NYT: Basel Fair Salutes the Rising Influence of Middle East Art Scene

Art Basel takes place this week and this year’s art fair includes Dubai’s Green Art Gallery and Gallery IVDE. I will be heading there tomorrow and will be covering Middle Eastern art at this year’s fair. Below is an article from the NYT regarding Middle Eastern art being exhibited at Basel:

“The inclusion of the galleries, both from Dubai, has signaled for many a sign of the maturation of the Middle Eastern art scene and its increasing global presence. “The fact that you have two galleries from the U.A.E. points to the growth of the region in terms of its artists, galleries, institutions and private collectors,” said Marc Spiegler, co-director of Art Basel, which opens Thursday and runs through June 17.

Green Art Gallery and Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde are exhibiting in Art Statements, a sector for emerging talent that has catapulted artists like William Kentridge, Takashi Murakami and Elizabeth Peyton to international acclaim. Galleries in this section are selected by the Art Basel committee based on the strength of a proposed project featuring a single artist. “ (from the article cited below)

Read the full article here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/13/arts/13iht-rartdubai13.html

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