Art of Matter

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

With the growing art movement in Dubai, X V A Gallery has pioneered Middle Eastern art in Dubai. Since 2003, it has been one of the foremost contemporary art galleries in the Middle East. The brainchild of Mona Hauser, owner of X V A Gallery, the fair is now in its fourth year and aims to showcase the best the region has to offer.

X V A artists have recently exhibited in the 2009 Venice Biennale. Art Abu Dhabi 2009 and the Unveiled: New Art From the Middle East’ exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, London. This year, the gallery has four remarkable exhibits between 17th January to 5th May 2010. Two art exhibits, Abdulnasser Gharem: Restored Behaviour and Al Braithwaite: Hall of mirrors ran simultaneously, between 17th January to 10th March.

Abdulnasser Gharem: Restored Behaviour, the first major solo show by acclaimed Saudi artist, Adulnasser Gharem, restored behaviour will showcase recent ‘stamp’ paintings, installations and photographs from a series of site specific performances made in and around the artists home in southern Saudi Arabia. Al Braithwaite: Hall of Mirrors are Braithwaite’s portraits of modern Middle Eastern figureheads present a powerful message about the geographical realigning of power in the 21st century. An unusual mixture of modernity and tradition.

Bastakiya Art Fair returns for its 4th year from 15-21 March 2010. Dubai’s only fringe art fair, BAF has a global reach with a focus on Middle Eastern contemporary art. BAF promotes gallery collaboration and artistic unity with Dubai’s art community, plus the fair attracts International artists, collectors and curators. With a series of brunch talks curated by Rose Issa and a wide range of exhibitions including national art pavilions fro Iraq, UAE, Pakistan, Lebanon and Iran, BAF successfully showcases the best of the best emerging talent in Middle Eastern contemporary art.

A Double Exhibition between the 4th April to 5th May, allows us to preview a return of the well loved Lebanese artist Moussa Tiba and a debut in the UAE for German-born-artist Carolin Kropff.
BAF and X V A Gallery guarantees to satiate everyone’s artistic sensibilities and is definitely worth your time.

Glimpses of the Fair

 Bastakiya, Dubai

Art Gallery at BAF

¬Orginally written for an art magazine project that explores contemporary art in the Emirates¬


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