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International artists to participate in Dubai Global Art Fair
By Mohan Vadayar March 08, 2015
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DUBAI: The inaugural edition of Global Art Fair (GAF), a novel initiative to promote contemporary art in the Middle East and Asia where 50 artists from Dubai and elsewhere will participate, is scheduled in Dubai from March 12-15.

The debutant art fair in Dubai is being organised by Artland India, a Mumbai-based art enterprise that organises prestigious art shows across various Indian metropolises.

The event, in which reputed galleries like Art Indus, Delhi, Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai and Gallery Time and Space, Bangalore will join artists like Asit Patnaik and Vijender Sharma from Delhi, Madhusudan Kumar and Anand Panchal from Mumbai, Sumito Gangopadhyay and Subroto Das from Kolkata, will take place at The Oberoi Business Bay, located in Business Bay, Dubai’s flourishing commercial and entrepreneurial hub.

Director and Curator of Artland India Sunil Chauhan said, “As Dubai gets ready for World Expo 2020, there is unprecedented growth across all sectors, and arts are no exception.

“There is demand for all genres of good art here. With the UAE encouraging and promoting arts and artists in a big way, Dubai seemed the perfect choice of location to launch our ambitious new project.”

GAF was conceived as an experimental platform where aspiring artists can share space with renowned names, and reputed Indian galleries with locally established ones.

“Timed to provide maximum exposure to participating artists, the event will precede Art Dubai and coincide with Sharjah Biennial when art tourism in the UAE is at its peak,” he said.

“Artland has been working closely with established and emerging artists in India for the past 15 years, and has been extremely successful in showcasing their works to a wider audience. We believe that the time is right for us to spread our footprint outside the country, and GAF will be the first step in that direction,” added Chauhan.

Dubai will witness over 50 artists from the UAE, India, Taiwan and the USA participating in the pilot GAF along with reputed galleries like Art Indus, Delhi, Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai and  Gallery Time and Space, Bangalore.

GAF will also host works of world-renowned artists including MF Husain, NS Bendre, Akbar Padamsee, Satish Gujral and Yusuf Arakkal. 

Senior artist Madhusudan and Delhi-based Asit Patnaik lauded the effort saying that the Indian contemporary art is receiving great appreciation abroad.

“Even though my works have been displayed in Dubai before, this is the first time I will be personally participating, and am keenly looking forward to the Global Art Fair,” Patnaik said.

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