This year, the fair has attracted some respected exhibitors to sign on for the first time, including New York's Andrew Kreps and Metro Pictures and Los Angeles's Regen Projects, and hooked in up-and-coming dealers like New York's Rachel Uffner.
Moroccan-born artist Yto Barrada has won the Abraaj Group Art Prize, awarded annually since 2008. Barrada gets a $100,000 commission to create a new work to appear in a group show at the seventh edition of the Art Dubai fair (Mar. 18-21, 2015)
London's Whitechapel Gallery has hired author and curator Omar Kholeif as curator. Kholeif, who will start his new job in January, has held curatorial positions at a number of institutions, and co-curated the 2012 Liverpool Biennial.
Musical forms from indie rock to sha'bi offer artists new opportunities for personal expression and critical engagement with popular culture.
The Sharjah Biennial has become the most talked about international art event in the Middle East and Central Asia.