DUBAI - Yes, it's that time of the year again! The world has descended upon Art Dubai, this time largely by way of Hong Kong. Not unexpectedly, the art in Dubai is receiving favourable reviews and collectors have been seen exploring the many galleries in search of early finds.
Idris Khan, 2013. Photography © Suki Dhanda.
Some have arrived from Doha's Sothebys-sponsored New York Times art conference, others from Kuwait where the Global Art Forum was just hosted. Sotheby's own Highlights of Arab and Iranian sale (April 21) at the DIFC Atrium has received exceptionally high footfall and even more impressive reviews. It is impossible to cite a favorite from this exhibition however, when a bijou Bani Sadr, an early treasure of a work by Monir Farman Farmaian, and a divine El Anatsui vie for attention! That said I must confess that Idris Khan at Victoria Miro truly held my eye.
Idris Khan at Victoria Miro, Art Dubai 2015. Courtesy the Artist and Victoria Miro, London. © Idris Khan. Photography: Sebastiano Pellion di Persano.
After the Sotheby’s Collectors Lunch, guests made their way to the Fair opening which this year featured a Marker curated by Luiza Texeira de Freitas. The aim here was to build bridges between the Arab world and Latin America, a culturally-diverse and vibrant region that has a shared history with the Arab world, especially after the influx of Lebanese and Palestinian immigrants towards the end of the 19th century. Elsewhere, Arab modern masters bring welcome focus to that era. With the 12th Sharjah Biennale only a stone's throw away, this year is an exceptionally busy, bustling one, and testament to Dubai's growing place on the art fair map.