It's that time again! Art Dubai time. Good art, good weather, and a lot of activities going on in the city. Madinat Jumeirah was bustling as usual, and the days dragged into late nights of cocktails and after parties, with an interesting mix of art lovers from all over the globe.
Faces one sees at other fairs, collectors, and local and expat friends, all make up the fun, international crowd that tours the various sites and activities organized by Art Dubai across the city. Read about DIFC, Al Serkal, and all the fun places to go, stay, and eat at in my other recommendation sections.
As usual, there were the three sections; Contemporary, Modern, and the Residents. Showcasing 105 international galleries between the 3 sections, there was a great variety of edgy, controversial, and good international and Arab art.
Wadi Finan Art Gallery from my hometown, Amman, participated again in the Modern section this year, and they had a beautiful selection of smaller artworks - from the 60's to the mid 80's - by established Jordanian and Arab artists; A gem by Fahrelnissa Zeid was the highlight for me, as well as works by Ahmad Nawash, Ali Jabiri, and Fouad Mimi.
Leila Heller Gallery had a superb display of art, as always, and they have definitely made it to the top of my list of galleries to look out for! Zilberman Gallery had great works by artist Aisha Khalid. Gallery One from Ramallah, Palestine had the solo exhibition of works by Nicola Saig.
Did you know that: Fair Director Myrna Ayad is the first Arab to direct Art Dubai, and indeed an Arab art fair.