Art Dubai 2013 opening night: visitors observing Iraqi artist Adel Abidin’s Symphony at the Lawrie-Shabibi Gallery. Photo NeilvdL.

On the BBC website there is a feature on Dubai’s art world with a focus on Alserkal Avenue, including an interview with Abdelmonem Alserkal, plus features on the Ayyam Gallery and the Grey Noise. Perhaps it would have been good to showcase one or two more galleries, but the BBC at least has covered the first gallery that ventured into Alserkal Avenue, and one of the most recent ones.

‘Dubai gallery grows as area is unlikely haven for artists

4 August 2013
Now fine art has long been associated with clean, polished galleries – so it is a bit surprising that in Dubai the art scene is taking root in a dusty industrial zone.

But such is the area’s popularity, construction work has begun to double it in size.

And in a region beset with political instability – it is proving to be a safe haven for artists fleeing troubles back home.

Howard Johnson reports from Dubai.’

For the link to the webpage with the video see the sidebar.


Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde during Art Dubai 2012: I Put It There, You Name It by Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian, installation view, 2012. Photo NvdL.


The Salsali Private Museum during Art Dubai 2012. Photo NeilvdL.


Ehsan Ul Haq, Rooster, at Grey Noise on the occasion of Art Dubai 2012

Author: Neil
Location: Posted on: Wednesday, August 7th, 2013