Art Dubai 2019 – “Representing the Masters & the Muse”

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I recieved a wonderful invitation in my mailer from Art Dubai, it was the 13th edition of this incredibly celebrated Art fair and I was keen to visit to see the art representation at the showcase.

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There were 4 gallery sections of ContemporaryModernBawwaba and Residents, the  programme included an exhibition that provided a visual narrative of the UAE through photographs from the private collection of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. 

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This photgraph from 1960, captured my attention – Its a Traditional weapon dance (Youla) being conducted by the men in Sharjah, UAE.

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I am usually a recluse and avoid opening nights of any art exhibitions. not because I dont love to see the art but because I hate the idea of having to see more people than art. And ofcourse at Art Dubai, the crowd is as eclectic and creative as the art. I found myself constantly distracted by the walking pieces of art. Having said that, I am glad I went; Art Dubai has truly grown over the years and it was remarkable to see Art from all over the globe.

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It was nostalgic to set eyes on an M F Hussain as well, the beautifully curated Art Dubai had something for everyone.

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I found this sculptor breathtakingly stunning and so relevant; I could feel the weight of the world he was carrying. I think at more than one point of our lives, we all have carried more than we thought we could bare; this piece represented the sheer celebration of the human spirit of our incredible strength and determination. I went around it a few times to see it from every angle and each side looked better than the last; he literally had no bad side!

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From sculptors to 3D art, Art Dubai gave everyone something to admire.

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For me, Art has always been a voice of the voiceless; and the galleries from Ramallah and Lebanon echoed the resilience of it’s people.

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Another lovely surprise was the Saudi Gallery represented at Art Dubai, it was a visual treat and a refreshing reflection of a nation in metamorphosis.

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No Art Fair can be complete without some Surreal Artworks and I am so glad this Italian Gallery gave me something to ponder over and admire at the same time.

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Lastly, will share some random artworks that held my attention and inspired me to write and share.

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As always with any Art work, no pictures or write ups can do it justice, only your eyes can..so please do go see them in person at Madinat Jumeria – Art Dubai is on till 23rd of March 2019. http://www.artdubai.ae

 

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