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Sharjah Biennial 10 co-curator Suzanne Cotter, left, with curator Rasha Salti and Sharjah Art Foundation director Jack Persekian
Photo by Alfredo Rubio
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MIDDLE EAST REPORT
by Nazy Nazhand



The Arab world’s art boom is tripartite: 1) record-breaking auction prices for works by contemporary and modern Arab and Iranian artists; 2) extravagant annual art fairs in Dubai (March) and Abu Dhabi (November); and 3) the recent UAE museum boom, which has seen world-renowned starchitects commissioned to design the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha (I.M. Pei), the Museum of Middle East Modern Art (MOMEMA) in Dubai (Ben van Berkel and UNStudio), the Louvre Abu Dhabi (Jean Nouvel) and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi (Frank Gehry).

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