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Sotheby's to auction works of Middle-Eastern artists in Doha

July 24, 2014





AUCTION house Sotheby's has announced that it will auction key works of Middle Eastern as well as international artists in Doha on October 13.

As a precursor to this auction, Sotheby's is holding an exhibition of outstanding works by regional artists such as Ali Banisadr, Ayman Baalbaki and Monir Farmanfarmaian in London.

Lina Lazaar, Sotheby's International Contemporary Art Specialist, said: "This carefully-curated exhibition showcases the diversity of the artistic styles that Middle Eastern artists are working in today, alongside signature pieces by world-renowned artist Damien Hirst.

Iranian artist Ali Banisadr's painting 'The Chase' , which will go under the hammer on October 13 in Doha, is estimated to fetch between $180,000 and $250,000.

'The Chase', which reveals the artist's firm understanding of eastern as well as western tradition, is an example of fluent juxtaposition of Persian miniatures and wanton brushstrokes, creating a mesmerising visual effect.

Also up on display is Damien Hirst's 'Tranquility', which is estimated to go for anything from $1,000,000 to $1,5000,000, is a beautiful work that has captured the manifestation of the most subliminal fear in human existence: death. The beautifully done up canvas radiates tranquility as suggested by its title and captures immediate attention of the viewer.

Following last year's record-breaking sale of Arab and Iranian Contemporary Art in Doha, this year's sale features artworks of the highest calibre that corresponds to the demand from both Middle Eastern and international collectors.

'Three Brothers' by another Iranian artist Monir Farmanfarmaian is estimated fetch something between $70,000 and $100,000. Her artwork draws inspiration from classical Iranian culture and tradition.

The unique blend of traditional and avant-garde creates an elegantly distinctive style. She has readapted reverse-glass painting, Khatam kari (inlaid marquetry) and Aineh-kari (mirror mosaics) " both defining decorative features of Persian stately homes and palaces " to create a breathtakingly modern geometric mirror triptych.

Aileen Agopian, Sotheby's International Contemporary Art Specialist, said: "For our forthcoming auction in Doha, we have sourced supreme examples of works by well-established and internationally-recognised artists. Our collection of works speak for themselves as much as they engage with each other " international artists with their Middle Eastern counterparts.

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Source: Qatar Tribune

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