Frieze NY 2013 was overall a great fair. It was held again in a large tent on Randall’s Island, a boat ride away from Eastern Manhattan. With over 180 exhibitors taking part this year, the fair is definitely one of the larger ones out there. Some of the best galleries from across the world lined up to join Frieze this year, which took place from May. 10-13.
The presence of Middle Eastern art at the fair was strengthened by the participation of Dubai’s Third Line and Beirut’s Sfeir Semler Gallery. Sfeir Semler Gallery had a great booth location close to the fair’s entrance. The booth included works by some of the gallery’s star artists including Akram Zaatari, Yto Barrada, and Khalil Rabah.
Sfeir Semler Booth
Khalil Rabah, ‘The Palestinian Museum of Natural History and Humankind,’ 2012, Oil on canvas, 200 x 100 cm:
Akram Zaatari, ‘Before they went to their military training. Studio Shehrazade, Saida 1970, 2006,’ Modern Silver Print:
Wael Shawky, ‘Cabaret Crusades: The Path to Cairo, Soldier,’ 2010:
The Third Line Gallery brought a beautiful selection of works, including a brilliant work by Pouran Jinchi, a great Moshiri, and a beautiful Monir Faramanfarmaian.
Slavs and Tatars:
L & M Arts’ Ahmed Al Soudani piece:
New York City’s Jack Shainman Gallery had 2 beautiful works by Hayv Kahraman:
It has been a fantastic 2+ years since I started Art of the Mid East. It has been an honor and a privilege to promote the exciting talent being created by artists from across the Middle East and its diaspora. I have learned a lot about the Middle Eastern art world while blogging, having travelled to major art fairs, conducted artist studio visits, interviews, and research.
I have decided to take my love, passion, and appreciation for Middle Eastern art to the next level, by opening a gallery in the heart of New York City. Taymour Grahne Gallery, which will be opening in Fall 2013, will foster an internationally diverse program of contemporary art aiming to serve as a platform for significant and groundbreaking work from across the world. Working closely with curators and critics, the gallery is committed to cultivating emerging talent and supporting established artists. I am launching this gallery with a deep appreciation for and understanding of Middle Eastern art, and am keen on breaking down boundaries, and presenting Middle Eastern art alongside fantastic artists from outside the Middle East.
Some of the Middle Eastern artists that I am starting my roster with include: Hassan Hajjaj, Tarek Al Ghoussein, Nermine Hammam, Walid Siti, Camille Zakharia, Nicky Nodjoumi, Farah Ossouli and Mohammed Kazem.
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I will continue to blog, and Art of the Mid East will continue promoting Middle Eastern art to the world.
Great Sotheby’s Doha auction — sale total of $15,200,000!!! Great works overall!