The fifteenth edition of Abu Dhabi Art, which runs 22-26 November 2023, will once again be the largest yet – there will be 92 gallery booths (a few galleries are in more than one section). They include 37 new and 55 returning galleries, and they come from a total of 32 countries; 18 of them are from the UAE, with Georgia, Mexico, Brazil, Singapore, and Chile represented at the fair for the first time.
The gallery roster represents a sizeable increase on last year, which had 78 galleries. Abu Dhabi Art’s director Dyala Nusseibeh said that this year “represents a significant moment in the fair’s history … We are delighted to be able to attract such a diverse range of artists and galleries from around the world”.
She added that the growth was due in part to the work of Abu Dhabi Art’s global gallery representatives. Those are responsible for selecting/inviting galleries in four different sections – three geographies (Hong Kong, North Africa and West Asia, and Latin America) plus one for ‘Sustainability’.
“The presence of so many new galleries at the Fair signifies how dynamic the local and regional art market has become over the last 15 years. By working closely with curators, gallery representatives, galleries and artists, we are also ensuring that our gallery presentations offer unparalleled access to art histories and research, ensuring visitors have the opportunity to better understand these wide-ranging global positions.”
The meat of the fair, the Modern & Contemporary section, will have 40 galleries.
The 2023 public programme includes commissions for Almaha Jaralla, Samo Shalaby and Latifa Saeed in the Beyond Emerging Artists strand. The 2023 Gateway exhibition, entitled Maqam, is a show for Emirati artist Hashel Al Lamki. And works for sites across the emirate have been commissioned from Nujoom Al Ghanem and Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim.
The fair’s Visual Campaign Artist for 2023 is Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim – noted for his commitment to the environment and natural beauty of his birthplace, Khorfakkan. The Visual Campaign Artist is tasked with creating the fair’s visual campaign, and the chosen images are then used across marketing materials to define the identity of the fair.
Abu Dhabi Art is at the Manarat Al Saadiyat as usual, open 5-9pm 2-9pm for general admission on Thursday 23 to Sunday 26 November. Entry is free, but you need to preregister via the website to get a complimentary ticket.
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