(Excerpt from 'Art Dubai opens its seventh annual session' posted by Anna Seaman on The National on Mar 19, 2013. Found here http://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/art/art-dubai-opens-its-seventh-annual-session)
Over the last six years, Art Dubai, the leading international art fair in the MENASA (Middle East/North Africa/South Asia), has become a cornerstone of the region’s booming contemporary art community.
Now in its seventh year, Art Dubai is one of the most globalised fairs in the world with more than 30 countries taking part. There are international names such as Pace and Victoria Miro from London and local ventures, The Third Line from Dubai and Grey Noise, a Pakistani gallery that opened a space in Dubai last year. Antonia Carver, the director, says the success is representative of the growth of the art market.
“There have long been pockets of art investors in this region such as families that have collected works over several generations but, previously, they would have scouted capitals such as London, Paris and New York. In the past decade Dubai has become an art hub.”
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(Image: The artist Ehsan Ul Haq with his 12 donkeys sculpture for Art Dubai; Courtesy Charles Crowell for The National)