Art Dubai 2022 ultimate guide: what to expect at the UAE’s biggest art fair

Art Dubai 2022 ultimate guide: what to expect at the UAE’s biggest art fair

Alexandra Chaves

The UAE art season is in full swing, with new exhibitions at Jameel Arts Centre and Sharjah Art Foundation opening earlier this week and Alserkal Art Week hosting talks and activities, with shows extending throughout the next few months.

One of the big events on the calendar is undoubtedly Art Dubai, with the 15th event taking place from March 11 to 13 at Madinat Jumeirah. This year, the art fair is gearing up for its biggest programme thus far with more than 100 contemporary and modern galleries participating.

Artworks will be on display across three sections: contemporary, modern and Bawwaba, with commissioned works spread out across the venue. In addition, Art Dubai will have its first digital art section titled Art Dubai Digital, complemented by the theme of the 15th Global Art Forum — This is the Picture.

Here’s what to expect at the main sections of Art Dubai this year:

Art Dubai Contemporary

Omar Ba's 'Genesis 1: 26-27' (2021) is on view at the Templon booth at Art Dubai. Photo: Templon
Omar Ba’s ‘Genesis 1: 26-27’ (2021) is on view at the Templon booth at Art Dubai. Photo: Templon

A total of 77 galleries will be showcasing works for the contemporary section, out of which 15 are new to the fair.

From Dubai, Carbon 12 will present works by Sarah Almehairi, Andre Butzer, Anthony Akinbola, Anahita Razmi and Amba Sayal-Bennett, while Green Art Gallery will showcase works by Michael Rakowitz and Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde will have Manal Al Dowayan’s most recent textile pieces.

Other Dubai galleries participating include Ayyam Gallery, Custot Gallery, Leila Heller Gallery, Lawrie Shabibi, Meem Gallery, Tabari Artspace, The Third Line, Volte Art Projects and Zawyeh.

Participating galleries from the Middle East include Athr from Jeddah, Hafez Gallery and Mono Gallery from Riyadh, Wadi Finan Art Gallery from Amman, Mark Hachem from Beirut, Gallery One from Ramallah. There’s also +2 Gallery, Mohsen Gallery, Dastan’s Basement and Parallel Circuit from Tehran; Sanatorium, Dirimart, x-ist, Anna Laudel and Zilberman Gallery from Istanbul.

Art Dubai Modern

Part of Chant Avedissian's 'Icons of the Nile' series. Photo: Sabrina Amrani
Part of Chant Avedissian’s ‘Icons of the Nile’ series. Photo: Sabrina Amrani

Curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, the modern section will feature solo booths on 20th-century masters from the Middle East and North Africa, including Bibi Zogbe, a Lebanese painter known for her floral canvasses, whose works will be presented by Agial Art Gallery from Beirut; and Aref El Rayess, whose retrospective is currently on view at Sharjah Art Museum. El Rayess’s work at Art Dubai is presented by Sfeir-Semler Gallery.

Works by Chant Avedissian (Sabrina Amrani), Gamal El Sagini (Zamalek Art Gallery), Nabil Nahas and Anas Albraehe (Saleh Barakat Gallery), and KS Kulkarni (Aicon Art) are also part of the section.

Bawwaba

Translated from the Arabic word for “gateway”, Bawwaba contains works made specifically for the fair in the past year. The section aims to capture artistic trends and developments across the Global South, a region organisers have been aiming to champion through their programming.

Curated by Nancy Adajania, 10 solo presentations will be on view this year, six from newcomers. Lagos-based Rele Gallery, participating at Art Dubai for the first time, will feature stunning paintings by Tonia Nneji, while new arrival TARQ from Mumbai and Nature Morte from New Delhi will be presenting Soghra Khurasani and Mona Rai, respectively.

Works by Ranbir Kaleka will be on view with New Delhi’s Vadhera Art Gallery, while Cusco’s Vigil Gonzales will showcase works by Jose Luis Martinat.

Art Dubai Commission

James Clar's 'Cloud Seed' installation will be on view at the Julius Baer lounge at Art Dubai. Photo: Silverlens
James Clar’s ‘Cloud Seed’ installation will be on view at the Julius Baer lounge at Art Dubai. Photo: Silverlens

Among Art Dubai’s commissions for 2022 is one by Madrid-born artist Fernando Garcia-Dory with Inland collaborative agency from Spain. Bringing together ideas from archaeology, hydrology and urbanism, he will present Sand Flow, a multi-side installation that will explore Dubai’s history, as well as the cultures and communities that exist within the city.

