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Yes To All: The best bits of Abu Dhabi Art 2014

Yes To All: The best bits of Abu Dhabi Art 2014

A round up by EMERGEAST

Editor: Buro 24/7


Dima Abdul Kader – Buro 24/7 art columnist and Emergeast co-founder sheds light on the recent and triumphant Abu Dhabi Art fair, which took place last week in the UAE capital

As one roamed the aisles dotted with 50 of the world’s key galleries, we couldn’t help but agree with the neon artwork displayed largely in sight, 'YES TO ALL'.  This year’s Abu Dhabi Art saw the return of the staple regulars on the scene as well as emerging galleries taking seat for the first time at this year’s fair. Already in its sixth year, Abu Dhabi Art only proved to be getting bigger, better and a quintessential event in the art calendar showcasing both the Middle East’s and the world’s who’s who in the artist landscape.

Walking through the galleries every step was enriched with a great master of art history and our present time. Picasso, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Francis Bacon... Only the world's most famous artists of our modern history were being exhibited to the sophisticated audience. A work by legend Jean-Michel Basquiat, who believe us, is a rare honour to see just one of his works, at this year's fair the eager audience were in the presence of five of his artworks. Where one can knock you back a cool $2million, and that's just the minimum. 

Yes to all: Abu Dhabi Art 2014

Jean-Michel Basquiat

The local crowd and international collectors had absolutely no shortage of the Middle East's biggest names and access to the new and emerging shapers of the Middle Eastern art milieu. The young Taymour Granhe Gallery took centre stage in the emerging section. Based in New York, Granhe set up his inaugural debut at the fair showcasing works by both Arab and Iranian artists exploring the region's culture and heritage, such as Tarek Al Ghoussein's photography series. 

Yes to all: Abu Dhabi Art 2014

Tarek Al Ghoussein

A focal theme at this year's fair was light, light and more light. What was that disco-esque fairy light dark room pleasantly flooding our Instagram feeds? Only world-renowned Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirrored Room, which was part of the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi's exhibition preview of what's to come: Seeing Through Light. The audience were given a special opportunity to see notable installations and artworks that will be a part of the much anticipated Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, the Seeing Through Light exhibition bestowed us with the theme of light in art, whether it was a quirky photo op or a mesmerising visual experience – the exhibition managed to introduce the interaction and concept of light to the local audience, leaving us with much food for thought.

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Yayoi Kusama

Fun, enlightening and visually stimulating, this year’s Abu Dhabi Art fair was surely a refreshing and rousing feat to the year’s art roster. Judging by this year’s triumph, we can only expect more breath taking moments in art for next year, bring on 2015!

Yes to all: Abu Dhabi Art 2014

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