Art Dubai 2010 highlights Diversity
Held under the patronage of the Ruler of Dubai, Art Dubai 2010 - the biggest art fair in the MENASA region, comprising the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia recently concluded in Dubai at Madinat Jumeirah Hotel resort. According to major UAE newspapers, ‘the four-day contemporary art show drew more than 18,000 visitors, up 28 per cent from last year, and featured more varied galleries and artwork’.
Our NuktaArt magazine, the biannual international art publication published from Karachi, Pakistan, had a presence at Art Dubai for a second consecutive year as its Media Partner.
Events included the unveiling of the three innovative winning works that share the Abraaj Capital Art Prize, critical debates at the Global Art Forum, artist led tours in which artists acted as tour guides devising their own narratives through the galleries, discussions and videos at the Art Park, which were special projects curated by Bidoun Projects.
On the first day, the sale of Pakistani master Sadequain’s 'The Three Graces' by Grosvenor Vadehra Gallery for US $200,000 made the headlines as the most expensive artwork when it was purchased by an anonymous buyer.
Pakistani artist Naiza Khan was exclusively represented by Rossi and Rossi, London, who showcased her works ‘The Manora Project’.
For the first time, two galleries from Pakistan participated: Grey Noise, Lahore and Gandhara Art, Karachi / Hong Kong. 72 galleries took part from all over the world and the majority said they had strong sales despite the recession!
“In its fourth year Art Dubai has matured into a highly regarded art event on the world stage shown by the diversity of the work, the significant increase in attendance, strong sales from institutional and private buyers and the greater involvement of Dubai’s art community during the week of the fair,” said John Martin, co-founder of Art Dubai.
More than 70 art galleries from 30 countries; a special section of museum-quality contemporary artworks; a strong focus on emerging Middle Eastern talent and a diverse palette of public art events and activities for visitors of all ages — these are some of the highlights of Art Dubai 2010
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