Abu Dhabi Art: 2019 edition of fair to launch dedicated gallery focus on India and China

Manjunath Kamath  Unfolding Moon, 2019 Painted terracotta  Diameter: 198.12 cm  Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Espace
Manjunath Kamath Unfolding Moon, 2019 Painted terracotta  Diameter: 198.12 cm Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Espace

Held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Khalid bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Office, the 11th edition of Abu Dhabi’s premiere international art event, Abu Dhabi Art, will this year showcase 49 galleries and artists from the UAE, Europe, Asia and North America.

Abu Dhabi Art 2019 will introduce two new sections to this year’s fair; New Horizons: India, curated by Ashwin Thadani, and New Horizons: China, curated by leading French curator and Asia specialist, Jérôme Sans.

Li Qing Curve and Straight, 2017-19 Wood, metal, plexiglass, oil color, crayons, printed matters, hair curler, aluminium-plastic sheets 124,5 x 120,5 x 7 cm Courtesy of the artist and Tang Contemporary Art
Li Qing Curve and Straight, 2017-19 Wood, metal, plexiglass, oil color, crayons, printed matters, hair curler, aluminium-plastic sheets Courtesy of the artist and Tang Contemporary Art

Sun Yuan & Peng Yu Teenager Teenager & I Didn’t Notice What I am Doing, 2011-12 Fiberglass sculptures, simulation of sculpture, sofa, simulation of stone Courtesy of the artist and Galleria Continua
Sun Yuan & Peng Yu Teenager Teenager & I Didn’t Notice What I am Doing, 2011-12 Fiberglass sculptures, simulation of sculpture, sofa, simulation of stone Courtesy of the artist and Galleria Continua

Reflecting the increasing number of Chinese visitors to the UAE, New Horizons: China will unite contemporary works by artists from nine galleries in China, including Almine Rech Gallery, Galleria Continua and White Space Beijing, many of whom have not exhibited in Abu Dhabi before. New Horizons: India pays homage to the long-standing Indian diaspora in Abu Dhabi and will bring together artists from six galleries in India including Aicon Contemporary, Nature Mort, Galerie Isa and Gallery Espace.

Bharti Kher Untitled, 2019 Bindis on mirror  Diameter: 182.9 cm  Courtesy of the artist and Nature Mort
Bharti Kher Untitled, 2019 Bindis on mirror Diameter: 182.9 cm Courtesy of the artist and Nature Mort


Bharti Kher Untitled, 2019 Bindis on mirror detail Diameter: 182.9 cm Courtesy of the artist and Nature Mort

Complementing the annual art fair at Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi Art encompasses a varied series of public events throughout the year which includes, Beyond, a programme driving new audiences to historic sites through contemporary art, Beyond Emerging Artists, a programme supporting emerging local artists from the UAE and Gateway, a curated exhibition that opens during the fair and will continue until January 2020, a series of stimulating cultural talks as well as site-specific performances at the fair in different locations around the city.

Dyala Nusseibeh, Director of Abu Dhabi Art commented:

“Abu Dhabi has a strong role to play as a focal point connecting the fast-changing cultural voice of the Global South, bringing together cultural voices from Asia, the West and the Middle East. While Abu Dhabi Art plays a specific role in supporting and responding to the needs of our burgeoning arts scene in the Emirates, we believe the fair provides a unique offer for collectors and creates an international dialogue between artists. This is reflected by the works on display across our exhibiting galleries, our Focus section created for us by Omar Kholeif and, of course, by the launch of our New Horizons sections.”

Marking the beginning of the art season in the UAE and the wider region, Abu Dhabi Art offers a unique meeting point for international artists and galleries in the Middle East, accompanying Warehouse 421 celebrating its 10-year anniversary and Louvre Abu Dhabi marking its second year since its opening, amongst others. In a quest to reach new audiences, and art enthusiasts unable to attend in person, Abu Dhabi Art will host two nocturnal robots, which can be controlled by online users anywhere in the world, to roam around the fair after it has closed to visitors. Leaving Europe for the first time, the After Dark robots are intended to complement rather than replace the physical experience of visiting the fair.

The fair’s upcoming 11th edition is running from Thursday 21 November to Saturday 23 November 2019 at Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Cultural District where it will present innovative and established galleries from around the world, catering to established and emerging collectors. Access to Abu Dhabi Art is AED50 for adults and complimentary for visitors below 7 years of age and students (School and University). To get your tickets now, please click here.

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About Abu Dhabi Art
Abu Dhabi Art expands beyond the notion of a traditional art fair, in placing strong emphasis on a diverse public engagement programme, including art installations and exhibitions, talks and events that take place in different locations throughout the year. The culmination of this year-long programme is the Abu Dhabi Art event in November, which provides an important sales platform for participating galleries whilst also offering these galleries an opportunity to showcase ambitious installations and site specific works by their artists to a wide audience.

About Mark Westall

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