Friday, March 28, 2008

Khor Dubai - a new creative time

Sheikh Mohammed and the team representing the Dubai Arts and Cultural Authority have announced their big plan for cultural development in Dubai.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Creek Art Fair

A busy month for the arts, the Creek Art Fair has returned bigger and better than its launch in 2007. With the support of the Dubai Cultural Council, the galleries wind through the old houses of Bastakiya. Participants included galleries from Dubai, Iran, and others in the region as well as artists from Lebanon, Italy and London. XVA who are the organizers behind this alternative platform also held a series of inspiring panel discussions. Visit

In the photo's Colleen Quigley working in her installation "Constructing the Constructor", students playing dART magazine's Color Match.

Art Dubai 2008

Global Art Forum returned to the air-conditioned tent on the beach and provided an intimate conversation and interview platform some great speakers. Speakers included Hans Ulrich Obrist, Lawrence Weiner, Catherine David, Venetia Porter, Ai Wei Wei, Tony Cragg, Monir Shahroudy Framanfarmaian, Daniel Buren, and a final day on talks about cultural cities and museums with words by MoMA's Glenn Lowery and finishing the day off with architect Rem Koolhaas.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Art Dubai begins

The second year of Dubai's contemporary art fair begins. Held again at the Madinat Jumeirah, with a new name and about twice the size its 2007 show, gallerists and art enthusiasts were excited at what this year would bring. In comparison, there was an increase of figurative work and a selection for all. Some galleries were doing great in terms of sales while others were disappointed, although enjoyed the experience of seeing Dubai. This year Art Dubai expanded with a section called the "Pakistani Pavillion" and had the Biduon video lounge and some other installations taking up space in by the car park. Visit for more info.

In the photos: Ben Brown Fine Arts; Sung-Tae Park's horses; Torch Gallery with Fred Eversley walking in the background.