Author: Dorian Batycka

Sotheby’s Inaugural “Boundless: Dubai” Nets $3.6 Million in Sales, Far Exceeding Expectations

Sotheby’s first auction in Dubai took place on November 13, setting numerous record prices for artists from the region and helping to further cement Dubai’s place as a center for cultural commerce. Entitled “Boundless: Dubai,” the auction saw five record prices for artists from the region, including Ali Banisadr’s mesmerizing canvas In Media Res, which […]

Previewing Sotheby’s First Auction in Dubai

Dubai—Following a packed month of November that includes the opening of a major Hassan Sharif retrospective at the Sharjah Art Foundation, the 10th edition of Abu Dhabi Art, and the long-awaited opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Sotheby’s have entered the mix with the announcement of their inaugural auction entitled “Boundless: Dubai”, set to take […]

15th Istanbul Biennial Opens Channeling Neighbourly Theme

Istanbul—What makes a good neighbour? Is a good neighbour someone who reads the same newspaper as you? Is a good neighbour a stranger you don’t fear? The 15th Istanbul Biennial, curated this year by Scandinavia duo Elmgreen & Dragset, attempts to answer these and other questions through an exhibition that features 55 artists from 32 […]

Iranian Pavilion | BIZHAN BASSIRI

Sculptor and poet Bizhan Bassiri weaves together history and fate at the 57th Venice Biennale’s Iranian Pavilion Culture has the potential to enrich, enliven and inspire us. In countries like Iran, whose cultural history extends as far back as the Medes, the Achaemenid, Parthian and Sasanian empires of classical antiquity, the ability of artists to […]

Iraq Pavilion | 57th Venice Biennale

The Iraq Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale explores the country’s rich heritage and the realities of its ongoing conflict The Iraq Pavilion at the Venice Biennale returned in 2011 after a 35-year hiatus. This year it is presenting the work of eight modern and contemporary Iraqi artists in dialogue with ancient Iraqi artefacts, supplemented […]

Encounters In-Situ | Tino Sehgal at Fondation Beyeler

From May until November, the artist Tino Sehgal will be presenting a series of six artworks, what he calls “constructed situations,” at the Fondation Beyeler in the picturesque Swiss city of Basel. The starting point for the exhibition is a work acquired by the institution in 2015 entitled This You (2006), the only one of […]

A Century of Kuwaiti Creativity

Kuwait’s little-known Modern Art Museum showcases a unique, albeit neglected, collection Located in the Sharq district of Kuwait, a short distance from Arabian Gulf Road, the Modern Art Museum of Kuwait is dedicated to exhibiting and preserving the work of the country’s pioneering figures in the art of the last century. The humble museum, which […]

Dorian Batycka in Conversation with Folakunle Oshun, Artistic Director 1st Lagos Biennial

Dorian Batycka (DB): How did the 1st Lagos Biennial come into being? Why now? Folakunle Oshun (FO): Lagos is home to a huge amount of talent, and also a breeding ground for creatives who eventually take to the international art scene. The concept of a biennial has always been a hot and controversial topic in […]

History and Vision in Doha

Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, founded in 2010, is located in a magnificently renovated former school building in Education City in Doha. In possession of over 9000 individual art-works, the museum is one of the most specialised of its kind, holding a consortium of im-portant pieces from the vast collection of Sheikh Hassan bin […]

Documenta 14 | Kassel

Documenta 14 Arrives in Kassel Amidst Speculation Over Its Indented Aims and Outcomes Kassel—As the centerpiece of Germany’s largest contemporary art exhibition, the city of Kassel this year brings together work by 160 artists from more than 50 countries, including a number of works by “artists who went through rather concrete experiences of displacement,” documenta […]