A visitor looks at artworks made by a Palestinian artist at the annual Art Dubai exhibition in Dubai, United Arab Emirates March 21, 2018. Picture taken March 21, 2018. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
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As traditional centers of modern Arab art in Damascus and Baghdad have imploded amid disastrous wars, the sheeny city-state of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates has stepped into the vacuum as a major hub for art sales. But at the annual Art Dubai fair this week, some Mideast artists among the scores of worldwide participants channeled in paint the chaos swirling around this bubble of calm luxury. Tucked among the mostly apolitical photography, sculpture and installation art adorning the vast open-plan space, black-and-white paintings of war scenes in the Gaza Strip – devoid of people and any sharp detail – stand out.Myrna Ayad, Art Dubai's director, said the event featuring artists from 48 countries does not seek to dwell on the region's miseries, but noted that as Dubai's star has risen in the art world, the art on offer cannot flinch from harsh realities.
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