Christie’s ME to introduce new sale format
Dubai, September 12, 2011
Christie’s Middle East in Dubai will introduce a new sale format in October, bringing the bi-annual Modern and Contemporary art auctions in line with other international art sales.
The auctions will be similar to Post War and Contemporary or Impressionist and Modern art sales held at Christie’s in New York and London, a statement said.
In addition to the existing evening sale of Modern and Contemporary Arab, Iranian and Turkish Art, a new part II sale will be inaugurated to complement the existing sale, reflecting the continued maturity and international interest for sales in this category held in the region.
“As further confirmation of the increasing international interest in Middle Eastern art, this new sale format will align Christie’s Dubai with our other auction rooms around the world,” said Michael Jeha, managing director of Christie’s Middle East.
“With a dedicated evening sale and a larger part II sale we will be able to introduce more variety into the sales and encourage a new generation to buy at auction.”
The part I sale on October 25 will include modern works of art by the most renowned Middle Eastern artists such as Mahmoud Said, Charles Hossein Zenderoudi, Fateh Moudarres, Mohammed Ehsai and Parviz Tanavoli, among others as well as the higher value contemporary lots.
The part II sale, which will take place the following evening, will offer a wider range of younger artists and concentrate on contemporary art from the region. By introducing a larger selection of works with lower estimates, a new, younger group of collectors will be introduced to the auction process and the artists themselves given an international platform for their work, a statement said. – TradeArabia News Service