"The sixth edition has been curated to attract an even wider pool of art enthusiasts and collectors by providing live art demonstrations, wearable art collections and interactive activations across varied mediums and styles,” says Nidhi Kumari, head of World Art Dubai. “The beauty of the show is that we cater to a large audience, with a variety of contemporary artworks taking centre stage.” The essence of the fair is that it is home to a variety of affordable and engaging art for exhibitors and buyers alike.
The art scene in Dubai is relatively young but has come quite a long way. Kumari speaks about the increase in art across the region in the recent years, and how it has raised curiosity among the general public.
On show at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC District) from 8 until 10 October this year, the sixth edition of World Art Dubai will feature works by emerging and established artists by the likes of Almudena Angoso from Tres Ases, Emirati artist Hend Rashid and Indian artist Mena Malgavkar.
Mihoko Fujino. Looks like your heart is transparent. Oil and acrylic painting, mixed media. 53x45.5cm
Fresh activations and engagements will also be on display. Staying true to our times, World Art Dubai will also showcase the concept of VR Art. For the first time ever for the fair, a unique collaboration between art and technology will be used to target the more tech savvy millennials. “Blurring the lines between reality and imagination, the live painting experience will bring 3D art to life,” states Kumari. “The incredible artist, speed painter and VR performer, Cathy Deniset, will customise pieces to fit shoppers’ preferences on the spot, in addition to other exciting digital activations.”
Another first for World Art Dubai will be 'Artism', an initiative by Dubai’s Senses Centre designed to positively impact those with special needs. On show in this section will be artwork prepared by 20 children with autism in collaboration with 30 artists, and all proceeds will go towards helping special needs individuals.
Mawaheb from Beautiful People, a Dubai-based art studio for adults of determination, will once again showcase their students’ artistic skills with a display of their latest works. Renowned photography brand Nikon will showcase a series of photographs and host video workshops – all by its top photographers. To support a good cause, all proceeds will go towards causes supported by Mawaheb and Artism.
A live installation at World Art Dubai
World Art Dubai will welcome several returning artists and galleries. Born and raised in Kenya, Dubai-based artist Amrita Sethi is one of the many returnees. A self-described "tech-artist", Sethi became recognised last year for winning an award of 'Best Outstanding Artist' for her iconic Voice Note Art series. She states, “It gave my work a new elevated platform for recognition and visibility that created a snowball effect."
Another returning artist, Mireille Salti, will showcase her works for the third time at World Art Dubai. Her focus this year will be on human emotions, something she believes truly unites the world. On display will be her works of intuitive art – a series of paintings created using a combination of paint and a pouring technique.
“The show grants a great chance for art lovers and artists alike: unique pieces of art are now attainable to art lovers, while artists have the opportunity to have their art displayed without the barrier of a major investment,” states Salti.
Kristel Bechara. Audrey Hepburn. Acrylic on canvas. 150x100cm
Another artist of note participating at the 2020 edition is Canada-based Paul Ygartua. Famous for painting some of the country’s largest murals, Ygartua’s forte is abstract art. Moscow-based contemporary artist and an assistant professor at the Moscow State Art Academy, Julia Smolenkova will also be returning to the fair for the third time this year.
Hailing from Lebanon, award-winning Dubai-based artist Kristel Bechara is another third-time exhibiter at World Art Dubai. Ever since she showcased her works at the fair, her reach has widened to cities far and beyond; she proudly has a permanent set-up in a few galleries across the world.
“World Art Dubai has been achieving significant footfall growth with every edition and this can only mean that it is filling a gap in the market,” states Bechara. “The show represents an opportunity for artists to interact with collectors and serves as a launch pad for a successful career.” On display at the artist’s booth at this edition will be several pieces from her new collection entitled Inamorata. The collection celebrates the powerful women around us, some including Audrey Hepburn and Fairouz.
Artist Mireille Salti at work
BIKOH Art, second time exhibiting gallery at World Art Dubai, will focus on unique and creative works by Japanese artists this year. A prominent name among them is painter and children instructor Mihiko Fujino, who is famed for her works on feminism.
The four-day event will see over 3,000 artworks from local and international artists and galleries, from across 30 countries. The fair is backed up by Dubai Culture & Arts Authority and is a key player in Dubai Art Season.
“This year, we have curated an even more interactive and engaging programme, by combining classic and modern art works with a cast of sculptors, art performers, short film producers and graffiti artists assembled to entertain crowds on the show floor,” says Kumari. “We expect this to raise World Art Dubai’s profile even more, bringing together creative minds from a wide variety of backgrounds and age groups.”
World Art Dubai runs from 8 until 10 October 2020 at Dubai World Trade Centre
All images courtesy of World Art Dubai and respective artists
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From spring 2020 of Harper's BAZAAR Art