Gallery owner Kashya Hildebrand said: "This fair was an extraordinary opportunity to engage with institutions, collectors and art enthusiasts. The interaction, focus and enthusiasm of the collectors was heartwarming. We are delighted to be a part of this burgeoning art scene."
Large-scale unique tapestries by master calligrapher and scholar Dr Ahmed Moustafa explore his search for the Divine, and the peace found through the due measure and proportion of both the elements of calligraphy as well as the underlying nature of God’s word. Moustafa’s tapestries can be found in prestigious public spaces in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Luxembourg.
Ahmed Moustafa / Divine Bedrock Human Artistry, 2013-14, tapestry from Les Ateliers Pinton in Felletin Aubusson France, 273x417 cm, unique piece / Courtesy of Kashya Hildebrand
Installation view from the Kashya Hildebrand's booth: Ahmed Moustafa, Trilogy of Where Two Oceans Meet, 2011, tapestry by Les Ateliers Pinton in Felletin Aubusson France, 368x454 cm, unique piece / Courtesy of Kashya Hildebrand
Azra Aghighi Bakhshayeshi, who considers herself a “Painter’s Scribe,” has found a way to express beauty with words in a non-literary way. Bakhshayeshi’s new works reflect the recent fulfillment of a lifelong desire to perform the Hajj, and travel to Mecca. The profound effect of this experience can be seen in her depiction of the Holy Kaaba as a new central motif to her works.
Azra Aghighi Bakhshayeshi / Tawaf, 2014, Ink on canvas, 110x 200 cm / Courtesy of Kashya Hildebrand
Azra Aghighi Bakhshayeshi / Tawaf 2, 2014, Ink on canvas, 110x 200 cm / Courtesy of Kashya Hildebrand
Through a combined use of space, architecture, calligraphy, henna and costume, Lalla Essaydi explores the roles of women as decorative features, portrayed ‘caged’ amongst other acquisitions in the ‘cabinet de curiosité’ of the male dominion, and in the harem in response to Orientalist fantasies from both the West and East.
Installation view from the Kashya Hildebrand's booth: Lalla Essaydi, Les Femmes du Maroc - Fumee d'Ambre Gris, 2008. Chromogenic print, 224x180 cm, Edition of 5 / Courtesy of Kashya Hildebrand
Abdallah Akar's oeuvre pays tribute to Arab poetry, a calligraphic discourse that uses the media of fabric, canvas, wood and even glass, while Simeen Farhat casts letters and creates visual elements that transfer the dynamism of poetry and script into conceptual and visual energies. Some of these works depict calm and peace with gentle flows and soft curves to express the thought process, others bring to life chaos through their sharp edges and diagonals. Farhat's visual compositions range from wall-mounted sculptures in organic forms to more cubic-looking geometric shapes.
Abdallah Akar / Omar Khayam Quatrains - Poesie, 2014, Mixed Media on Tanrlatane, 133x 132 cm / Courtesy of Kashya Hildebrand
Installation view from the Kashya Hildebrand's booth at Abu Dhabi Art 2014 / Courtesy of Kashya Hildebrand
Max Gimblett’s large abstract work predominantly consists of geometric shaped canvases – rectangles, quatrefoils and circles – painted in bold vibrant colours anchored with delicate or even energetic gestures of paint.
Installation view from the Kashya Hildebrand's booth. Left: Max Gimblett, Swell, 2013, 152x 152x5 cm, Gesso, acrylic & vinyl polymers, oil size, copper, leaf / Right: Amanda Seelye Salzman, Unitetled, 2014, Silkscreen and Acrylic Paint, 167x107 cm / Courtesy of Kashya Hildebrand
In the Signature section of the fair, Kashya Hildebrand showcased works by artist/composer duo Sama Mara and Lee Westwood. Geometry art that reflects the perfect harmony underlying the unity and order of nature, with its infinite patterns evoking a spiritual resonance.
Sama Mara & Lee Westwood / D-Marimba, 2013-2014, giclee print on paper, 140x140 cm / Courtesy of Kashya Hildebrand