The fair's digital offering also includes a Global Art Forum livestream on March 25 and an ongoing 'Planetary Feed' of interviews, insights and impressions from its network of luminaries.
Tiago Sant'Ana, Passar em Branco (2016). Courtesy the artist.
Postponed due to the spread of COVID-19, Art Dubai today launches an Online Catalogue featuring over 500 works by galleries who would have attended the fair. The catalogue will allow viewers to browse and filter works, and make purchase inquiries directly with the galleries, similar to Art Basel Hong Kong's Online Viewing Rooms.
Art Dubai is also progressing with some of its programming. The Global Art Forum, a summit that has taken place annually since 2007, will livestream a 'Newshour Special' dedicated to narratives emerging from the spread of COVID-19.
Hosted by Global Art Forum's Commissioner, Shumon Basar, the livestream will include tele-conversations with Dubai-based guests including: Turner Prize co-winner Lawrence Abu Hamdan; Brendan McGetrick, Creative Director of the Museum of the Future; and Rahul Gudipudi, Exhibitions Curator at Art Jameel. It will also feature artists Simon Denny and Jenna Sutela, curator Marina Fokidis, and Dr. Noah Raford, Futurist in Chief and Chief of Global Affairs of the Dubai Future Foundation. Video content will be provided by artists Ana Maria Nicolaescu and Nabla Yahya, and Farah Al Qasimi will debut her work Music for Homes (2020).
Over the next few weeks, interviews, insights and personal impressions will be collected from the Global Art Forum's alumni of novelists, filmmakers, philosophers, technologists, musicians, historians, artists and curators into what's being described as a 'Planetary Feed'.
The performance art programme, which is curated by Fokidis and entiled (On)line Healing, will also stream through the Art Dubai website. The participating artists are Bahar Noorizadeh (Iran), Angelo Plessas (Greece), Tabita Rezaire (French Guyana), Tiago Sant'Ana (Brazil) and Imaad Majeed (Sri Lanka).
Ninety galleries from 39 countries had originally planned to exhibit at Art Dubai, which would have taken place at the Madinat Jumeirah resort from 25-28 March. The next Art Dubai will be held 17-20 March, 2021.
Another major art event to make the shift to online this week is the Biennale of Sydney, which closed its physical spaces and added digital experiences to Google Arts & Culture. —[O]