2018 Talks

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  • Abu Dhabi Art 2018 Talks
  • Abu Dhabi Art 2018 Talks

Dates:  14 - 17 November 2018
 Auditorium, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Talks programme: Global Circulation of Art and The New Markets
Curated by Salwa Mikdadi (NYU Abu Dhabi) and Nada Shabout (UNT)


The Abu Dhabi Art Talks this year was a series of 3-days panels with international, regional and local speakers, all experts in their respective field. Several of the speakers have recently published works on the topics discussed.

In the last decade, the circulation of art shifted dramatically in the regions of West Asia and North Africa. The Arabian Gulf countries experienced the first large-scale acquisitions of art for the newly established and the planned museums in the Gulf as well as the development of a primary and secondary market for the arts. The Abu Dhabi Art Fair will present a three-day convening of panel discussions that examine the role of the art market in transforming the relation between artists, curators and art institutions, as well as the rise of corporate and private museum and foundation collections. Regional and international experts will cover issues such as the MENA region’s adoption of international market practices, averting the circulation of art fraud, the restitution of looted art and artifacts, the challenge of moving art across borders in conflict regions and how decisions are made regarding art valuation and collecting.  Special sessions led by inspirational speakers are planned for emerging artists along with group sessions on how to navigate the art terrain, offering advice on the first steps into the art market, and an opportunity for a 20-minutes portfolio review session. The Abu Dhabi Art Talks conclude with the regional premiere and screening of the Price of Everything by renowned filmmaker Nathaniel Kahn followed by a moderated Q&A with the documentary film producer Jennifer Blei Stockman. The film cast includes Gerhard Richter, Jeff Koons and Larry Poons.


 Watch the Talks in our YouTube Channel:

  • Traditional Art Institutions and the Rising Number of Biennials, Commercial Art Events and Independent Curators
  • The Challenges of Data Collecting and How Circulation: Impacts Art Valuation and Acquisitions
  • The New Infrastructure for Art and the Rise of Neoliberal Economies in the Gulf: Auction Houses, Galleries, Fairs and the Art Market in the Middle East and Beyond
  • Circulation of Fraudulent and Illicit Art in Emerging Art Markets and Conflict Regions and the Illicit Trafficking of Cultural Property
  • Markets, Museums and the Global Circulation of Art
  • First Steps: Portfolio Review, Inspirational Session and Workshops for Emerging Artists in the UAE
  • Group Sessions for Emerging Artists
  • First screening outside the United States, the recently released film The Price of Everything

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