Middle East Art

Art Dubai 2015; stay tuned for news and images live from Dubai! by Sarvin Haghighi


Art Dubai is the leading international art fair in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. The ninth edition of the art fair will be taking place in Dubai- UAE on March 18-21. Over the last eight years, Art Dubai has become a cornerstone of the region's booming contemporary art community. Recognized as one of the most globalized meeting points in the art world today, Art Dubai places an emphasis on maintaining its intimate, human, scale while foregrounding quality and diversity.

As mentioned on GQ online on a review on Art Dubai 2014, the view among the collectors, dealers and hangers-on appeared to be that the fair was strong on regional art. Iranian artists have been the premier-league players from the Middle East for a few years now, perhaps made all the more tantalising because they are "other" ; Persian, not Arab; from a large country with more than two thousand years of cultural heritage but now which right now is largely closed to cultural interchange; Middle Eastern and Islamic but also Caucasian and Silk Route. This year's Art Dubai is expected to have more than 80 galleries showcasing their artists.

Stay tuned as photos and updates will be coming up during and post this amazing event along with some exciting news.

Photo:Getty Images for Art Dubai 2014






Bucket Feet Event at Soho House Chicago by Sarvin Haghighi


During Art week at Soho House Chicago, another fun event was held.  We were given a pair of white shoes to paint on! Thanks to Bucketfeet, A Chicago based Company which was launched in 2011 after two strangers met in Argentina - an artist and a backpacker -. A pair of hand-drawn shoes inspired the idea of the company and showed the power of art bringing people together. Soho house members were provided a pair of Bucketfeet shoes to design. Amazing music, great atmosphere, lots of creative people, that is just a recipe to create something fun. And this is the result! The shapes are all from Persian (Islamic) designs and the Farsi calligraphy is a Rumi poem which translates into "When I found love I became immortal". Art week at Soho House Chicago has been such a fun and amazing week with lots of different and fun activities which brings all art lovers together.


Art week at Soho House Chicago by Sarvin Haghighi


It's no secret that Soho House is the place for arts and artists but this week has been something really special. It's the art week at Soho House which means there is an interesting event on each day. This past Wednesday, January 21st, Damien Hirst's piece was unveiled. The piece spells "Chicago" with real butterflies and it is placed in the Allis Restaurant located on the main floor of the building. Hirst was born in 1965. He emerged as a leading figure in the young British Artists movement in the late 80s. He has shocked and surprised the art world with his unusual works. While not everyone was enthralled with his work, his biggest supporter was Charles Saatchi, advertising titan and art collector. Saatchi funded Damien Hirst's first works and also started collecting Hirst's pieces. But whilst his works, has been praised by many art critics throughout the years, he has been also condemned for killing animals in order to create his art. The Artist was landed in a row with RSPCA while exhibiting his work "In and out of love"  after it was revealed that more than 9,000 butterflies died during the 23 weeks of this exhibit in Tate back in 2012. It's understandable that there might be a bit of mixed feelings about his works and the medium that he uses but this should not stop you to go and see one of his pieces up close at Soho House Chicago.


Damien Hirst