Global Art Daily (GAD) is an independent publication amplifying local voices of the global art world. Our mission is to shine light on contemporary art to promote cross-cultural dialogues. 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 motto is “Welcome to the (rest of the) world.” We do not confine ourselves to the art world capitals but seek stories and artistic projects happening at the peripheries. This is made possible by GAD's mobile team of editors and contributors with complex multicultural identities, aiming to connect the nodes of the polycentric art world.
Our beginnings take us back to Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. GAD was founded in 2015 by Sophie Arni during her undergraduate studies at NYU Abu Dhabi. Inspired by Abu Dhabi's bold cultural investments and global museums outlook, we have prioritized a wide geographical coverage since our inception. We have also remained loyal to our Abu Dhabi-based readership, as GAD has been the platform of choice for many emerging artists, curators, and writers to reflect on the growing contemporary art scene of the UAE.
From Abu Dhabi, 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 E-Issues, a digital publication with city-based issues. All GAD publications are entirely self-funded and volunteer-based.
We have collectively written articles in 17 different cities for GAD. Some artists we interviewed include 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 merchandise and ready-to-wear. Entitled "Global Art Daily x abu dhabi", Global Art Daily's first collection was inspired by the cities of Abu Dhabi and Los Angeles with the tag line "Abu Dhabi is the New Calabasas." Silhouettes were interpreted from the traditional Emirati abaya and the collection, all made locally in Abu Dhabi, 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, 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, and included contributions from the U.S., Germany, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, France, and Japan. GAD Magazine is distributed in specialized art bookstores worldwide including at Artbook MoMA PS1, New York, and Tsutaya T-Site, Tokyo.
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 contemporary art scene.
Above left: Michèle Lamy, "Hottest Spices", GAD Magazine Issue 02. Fall 2018
Above right: Blair Cannon, "American Beauty", GAD Magazine Issue 02. Fall 2018.
Below left: Sophie Arni, "Abu Dhabi is the New Calabasas", GAD Magazine Issue 01. Spring 2018.
Below right: Tra$hy Clothing Advertorial, GAD Magazine Issue 02. Fall 2018.
Our Editorial Board
Sophie Arni founded Global Art Daily in 2015 while studying at NYU Abu Dhabi and has written exhibition reviews and conducted artist interviews ever since. Her experience in the arts includes interning at Sotheby's in London and Christie's in New York and curating exhibitions at the NYU Abu Dhabi Project Space and the Chinretsukan Gallery. Originally Swiss-Japanese, she was born in Geneva, Switzerland, and grew up between the Middle East, Africa, and Eastern Europe. She graduated with a B.A. in Art & Art History from NYU Abu Dhabi and with an MPhil in Arts Studies and Curatorial Practices from Tokyo University of the Arts. She is passionate about creating dialogues between different fields of the creative industries and between established art centers and peripheries.
Daniel H. Rey
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, U.S. / Mexico City, Mexico
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.
New York City, U.S. / Cairo, Egypt
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.
Past contributors to Global Art Daily include:
Contributor, Abu Dhabi
Sarah Daher is interested in the role of art in building and preserving communities and shared identities. She is a curator and researcher who graduated with a BA in Theater and Economics from New York University Abu Dhabi and is currently completing her Masters in Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art in London. She is based between the UAE and London.
Contributor, Abu Dhabi
Nada Ammagui is a Postgraduate Research Fellow in the Arts & Humanities at NYU Abu Dhabi conducting research on histories of cultural institutions and contemporary art in Sharjah, UAE. She employs interdisciplinary methods, ranging from ethnography and archival exploration to data analysis and digital mapping, to examine the spatial and temporal dimensions of Sharjah’s art scene. She also writes a blog on research in the humanities to help young scholars navigate academic waters. Nada graduated from NYU Abu Dhabi with a B.A. in Arab Crossroads Studies and a minor in Art History.
Christopher Benton is a Dubai-based artist, music journalist, and advertising creative director working across photography, film, and installation art. His practice explores the narratives of black and brown people, through its interface with labor and the hypnotic power of the mediated image. Past work has been presented at Jameel Arts Centre, the Fikra Graphic Design Biennial, Alserkal Avenue, and the Dubai Design District. He was part of the Jameel Arts Centre Youth Takeover 2019.
Anna Bernice is a Filipina multi-disciplinary performance artist, freelance creative consultant, and arts/culture researcher. She has a double B.A. in Theater and Social Research & Public Policy with a focus on Art History from New York University Abu Dhabi, also receiving training at the Lee Strasberg Theater & Film Institute in NYC. Her emerging career has taken her to Berlin, New York and Prague to collaborate and work with various companies in arts, culture, and social impact.
Creative Director and Contributor, New York
Blair Cannon is a producer, stylist, and creative director based in New York City. Originally from San Diego, she graduated from New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study in 2017. She regularly contributes to i-D, and her interviews and articles have appeared in Performa and Artforum. In 2017, she produced Addis Africana, a fashion film directed by Edelawit Hussien. She is currently working on Beyonce's OTR II tour as a photo editing assistant.
Julia Saubier is a Filipina-French film producer currently based in Beijing. She has written, directed, and produced several short films including the world's first interactive live-action narrative short Two Strangers Meet in a Bar (2015) and Remnants of the Hive (2017), which was selected to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. She graduated with a degree in Social Research and Public Policy and Film and New Media Production from NYU Abu Dhabi, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Chinese Cinema and Economics at Peking University.
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. 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
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, 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 in 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, 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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