Art of the Middle East at Art Basel 2012

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Art Basel is the most significant of all the hundreds of art fairs that take place each year. It is the fair where some of the best artworks are sold for some of the highest prices.

Art of the Middle East had a look at the works from the Middle East and wrote a report with plenty of pictures: “I had been to Art Basel Miami, but was expecting this fair to be very different. I took the short hop from London to Basel and arrived in a very quaint, typically-Swiss town. The first thing I noticed was that the whole town had been taken over by the thousands of art aficionados who had converged into Basel from across the world. Every language was being spoken around me, highlighting the fair’s very international tone. I had come to Art Basel on a mission: to find all the Middle Eastern art being displayed at the fair, taking pictures of those works, and documenting them for this blog post. I also wanted to see the Green Art Gallery and Gallery Isabelle Van den Eynde booths at Art Unlimited. I also wanted to head to the Satellite fairs to see the Kashya Hildebrand Gallery’s booth at Scope, and the Lawrie Shabibi booth at Volta. I was inititally not expecting there to be much Middle Eastern artwork at the fair, as Art Basel Miami hardly had any; I was to be quite surprised however.

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Image above: Simmer Farhat, Drip, 2012