43 Indian artists and 8 leading Indian galleries took part in Art Dubai 2016, which witnessed its highest turnout to date
The 10th edition of Art Dubai, which has fast become the leading art fair of the region, recently came to a close (on March 19). A record 27,516 visitors made it to Madinat Jumeirah—the fair’s venue—this year. With some 95 museums and institutions from across the world taking part, a large variety of artworks were on display.
The fair featured a mix of local, regional and international galleries, artists, museums, curators and collectors. Around a quarter of the galleries reported selling out works. Sales ranged from under $10,000 for works by emerging artists to over $300,000 for works by established artists such as Ai Wei Wei, Faiq Hassan, Yayoi Kusama, Monir Shahroudy, Nasreen Mohammedi, Jaume Plensa, Farmanfarmaian, Marwan and others.
Delfina Foundation & Art Dubai Projects’ ‘The Wedding Project’
Some of the museums that took part this year were Centre Pompidou, Paris; Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R Guggenheim, the Metropolitan Museum, New York; and the British Museum, V&A and Tate Modern, London.
Indian contemporary art was well represented at this year’s Art Dubai, with 43 Indian artists and eight leading galleries from Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata taking part.
Archana Hande, The Golden Feral Trail, 2014, Digital print on paper – Courtesy of Chemould Prescott Road
Mumbai’s Chemould Prescott Road, which is one of India’s oldest contemporary art galleries, came back this year. The gallery, which was founded in 1963, featured works by exhibiting artists Shezad Dawood, Mehlli Gobhai, Archana Hande, Jitish Kallat, Reena Saini Kallat and Gigi Scaria.
Jhaveri Contemporary, also from India’s business capital, brought Rana Begum’s works to the fair. The gallery, which was formed by sisters Amrita and Priya Jhaveri in 2010, also featured works by exhibition artists Ifthikar Dadi & Elizabeth Dadi, Simryn Gill, Alexander Gorlizki, Prem Sahib, Anwar Jalal Shemza and Ali Kazim.
Also from Mumbai were the Sakshi Gallery, Project 88, Lakeeren and Chatterjee & Lal.
Rathin Barman, Redefined Architectural Spaces – II, 2016 – Courtesy of the Experimenter and the artist
Kolkata’s Experimenter, which gives a platform to alternative artists with a South Asian connection, brought its emerging artists’ collective CAMP to the event, in addition to exhibiting artists Bani Abidi, Rathin Barman, Adip Dutta, Nadia Kaabi Linke, Naeem Mohaiemen, Prabhakar Pachpute, Julien Segard, Praneet Soi and Ayesha Sultana.
Astha Butail, Untitled, 2016 (Gallery SKE) – Courtesy of the artist
Gallery SKE from New Delhi, which was originally founded in Bangalore, also participated. The gallery, which features both established and emerging contemporary artists and promotes cross-cultural discourse, featured exhibiting artists Astha Butail, Pors & Rao, Mariam Suhail and Avinash Veeraraghavan.
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Nearly 1,000 students visited the 2016 edition of Art Dubai, thanks to the fair’s schools and colleges programme. Additionally, 560 children participated in the children’s Sheikha Manal Little Artists Programme.
Antonia Carver, Art Dubai’s Director, said, “The exceptional feedback received from collectors, galleries, artists, museums and curators and the ever-increasing attendance figures from both local and international audiences—from ever more diverse locations—illustrate the maturity of the fair and the crucial role it plays in, both, the wider region and the artworld calendar.”
Art Dubai is held under the patronage of His Highess Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Sheikh Mohammed toured the fair on its opening evening.
The event was held in partnership with The Abraaj Group and was sponsored by Julius Baer and Piaget, with Maserati as an Automotive Partner. The Dubai Culture and Arts Authority is a strategic partner and, along with Dubai Design District (d3), it supports the fair’s year-round education programme.