Art Dubai announced the participating galleries for it’s 9th edition that takes place at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, March 18-21, 2015.
Affirming its reputation as the most global of art fairs, the ninth edition of Art Dubai includes 92 galleries from 39 countries. An extraordinarily diverse roster of galleries includes the world’s most influential alongside fresh, upcoming art spaces.
Art Dubai includes three gallery programmes: Contemporary, the largest hall, presents 71 gallery exhibitions showing predominantly new work by artists from across the world; Modern features solo and two-person shows by masters from Africa, the Middle East and South Asia; while Marker is a curated programme which, in 2015, focuses on Latin America and that region’s relationship with the Arab world.
Art Dubai Contemporary
Galleries participating in Art Dubai Contemporary – the largest gallery hall, with 71 booth exhibitions – are selected via a lengthy and stringent independent selection process. New galleries exhibiting for the first time include Hannah Barry Gallery (London), Galerie Ccile Fakhoury (Abidjan), Gypsum Gallery (Cairo), Honor Fraser (Los Angeles), Kurimanzutto (Mexico), Jhaveri Contemporary (Mumbai), Galerie Lelong (Paris/New York), mor.charpentier (Paris), Wentrup (Berlin), and Whatiftheworld (Cape Town).
Several galleries have opted to present ambitious solo and two-person shows within the Contemporary halls: Carroll / Fletcher (London) focus on Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, while Beirut’s Galerie Tanit presents a major installation by Fouad El Khoury and Etel Adnan. Chatterjee & Lal (Mumbai) has a solo of drawings by Nikhil Chopra; Sabrina Amrani Gallery (Madrid) shows Brazilian artist Marlon de Azambuja; and Atassi Gallery (Damascus) has new work by Syrian master Elias Zayat.
New York’s CRG Gallery and Paris’s InSitu/Fabienne Leclerc join forces to present new work by Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige alongside Mark Dion and Jumana Manna, among others. Dubai’s Isabelle van den Eynde gives carte blanche to the trio of Rokni and Ramin Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian, and presents a solo booth dedicated to Mohammed Kazem.
Galleries returning to Art Dubai in 2015 include: Experimenter (Kolkata), Galerie Jaeger Bucher (Paris), Sfeir-Semler (Hamburg / Beirut), Galleria Continua (San Gimignano / Le Moulin / Beijing), Victoria Miro (London), Galleria Franco Noero (Turin), Galerie Nathalie Obadia (Paris / Brussels), Gallery SKE (New Delhi / Bangalore), Ota Fine Arts (Tokyo / Singapore).
Longstanding participants in the fair also include Carbon 12 (Dubai), Galerie Chantal Crousel (Paris), Green Art Gallery (Dubai), Grey Noise (Dubai), Galerie Krinzinger (Vienna), The Third Line (Dubai) and Galerie Rodolphe Janssen (Brussels).
The galleries participating in Contemporary represent the broadest international selection to date. Russian, Central Asian and Eastern European galleries such as Galerie Iragui and Gallery XL (Moscow), Yay Gallery (Baku), Inda Gallery (Budapest), Raster (Warsaw), Temnikova & Kasela (Talinn) bring a new perspective to the fair.
Art Dubai Modern
Launched last year, Art Dubai Modern, is a unique programme featuring artists from Africa, South Asia and the Middle East who proved influential in the twentieth century, particularly through the vibrant modern period of the 1940s to 1980s.
In 2015, Art Dubai Modern grows to include 15 gallery exhibitions, including Shafic Abboud (Lebanon, shown by Beirut’s Agial Gallery), Ngwenya Malangatana (of Mozambique, with Gallery of African Art, London), Pakistan’s Shahid Sajjad (Artchowk, Karachi), renowned Moroccan painters Mohamed Melehi and Mohamed Hamidi (Loft Gallery, Casablanca), Jamil Molaeb (Galerie Janine Rubeiz, Beirut), Cape Verdan master Manuel Figueira (Perve Galeria. Lisbon), and works from the 1970s by Iranian master Kourosh Shishegaran (Shirin Gallery, Tehran/New York).
A new project space features collages by renowned Iranian photographer Kaveh Golestan, curated by Vali Mahlouji.
Participation from contemporary African galleries, including Art Twenty One (Lagos), Galerie Cécile Fakhoury (Abidjan) and whatiftheworld (Cape Town), has also increased.
In 2015, Marker turns its focus to Latin America, and the connections between this region and the Arab world–from hundreds of years of migration to today’s trading relationships, via a shared sensibility and approach to art practices. It will be the first such showcase of works by Latin American artists in the Gulf region, and is designed to spark exchange between the arts scenes of the Middle East and those of Central and South America.
Curator Ana Luiza Teixeira de Freitas, is taking a dynamic, multidisciplinary approach; in a break from previous years, Marker will feature a group show with participation by artists and galleries from across Latin America, plus project spaces devoted to artists’ books, performance, sound and film.
Further details about Marker will be released over the coming weeks.
About Art Dubai
Art Dubai (March 18–21, 2015) is held in partnership with The Abraaj Group and is sponsored by Emaar. Madinat Jumeirah is home to the event.
Art Dubai Modern is sponsored by Mashreq Private Banking.
The Dubai Culture and Arts Authority is a strategic partner of Art Dubai, and supports the fair’s year-round education programme.
The ninth edition of Art Dubai takes place March 18-21, 2015. Besides the gallery halls, comprising Contemporary, Modern and Marker, the fair’s extensive not-for-profit programme includes artists’ and curators’ residencies; site-specific works and commissioned performances (Art Dubai Projects); an exhibition of works by winners of the annual The Abraaj Group Art Prize and the critically-acclaimed Global Art Forum.
The John Jones Art on Paper Award, a prize that recognises the potential for innovation for works made on paper, awarded to an artist exhibiting at Art Dubai, returns in 2015.