again – platform to discover where art stands especially contemporary. Honestly I feel glad that some of these artworks are from galleries recommended earlier & based on BOLD, NEW, PROVOCATIVE and ODD, Al Mahha Art Top 50 Artworks in Art Dubai Contemporary & Modern are:

Nir Hod "Arab Spring II" 2014, 91.44 x 60.96 cm. Art Dubai 2014 (Courtesy: Leila Heller Gallery and artist)
Nir Hod “Arab Spring II” 2014, 91.44 x 60.96 cm. Art Dubai 2014 (Courtesy: Leila Heller Gallery and artist)

 

installation by Mark Dion "Underworld Hall" 2013. InSitu Gallery. Art Dubai 2014 (Courtesy: Al Mahha Art)
installation by Mark Dion “Underworld Hall” 2013. InSitu Gallery. Art Dubai 2014 (Courtesy: Al Mahha Art)

 

  1. Mark Dion “Underworld Hall” 2013. In Situ/Fabienne Leclerc, Paris.
  2. Youngiin Jo “THE PRESENT MOMENT,,, ONCE BEAUTIFUL FOR OTHERS, A WISH FOR MY OWN, A REMINISCENCE FOR SOMEONE”. 313 Art Project, Seoul.
  3. Gordon Cheung “Second Nature”. Leila Heller Gallery, NYC | Dubai.
  4. Nir Hod “Arab Spring II”. Leila Heller, NYC | Dubai.
  5. Ayman Yossri Daydban, “White Buffalo”. Athr Gallery, Jeddah.
  6. Jowhara Al Saud 6 artworks titled “Negative”. Athr Gallery, Jeddah.
  7. Mehrdad Mohebali “Nearly Infinity #1″. Etemad Gallery, Tehran | Dubai.
  8. Mohamed El Baz “Autopise”.
  9. Pascal Hachem at SELMA FERIANI GALLERY, London | Tunis.
  10. Raja Aissa “Scheherazade 459″. SELMA FERIANI GALLERY, London | Tunis.
  11. PASCAL HACHEM “EACH ONE OF US IS A FUTURE DICTATOR”. SELMA FERIANI GALLERY, London | Tunis.
  12. Raja Aissa “Volatile 1″. SELMA FERIANI GALLERY, London | Tunis.
  13. Maimouna Guerresi “Minarets”. TASVEER GALLERY, New Delhi | Bangalore, India.
  14. Zoulikha Bouabdellah “Mauvaise Graine”. Sabrina Armani Gallery, Madrid.
  15. Hiba Kalache “The Impermanence of States”. Agial Art Gallery, Beirut.
  16. Julio Cesar Morales “We are dead”. Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco.
  17. Naiza Khan “Miniature Worlds Collide”, Art Factum, Beirut.
  18. Naiza Khan “Ghost Blocks”, Art Factum, Beirut.
  19. Naiza Khan “Collapse”, Art Factum, Beirut.
  20. Hassan Hajjaj “Hindi Odalisque”. Rose Issa Projects. London.
  21. Hanieh Delecroix and Keyvan Saber at Rose Issa Projects, London.
  22. Khaled Jarrar “State”. Galerie Polaris, Paris.
  23. Ramin Haerizadeh “Carrot Cake, Carrot Cake Do You Have Any Nuts?” . Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde.
  24. Shirin Neshat, 4 artworks from (The Book of Kings) series. Gladstone Gallery
  25. Juz Kitson ‘The Desired desires the desire of the other’. GAGPROJECTS, Adelaide / Berlin.
  26. Rebecca Horn ” Butterfly with Black Volcano Stone”. Galleria Marie-Laure Fleisch, Rome.
  27. Mourad Salem 4 artworks at Galerie Elmarsa, Tunis | Dubai.
  28. Mohamed El Baz LOVE SUPREME.  Galerie Iman Faris, Paris.
  29. Artwork by Prilla Tania. at D Gallery, Jakarta.
  30. Sama Alshaibi “Rub’ al Khali” at Ayyam Gallery: Damascus, Beirut, Dubai, London.
  31. Ammar Al Beik “Basic Instinct” at Ayyam Gallery: Damascus, Beirut, Dubai, London.
  32. Nadim Karam “Story Box 1″ at Ayyam Gallery: Damascus, Beirut, Dubai, London.
  33. Diana Thater ‘Untitled’. Galerie Hussenot, Paris
  34. Haw Locke “Banque du Liban”. Hales Gallery, London.
  35. Haw Locke “The Ottoman Company Limited”. Hales Gallery, London.
  36. Antonis Donef ‘Untitled’. The Breeder, Athens | Monte Carlo.
  37. Zoi Gaitanidou “OBIATION”. The Breeder, Athens | Monte Carlo.
  38. Tiffany Chung “Berlin Wall” at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, NYC.
  39. Angelika Krinzinger “Ambras # 17″. Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna.
  40. Marina Abramovic “Ecstasy (A)”. Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna.
  41. Marina Abramovic “Ecstasy (B)”. Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna.
  42. Sara Rahbar “Tolerance”. Carbon 12, Dubai.
  43. Moris at Baro Galeria, Sao Paulo.
  44. Hayv Kahraman, The Third Line, Dubai.
  45. Rashid Alkhalifa. Albareh Art Gallery, Bahrain. (Modern)
  46. Rashid Alkhalifa, Metamorphosis. Albareh Art Gallery, Bahrain. (Modern)
  47. Nabil Nahas. Lawrie Shabibi, Dubai. (Modern)
  48. Hamed Abdalla. Karim Francis Gallery, Cairo. (Modern)
  49. Michel Basbous. Agial Art Gallery, Beirut. (Modern)
  50. Ardeshir Mohasses. Shirin Gallery, NYC | Tehran. (Modern)

 

All 50 artworks are in below slide show… See yourself why they are my favorite!

