- The 11th Art Dubai takes place from March 15 to 18 in the United Arab Emirates.
- Myrna Ayad, its director, says Middle Eastern art is often overlooked or misjudged
- The region has a long history of art, she says, but its geographic base has shifted in recent years
Myrna Ayad is Fair Director of Art Dubai. She has written for The New York Times, The Art Newspaper and Artforum, was editor of art magazine "Canvas" from 2007 to 2015, and has edited the books "Art Scene UAE: Visual Arts Practices in the Emirates" (forthcoming, 2017) and "Contemporary Kingdom: The Saudi Art Scene Now (2014)".
(CNN)A couple of months ago, I invited a reputed art historian to speak at Art Dubai's inaugural Modern Symposium, a series of talks that focus on 20th-century art produced by masters from Africa, the Middle East and South Asia.