Art Dubai Modern

Art Dubai Modern presents museum-quality work by masters from the Middle East, South Asia and Africa, whose work has been influential throughout the 20th century. The 2018 fair will feature 16 galleries from 14 countries with solo, two-artist and group exhibits.


All applications are reviewed by the Advisory Committee, comprising curators and historians with a particular interest in modernist practices of the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Galleries were asked to submit proposals for exhibitions by artists whose work has proven highly influential during the twentieth century and on later generations of artists.

Dr Iftikhar Dadi
An associate professor in Cornell University’s Department of History of Art and Chair of its Department of Art, Dadi is a curator, author, essayist and artist and currently serves on the editorial and advisory boards of Archives of Asian Art and Bio-Scope: South Asian Screen Studies. He is advisor to the Hong Kong-based research organisation Asia Art Archive and is co-director of Cornell’s Institute for Comparative Modernities.

Catherine David
French-born art historian and curator, David is Deputy Director of Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris. She has worked at the Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, the Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris and the Witte de With Center of Contemporary Art in Rotterdam. In 1997, she was Artistic Director for documenta X in Kassel and in 1998, served as Director of Contemporary Arab Representations.

Vali Mahlouji
A London-based curator, director of the Kaveh Golestan Estate and independent advisor to the British Museum, Mahlouji is founder of the curatorial think tank Archaeology of the Final Decade (AOTFD), a non-profit organisation whose research identifies, investigates and re-circulates significant cultural and artistic materials that have remained obscure, under-exposed, endangered, banned or in some instances destroyed.

Dr Nada Shabout
A professor of Art History and the Coordinator of the Contemporary Arab and Muslim Cultural Studies Initiative (CAMCSI) at the University of North Texas, Shabout is the founding president of the Association for Modern and Contemporary Art from the Arab World, Iran and Turkey (AMCA). She has published numerous articles on modern and contemporary Arab and Iraqi art and is currently co-editing the forthcoming volume Modern Art of the Arab World: Primary Documents at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2017.