The exterior of the Norman Foster designed pavilion where Art Abu Dhabi is hosted this year.
ABU DHABI - The VIP opening of Art Abu Dhabi was followed by another elegant dinner, this time co-hosted by key socialite Paula Al Askari and gallerist Tina Keng. At the ultra-chic Monte-Carlo Beach Club Saadiyat, the dinner brought together collectors, museum personalities, artists and architects. Richard Armstrong gave a welcome speech, expressing his admiration for the Fair.
At the opening, it was hard to see the art as well as I would have liked due to the crowds, but a stunning Bharti Kher sold almost instantly (she will be in conversation with Subodh Gupta tomorrow), and a beautiful embroidery work by Ghada Amer tugged at many heartstrings; a large Shirazeh Houshiary at Lisson from the same series as we saw at Frieze caught the eye, and a Kusama pumpkin sculpture dominated its space. Iranian artist Farhad Moshiri has clearly been busy producing some stunning work - the black-and-white being my favorite.
Buyers are spoiled for choice. They may find a better Hirst at Basel, but nowhere else can one find such high quality of art from the Middle East and Asia. I can't wait to go back tomorrow and stroll at leisure. Abramovic has a bewitching work at Lisson, and Park Gallery's Hala Mallulahs are among the must-sees.
Stay tuned for more news as panel discussions and events promise more excitement in the days to come.
Galerie El Marsa is showing Nja Mahdaoui’s Graphemes on vellum.
Subodh Gupta’s work shown by Galleria Continua.
One of Yayoi Kusama’s famous pumpkins shown by Ota Fine Arts.
Lisson Gallery, Shirazeh Houshiary.
The Third Line gallery’s display featured works such as this by Farhad Moshiri.
Fateh Moudares, Faces on Red, exhibited by the Park gallery