Art Fair

Reflection: a new arts festival for Sharjah

Sharjah has massive international cultural credibility already, with the Biennial, the museums, the Maraya Arts Centre, and the Sharjah Arts Foundation. But it seems that’s not enough: this December sees the arrival of “Sharjah’s first […]


Artists for SB14

The next Sharjah Biennial – SB14, running 7 March to 10 June 2019 – will show just short of 90 artists from around the globe and more than 60 new commissions. There’s a very contemporary […]


Louvre Abu Dhabi: memories of Venice?

On 8 November 2017, the new Louvre Abu Dhabi opened its doors. Its huge domed roof covers a medina of white cubes surrounded by the water, making the most of the poetry of its situation: […]


Abraaj departs abruptly from the arts scene

The fallout over the Abraaj Group’s financial troubles continues, and there does seem to be some impact on Dubai’s art scene – though possibly not quite as much as The Art Newspaper thinks. It carried […]


Why Gatz is so great

“No more than a glorified anecdote, and not too probable at that” wrote HL Mencken, doyen of 1920s literary critics, in his slightly sniffy 1925 review of The Great Gatsby. True, he liked the book’s […]

Arts Centre

Not so crude: Jameel Arts Centre offers a meaty opening programme

Art Jameel has announced the programmng for the much-anticipated Jameel Arts Centre, the first independent ‘cultural destination’ in Dubai. Due to open on 11 November, it’s a three-storey multi-role development over 10,000-square metres of Creekside […]