Focus: Icons curated by Dr Omar Kholeif concentrates on the key voices that have not only shaped and influenced contemporary art over the last five decades, but also those individuals who are setting precedents, and paving the way for future generations of artists through their diverse sets of practices.
A new edition of Gateway, the visual art exhibition, returns this year under the title Structures of Meaning | Architectures of Perception and will consider artworks and installations that explore the built environment and language as structures through which meaning accumulates.
Curated by Hammad Nasar, Gateway will include the works of more than 15 international artists, including Abigail Reynolds, Imran Qureshi, Muhanned Cader, Abdullah al Saadi, Marysia Lewandowska, Kim Lim, Rachel Whiteread, Hajra Waheed and Lantian Xie. Gateway will remain on display for an additional two months after the November event.
Nada Shabout, Professor of Art History at the University of North Texas, and Salwa Mikdadi, Associate Professor of Art History at New York University Abu Dhabi, are presenting an extensive three-day Talks Programme focusing on the circulation of art and highlighting global and localperspectives on ‘new art market economies’ for the forum.
Guest speakers include Matthew Bogdanos (Assistant District Attorney NYC), Till Fellrath and Sam Bardaouil (Chairmen, Montblanc Cultural Foundation), Roxane Zand (Senior Director and Deputy Chairman, Middle East Region, Sotheby’s), Antonia Carver (Director, Art Jameel), Basak Senova (art curator) andDon Thompson (Professor, York University Toronto) amongst others.
Highlights from the daily talks include The New Infrastructure for Art and the rise of neoliberal economies in the Gulf: Auction Houses, Galleries, Fairs and Art Market in the Middle East and Beyond and The Circulation of Art in Emerging Art Markets and Conflict Regions amongst other topics.
Mikdadi and Shabout have also introduced two days of Artist Portfolio Reviews to be led by Holly Hughes (formerly Department Head of Painting at Rhode Island School of Design) at Manarat Al Saadiyat, inviting local artists to sign up online in advance for a portfolio review of their work.
Abu Dhabi Art’s performance art platform Durub Al-Tawaya, curated by Tarek Abou El Fetouh,will return for its sixth edition and will take place in different locations throughout the city, including Manarat Al Saadiyat, Warehouse421 and on Abu Dhabi’s Corniche from November 2018 until January 2019.
This year’s programme investigates technology as a fundamental force in the development and evolution of art, providing artists with new tools for artistic expression to go outside gallery walls and explore new horizons for artistic expression.