VIP visits, visitor footfall, buoyant sales mark success of Art Dubai

SourceGulf Today

Arab-Andalusian music French-African art at Alliance Francaise Dubai Art Dubai introduced a number of innovations to safely welcome over 18,000 visitors over the course of the event. It included a new booking system to help ensure social distancing, a remote participation programme for galleries unable to travel to Dubai to attend the fair and a new payment model to help galleries participate. According to sources, galleries saw robust sales, with artworks being placed in major private collections and international institutions, and many more in the process of negotiation.   A visitor at the Agial & Saleh Barakat Gallery. Custot Gallery Dubai sold two works by Ian Davenport in the price range of $120-150,000 each; Lawrie Shabibi Dubai sold five works by Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim, a leading figure in Emirati art, between $15,000 and $20,000 each; Gallery 1957 from Ghana sold four works by Ivory Coast-based artist Joana Choumali in the price range of $10-16,000 each.  First time exhibitors Comptoir des Mines Galerie from Morocco sold a work by Moroccan-born artist Fatiha Zemmouri for $32,000 and Albrarrán Bourdais from Spain sold a Bertrand Lavier for $80,000.  Galleria Continua from Italy sold a series of Shilpa Gupta works to an institution for $50,000 and Perrotin from more...