03/05/2015 11:47 am ET Updated Mar 05, 2015

2015 Armory Show fair puts focus on Middle Eastern artists

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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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