Doha,April,12: Sotheby’s is organising an evening auction of contemporary art in Doha featuring 40 modern and contemporary works of Middle Eastern origin and seven international contemporary pieces, expected to raise over $11m.
The public exhibition and auction will be held on April 22, 7pm at Building 5 in Katara and will showcase top-calibre works by a selection of leading Arab and Iranian artists as well as international contemporary artists.
Outstanding examples of painting, installation art, photography and sculpture will be offered for sale, prior to which an elegantly curated highlights exhibition will be open to the public from April 17 to 22.
Commenting on the sale, Lina Lazaar Jameel, Sotheby’s International Contemporary Art Specialist, said: “Doha is a hugely exciting art hub of the MENA Region and a fitting location in which to showcase and offer for sale the range of exceptional art we have sourced for this carefully curated auction. The sale presents only exemplary works by extremely important artists. We have toured a number of highlights to both Jeddah and Dubai in order to enable our clients across the region to preview the works, and it is also a priority for us to now publicly showcase the works and offer a range of educational events in Doha prior to the auction.”
Among the Modern and Contemporary Arab and Iranian art highlights are works by Ayman Baalbaki, Julie Mehretu and Chant Avedissian, while the extremely appealing offering of International Contemporary art includes important works by Ai Weiwei and Subodh Gupta, each of which is richly infused with the cultural heritage of these respective artists.
A work of monumental scale, yet displaying remarkable detailing is Chant Avedissian’s Icons of the Nile. Created in 2010, this gouache, hand coloured stencil, gold and silver acrylic paint on cardboard, in one hundred and twenty parts, is the largest piece the artist has created to date (est.$1,000,000 – $1,500,000).
Prominent among the group of works to be offered is a supreme series of paintings by the influential Iranian artist Mohammed Ehsai entitled ‘Eshgh’ or ‘Love’ and dated 2012 (est. $300,000–400,000).
Ya’illahi (Dear Lord) is one of the most important paintings to ever come to auction by Ayman Baalbaki (est. $100,000-150,000). Depicting the shrouded face of a lone, heroic figure gazing up to the skies, the work was created in 2008 in acrylic and gold leaf on panel with brass frame and light bulbs.
Other works by Contemporary Arab & Iranian artists to be offered in this sale include superb works by, among others, Ahmed Alsoudani, Batoul S’himi, Mona Hatoum and Rachid Koraïchi.
Among the International Contemporary works to be offered is Pink Chimta, a magnificent example of Subodh Gupta’s celebration and elevation of everyday domestic objects to an artistic plane (est. $400,000-600,000).
The auction also includes international contemporary works of art by Rudolf Stingel, Donald Judd and Damien Hirst.
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