“The UAE is experiencing a huge cultural boom,” says Stephane Custot, the owner of London’s Waddington Custot Galleries, which is set to open a dynamic new 700sq m space in Dubai on Monday March 14. “The major arts institutions in the Middle East are accenting the region’s status as a global cultural crossroads between the east and the west.”
Custot’s first exhibition in his vast, high-ceilinged gallery, located in the heart of burgeoning arts hub Alsekal Avenue, is entitled The World Meets Here and is a group show focused on postwar masterworks and modern art. It will feature a diverse collection of artists from around the globe, many of whom Custot has long championed.
Among the dramatic installations are British sculptor Marc Quinn’s enormous bronze seashell, Cassis madagascariensis Longitudes (£165,000, third picture), Robert Indiana’s iconic Seven sculpture ($600,000), depicting the number in Corten steel, and the soaring 223.5˚ Arc (€350,000, first picture)by French conceptual artist Bernar Venet.
There are paintings too: Fabienne Verdier’s Notations en Bleu (€110,000) fuses western technique with elements of Chinese calligraphy, while American abstract painter Frank Stella is represented by the fluorescent, geometric acrylic on canvas Maze (price on request, second picture).
There are further masterpieces by Chinese-French painters Zao Wou-Ki and Chu Teh-Chun, Young British Artist Ian Davenport, Argentine-French designer-cum-sculptor Pablo Reinoso and French painter Pierre Soulages. The World Meets Here indeed…