 

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That’s not it! Coming up in Al Mahha Art: Marker 2014, Abraaj Capital Art Prize, One/One with Basim Magdy, Innovations and Faces from Art Dubai 2014… Stay tuned!

 

Cheers

Meanwhile… History | Art Dubai Projects 2014

Art Dubai Project 2014 curator Fawz Kabra, Photograph by Daniel Terna. Courtesy to photographer.
Global Art Forum 2013, Courtesy: Art Dubai.
Global Art Forum 2013, Courtesy: Art Dubai.

Over 40 local and international contributors to participate in the 8th iteration of the Global Art Forum, titled ‘Meanwhile…History’

 

Global Art Forum, the leading regional platform for cultural debate and one of the most innovative of arts conferences worldwide, comes back in 2014 with participants from the worlds of art, architecture, film, literature, history, theatre and commentary! Taking place over five days—March 15-16 in Katara, Doha and March 19-21 in Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai—the Forum is known as.

Titled Meanwhile…History, the Forum focuses on an imagined timeline of turning points in history—significant decades, years, days, minutes or seconds that shifted an understanding of the world. The Forum includes live talks, presentations and debates, plus commissioned projects and research.

Meanwhile…History has been programmed by writer Shumon Basar; the curator-translator Omar Berrada, co-director of Dar al-Ma’mûn in Marrakech; and the artist and curator Ala Younis.

The highlights of Meanwhile…History are a journey in Ibn Khaldun’s medieval treatise, the Muqaddimah; Soviet Orientalism; American Cold War paranoia; a hundred years of the art exhibition Documenta; several millennia of the pearling industry of the Gulf; the “Short Seventies” in the UAE and across the world; as well as cultural experiments in Kuwait; Iranian art collections in Dubai; Africa in 1966; and creative lapses in storytelling and Facebook timelines.

The Global Art Forum’s fellowship programme Forum Fellows returns this year with a focus on curating, led by writer and curator Tirdad Zolghadr. This intensive programme of workshops enables exceptional upcoming curators from the Middle East to exchange ideas and experience. Fellows selected for the 2014 programme are: Amanda Abi Khalil (Beirut); Azar Mahmoudian (Tehran); Yasmina Reggad (Algiers); Yara Saqfalhait (Ramallah), and Ania Szremski (Cairo).

Free, and open to all, this year’s Global Art Forum will be simultaneously translated into Arabic/English, and will be live-streamed globally and to sites within the fair, thanks to the support of Ibraaz/Kamel Lazaar Foundation, the online partner of the Global Art Forum in 2014. For more information and the schedule of live talks and events, please check the schedule.

 

ART DUBAI PROJECTS 2014: THE FAIR’S MOST DYNAMIC PROGRAMME OF NEW COMMISSIONS

Art Dubai Project 2014 curator Fawz Kabra, Photograph by Daniel Terna. Courtesy to photographer.
Art Dubai Project 2014 curator Fawz Kabra, Photograph by Daniel Terna. Courtesy to photographer.

Art Dubai Projects, the fair’s commitment to sustaining a dialogue with its immediate environment and working in partnership with institutions and artists, is a curated, not-for-profit programme of new commissions. Selected artists are invited to create works that engage audiences and interact with and comment on the fair and its environment.

This dynamic programme includes established and upcoming artists and artists’ collectives from across the Middle East, North Africa and Asia. Artists selected for Art Dubai Projects 2014 include Nadia Ayari, Youmna Chlala, Clark House Initiative, Sunoj D, Maitha Demithan, Sara Al Haddad, Shuruq Harb, Amina Menia, Maryam Al Qassimi, Mounira Al Solh, and Hajra Waheed. The programme includes site-specific installations, performances, video and research projects developed and organised with this year’s Projects Curator, Fawz Kabra.

The commissions will be presented throughout the fair-grounds of Art Dubai, and intervene in the catalogue and related digital platforms. For the first time, artists and collectives will engage with Art Dubai Modern—the newly launched gallery hall dedicated to 20th century art from the Arab world, Iran and South Asia as well as Art Dubai’s contemporary gallery halls; Marker: Central Asia and the Caucasus; and the Global Art Forum.

Art Dubai Projects is held in parallel to A.i.R Dubai— the residency programme run by the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, Tashkeel, Delfina Foundation and Art Dubai. The selected artists participating in A.i.R 2014 will be resident in Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood from January to March and will create works for Open Studios Exhibition in Sikka, as well as their projects at Art Dubai.

Over the past seven years, Art Dubai Projects has become recognised as an ‘incubator’ for the most exciting artists and curators coming out of the Middle East and Asia, and is instrumental in fostering talent from the region.  For more information, click here.

 

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