DW: Contemporary art from Syria finds favor with international buyers

Deutsche Welle’s article on the flourishing Syrian art scene. The article discusses the increased foreign interest in Syrian art, and how Syria’s increasing openness to the global market has helped shape the local art scene.

Excerpts from the article:

“”Over the past four years, the average price of a medium-sized work has appreciated 400 percent, ” said Khaled Samawi, owner and founder of Ayyam Gallery, located on the chic Chile Street in Damascus. “Today, they would sell for between $10,000 and $15,000 apiece.””

“Several high-end contemporary art galleries have opened in Damascus in the past five years, and their connections to affluent international collectors and auction houses have opened new and unprecedented channels for Syrian art. This has triggered a major boost in the value of the country’s fine art.” (from article below)

Check out the article below:

http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,5493328,00.html

Kudos to Damascus for greatly enhancing their art scene.

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