During the vernissage, two of the artist’s “dancing forms,” as he calls them (Speck of Light I (red) and Speck of Light II (black), both 2015) sold to a museum in Ahmedabad, India, for €8,400 each; the same institution also picked up two other works by Khan. “There is an interaction between the surface and yourself; the material is so secondary because it’s your hand that starts dancing,” added Khan. “I read a prayer as I am creating these. I have to say thank you to somebody. I’m just a hand.”
At Beirut’s Agial Art Gallery, Nathalie Khayat’s blossoming Mushrooms sculptures appear voluptuous and rich. “A mushroom has no leaves, no flowers; this one does. It has the shape of a flame of dancing leaves,” said the Lebanese-born ceramicist. In 2012, Khayat was the victim of a car bomb that exploded next to her home and studio in Beirut. That experience is tied to the works, she said, which she described as a “a celebration of life and a symbol of rebirth.” One of the works, which are priced at $5,000 apiece, found a buyer during the fair’s VIP opening; another is on reserve.