Thursday, March 13, 2014

Art Dubai

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The Sheikha Manal Little Artists Program: Discovery Tours, Art Dubai 2013


The Sheikha Manal Little Artists Program expands in 2014 to include activities for teenagers as well as children, with more than 15 events throughout the week of the fair, March 19-22.
Part of Art Dubai's extensive educational programming, Sheikha Manal Little Artists Program 2014 features Discovery Tours led by the artistsKhawla DarwishRania JishiSara Naim and Athier Moussawi, and as well as workshops devised and led by Australia-based artist Dylan Martorell. Assisted by UAE-based artist Reem Falaknaz, Martorell is running a set of dynamic, innovative workshops at Art Dubai that will have the young artists creating sounds from drawings and instruments from recycled materials.
The programme is held under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Women Establishment, Wife of HH Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs UAE and forms part of the activity of The Cultural Office.
More information here.
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Rajaa Khalid, 1951-64, The Big Picture, video stills, Global Art Forum commission


The Global Art Forum opens in Katara Art Center, Doha, March 15-16 with two days of talks and presentations on turning points in history, and the philosophy and fiction of making history matter.
The Doha days of the Forum feature Hubert Bari, Pearl and Jewellery museum director, Doha; Shumon Basar, writer and commissioner of Global Art Forum, Berlin; Sheyma Buali,  independent culture journalist, essayist and researcher, London; Solange Farkas, founder of Associação Cultural Videobrasil and curator-general of the 18th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil; Rolf Killius, ethnomusicologist and curator for oral and musical cultures at the British Library-Qatar Foundation Partnership, London; Sophia Al Maria, artist and writer, Doha/London; Hans Ulrich Obrist, curator, co-director of exhibitions and programmes and director of international projects, Serpentine Gallery, London; and Hisham Qaddumi, president, The Arab Architects and HQA Consulting, Doha, among others.
Titled Meanwhile...History, the Global Art Forum is free of charge and continues in Dubai March 19-21 at Mina A'Salam, next to Art Dubai Modern.
Founded and produced by Art Dubai, the Global Art Forum is presented by the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority and is held in partnership with the Office of Strategic Cultural Relations at Qatar Museums Authority through their Years of Culture annual initiative. The Doha days of the Global Art Forum take place during the Qatar Brazil 2014 Year of Culture at Katara Art Center.
The full schedule, speakers’ biographies, information on Forum Fellows, live-streaming, the commissioned projects and more here.

Rasheed Araeen, (3R+2B)SW, Painted wood, 1971, 77x75.5 x15.5 cm, courtesy of Grosvenor Gallery participating in Art Dubai Modern 2014


Art Dubai 2014 features a new gallery hall dedicated to 20th century art from the Middle East and South Asia. Located at Mina A'Salam, part of Madinat Jumeirah, Art Dubai Modern focuses on artists that have proven to be highly influential on subsequent generations and on their home cities of Beirut, Cairo, Manama, Tunis, Tehran, Bombay, Karachi and beyond. Artists presented in solo and two-person shows in Art Dubai Modern include Hamed AbdallaRasheed Araeen,Huguette CalandArdeshir MohassesSyed Sadequain,Anwar Jalal Shemza, among others.
Art Dubai Modern 2014 is sponsored by Mashreq Private Banking.
The full list of artists and galleries participating in Art Dubai Modern is here.
Youssef Nabil signing his monograph for Ammar Al Attar at Art Dubai 2013


Fantastic new monographs and artists’ books are launching at Art Dubai next week as part of the fair's public programming.
Commissioned alongside Marker: Central Asia and the Caucasus, the onestar books booth features a new series of limited-edition artists’ books. On gallery stands, and at Art Dubai Modern, in Mina A’ Salam, there are book events throughout the day, featuring talks with the artists and authors. Events include the debut of a new monograph by Samia Halaby;Pars Pro Toto III by Susan Hefuna;Fictionville by Rokni Haerizadeh; a new book by Abraaj Group Art Prize winner Kamrooz Aram; a monograph by John Jones Art On Paper Award 2013 winner Fahd Burki; and ‘Lost Walls’ by eL Seed, among many others.
The Art Dubai book store in partnership with Jashanmalreturns this year with a curated selection of titles.
For more information and to download the full Art Dubai programme click here.


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