Global Art Daily (GAD) is an independent publication amplifying local voices of the global art world. GAD's mission is to shine light on contemporary art and design from different regions, in hopes to promote cross-continental understanding and collaborations. We always strive for mutual respect and understanding in every endeavor we undertake.
Our beginnings take us back to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. GAD was founded by Sophie Arni during her undergraduate studies at NYU Abu Dhabi. Inspired by Abu Dhabi's bold cultural investments and NYU Abu Dhabi's vision of global leadership, GAD has prioritized ambitious geographical coverage since its inception.
Characterized by the rise of international art fairs and biennales, the preponderance of social media, and greater mobility for artists and curators, we believe contemporary art today cannot be studied from an isolated regional viewpoint. Our long-term mission is to become an open-source database for future historians of 21st century 'Global Art'.
Since 2015, GAD's digital reach has expanded to the Middle East, Asia, the U.S., Europe, and Latin America. Through our articles and interviews, we aim to promote conversations between emerging artists and established figures of the art world. Our accumulated archive of web articles encompasses exhibition reviews, opinion essays, and artist interviews. GAD is comprised of GAD Magazine, a bilingual magazine printed in Japan, and GAD E-Issues, a digital publication with city-based issues. All GAD publications are entirely self-funded and volunteer-based.
Our motto is “Welcome to the (rest of the) world.” Thinking global might be a privilege, but it is also a reality for many of us. GAD's young team of editors and contributors have complex multicultural identities, and aim to connect the nodes of the polycentric art world through their networks and varied creative interests.
Wide geographical coverage has been a priority since our inception. We have collectively written articles in 17 different cities. Some artists we interviewed include Michèle Lamy, Shirin Neshat, Slavs and Tartars, and Yang Yongliang. See GAD's full archive of articles dating from 2015 to 2018.
In 2017, we designed and produced a capsule collection of ready-to-wear garments. Entitled "Global Art Daily x abu dhabi", Global Art Daily's first ready-to-wear collection was inspired by the cities of Abu Dhabi and Los Angeles. Silhouettes were interpreted from the traditional abaya and the collection premiered at a special pop-up shop at Salwa Zeidan Gallery, St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort.
In 2018, we launched GAD Magazine, a bilingual (English-Japanese) magazine about the global era of contemporary art. GAD Magazine Issue 01, entitled "Street Futures", was printed in Japan in March 2018. It includes contributions and interviews from Argentina, Australia, the U.S., the United Arab Emirates, Japan and China and focused on street art's relationship to the institutionalized art world. GAD Magazine Issue 02, "All Girls Are Spicy", published in September 2018, was dedicated to women artists, included interviews from the U.S., Germany, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, France, and Japan. GAD Magazine is distributed in specialized art bookstores worldwide.
Following the coronavirus pandemic, Global Art Daily has launched its first E-Issues in the summer of 2020. Our inaugural E-Issue 01, "AUH/DXB" focused on the art scenes of Abu Dhabi and Dubai and welcomed contributions from both emerging and leading figures of the UAE's art world.
Our Editorial Team
Sophie Arni is a Swiss-Japanese curator and editor building cross-cultural dialogues in the visual arts. In 2015, she founded Global Art Daily and has been writing exhibition reviews and conducting artist interviews ever since. In 2016, she curated East-East: UAE meet Japan at NYU Abu Dhabi's Project Space, an exhibition bridging the UAE and Japan through the voices of emerging artists. The exhibition later traveled to CHI-KA Space, Dubai, for two additional volumes. In 2019, she co-curated Count the Waves: Seeing Invisibility at the Chinretsukan Gallery, Tokyo. She obtained a B.A. in Art & Art History from NYU Abu Dhabi and an MPhil in Curatorial Studies from Tokyo University of the Arts. She is currently based in Japan.
Abu Dhabi, UAE
Daniel Rey is a Paraguayan-Colombian artist and curator currently based in Abu Dhabi. A digital native and polyglot, he is interested in coolhunting, radio, online storytelling, and sustainable fashion. Trained in the performing and visual arts in Norway and the Emirates, Daniel is researching digitalization in theatre as well as South-South cultural exchanges. He is part of the Jameel Arts Centre Youth Assembly in Dubai and graduated from NYU Abu Dhabi with a B.A. in Theater and Social Research/Public Policy.
New York City, US
Ev Zverev is a Russian filmmaker and photographer based in New York City. He was trained in visual storytelling and graduated from NYU Abu Dhabi with a B.A. in Film and New Media. He also happens to be fluent in Russian, English, and Arabic. His short films include Toothbrush (2016), Monster (2015), and Aphasia (2015) which was shortlisted at the Abu Dhabi Science Imagine Festival (2016). Fun fact: ‘Ev’ in Japanese means artist-samurai and it is pronounced like EV-erything.
Ashraf Mohiy is a Swiss-Egyptian doctoral candidate at Columbia University, whose work centers around the emergence of ‘smart cities’ and ‘e-government.’ He has spent the past few years working as an exhibition planner for a Paris-based cultural consulting firm on a number of different museum projects centered around the MENA region. Pending the resumption of in-person tuition in New York, Ashraf remains based in London.
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Natalia Sosa Molina
Editor and Contributor, Buenos Aires
Natalia Sosa Molina (Naiting So Mo) is an Argentinian textile and clothing designer who graduated from the University of Buenos Aires. She defines herself as a ‘de facto’ curator and art producer. In 2015, she co-founded Chien Noir, a contemporary art gallery together with her partner Luca Decker. The gallery, located in Buenos Aires, focuses on digital art, new media, and audiovisual formats. Via programming, 3D printing, mapping, video art, installations, which happen in a surreal baroque space, artists search for the balance between digital and physical states. Chien Noir has organized a number of artist residencies. Natalia specializes in recruiting young emerging artists and works with them in the construction of exhibitions.
Honorary Contributor, New York City
Tiffany Liu was born in the suburbs of Atlanta, USA. Growing up, Tiffany partook in many activities, one being drawing and painting. Art became her preferred mode of communication and is how Tiffany makes sense of society, politics, and her innermost thoughts. Tiffany is a graduate from the NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Studies with a concentration titled "Reimagining Contemporary Art History" focusing on 21st Century Artists and Social Change, incorporating art history with a sociological, philosophical, and political framework. In 2016, she interned under Roselee Goldberg's mentorship at PERFORMA and has, in the past years, been closely working with Afro-Asian art collective BUFU and more specifically with NYC-based Yellow Jacket Collective. She is currently working on her own artistic practice with a focus on performance art.
Art Critic, based in Buenos Aires and New York
Alsace Patrone was born and raised in the Bay Area, California. She is pursuing a Global Liberal Studies major concentrating in Contemporary Culture and Creative Production and a Social Work minor at New York University. Her artistic experience is rooted in her roles as a sports and fashion photographer (Prep2Prep, WSN) and as a docent and textile conservation assistant at NYU’s Villa La Pietra (Florence). Through her travel and academic study, she continues to grow upon personal interest in museum curation and interactive art. She looks forward to combining her personal and professional interests in ever-increasingly creative and global ways.
Art Critic, based in Shanghai
Veronica Hernandez was born and raised in Southwest Florida. In middle school, she discovered her love for studying Chinese and art history. After years of self-study and some courses in high school, she joined the inaugural class at New York University Shanghai to major in Global China Studies and to minor in Art History. She is now spending her junior year abroad, first in Buenos Aires then in Florence. In the spirit of Global Art Daily, she has worked in several galleries and other art institutions across three continents and travels extensively to see new art and attend art fairs.
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