Wednesday, February 25, 2015

What's on for Art Week this year

Programs for Art Week 2015 were announced at a joint press conference today at Mina A'Salam, with days to go before March Madness. The event focused mainly on Design Days Dubai and Art Dubai, the anchor events of the week that kicks off Art Season.

Some of the more notable points mentioned there included:

  • Art Dubai IX will feature galleries from 40 countries -- the highest geo-diversity so far.
  • Art Dubai's "Marker" programme will shine a spotlight on Latin America this year -- definitely something I look forward to.
  • The Global Art Forum will set aside a day for the globe-trotting youth art project, 89plus (referring to the generation born after 1989).
  • The Artists-in-Residence programme this year will feature six younger (in terms of industry experience) artists, distinguishing it from the Commissions programme of more experienced artists partnered with organizations.
  • Some names to watch out for while browsing the 72 contemporary art galleries include Nikhil Chopra, Olu Amoda, and Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, while Farid Belkahia will be among the artists featured in the 15 modern galleries.
  • RCA Secret from the Royal College of Art will be a special guest exhibitor at Art Dubai.
  • Design Days will include its largest UAE and Middle East representation to date, with Sharjah and Ajman making their debuts.
  • Most anticipated for me at Design Days Dubai will be the return of ArtFactum, Crafts Council, The Fatima bint Mohammed Initiative, and Wiener Silber Manufactur. Others to put on the must-visit list would be Zumtobel and House of Today.

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