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Focus on Middle Eastern artists


The Middle Eastern art scene is growing steadily with more than 157 art galleries, exhibitions and events in the UAE alone.

Christie’s will shine the spotlight on regional talent to increase awareness of local creatives, through its upcoming sale.

“The local art scene is doing really well; people are interested and the market is stable. [Everyone] is getting more educated about what all the galleries are trying to achieve and promote, locally, regionally and internationally, and are interested to see what works. Artists and exhibitions, all of us have lined up,” said Sossy Dikijian, art director of local art gallery ArtSpace, to Aficionado, sister publication of Luxurymena, last month.

Focusing on modern and contemporary Arab, Iranian and Turkish art, the sale will consist of works from a number of family collections from across the region.

“The sale includes many works that have the most powerful combination for sale at auction; exceptional quality, impeccable provenance and freshness to the market,” explains Hala Khayat, associate director at Christie’s and head of sales, in a recent press statement.

The 122-lot auction will showcase a number of masterpieces, including Egyptian painter Mahmoud Saїd’s Bergère à Alamein, estimated to sell for approximately $400,000-$600,000 (the highest predicted amount for the sale).

Christie’s sale will take place on October 21, at the Emirates Towers Hotel, in Dubai.

With the amount of interest in the regional art industry, and the large number of art events taking place throughout the Middle East, such as Art Dubai, Abu Dhabi Art Fair and Beirut Art Fair, as well as galleries continuing to set up shop, including the Louvre in Abu Dhabi, the regional art scene does not seem to be slowing down anytime soon.

Following their effort to focus on the Middle East, Christie’s will also be hosting a watch sale in Dubai on October 22.

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