Meanwhile, Filipino-American light artist James Clar will unveil an interactive installation Cloud Seed at the Julius Baer lounge that will present real time simulation of raindrops and fog.

Kenyan artist Cyrus Kabiru, whose sculptural masks play with conventional craft and design, will conduct a workshop for children aged 5 to 17. During the workshop, the artist will guide participants on how to repurpose everyday materials to artistic pieces.

The initiative is part of Art Dubai organiser ARM Holding’s Children’s Programme, which aims to expand its activities to 80 schools around Dubai.

Exhibitions

A new partnership between Art Dubai, Warehouse421 and the Salama Bint Hamdan Emerging Artist Fellowship (SEAF) will culminate in an exhibition on the fellowship’s eight-year history that is curated by Maryam Al Dabbagh and Mays Albaik.

Titled Speculative Links, the presentation explores ideas of collective memory and prevalent themes found in SEAF’s previous exhibitions. Featured artists include Asma Khoory, Tala Worrell, Dina Nazmi Khorchid, Sawsan Al Bahar, Shaikha Alketbi, Fatima Albudoor, Mohamed Khalid and Malak Elghuel.

In another exhibition, Russian artist Marina Fedorova’s Cosmodreams will consider how technology has impacted our environment. The immersive installation blends painting and sculpture with augmented and virtual reality, and was previously shown at the Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art in St Petersburg.

Art Dubai will take place from 2pm-9pm on March 11 and 12, and noon-6pm on March 13 at Madinat Jumeirah. Tickets are priced at Dh60 for one-day entry, and Dh100 for a three-day entry, available at artdubai.ae

