Abu Dhabi Art has announced the lineup of 50 local, regional, and international galleries participating in the fair’s 13th edition. Artworks from 19 countries will be presented by 14 new galleries and 36 returning galleries, convening at Manarat Al Saadiyat in Abu Dhabi from 17 – 21 November 2021.
Simon Njami is curating Kind of Blue, an exploration of the many varied perspectives of artists working today through the language of jazz. Kind of Blue will be presenting works from four participating galleries: Afriart Gallery (Kampala, Uganda), representing Richard Atugonza and Charlene Komuntale, Galerie MAM (Douala, Cameroon), representing Bili Bidjocka and Joël Yonkeu, Primo Marella Gallery (Milan, Italy), representing Abdoulaye Konaté, and Sabrina Amrani (Madrid, Spain), representing Nicène Kossentini and Joël Andrianomearisoa.
Simon Njami, curator of Kind of Blue, said, “What interests me when working with artists is that they are not creating art under the influence of their immediate surroundings, rather telling the world’s story from a specific point of view. It is important for me to simultaneously bridge generation gaps and tap into the diversity of the art world, engage in discourse, and initiate a new form of inclusive dialogue in Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi Art as a platform speaks to the contemporary art world from the Global South, and this location is important to me as a curator, as much as artist technique is. Last year, I underlined African contemporary art through The Day After, which was about the future; this year, Kind of Blue is about mood – an illustration of the times we are facing through Jazz as a universal language of music.”
Daudi Karungi, Director, Afriart Gallery, said, “Last year, our gallery participated at the fair for the first time, in an online show, and we did very well with the artists we presented even when the artworks were only virtual. I look forward to our participation in this in-person fair where we shall be able to show the works of our artists in real life to visitors at the event.”
The Modern & Contemporary section of the fair will feature 26 participating galleries presenting a wide range of works by different artists. The participating galleries include Agial Art Gallery (Beirut, Lebanon), Artside Gallery (Seoul, South Korea), Baró Galeria (Palma, Spain), Custot Gallery (Dubai, UAE), Galeria La Cometa (Bogotá, Colombia), Galerie Elmarsa Gallery (Dubai, UAE), GALLERIA CONTINUA (San Gimignano, Italy), Gallery Lee & Bae (Busan, South Korea), Gallery Tableau (Seoul, South Korea), Giorgio Persano (Turin, Italy), Green Art Gallery (Dubai, UAE), Hafez Gallery (Jeddah, KSA), Hunar Gallery (Dubai, UAE), Le Violon Bleu (Carthage, Tunisia), Leehwaik Gallery (Seoul, South Korea), Leila Heller Gallery (Dubai, UAE), Martch Art Project (Istanbul, Turkey), Mono Gallery (Riyadh, KSA), Perrotin (Paris, France), Rossi & Rossi (Hong Kong), Sapar Contemporary (New York, USA), Shirin Art Gallery (Tehran, Iran), Tabari Artspace (Dubai, UAE), Wadi Finan Art Gallery (Amman, Jordan), Yavuz Gallery (Singapore), and Zawyeh Gallery (Dubai, UAE).
Alongside galleries from the Modern & Contemporary section, 22 galleries will be presenting curated booths by one, two or three artists each as part of the fair’s Special Projects sector. The list includes, 1x1 Art Gallery (Dubai, UAE), Aicon Contemporary (New York, USA), Aisha Alabbar Gallery (Dubai, UAE), Art Alive Gallery (New Delhi, India), ATHR (Jeddah, KSA), Carbon12 (Dubai, UAE), Colnaghi Gallery (New York, USA), Etihad Modern Art Gallery (Abu Dhabi, UAE), Exhibit320 (New Delhi, India), Galerie Isa (Mumbai, India), Gallery Espace (New Delhi, India), Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde (Dubai, UAE), Grosvenor Gallery (London, UK), Khak Gallery (Tehran, Iran), Lawrie Shabibi (Dubai, UAE), Leila Heller Gallery (Dubai, UAE), Salwa Zeidan Gallery (Abu Dhabi, UAE), SARADIPOUR Art | SARAI Gallery (Los Angeles, USA), Tabari Artspace (Dubai, UAE), The Guild (Mumbai, India), The Third Line (Dubai, UAE), and Threshold Art Gallery (New Delhi, India).
Abu Dhabi Art has also announced three new works as part of the fair’s special installation section, ‘In and Around’. Works by Olga de Amaral, represented by Galeria La Cometa (Bogotá, Colombia), Seher Naveed, represented by Aicon Contemporary (New York, USA), and Zarina, represented by Gallery Espace (New Delhi, India), will be shown alongside four previously confirmed works by Alfredo Jaar, represented by Giorgio Persano Gallery (Turin, Italy), Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, represented by Green Art Gallery (Dubai, UAE), Siah Armajani, represented by Rossi & Rossi (Hong Kong), and Zineb Sedira, represented by The Third Line (Dubai, UAE).
Abu Dhabi Art’s 13th edition will see the first-time participation of 14 new galleries at the fair this year, including London’s Rossi & Rossi. Fabio Rossi, Owner of Rossi & Rossi, said, “We are excited to participate in our first edition of Abu Dhabi Art. I have been following the fair from the very beginning but, due to conflicting schedules, have not been able to apply before. I visited Abu Dhabi Art two years ago and was impressed by the overall quality and the atmosphere. We will be showing a selection of early works by legendary Iranian-born American artist Siah Armajani who passed away last year. We are looking forward to connect with the local audience, both private collectors and institutions.”
Representing works by Zarina at the fair this year, Renu Modi of Gallery Espace said, "I am very happy to be returning to Abu Dhabi. Our gallery programme was very well received last time, and I feel optimistic about our booth this year too. It’s an elegant and intimate fair, and we felt very much at home. We are very honoured to represent Zarina and excited to know that her works will be part of the ‘In and Around’ project."
Sunny Rahbar, Co-founder of The Third Line Gallery, commented, “We are very excited to be participating at Abu Dhabi Art this year, which is an important opportunity for us to connect with our local, regional and international audiences. We look forward to safely welcoming visitors at our booth and anticipate another successful year at the fair.”
Abu Dhabi Art announced earlier this month its Beyond: Artist Commissions programme, featuring new art commissions by five artists including Aya Haidar, Hazem Harb, Dr. Najat Makki, Rasheed Araeen and Richard Atugonza.