There are 75 galleries from 34 different countries waiting to welcome you to their booth at Art Dubai this week. That's averaging more than 500 artists laying themselves bare around the Madinat Jumeirah's gilded ballrooms. Following in the vein of this hyperbole of numbers, Christopher Lord lists 20 places you should be over the next four days of art madness.
The Pace Gallery
A top-flight newcomer to the fair and home to one of the finest artist rosters out there, Pace brings works by the Chinese performance artist Zhang Huan and the Turner Prize-winner Keith Tyson, among others.
Art Dubai stalwart Paradise Row returns for another year, bringing along works by the Moroccan-born Mounir Fatmi, famous for his pre-9/11 New York skyline made out of rumbling speakers. The London-based space also hosts works by Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, who previously "exhumed" works from a forgotten period in Egyptian surrealist art.
Representing South Africa's foremost talent, Goodman fittingly dedicates its booth to William Kentridge this year. This Johannesburg artist is best known for his "moving drawings" - stop-frame charcoal animations - but here shows a tapestry created in collaboration with Marguerite Stephens.
Galerie Teresa Anchorena
It's a sign of Art Dubai's global grab that this Buenos Aires-based space is flying in. Look out for works by Colombian Fernando Botero, best known for the "Boterismo" full-figured folk in his paintings and sculptures, as well as eye-dizzying op art by Julio Le Parc.
Chemould Prescott Road
Still going strong since founding in Mumbai in 1963, the gallery hosts works by Shezad Dawood, including his 2010 work Ville Urbaine from the Cities of The Future series. Using neon, Dawood looks at utopian geometry, including Le Corbusier's designs for the city of Chandigarh
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The Third Line
One of the first galleries to open in Dubai that is dedicated to new art from the region, The Third Line has become something of a flag-bearer for this by representing at numerous major fairs internationally. This year, we're looking forward to getting a look at the crazed constructions-in-painting by Amir H Fallah.
Tashkeel is a hub of studios for locally based artists in Nad Al Sheba. Having a booth at the art fair shows Tashkeel's position as an intersection for local talent and showcases work by Reem Al Ghaith and Lateefa bint Maktoum, who both represented the UAE at last year's Venice Biennale.
The gallery strikes a fine balance of European and Middle Eastern painters, sculptors, subverters and installation-makers. Carbon 12 storms back into Art Dubai this year, and our highlights include new works by Sara Rahbar (with a solo show currently in the Al Quoz gallery) and a whole section dedicated to artist Ghazal's map-trotting new drawings.
Mohammed Qasim Ashfaq's spiky black sculptures are cooked up via highly precise and detailed preliminary sketches. For Etemad's debut appearance at the fair, also a relative newcomer gallery to Dubai's art scene, these works on paper show connections between the futuristic edge of his sculpture and a long tradition of Islamic geometric art.
Green Art Gallery
Six artists feature on Green Art Gallery's booth, but our highlight is work by Shadi Habib Allah, a Palestinian multimedia artist who combines sound and animation to create parables about power struggles. Habib Allah has had a lot of attention in the past, when GAG exhibited at Contemporary Istanbul last year.