Galleries from every corner of the globe displayed work with plenty of affordable pieces available for collectors.
Debuting in April, this exciting art fair catered to new collectors and enthusiasts on a budget. Promising an affordable collection of several hundred modern and contemporary works from more than 100 galleries and artists across 25 countries, World Art Dubai was the piece of Art Season that’s been missing in years past.
Aiming to appeal to a broad demographic of potential buyers with its diverse price range, it is setting the stage for a new generation of specialist and lifelong collectors and creating the perfect platform for talented and emerging artists to get their name out to develop dedicated followings.
Despite its more affordable nature, this was not a fair to be underestimated and housed a unique collection of works from some of the most up and coming galleries in countries including Armenia, Iran, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Haiti, India and Lebanon.
Visitors were able to browse paintings, prints, photography, sculpture and urban art installations, and walk away with original, international art, no matter their budget.
The four-day event was held at Dubai World Trade Centre and included a schedule of masterclasses, workshops, art house shorts, live music and street at demos.
Emmanuel Fremin Gallery, New York
This gallery represents more than a dozen emerging and mid-career artists. It has helped launch the careers of many, and hosted the debut solo exhibitions of an eclectic group of international artists. It focuses mainly on photographic work but includes a range of media from paintings to sculpture to installations. Its World Art Dubai exhibit will follow suit, representing an exciting group of artists including Moby, Julian Lennon and Antoine Rose.
Among the works on display will be Moby’s latest series of photographs of hybrid human-animal characters, titled ‘Innocents’, which is based on his theory that the apocalypse has already taken place.
Julian Lennon’s work marries photography and philanthropy, and his images – taken throughout his travels in Kenya and Ethiopia – aim to inspire viewers to learn about indigenous cultures while raising awareness of the harsh realities that some of them face.
Turkish artists Melissa Mizrakli focuses on the human body, using a mirroring effect in her photographs to create multiple symmetries and explore the concept of a standardised world, while Antoine Rose’s whimsical series ‘Up in the air’ has gained widespread attention lately, featuring bird’s eye views of popular beaches in Miami, Long Island, Rio and The Hamptons.
Anna Dudchenko has been based in Oman since 1999 and has since become one of the Sultanate’s best known and most active artists. In 2013 and 2014, she was shortlisted for the Strabag International Art Award in Vienna, and will be displaying work from her latest project, ‘Happy, Wise and Otherwise’, at World Art Dubai. The series of pencil drawings are bright, fun and humorous, and depict animals such as chimps, elephants and bears in partially surreal settings.
Torres will be exhibiting his series titled ‘The Gratitude Collection’, chosen specifically for this show due to its exploration of breaking down barriers in both language and cultures by serving as a reminder that life and nature shouldn’t be taken for granted. It uses vibrant colours and textures to exude the positive energy that comes from having gratitude and appreciation for the world around us.
TNK Art Gallery, Russia
All artists represented by this gallery are members of the Russian Artists Union and most are Honoured Artists of the Russian Federation. The gallery aims to show that ‘classical traditions in Russian painting’ are still alive and flourishing, supporting emerging artists in addition to well-known masters and organising Russian and international exhibitions in order to give their work a global platform.
Biken International, Tokyo
A company hosting exhibitions that promote cultural exchange, exhibiting in 45 cities around the world and showcasing everything from traditional Japanese painting and brush calligraphy to traditional haikus and literary works, flower arrangements and jewellery.
Vogelsang Gallery, Brussels
Based in Brussels, this gallery’s focus is the photography and paintings of up-and-coming international artists. While it’s not limited to these two mediums, its main goal is to discover and bring these artists to a more mature audience and their exhibits include a range of media such as video, sculptures and installations.
Gala Art Gallery, Armenia
Little known for its art scene, but by no means a small player, Armenia has a rich and diverse roster of artists with a national and international museum presence. This gallery from Yerevan specialises in paintings and sculptures by historically significant Armenian artists from the late 19th century to the present. Its World Art Dubai exhibit will include a fascinating scope of paintings from modern and contemporary artists, educating an international audience about the work of this artistically significant region.