Christie's auction highlights
Some of the artwork going under the hammer in Dubai this week
The leading art auctioneers in the Middle East have sold over $238 million of art, watches and jewellery in the region since their first international art auction in the region in 2006. They have seen buyers from as many as 30 different countries participating in the sales and raising over $22 million for different charities throughout the Middle East. Christie’s Dubai holds the world auction record for almost every leading modern and contemporary Middle Eastern artist, including the highest price ever achieved for any Middle Eastern artist at auction. This was set when Parviz Tanavoli’s Oh Persepolis, sold for $2.8m in 2008. This year Christie’s is presenting Oh Persepolis II; a six feet tall sculpture also by Parviz Tanavoli. (Price Estimate: $800,000-1,200,000) Another highlight Christie’s will offer in the sale is by Abdulnasser Gharem entitled The Capital Dome and executed in 2012. In 2011, Christie’s sold another Dome by Gharem, for $842,500 establishing him as most highly valued living Saudi artist. Gharem addresses the region's growth of social engagement through the installation which constitutes a 13-foot replica of the Capitol Dome in Washington, DC (Price Estimate: $350,000-450,000) Lara Baladi's creation, entitled Justice for the Motherland, is a powerful 300 x 132cm art work created by carefully mounting light jet print on plexi. This work was executed in 2007 from an edition of eight pieces. (Price Estimate: $30,000-40,000) A true masterpiece by the Turkish-Jordanian artist Fahr El Nissa Zeid, entitled Break of the Atom and Vegetal Life, was painted in 1962 at the height of the artist’s career. The only female from the Orient to record her name within the Abstract art movement, her oeuvre reveals the inspiration of the melting pot of styles that came to be known as the Ecole de Paris in the first half of the twentieth century. (Price Estimate: $3-4 million) Building upon the layers of cultural communication between the artists and Louis Vuitton, Franco-Tunisian street artist eL Seed was invited in March 2013 to participate in Louis Vuitton’s ‘Foulards d’Artisers’ project. Inspired by Arabic calligraphy, el Seed imagines the graceful swirl of this ancestral art overlaying the Monogram pattern of the three unique trunks in pink, gold and blue. (Price Estimate: $10,000-15,000) Egyptian artist Youssef Nabil’s artwork entitled Sinai, was completed in 1996. The piece is\nsigned, titled, numbered and dated 'Youssef Nabil Sinai 1996 1/12'. The hand-coloured gelatin silver print covers a 34 x 22cm space. This work is number one from an edition of twelve. (Price Estimate: $12,000-18,000) La Lutte de l’Existence by Paul Guiragossian (Lebanese, 1926-1993) is sold to benefit the Paul Guiragossian foundation and their upcoming projects. Painted in the late 1980s, La Lutte de l’Existence reveals the strong expressionist imagery and the warm palette of Mediterranean colours that define Guiragossian‟s aesthetic exploration. The painting is one of the largest and most outstanding works by the artist to ever appear at auction and will probably catch the interest of a collector. (Price Estimate: $600,000-800,000) Christie’s is presenting several works of art from Egyptian legendary master, Mahmoud Said. Assouan-Les Rochers is a delightful typical landscape of Aswan from which emanates a warm Egyptian sunlight. Said visited Aswan in 1949 yet he seems to have painted a similar view of the same place in Granites et dunes /Assouan dated 1953. The latter artwork was sold by Christie’s at a previous auction for $482,500. (Price Estimate: $40,000-60,000) This watercolour on paper painting was Executed in June 1979 by Syrian artist Marwan \nand entitled Kopf 14. The 46 x 59cm piece is no the property of German based private collector Dr. Issa Alauneh. (Price Estimate: $5,000-7,000) The untitled artwork by Syrian artist FatehMoudarres is signed and dated 'Moudarres 1960'. Painted in 1960 the oil on card painting is 60 x 50cm in size. (Price Estimate: $10,000-15,000) Although Omar El-Nagdi’s works have been exhibited alongside those of Western masters such as Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali, they also establish him as one of the most forefront and diverse contemporary Egyptian artists. Le Musicien Bleu is an early masterpiece by El Nagdi, dated 1961, showing the Egyptian artists mastery of colour, complex composition and poetry. (Price Estimate: $50,000-70,000) Amina Benbouchta (Moroccan, b. 1963) executed this work in 2012. The Moroccan artist chose to leave the archival print on dibond untitled. The 100 x 75cm print is number one from an edition of five. (Price Estimate: $3,000-5,000 - this will be sold without reserve).