Christie’s October Modern & Contemporary Art Auctions in Dubai

The 21st edition of Christie’s Middle East Auction will host 41 Iranian artworks and 72 Arab and Turkish pieces on October 27.

Christieʼs 250th anniversary celebrations continue this season in Dubai with sales of Modern and Contemporary Art (18 October) and Important Watches (19 October).
This year, Christie’s has celebrated its 10th anniversary in Dubai, which reflects how young the market is in the Middle East. Galleries have promoted Middle Eastern artists for some time, but the international market only really started to sit up and take notice in around 2003 when works began to be included in Islamic auctions in both London and Paris.

Since then the market for Middle Eastern art has grown exponentially. This upturn has been fuelled by a growing appreciation and understanding of Middle Eastern artists and their markets.

The most common focus is on the adaptation of traditional motifs and ideas. Many Middle Eastern artists also grapple with notions of identity, as well as with the cultural and political events that change the way people think and live, while for those artists who have left their homelands to work abroad, ideas around the notion of self-identity are particularly prevalent.

Traditionally, the key centres for Modern art — which generally encompasses artists whose main body of work and practice is from the early 1900s until the late 1980s — have been Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Lebanon and Syria. The region’s leading Contemporary artists tend to come from Iran and Lebanon.

Standouts of the Modern and Contemporary Art sale include Iranian masterpieces from the Saqqakhaneh period, a key moment that shaped the future of Iranian modern and contemporary art.
Works by Parviz Tanavoli, Farhad Moshiri, Faramarz Pilaram and Nasser Ovissi are among the highlights of the auction.
Artists believe that paintings of Saqqakhaneh (public drinking place) show people’s traditional beliefs and reveal old feelings about religious places.
Works by artists from Egypt, Turkey, Lebanon, Iraq, Palestine and Saudi Arabia will also go under the hammer at the auction.

The auction will include 113 works among which Iranian pieces are of high significance.

Among the most expensive masterpieces are one belonging to Egypt, one to Lebanon, one to Turkey and five to Iranians.

Works by the late Sohrab Sepehri, Nasser Assar, Reza Mafi, Maliheh Afnan, Hossein Zendeh-Roudi, Manouchehr Yektaei, Monir Farmanfarmaeian, Mohammad Ehsaei, Kouroush Shisheh Garan, Nasrollah Afjai, Nasser Oveici and Sadeq Tabrizi are among the Iranian artists.

Source: Tavoos Online

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