Art Dubai 2011 Announces Participating Galleries

Sara Rahbar, Leyli Jan Dear Leyli, courtesy of Carbon 12 Gallery

Art Dubai, the region’s largest and most established contemporary art fair has announced its fifth edition and the participation of more than 75 renowned international art galleries. To be held from March 16th to 19th, Art Dubai 2011 will showcase works from over 30 countries in the Middle East, Asia, Europe and the Americas.

Laleh Khorramian, Intro, 2009 Courtesy of The Third Line

This year’s returning galleries include Frey Norris (USA), Chemould Prescott Road (India), Chantal Crousel (France), Athr Gallery (Saudi Arabia), and The Third Line (UAE). Newcomers include Goodman Gallery (South Africa), Pilar Corrias Gallery (UK), Marianne Boesky (USA), Galerie Balice Hertling (France), Chaterjee & Lal (India), L’Atelier 21 (Morocco), and Rodeo (Turkey).

This year’s fair will also include a selection of stands as alternative spaces curated by Nav Haq, exhibitions curator at Arnolfini (UK). They will be allocated as five stands throughout the fair and will focus on the some of the most emerging art spaces from Asia and Middle East many of which are first-time participants at Art Dubai.

Another new initiative will be Art Dubai Live, an online platform launched at the close of the fair enabling a greater interactive audience of collectors, artists and art lovers to participate from around the globe.

Gil Heitor Cortesao, Double Bed, Courtesy of Carbon 12 Gallery

“I’m delighted to have joined the fair at this extraordinary moment, when it is both reflecting and contributing to the creative, social and commercial shift in the region,” said Antonia Carver in a recent press release. “Art Dubai is rooted in the Gulf but is part of a ‘future conversation’ that critically links Asia and the Middle East with the rest of the world. It is enormously exciting to be part of the cultural scene in Dubai, a city of ideas, of entrepreneurship and debate.”

As Carver so eloquently stated, Art Dubai is not just about an art fair, it is about a new world of artistic discovery with the aim to foster a dialogue about art in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (MENASA region) and how it communicates with the world at large.

Art Dubai is a joint venture of the Dubai International Financial Center and is held in partnership with Abraaj Capital and sponsored by Van Cleef & Arpels. The event takes place at the Madinat Jumeirah.