DUBAI, 16th March, 2022 (WAM) — Over 4,000 artworks from over 300 artists and galleries were on display at World Art Dubai inaugurated today by Hala Badri, Chief Executive Officer of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority.
The region’s largest contemporary retail art fair sees local, regional and international artists from more than 50 countries participate through March 19.
Badri toured the show, touching on some of the wide range of artistic disciplines, from mixed media, fashion, music and dance to sustainability, digital art, photography, graffiti, sculpture , etc
“We are presenting a replica of the Global Gate at this year’s World Art Dubai, with the original consisting of 37 shipping containers and standing 21 meters tall. The installation is by young artist Leon Löwentraut and selected to travel around the world to represent the 17 SDGs by UNESCO,” said Marcus Schaffer, Managing Partner – Global Gate.
Collectors looking to expand their sculpture collections will revel in the expanded dedicated area with features from key sculptors including Hagok Karakashian Jerusalem who brings with them high quality pottery; Gishyan Ceramics was started by Armenian folk master, Alina Gishyan, who focuses on avant-garde and abstract ceramics; and Dubai-based Camelson, who creates artwork depicting fun things to do in Dubai.
“I started Camelson because I felt the market needed specially designed sculptures for expats that embody the culture of Dubai while being completely unique. Camelson is a character that incorporates the magic of the city, each of my pieces having a story behind them,” Hani said. Naji, artist at Camelson. “I’ve doubled my presence here – last year I had three booths, this year six and I look forward to speaking with visitors to further establish the Camelson brand during World Art Dubai.”
Trixie LohMirmand, Executive Vice President of Dubai World Trade Centre, said: “The variety of artists at World Art Dubai is second to none. The fair is not only accessible to everyone, it is also a place where serious art collectors can find both gems from artists who embody local culture and international artists who bring with them a regional flavor. .
“We have had extremely positive feedback from the first visitors to the show on the level and assortment of artwork on display. We have seen a 90% increase in artists exhibiting with us compared to last year, as well than a 60% percent increase in the number of galleries – this is a testament to the continued growth of World Art Dubai as it enters its eighth edition.”
As a key date in the arts events calendar, World Art Dubai – supported by Dubai Culture – welcomes a wide range of exhibitors, from emerging artists using the platform to propel their careers to established international artists keen to reach global audiences.
Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) are making their debut at World Art Dubai this year, with a total of eight exhibitors showcasing 60 exclusive NFT artworks. Local and international artists will present collections that demonstrate the latest digital innovations in the creative sector.
Japan was also unveiled as the inaugural “Around the World” highlight, meaning visitors will see 68 artists from the Japan Pavilion present a stunning stream of live performances, including a Kimono fashion show and workshops on calligraphy and cherry blossom stamping.
There will also be areas of the exhibition dedicated to sculptures, an Instagram corner where visitors can be part of the art in an incredible exhibition, and a number of art displays, engaging art talks and diary sessions. workshops in which visitors can take part throughout the four daily fairs.
The exhibition was beautifully curated by returning artists Batool Jafri, Samar Kamel and Petra Kaltenbach, who were joined for the first time by Ahmed Al Rashid – the curator of an updated edition of Urban Art DXB. The street art space is expanding once again and will now host, in addition to the popular graffiti contest, other battles such as a vogue dance contest and a face-to-face make-up.