Sunday, November 11, 2012

Highlights of Abu Dhabi Art fair 2012

Abu Dhabi Art claims to be much more than a ubiquitous art fair. It strives to act a dynamic platform for fast-evolving modern & contemporary art from across the region through a series of public programs and exhibitions that bring together a careful selection of top international art galleries and artists from around the world. Now in its fourth edition, the fair again showcased an amazing variety of works; from those in a dedicated section for today’s emerging artists already having been proved popular with eclectic collectors to museum-quality pieces.

The exclusive selection of some of several leading galleries collates into a stunning show of artworks. The exhibitors and visitors represent renowned art dealers and collectors, apart from established artists, cutting-edge newcomers and a top selection of art from the region.

Saadiyat Cultural District

Unprecedented in scale and scope, Saadiyat Cultural District turns into a centre for global culture, drawing local, regional and international visitors with unique exhibitions, permanent collections, productions and performances. The UAE Pavilion, designed by Foster + Partners, was on display for six months at Expo 2010 Shanghai, showcasing exhibitions that highlight the history of the UAE. Now located in its permanent home beside Manarat Al Saadiyat, the pavilion will be a new landmark exhibition and events venue.
Design galleries and Art Zone
Abu Dhabi Art has featured design galleries since it launched in 2009 and has introduced a specific design section of the fair this year. This builds on its strong design program which included Design workshops for the public. One emerging gallery is selected to take part in Bidaya, which translated from Arabic means ‘the start, the beginning’. Art Zone is a specially designed art space dedicated to children & families to enjoy multiple art activity stations, plus art-making easel areas. It is a friendly, easy to access and inspiring art environment for families with children aged 2 to 12 years old.
Panel discussions
There were many panel discussions like that one that looked at the growing importance of the UAE and wider Middle East in the global art market. Another one with the artists in this year’s Art, Talks and Sensations involved Subodh Gupta, Camille Henrot, Fabrice Hyber, Tim Noble & Sue Webster, Matthieu Orlean and Camille Zakharia.

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