Abu Dhabi, 25 November 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).
The third edition of the international contemporary art fair, Abu Dhabi Art, took place from 16 to 19 November. The fair attracted approximately 17,000 visitors on Saadiyat Island, the new cultural centre where Louvre, as well as Guggenheim projects are under construction. The fair is an undeniable contemporary Middle Eastern art rendez-vous.
Several auction results were announced in press releases, including the Sheikha Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan acquisitions, such as Jeff Koons’ work, Dipstick, displayed by Gagosian; Alberto Giacometti’s work, Femme Debout, from the Parisian gallery, Kamel Mennour; and Sean Scully’s piece, Tin Mal, from the Irish gallery, Kerlin.
Emirates newspaper, The National, revealed that four sculptures by Antony Gormley were sold by Thaddeus Ropac (Parisian gallery), between $200,000-300,000 each. The New York gallery, Heller sold $120,000 worth of works, including a Schiva Ahmadi creation, sold for $25,000. Also, the Tunisian gallery, El-Marsa, sold a Rachid Koraichi work for $125,000.
Foreign galleries such as White Cube, Aquavella Galleries and Enrico Navarra also received successful results during this edition.