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Art Dubai 2018

Snapped up at Art Dubai

Abstract paintings and totem-like piece are among the early sales at the fair

Matthias Bitzer, Consoler of the Confounded (2018) Courtesy of Marianne Boesky Gallery

Matthias Bitzer, Consoler of the Confounded (2018)

Marianne Boesky Gallery sold a painting by the German artist, whose work is being shown at Art Dubai for the first time, to a collector from the Middle East for $50,000. The gallery also sold The Falcon and the Bandit (2017) by the Syrian painter (and Art Dubai favourite) Diana Al-Hadid for $120,000 to a collector—one of three to place reserves on it.

Kamal Boullata, Angelus (2017) Courtesy of Meem Gallery

Kamal Boullata, Angelus (2017)

The Dubai-based Meem Gallery’s booth is devoted to the lyrical work of the Jerusalem-born, Palestinian artist Kamal Boullata. It sold three abstract paintings by Boullata during the fair’s preview, all with the same title and dimensions, and priced at $30,000 each, to collectors from Germany, South Africa and Dubai.

Chaouki Choukini, Transcendance 2 (2013) Courtesy of Green Art Gallery

Chaouki Choukini, Transcendance 2 (2013)

The Dubai-based Green Art Gallery has a solo-artist presentation of the Lebanese sculptor Choukini, and has sold this totem-like piece (left), carved from wangué wood and priced at $35,000. It is one of three works by the artist acquired on preview day by Emirati, French and UK collectors for between $12,000 and $35,000.

Zahoor ul Akhlaq, Bull on Red (1961) Courtesy of Grosvenor Gallery

Zahoor ul Akhlaq, Bull on Red (1961)

Grosvenor Gallery’s booth at Art Dubai Modern focuses on Pakistani Modernists. Several sold on preview night, including an oil depiction of a bull, which was priced at $40,000 and went to a Pakistani collector. In the contemporary section, Grosvenor also sold several editions of Rasheed Araeen’s Mayz (Table, 2018) at $20,000 each.