Largest ever Abu Dhabi Art

Abu Dhabi Art has announced that its 2022 edition will be the largest to date, with 78 galleries from 27 countries (14 of them from the UAE). The list includes a record 45 returnees, which clearly represents a vote of confidence in the fair and in the regional art market generally.

Most of the galleries – 44 in total – are in the Modern & Contemporary section of the fair, as usual. Additionally there will be 37 galleries in the curated booths for the Special Projects, Focus and Emerge sections.

This year’s guest curators have also been named. Art historian Rachida Triki (Emeritus Professor of Philosophy of Art and Aesthetics at Tunis University, and a specialist in North African – especially Tunisian – art) will curate the Focus section under the theme New Tomorrows; naturally it will feature galleries from North Africa, three from Tunisia and two each from Algeria and Morocco. Triki said the section’s theme “links heritage and re-creation as a continual rebirth”.

Gallerist Jade Yeşim Turanlı of Pi Artworks will focus on her homeland Turkey, with six galleries including a couple of first-time exhibitors that she described as “pioneers, both locally and internationally”. (They include Pi Artworks, as it happens.)

And arts journalist Riccarda Mandrini – an art market specialist and for the last four years the VIP ambassador for the Cape Town Art Fair – is promising “a diverse group of galleries and artists from different historical periods and geographies” presenting works that “create an open narrative and a shared dialogue, writing a new page in art history, which we as individuals, regardless of our cultural and geographical affiliations, can feel part of”. Nope, me neither.

The organisers say more details will follow. In the meantime the website is here and you can mark your diaries for 16-20 November.

The galleries:

  • 1×1 Art Gallery UAE
  • Afriart Gallery Uganda
  • Agial Art Gallery Lebanon
  • AGorgi Gallery Tunisia
  • Aicon Contemporary United States
  • Aisha Alabbar Gallery UAE
  • Anant Art Gallery India
  • Archer Art Gallery India
  • Aria Gallery Iran
  • Artside Gallery South Korea
  • ATHR Saudi Arabia
  • Aurora Vigil-Escalera Art Gallery Spain
  • Azad Art Gallery Egypt
  • Bernier/Eliades  Greece
  • Carbon 12 UAE
  • Ceysson & Bénétière France
  • Colnaghi United States
  • Custot Gallery Dubai UAE
  • Dastan Gallery Iran
  • Dep Art Gallery Italy
  • Dirimart Turkey
  • Elmarsa UAE
  • El Yasmine Galerie D’art Algeria
  • Etihad Modern Art Gallery UAE
  • Galería La Cometa Colombia
  • Galería Yusto/Giner Spain
  • Galerie La La Lande France
  • Galerie Mikael Andersen Denmark
  • Galerie Isa India
  • Galerie Venise Cadre  Morocco 
  • Galerist Turkey
  • Galeri Nev İstanbul  Turkey
  • Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio Italy
  • Gallery One Palestine
  • Gallery Espace India
  • Gallery Tableau South Korea
  • Giorgio Persano Italy
  • Green Art Gallery UAE
  • Grosvenor Gallery United Kingdom
  • Hafez Gallery Saudi Arabia
  • Hunar Gallery UAE
  • In Situ – fabienne leclerc France
  • Keumsan Gallery South Korea
  • Khalifa Gallery South Korea
  • Nigeria
  • Lawrie Shabibi UAE
  • La Galerie 38 Morocco
  • LEE & BAE South Korea
  • Leehwaik Gallery South Korea
  • Leila Heller Gallery UAE
  • Le Violon Bleu Gallery Tunisia
  • LIS10 Gallery Italy
  • Máxima Gallery Cuba
  • Mazzoleni United Kingdom
  • Mono Gallery Saudi Arabia
  • Musk and Amber Gallery Tunisia
  • October Gallery United Kingdom
  • Öktem Aykut Turkey
  • Osart Gallery Italy
  • P420 Italy
  • Perrotin France
  • Pi Artworks Turkey
  • rhizome Algeria
  • Rossi & Rossi Hong Kong
  • Sabrina Amrani Gallery Spain
  • Salwa Zeidan Gallery UAE
  • Sapar Contemporary United States
  • Sanatorium Turkey
  • Tabari Artspace UAE
  • The Guild India
  • The Third Line UAE
  • THK Gallery South Africa
  • Thomas Brambilla Gallery Italy
  • Wadi Finan Art Gallery Jordan
  • Zawyeh Gallery UAE
  • Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery Luxembourg

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