The Young Collectors Auction: Art From the Middle East
Location: Ayyam Art Centre, 3rd Interchange Al Quoz 1, Street 8, Dubai
Viewing: January 9 – 16, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Auction: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 7:00 pm
On January 17, Ayyam Auctions will present the sixth edition of its Young Collectors Auction and twelfth overall auction. Featuring more than 70 lots from many of the top emerging and established artists in the Middle East, this forthcoming sale targets new and young collectors with estimates ranging between $1,000 and $10,000 as well as seasoned collectors looking to discover that next new star.
With the majority of estimates in the $3,000 – $7,000 range, this sale will feature both Arab and Iranian artists in a variety of mediums including paintings, sculptures, photography and limited editions. The selection will include revered names of the region such as Samia Halaby, Huda Lutfi and Asaad Arabi, rising contemporary stars such as Shadi Ghadirian, Qaswra Hafez and Oussama Baalbaki and new discoveries like Lara Zankoul and Mohammad Badr. Further highlights of the auction will include fifteen beautiful works from the Nazir Ismail collection, representing an exceptional view of the Damascus art scene over the past seventy years.
A preview of the lots being auctioned off will be on display at the Ayyam Art Center in Al Quoz from January 9 to January 16, where specialists will be available to answer any questions. Both the auction and its preview are open to the general public without any obligation to bid. A catalog detailing the artwork that will be presented and the regulations of the auction are available online or at one of Ayyam Gallery’s numerous locations.
About Ayyam Auctions:
Ayyam Auctions is the first of its kind among commercial spaces in the region and was launched in 2009 as part of Ayyam Gallery’s innovative approach to catering to its diverse range of clients. Initiated with the Young Collectors Auction in Dubai in 2009, these public sales have highlighted some of the Middle East’s most exciting figures, featuring prominent and budding artists from across the Arab world, Turkey and Iran. Recently, Ayyam Auctions has worked with other Middle Eastern galleries to insure a blue-chip selection of painting, sculpture and photography that is at once authoritative and robust. Expanding the number of lots with each edition, the biannually held Young Collectors Auction, Dubai Sale and Beirut Sale have become an essential part of the region’s world- renowned lineup of yearly art events.
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