Three new members have been added to Art Dubai committees: Glenn Scott Wright (Co-Director, Victoria Miro, London) and Isabelle van den Eynde (Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Dubai) will join the Selection Committee for Art Dubai Contemporary while Cornell University’s Iftikhar Dadi is a new member in the Advisory Committee for Art Dubai Modern.
A statement from Art Dubai management, noted that all the three additions have strong ties to the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia art scenes. The announcement came ahead of the competitive gallery open call for the fair’s 11th edition, taking place March 15-18, 2017 at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai.
Wright and van den Eynde will join longtime friends of the fair Andrée Sfeir-Semler (Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hamburg / Beirut) and Ursula Krinzinger (Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna) on the Selection Committee for Art Dubai Contemporary, while Dadi adds to the group of renowned curators and art historians Savita Apte, Catherine David, Kristine Khouri and Nada Shabout on the Advisory Committee for Art Dubai Modern, which remains the only gallery programme of its kind, presenting works by the modern masters of the Middle East, Africa and South Asia.
The organisers boasted that Art Dubai has become known as a global meeting point in the art world, one that each year draws a distinct constituency of artists, curators, collectors, institutional directors and gallerists with a special interest in the art scenes of the region and beyond. The fair remains committed to a rigorous selection process and thoughtful curatorial approach across its gallery programmes: the Contemporary section includes two gallery programmes (Solo, for one or two-artist presentations, or Collective, for more than two artists) while Art Dubai Modern keeps its intimate and highly curated feel, with up to fifteen select presentations.
New Fair Director Myrna Ayad said: “We’re delighted to welcome Glenn and Isabelle to the Art Dubai Contemporary Selection Committee and Iftikhar to the Art Dubai Modern Advisory Committee. Their renown and expertise in the international art world, coupled with their deeply personal commitments to the region’s art arena, make them exceptional additions to the fair.”
Last month Art Dubai announced Ayad as taking over from Antonia Carver as Fair Director for the eleventh edition. She is to work alongside VIP Relations Director Lela Csáky and International Director Pablo del Val.
For the new director, she is responsible for developing Art Dubai’s programme and the fair’s relationships with collectors, institutions and partners, maintaining and growing Art Dubai’s position as the world’s most global art fair.
“I am overjoyed to be joining Art Dubai which – thanks to the ambitions of Antonia and the team – has become the world’s foremost platform for the art communities of the Middle East and South Asia," said Ayad, "Having attended and worked with the fair since 2007, I’m excited by the opportunity to work with the team to build on this success.”