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Nicole Demby

Art Dubai: The Shifting Architectures and Expedient Geographies of the Art World

[Art Dubai, Madinat Jumeirah 2015, courtesy: The Studio, Dubai.]

Museums have historically acted to tether artworks and artifacts to territorial conceptions of place. Meanwhile, as conduits to the flow of artworks across borders according to the imperatives of a globalized market, international contemporary art fairs might seem to obey an opposite logic, operating as deterritorializing forces that uproot works of art from their native geographies. Yet assigning museums and art fairs neatly to different sides of a binary that pits ...

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Nicole Demby is a PhD student in the History of Art department at Yale University. Her dissertation will look at how global and anticolonial imaginaries were articulated through the photographic and filmic reproduction of works of art in the late 1940s and 1950s. She holds a bachelors degree from Stanford University and has published articles in Transversal and Mute Magazine.