Art Dubai Contemporary
Art Dubai Contemporary is extraordinarily diverse. The 2016 fair featured 76 galleries from 36 countries, from the world’s most influential galleries to dynamic young artspaces.
Likewise, the artists ranged from emerging and upcoming practitioners from lesser-known art capitals to household names. The works they presented covered all artistic media—including painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, video, photography and performance.
Viwe the full list of galleries selected for Art Dubai Contemporary 2016 here, with more detail on the scope of the 2016 edition here.
Always aiming to foreground quality and a curatorial approach, Art Dubai has a close relationship with its galleries: the artists they represent, and the works they select, reconfirm year-on- year the fair’s role as a site of discovery and diversity.
Art Dubai Contemporary features commercial galleries working in the primary market and established for at least two years.
All applications are reviewed by Art Dubai’s Selection Committee, comprised of gallerists and guest curators. The committee discusses each application, basing their final selection on the curatorial strength of the gallery exhibition programme and the gallery’s submitted proposal.
Lorenzo Fiaschi, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano / Beijing / Le Moulin / Havana
Ursula Krinzinger, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna
Sunny Rahbar, The Third Line, Dubai
Andrée Sfeir-Semler, Sfeir-Semler, Hamburg / Beirut
Kate Fowle, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow
In 2016, Kate Fowle returned as Guest Curator. Fowle is chief curator at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow and director-at-large at Independent Curators International (ICI) in New York. Previously she was executive director of ICI (2009-13), the inaugural international curator at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing (2007-08) and chair of the Master’s Program in Curatorial Practice, which she co-founded in 2002 for California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Before moving to the United States Fowle was co-director of Smith + Fowle in London and curator at the Towner Art Gallery and Museum in Eastbourne, East Sussex (1994-96).