Art Dubai 2021 – in pictures

Dubai, United Arab Emirates - Reporter: Alexandra Chaves. Arts and Lifestyle. Rachid Kora•chi, Les Priants in the sculpture park. Art Dubai 2021 opens at the DIFC. Tuesday, March 30th, 2021. Dubai. Chris Whiteoak / The National
Dubai, United Arab Emirates - Reporter: Alexandra Chaves. Arts and Lifestyle. A visitor looks at a piece by Rashed Al-Shashai called Brand 14 from the Hafez Gallery in Jeddah. Art Dubai 2021 opens at the DIFC. Tuesday, March 30th, 2021. Dubai. Chris Whiteoak / The National
Dubai, United Arab Emirates - Reporter: Alexandra Chaves. Arts and Lifestyle. Sadie Wasil, Allah, Allah, Allah in the sculpture park. Art Dubai 2021 opens at the DIFC. Tuesday, March 30th, 2021. Dubai. Chris Whiteoak / The National
Dubai, United Arab Emirates - Reporter: Alexandra Chaves. Arts and Lifestyle. A visitor takes a picture of Mirror 5 by Aref Montazeri. Art Dubai 2021 opens at the DIFC. Tuesday, March 30th, 2021. Dubai. Chris Whiteoak / The National
Dubai, United Arab Emirates - Reporter: Alexandra Chaves. Arts and Lifestyle. Costs Varotsos, Horizon in the sculpture park. Art Dubai 2021 opens at the DIFC. Tuesday, March 30th, 2021. Dubai. Chris Whiteoak / The National
Dubai, United Arab Emirates - Reporter: Alexandra Chaves. Arts and Lifestyle. A piece by Abdoulaye Konaté. Art Dubai 2021 opens at the DIFC. Tuesday, March 30th, 2021. Dubai. Chris Whiteoak / The National
Dubai, United Arab Emirates - Reporter: Alexandra Chaves. Arts and Lifestyle. Drawings by Marwan at Meem gallery booth. Art Dubai 2021 opens at the DIFC. Tuesday, March 30th, 2021. Dubai. Chris Whiteoak / The National
Dubai, United Arab Emirates - Reporter: Alexandra Chaves. Arts and Lifestyle. Mirror 5 by Aref Montazeri. Art Dubai 2021 opens at the DIFC. Tuesday, March 30th, 2021. Dubai. Chris Whiteoak / The National
Dubai, United Arab Emirates - Reporter: Alexandra Chaves. Arts and Lifestyle. A visitor looks at a piece by Mohamed Arejdal called Spiritualités vierges. Art Dubai 2021 opens at the DIFC. Tuesday, March 30th, 2021. Dubai. Chris Whiteoak / The National
Dubai, United Arab Emirates - Reporter: Alexandra Chaves. Arts and Lifestyle. A visitor mimics a piece in the Galeria Albarran Bourdais, Madrid. Art Dubai 2021 opens at the DIFC. Tuesday, March 30th, 2021. Dubai. Chris Whiteoak / The National
Dubai, United Arab Emirates - Reporter: Alexandra Chaves. Arts and Lifestyle. A visitor looks at a pieces by Shaikha Al Mazrou. Art Dubai 2021 opens at the DIFC. Tuesday, March 30th, 2021. Dubai. Chris Whiteoak / The National
Dubai, United Arab Emirates - Reporter: Alexandra Chaves. Arts and Lifestyle. A portrait of Mame Kéwé Aminata Lo by Kehinde Wiley. Art Dubai 2021 opens at the DIFC. Tuesday, March 30th, 2021. Dubai. Chris Whiteoak / The National
Dubai, United Arab Emirates - Reporter: Alexandra Chaves. Arts and Lifestyle. A visitor takes a picture in the Perrotin section with a piece of artwork by Takashi Murakami. Art Dubai 2021 opens at the DIFC. Tuesday, March 30th, 2021. Dubai. Chris Whiteoak / The National
Dubai, United Arab Emirates - Reporter: Alexandra Chaves. Arts and Lifestyle. Bernard Venet, 8 acute Unequal angles in the sculpture park. Art Dubai 2021 opens at the DIFC. Tuesday, March 30th, 2021. Dubai. Chris Whiteoak / The National
Dubai, United Arab Emirates - Reporter: Alexandra Chaves. Arts and Lifestyle. Swiss fog magnified. Art Dubai 2021 opens at the DIFC. Tuesday, March 30th, 2021. Dubai. Chris Whiteoak / The National
Dubai, United Arab Emirates - Reporter: Alexandra Chaves. Arts and Lifestyle. A visitor looks at a piece by Jean -Michel Othoniel called Kitu-Ōtaniro. Art Dubai 2021 opens at the DIFC. Tuesday, March 30th, 2021. Dubai. Chris Whiteoak / The National
Dubai, United Arab Emirates - Reporter: Alexandra Chaves. Arts and Lifestyle. Dream 181 by Safwan Dahoul. Art Dubai 2021 opens at the DIFC. Tuesday, March 30th, 2021. Dubai. Chris Whiteoak / The National
Dubai, United Arab Emirates - Reporter: Alexandra Chaves. Arts and Lifestyle. A visitor takes a picture in the Perrotin section. Art Dubai 2021 opens at the DIFC. Tuesday, March 30th, 2021. Dubai. Chris Whiteoak / The National
Dubai, United Arab Emirates - Reporter: Alexandra Chaves. Arts and Lifestyle. Rachid Kora•chi, Les Priants in the sculpture park. Art Dubai 2021 opens at the DIFC. Tuesday, March 30th, 2021. Dubai. Chris Whiteoak / The National
Dubai, United Arab Emirates - Reporter: Alexandra Chaves. Arts and Lifestyle. A visitor looks at the Athr Gallery booth. Art Dubai 2021 opens at the DIFC. Tuesday, March 30th, 2021. Dubai. Chris Whiteoak / The National
Dubai, United Arab Emirates - Reporter: Alexandra Chaves. Arts and Lifestyle. Idiosyncrasy by Masoud Akhavanjam. Art Dubai 2021 opens at the DIFC. Tuesday, March 30th, 2021. Dubai. Chris Whiteoak / The National
Dubai, United Arab Emirates - Reporter: Alexandra Chaves. Arts and Lifestyle. Rashid Al Shashai, Maqam in the sculpture park. Art Dubai 2021 opens at the DIFC. Tuesday, March 30th, 2021. Dubai. Chris Whiteoak / The National
Dubai, United Arab Emirates - Reporter: Alexandra Chaves. Arts and Lifestyle. Gonalo Mabunda, Throne and Throne of Stars in the sculpture park. Art Dubai 2021 opens at the DIFC. Tuesday, March 30th, 2021. Dubai. Chris Whiteoak / The National

‘Les Priants’ by Rachid Koraichi, in the Sculpture Park at Art Dubai 2021. The art fair ran from March 29 to April 3. Chris Whiteoak / The National

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