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Strong sales at Art Dubai 2010.

Nearly 18,000 visitors attend region's largest annual art event

This year's edition of Art Dubai welcomed nearly 18,000 international and regional visitors during a four-day event, in which 72 galleries participated with the majority experiencing strong sales. Buyers included members of the royal family, major international and regional museums and established and new collectors from the Middle East, Europe, Asia, and the US.

A number of participating galleries, including Athr Gallery from Jeddah, Galerie Christian Hosp and Caprice Horn, both from Berlin, traffic from Dubai and Priska C. Jushka from New York sold nearly all of their available works at Art Dubai.

"In its fourth year Art Dubai has matured into a highly regarded art event on the world stage shown by the diversity of the work, the significant increase in attendance, strong sales from institutional and private buyers and the greater involvement of Dubai's art community during the week of the fair," said John Martin, co-founder of Art Dubai.

Attendees at Art Dubai were able to join the Global Art Forum to see artists in conversation such as El Anatsui, whose piece was in high demand by the fair's thousands of visitors, as well as the winning pieces of the 2010 Abraaj Capital Art Prize and specially commissioned artworks and video installations curated by Bidoun Projects.

Art Dubai 2010 included sales highlights such as: * The sale of Pakistani artist Sadquain Naqqah's The Three Graces by Grosvenor Vadehra Gallery for $200,000. * The purchase of Snow White Without the Dwarves by Ghader Amer for $160,000. * New York-based Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery's sale of a Reza Derakshani's piece for $80,000 * Saudi Arabian artist Abdulnasser Gharem's work, shown by Berlin-based Galerie Caprice Horn, which sold for $50,000.

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Date:Apr 1, 2010
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