ArtParis-Abu Dhabi Back for Second Year
(ABU DHABI, UAE) - In another sign of Abu Dhabi's determination to be the cultural capital of the Middle East, ArtParis-Abu Dhabi is returning for the second year, bigger and organizers say better than last time with 57 galleries from around the world exhibiting more than 3300 works of art.
Among the 700 artists included are some of the most popular of all time like Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Paul Cezanne.
Paul CEZANNE (1839 - 1906) - "The Harvest" 1877, Oil on canvas Courtesy Galerie Tamenaga
Contemporary artists Shirin Neshat, Damien Hirst, Jean-Michel Basquiat and many others are also represented in the exhibition to be held again at the super luxurious Emirates Palace Hotel from November 17 to November 21.
JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT (1960-1988) Carbon Dating System Versus Scratchproof Tape, 1982 Acrylic and oilstick on canvas mounted on wood supports Courtesy VAN DE WEGHE Gallery
This year ArtParis-Abu Dhabi is introducing eight so-called young galleries under the slogan Young Talent, each of which features a young artist not well known in the art world.
Fifteen artists from the Middle East are included in a special section of ArtParis-Abu Dhabi called Movement and Communication. Their works are linked thematically by reflecting sea and desert.
Lalla ESSAYDI "Converging Territories #3", 2003 Chromogenic print, Galerie Kashya Hildebrand
Last year ArtParis-Abu Dhabi attracted more than 9000 visitors and art collectors in three days. They spent close to $17 million. This time organizers are looking for 15,000 visitors, and aren't guessing how much money they will spend in a year when belts are being tightened in many places.