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What the Galleries Said

From across the four gallery sections – Contemporary, Modern, Bawwaba and Residents – participating galleries offered the following comments on their experience of Art Dubai 2019:

“This is our first ever fair and it’s been a Cinderella story for us. We came here confident in the work being presented and the week has exceeded all our expectations. The response and engagement with the work has been fantastic and we’ve met private and institutional collectors from all over the world.” Artist Kristoffer Ardeña, solo representation at Art Dubai’s new Bawwaba gallery section, by 856G Gallery (Mandaue, Philippines) – first time exhibitor in Bawwaba, Art Dubai’s new gallery section exploring the Global South


“Under Art Dubai’s Residents programme, Luiz Roque had the opportunity to make a phenomenal new work that he would never have been able to make elsewhere. The exposure he and the gallery received, particularly to international institutions, made the fair very worthwhile. We’re excited to see where those conversations might lead.” Carolyn Drake Kandiyoti, Partner, Mendes Wood DM (Brussels / New York / São Paulo), representing Luiz Roque, one of 12 Latin American artists involved in Art Dubai Residents, artist residency and gallery section – first time exhibitor, Residents gallery section which this year focused on Latin America


Isabelle van den Eynde (Dubai) Art Dubai Contemporary Art Dubai 2019 Courtesy of Photo Solutions_R

“Sales have been good – we have sold several works including two significant pieces. The highlight of the fair has been the new contacts made including notable institutions – Art Dubai’s strength is the programme to draw collectors and curators from all over the world, facilitating connections and introductions. We also support the “Global-South” focus which the fair has adopted, and this is one of the main reasons for our participation. This has been a totally new and worthwhile experience for us,” said Baylon Sandri, Director, SMAC Gallery (Johannesburg / Cape Town / Stellenbosch), exhibiting for the first time in Art Dubai Contemporary


“This is our first time at Art Dubai and we have enjoyed it immensely. The audience has been very international, well educated and very engaged. We have met collectors from all over the world including Scandinavia, Pakistan, India and Western Europe – we very much look forward to next year.” Walter Storms, Founder, Walter Storms Gallery (Munich) – first time Art Dubai Contemporary exhibitor

Artist Luiz Roque (Brazil), Represented by Mendes Wood DM (Sao Paulo), Art Dubai Residents, March 22, Art Dubai 2019, Courtesy of Photo Solutions

“We have had a very strong fair this year. We presented two artists in contemporary; Rasheed Araeen and Mohammad Ali Talpur, and four abstract calligraphic artists in the modern section, which worked well. The preview day was excellent; we sold multiple works by Mohammed Ali Talpur and Syed Sadequain and this has continued throughout the fair. The audience is considered and we have sold to individuals and institutions.”  Charles Moore, Director, Grosvenor Gallery (London) – returning exhibitor in Art Dubai Contemporary and Art Dubai Modern (a booth across these two gallery sections)

“We’ve been exhibiting at Art Dubai for several years and this has been a very good year. We have sold multiple works and made many new connections across the region including with local collectors and a range of private and major institutions.” Galerie Templon (Paris / Brussels) – returning Art Dubai Contemporary exhibitor

856G (Mandaue City), Art Dubai Bawwaba, March 21, Art Dubai 2019, Courtesy of Photo Solutions (2)

“We have been delighted with this year’s fair. We sold five major works during the preview and the engagement we’ve made in the region over the last few years is really paying off.” Mesai Haileleul, Director, Addis Fine Art, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) – returning Art Dubai Contemporary exhibitor


“We’ve had an excellent fair – there has been serious local and regional interest in our artists and we have had an incredible response to our booth. We hit the local market more this year and made many new connections in the region and beyond.” Kristin Hjellegjerde, Founder, Kristin Hjellegjerde (Berlin and London) – returning Art Dubai Contemporary exhibitor


“We were delighted with our experience at this year’s edition of Art Dubai drawing a multi-national background of visitors, curators, institutions, collectors and art enthusiasts in general. As this is our ‘home-town’ fair, we anticipated a fruitful week in terms of dialogues, interactions and sales. We’re very happy with the outcome and resulting connections in regard to both pre-existing and new relationships established.” Jonathan Ellis King, Director, Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde (Dubai) – returning Art Dubai Contemporary exhibitor


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