CULTURE & ARTS

2015 Armory Show fair puts focus on Middle Eastern artists

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - MARCH 5: Art works are exhibited during the 2015 Armory Show focusing on Middle East, North Africa,
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - MARCH 5: Art works are exhibited during the 2015 Armory Show focusing on Middle East, North Africa, and the Mediterranean, on March 5, 2015 in New York City, United States. 199 art galleries from 28 countires take part the Armory Show 2015 which opened its door on March 5, 2015. (Photo by Selcuk Acar/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

NEW YORK — The golden Saddam Hussein statues hadn’t arrived, but Wafaa Bilal decided it was time to come up with a price tag. The 2015 edition of the Armory Show fair would open Thursday to the public.

“I’m thinking $80,000 to $100,000,” Bilal said casually to the director of his Dubai-based gallery, as if he were discussing which toppings to put on a pizza.

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