Abu Dhabi Art is gearing up for November’s return


Abu Dhabi Art returns this year as an all-physical fair, with various sections being held at Manarat Al Saadiyat in November.

Fifty galleries are participating this year, including 14 new ones. London art space Rossi & Rossi will be present, as will The Third Line, the veteran Dubai gallery returning to the fair for the first time since 2018.

“We are delighted to welcome a diverse range of new participating galleries alongside many of our regular exhibitors,” said Dyala Nusseibeh, Fair Director.

“After a year of enforced hiatus, it is no surprise that the participating galleries have put on some exceptional displays in their stands, which range from solo exhibitions repositioning the region’s masters of modern art to young galleries daring enough to show exciting emerging artists. . “

The wide geographical distribution of the fair is evidenced this year by the number of participating regional galleries, such as Agial Art Gallery of Beirut, Galerie Hafez de Jeddah and Khak Gallery from Tehran; locals, such as Lawrie Shabibi and Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde; and those from East Asia, such as Artside Gallery, Gallery Lee & Bae and Gallery Tableau, all from South Korea.

Non-commercial programming is also back, including an exhibition called Kind of Blue, based on Miles Davis’ flagship album. He explores how contemporary art can reflect the melodies and rhythms of jazz.

“Kind of Blue is all about mood – an illustration of the times we face through jazz as a universal musical language,” said curator, French writer Simon Njami.

The galleries participating in this section are Afriart Gallery of Uganda, MAM Gallery of Cameroon, Primo Marella Gallery of Italy, and Sabrina Amrani from Spain.

Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, recently announced as co-directors of the prestigious Hamburger Bahnhof art space in Berlin, will be the curators of Beyond: Emerging Artists, with new works by Emirati artists Hashel Al Lamki, Maitha Abdalla and Christopher Benton from the United States. The show will take place after the end of the fair and will continue until December 4, 2021.

The second section Beyond, Beyond: Artist Commissions, This year will include new commissions from Palestinian-British artist Aya Haidar, Palestinian artist Hazem Harb, Emirati pioneer artist Najat Makki, Pakistani-British artist Rasheed Araeen and Richard Atugonza, a young artist Ugandan.

Rose Lejeune implemented the fair’s Performing Arts program for the second year (and the first in person). The British commissioner, specializing in performance, commissioned the Parisian duo Louise Herve & Clovis Maillet, the Palestinian artist Mays Albaik, the Iraqi architect and furniture designer Rand Abdul Jabbar and the Russian artist Super Taus for the program. will take place in Manarat Al Saadiyat. and Umm Al Emarat Park.

Abu Dhabi Art will run from Wednesday November 17 to Sunday November 21. More information on abudhabiart.ae

Updated: November 4, 2021 9:04 am


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