The 12th edition of Art Dubai opened its doors to the public with new sections and a multitude of artworks from across the globe. Art Dubai 2018 welcomed a variety of exhibitors from all over the world and premiered a new gallery section, alongside a wealth of programming and talks around art and beyond. Reaffirming its position as a leading international art fair and the preeminent place to discover art from the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia, Art Dubai 2018 featured 105 galleries from 48 countries across its Contemporary and Modern halls as well as its new section Residents. Four Indian galleries participated with their incredible artists and made a mark at Art Dubai.
The Kolkata based gallery Experimenter returned to Art Dubai 2018 for its eighth participation with works by Adip Dutta, Ayesha Sultana, Julien Segard and Rathin Barman. Using painting, drawing and sculpture the artists examine how one’s immediate environment could be fundamentally ‘re-viewed’ through various lenses that fragment our vision of what we see around us. While Adip Dutta’s imposing yet delicate ink paintings, gave an insight into the way he sees the sculpturesque in the banal, Ayesha Sultana’s gouache paintings and floor sculpture are an ongoing study of form shaped by what she encounters in her every day. Rathin Barman presented a series of concrete and brass wall sculptures, that come together to comment on the changing architecture of a city. Julien Segard’s charcoal painting presented an unexpected vantage point of looking at the built environment that would normally be outside our field of view. Priyanka Raja, co-director of Experimenter spoke at BMW Art Talk with fellow panelists Thomas Girst, Head of BMW Group Cultural Engagement, Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, co-founders of Art Reoriented and artist Chafa Ghaddar.
With its gallery base in New Delhi, Mumbai, New York and USA, Delhi Art Gallery (DAG) exhibited the works of the masters Ambadas Khobragade, Natvar Bhavsar, Avinash Chandra, Shanti Dave, Rajendra Dhawan, Ram Kumar, Sohan Qadri and S H Raza.
New Delhi based gallery Sanchit Art showcased the best of modern and contemporary art of MF Husain, FN Souza, Ram Kumar, Krishen Khanna, Ganesh Pyne and GR Santosh.
The Mumbai based gallery exhibited works of artist Piraji Sagara, the famous sculptor from Ahmedabad whose wood collages give a new lease of life.