Georgina Adam is back in harness at the Financial Times after a Summer holidays. Her recent column reports on the dealer turnover at Abu Dhabi Art, the fair that will feature Larry Gagosian’s personal collection:
The exhibitor list for Abu Dhabi Art, which takes place from November 4 to 7, reveals a striking turnover, with almost half of last year’s 39 participants in the main section not returning. There are 19 newcomers, including some surprising inclusions, such as Halcyon and Opera galleries, which are rarely seen at fairs, and Haunch of Venison, which, because it belongs to Christie’s, is often excluded.
Taking the plunge for the first time is the heavy-hitting New York dealer David Zwirner as well as Edward Tyler Nahem, who says: “We have clients in the Middle East but they don’t come into our gallery, nor necessarily buy at auction, so we’re ‘bringing the mountain’ to them.” He is displaying Frank Stella’s 3m-long “Damascus Gate (Stretch Variation II)” (1970, about $5m).
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