A new director for Art Dubai

Myrna Ayad has been appointed director of Art Dubai, a fair specialised in Middle-East, African and South Asian arts. She will take up her duties for the 11th edition of the fair in 2017. Myrna Ayad is replacing Antonia Carver, who has been appointed director of Art Jameel with the mission to develop the foundation, but remains on the management board of the fair. Myrna Ayad was born in Beyruth in 1977. She is a critic, editor and consultant based in the United Arab Emirates for more than 30 years. The CEO of Art Dubai Group, Benedict Floyd, stated: “It is with great regret that we see Antonia depart from Art Dubai, and on behalf of the shareholders and our partners, we would like to acknowledge her dedication and all that’s been achieved to date (…). We enter the next phase in the fair’s history in great anticipation with the leadership of Myrna and our highly experienced senior management...

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Opening of a new gallery in Dubai

The Custot gallery, founded by Stéphane Custot, is opening a new space in Dubai on Alserkal Avenue in the industrial zone Al Quoz, the city’s cultural district. The inaugural exhibition, “The World Meets Here”, is on from 14 March to 7 May 2016. The exhibition presents works by Chu Teh-Chun, Ian Davenport, Nicolas de Staël, Barry Flanagan, Peter Halley, Robert Indiana, Jedd Novatt, Marc Quinn, Pablo Reinoso, James Rosenquist, Frank Stella, Bernar Venet and Fabienne Verdier. Born in Paris in 1963, Stéphane Custot studied law and art history. He was director of the Hopkins-Thomas gallery in Paris in 1988, renamed the Hopkins-Custot gallery since 2001. He opened the Custot gallery in London in 2005. Cofounder of the PAD in Paris and London, he joined forces with Leslie Waddington to found Waddington Custot Galleries in 2010. On the strength of 25 years of experience in Paris and London, Stéphane Custot is opening a new 700m2 venue with ceiling height of 9 metres, to create an exceptional space for showing...

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Christie’s celebrates turning ten in the Middle East by creating its new “Elements of Style” department

On 7 February 2016 in Dubai, Christie’s celebrated its tenth year in the Middle East and set up a new department for its sales: “Elements of Style”. It was the occasion for Jussi Pylkkänen, President of Europe and the Middle East, to take stock of the last decade: “I clearly remember the moment just before our first auction in Dubai… We all knew it was a risk. At the time there were only a handful of galleries in Dubai, none of the great Museums had been envisaged, we were even unsure if the auction concept and the bidding process would be embraced by our new clients. But what we did have was great art and that is always the secret wherever we do business. It is a great tribute to Dubai, the UAE, to the government bodies, collectors, fairs, gallerists and most importantly the artists, that we have collectively built a market that back in 2006 when I stepped into the rostrum, I could only have dreamt of.” The event took place at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel in Dubai. It was an opportunity to devote this evening to art in the Middle East through a selection of works presented in the context of the sale “Now and...

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Alserkal Avenue announces Galleries Night

On 16 November 2015, Alserkal Avenue will be hosting exhibitions from new galleries with Galleries Night. Held simultaneously with Abu Dhabi Art week, Avenue’s galleries will be showcasing works by regional and international artists. Several newcomers, such as Leila Heller Gallery, Dubai, The Third Line, Dubai, and the Jean-Paul Najar Foundation, Dubai, will be participating in the event for the first time. Abdelmonem Bin Eisa Alserkal, the founder of Alserkal Avenue said that these new additions to the Avenue “is affirmation of how far Alserkal Avenue has come as a community for the promotion of arts and culture…we look forward to making a similar impact in the international context as well.” Contemporary art remains the focus of the Avenue, and several of the galleries will be featuring abstract sculpture pieces, paintings, and paper works. These exhibitions are the first wave of gallery openings at Alserkal Avenue’s expansion, which was established in March 2015. More galleries are expected to open in January and March of 2016 alongside more Galleries Nights. Alserkal Avenue was founded in 2007 and provides cultural and artistic initiatives in the community. Alserkal Avenue was founded by Abdelmone Bin Eisa Alserkal, who was born and raised in Dubai. He is also the two-time recipient of the Patron of the Arts award, presented by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashin Al...

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“Meeting Point” Exhibition at Cuadro Gallery, Dubai

In collaboration with Yay Gallery, Azerbaijan, Cuadro Gallery, Dubai will be hosting an exhibition entitled “Meeting Point”, displaying the work of four internationally-recognised Azerbaijani artists, from 15 September until 15 October 2015. Rashad Alakbarov, Orkhan Huseynov, Aida Mahmudova and Farid Rasulov will be showing recent work spanning a range of mediums, exploring the evolution of tradition, home and memory during a period of rapid modernisation and globalisation in Azerbaijan. Rashad Alakbarov will be displaying three new of his “shadow works” that refer to the duality and contradictions in Middle Eastern culture and tradition. His works, when placed in front of a source of light, are designed to cast a shadow that tells a story totally disassociated from the object itself. Orkhan Huseynov will exhibit four Plexiglas reliefs from his new series “Yusuf”, two of which feature verses from Surah Yusuf, a chapter in the Quran, and the remaining, images of a modern shirt, conveying the at once clashing and complimentary relationship between religion and modernity. Farid Rasulov will present two new sculptures from his latest body of work consisting of everyday objects that have been embellished with ornate wooden carvings. Aida Mahmudova’s work draws on a whole range of mediums to explore themes of memory and nostalgia. Through painting, she seeks to capture and preserve the fading landscapes, urban environments and architecture of...

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