DUBAI (Arabnews): Set to take place from March 3-5, Art Dubai has unveiled its 2023 gallery lineup.
The 16th edition of the region’s largest art fair will feature more than 100 contemporary, modern and digital art galleries from over 40 countries, including 30 first-time participants.
The four gallery sections include Contemporary, Modern, Bawwaba and Art Dubai Digital.
“Art Dubai is a global fair, and the strength of the applications we received for our 2023 edition reflect Art Dubai’s increasing importance as the region’s premier art event, the gateway to the Global South and the maturing of the art market here in Dubai,” Art Dubai’s Artistic Director Pablo del Val commented in a released statement.
Art Dubai Contemporary will present art from 72 galleries from 33 countries, with particular focus on work from the Global South. Sixteen first-time exhibitors will make their way to the fair, including Art: Concept (Paris), Barakat Contemporary (Seoul), First Floor (Harare) and kó (Lagos), Piedras (Buenos Aires), Shrine Empire (New Delhi) and Barbara Thumm (Berlin).
The upcoming edition will also see the return of Art Dubai Digital, which will be curated by Singapore-based educator and arts writer Clara Che Wei Peh. This physical section of Art Dubai provides an annual 360-degree snapshot of the digital art landscape. Highlights for 2023 will include: Quantum Art (Los Angeles); Window Project (Tbilisi); Afrofuturism (Ikoyi, Lagos); Gallery Continua (San Gimignano, Beijing, Les Moulins, Havana, Rome, São Paulo, Paris, Dubai); NFT Asia (Singapore); Unit London; and Dubai-based UAE NFT and Morrow Collective.
Meanwhile, Bangkok-based Vipash Purichanont will curate the 2023 edition of Art Dubai’s Bawwaba section. Meaning “gateway” in Arabic, Bawwaba exclusively features artworks made in the past year or specifically for Art Dubai and comprises solo presentations by 11 artists hailing from across the Global South.
The 2023 edition of Art Dubai Modern is curated by Paris-based critic and curator Mouna Mekouar and Italian art historian Lorenzo Giusti and features solo presentations by the leaders in the region’s Modern art scene.
The full program for Art Dubai 2023 will be announced in December.