Christie’s marks this autumn with three innovative online auctions of Middle Eastern Art, showcasing exemplary works from this evolving regional market.
Modern & Contemporary Art Middle Eastern Art offers a diverse selection of contemporary works by modernist icons from across Morocco, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Iran and beyond. Headline lots include works by Farhad Moshiri, Farid Belkahia, Mohamed Melehi, Samia Halaby and Charles-Hossein Zenderoudi, amongst others. With an inaugural design section, curated by architect and interior designer Viktor Udzenija, the sale showcases a range of contemporary reinterpretations and traditional influences with pieces by Ranya Sarakbi, Nada Debs and Hassan Hajjaj.
Matters of Material, is a selling exhibition curated by Dina Nasser-Khadivi focusing on supporting diversity in the international contemporary art market while defying stereotypes. Showcasing an intergenerational dialogue between contemporary artists from the Middle East, Africa and Latin America it explores how materials are used and recycled to create powerful statements and works of art. The sale will include works from acclaimed artists such as Monir Farmanfarmaian, Olga de Amaral and Pascale Marthine Tayou among others.
We Are All Beirut, a charity sale in response to the devastating explosion in Lebanon’s capital city in August, offers art, design and jewellery in support of the arts community in Beirut, in collaboration with Beirut-based design and production companies. Proceeds will benefit Arab Fund Arts & Culture (AFAC) and the Lebanese Red Cross to provide relief in rebuilding the art community in Beirut.
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Middle Eastern, Modern and Contemporary Art
Modern & Contemporary Middle Eastern Art, Curated Design with Viktor Udzenija
Matters of Material
London: Live | 18 November 2020
Healing Arts Initiative | Through December 2021
The Future is Unwritten: Healing Arts Initiative aims to increase awareness around a global path to recovery and raise critical funds to mobilise artists and health professionals in support of communities most vulnerable, at-risk and with the weakest health systems. The initiative will include a series of auctions through December 2021 alongside a programme of educational events covering urgent thematic areas, including emergency response, mental health, the health effects of the environmental crisis and the achievement of Universal Health Coverage, each through the lens of the supportive power of the arts.
A guide to bidding online or by telephone with Christie’s
All of Christie’s auctions are fully accessible for online browsing and bidding, meaning you can easily place a bid from the comfort of your home through Christie’s LIVE™, or alternatively by telephone. In 2019, over half of all bids placed were online, and for live auctions, telephone bids made up 41 per cent of winning bids versus 18 per cent within the saleroom — so you’re in good company.
Christie’s is proud to support philanthropic initiatives through our networks, whether by facilitating the sale of artwork to benefit important causes; offering, when we can, our salerooms as a venue for fundraising events; or providing expert charity auctioneers.