New in 2014, Art Dubai Modern was devoted to Middle Eastern and South Asian art from the twentieth century; the programme included 11 galleries presenting solo and two-person shows of influential modern masters, as well as research projects, talks and tours. Art Dubai Modern was advised by a curatorial committee of eminent curators and historians: Savita Apte, Catherine David, Kristine Khouri and Nada Shabout.
Art Dubai’s curated, thematic programme of emerging artspaces. Following last year’s spotlight on West Africa, Marker 2014 looked to Central Asia and the Caucasus, and was curated by the artists Slavs and Tatars. Through the scope of portraiture, the works celebrated the complexities of faith, identity and language in these regions and their immediate relevance not only to the Muslim world, but to a global audience. The programme was accompanied by a set of new artists’ books published by onestar press, and daily talks and tours.
Founded in 2009, The Abraaj Group Art Prize is the only prize in the Middle East and South Asia that awards artists on the basis of submitted project proposals. The five selected artists worked with a guest curator; their completed works were revealed in a special exhibition at Art Dubai. Winners of The Abraaj Group Art Prize 2014 were Abbas Akhavan, Kamrooz Aram, Bouchra Khalili, Basim Magdy and Anup Mathew Thomas. The 2014 Guest Curator was Nada Raza.
Featuring commissioned projects and research, as well as live talks, the Global Art Forum brought together a diverse line-up of participants, including artists, curators, musicians, strategists, thinkers and writers. Titled ‘Meanwhile… History’, the Global Art Forum 2014 created a timeline of turning points in history – significant decades, years, days, minutes or seconds that shifted an understanding of the world. Commissioned by Shumon Basar with codirectors Omar Berrada and Ala Younis, the Forum was a journey through known and unknown histories, of critical change and secretly seismic moments. The Global Art Forum ran over 5 days at Katara Art Center, Doha, March 15-16 and at Art Dubai, Mina A’ Salam, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, March 19-21, 2014. The Forum Fellows programme returned in 2014 with a focus on curating, led by Tirdad Zolghadr. The commissioned projects inspired by the Global Art Forum were presented in Forum Forum.