“Boutique” Abu Dhabi art fair welcomes 6 new Asian galleries

Abu Dhabi Art 2012 aims for quality with a limited selection of participating exhibitors.

Abu Dhabi Art recently announced the participating galleries for its fourth edition, set to run from 7 to 10 November 2012. The fair has a high returning-galleries rate; this year, the fair will add eleven first-time exhibitors, including six from Asia.

The UAE Pavilion in Abu Dhabi, one of the host venues for the 2012 edition of Abu Dhabi Art.

The scope of Abu Dhabi Art is small compared to other Asian art fairs. For 2012, there are currently 43 participating galleries, representing over 400 artists. However, the limited number of exhibitors is a planned decision. According to fair director Rita Aoun-Abdo,

You can see from the calibre of galleries we have again this year, that it was a difficult decision to select a small number from the exceptional submissions, to fit with our boutique platform.

Is this smaller, “boutique” event is a successful model for Abu Dhabi Art? Around three quarters of the galleries have previously exhibited at the fair. Of the eleven newcomers, six are galleries that were first established in Asia. They include

Among the other new exhibitors are Simon Lee Gallery and Galleria Continua. Hamburg and Beirut-based Sfeir-Semler Gallery, which specialises in exhibiting Middle Eastern artists, will also participate in the 2012 fair.

Abu Dhabi Art will take place from 7 to 10 November 2012 at the Manarat Al Saadiyat exhibition centre and the UAE Pavilion, which was originally designed for the 2010 Shanghai World Expo. The programming will also include exhibitions, talks and design workshops, as well as an Art Zone, a space designed for children. The 2011 edition of the fair attracted 17,000 visitors, a testimony to the UAE’s continued development as a regional art hub.


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“Boutique” Abu Dhabi art fair welcomes 6 new Asian galleries — 3 Comments

  1. Would be great if you could later on comment on the fair sales results, preferably in details.
    P.S. Thanks for help to find my gallery personnel.

  2. Greetings!
    I would like to inquire if there is more available slots for exhibit? if none, then we would like to visit the exhibition. can we know exactly the date and time?

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