Participants from 29 countries will be involved in what promises to be the most dynamic edition in Art Dubai’s history.
“Art Dubai has grown from strength to strength over the course of the last seven years and now truly epitomizes the globalised phenomenon that is today’s art world,” said Antonia Carver, Fair Director of Art Dubai.
“The assessment process, conducted by Art Dubai’s independent selection committee, has been rigorous, with the available positions heavily oversubscribed. We are thrilled with the line-up of participating galleries who together will create the most diverse fair yet.”
As the leading international fair in the Middle East and South Asia, Art Dubai is committed to creating a platform whereby the world’s most influential galleries come together and engage with the booming regional art scene.
Marker, the curated section of concept stands which focuses each year on a particular theme or geography, exemplifies Art Dubai’s role as a site of discovery and cross-cultural exchange. Following a focus on Indonesia in 2012, Marker 2013 is curated by Lagos-based curator Bisi Silva, and explores the nature of changing cities through the work of artists and arts organisations from West Africa.
Bisi Silva has selected five spaces to participate in the fair and to work collaboratively with their artists to produce exhibitions for Art Dubai: Centre for Contemporary Art (Lagos), Espace doual’art (Douala), Maison Carpe Diem (Segou), Nubuke Foundation (Accra) and Raw Material Company (Dakar). ‘We have created a programme focusing particularly on the work of dynamic, independent organisations and both established and emerging artists dealing with specific localities,’ says Bisi Silva.
Following the success of Art Dubai in 2012, many key galleries will be returning in March 2013. To name just a few, Athr Gallery (Jeddah), Marianne Boesky Gallery (New York), Galerie Chantal Crousel (Paris), D Gallerie (Jakarta), Experimenter (Kolkata), Alexander Gray Associates (New York), Grey Noise (Dubai), Galerie Rodolphe Janssen (Brussels), Galerie Krinzinger (Vienna), Platform China (Beijing/Hong Kong), The Third Line (Dubai), The Pace Gallery (London/Beijing/New York) and Sfeir-Semler (Hamburg/Beirut) will all be once again engaging with visitors at Art Dubai.
New international entrants, including Greenaway (Adelaide/Berlin), Yvon Lambert (Paris), Victoria Miro (London), Almine Rech Gallery (Paris/Brussels), Schleicher/Lange (Berlin/Paris) and Tanja Wagner (Berlin) will be making their debut at Art Dubai. Additionally, Rampa and Rodeo are among five galleries from Istanbul participating in the 2013 fair.
The seventh edition of Art Dubai reflects the ever-accelerating growth of the local and regional art scene. Art Dubai hosts more artists and galleries from the Arab world than any other arts event.
Over 500 artists will participate in Art Dubai, brought together by the selected participating galleries and the fair’s extensive non-commercial programming. Artists set to have a high profile at Art Dubai 2013 include Abdul Qader Al Rais, Etel Adnan, Kutlug Ataman, Yto Barrada, Daniel Buren, Annabel Daou, Wim Delvoye, Meschac Gaba, Wade Guyton, Zarina Hashmi, Mona Hatoum, Iman Issa, Idris Khan, Yayoi Kusama, MadeIn Company, François Morellet, Nasir Nasrallah, Otobong Nkanga, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Seth Price, Ibrahim Quraishi, Walid Raad, Anri Sala, Taryn Simon, Rirkrit Tiravanija, James Turrell, Joana Vasconcelos, Danh Vo and Akram Zaatari among many others.
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