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Christie’s: Modern and Contemporary Middle Eastern art

23 March @ 7.00 pm - 10.00 pm


Christie’s Spring sale in Dubai mostly comprises works by Lebanese artists from a dozen different collections – including the Alfred Basbous Foundation, the Mokbel Art Collection, and the Aref El Rayess Foundation, plus several from private collections.

The highlights are probably Paul Guiragossian’s Lost in Confusion, painted in the mid-1980s (estimate: $80,000–120,000); and three iterations of the Kopf or Head paintings by Syrian artist Marwan (estimate: $200,000–300,000 – that’s Lot 59 above). And Yvette Achkar is represented by the 1983 work Untitled, a work that has not been offered at auction before (estimate: $80,000-120,000). We also particularly like the landscape below by Aref El Rayess, Untitled (from the Desert series), which has an estimate of $50,000–70,000.

Hala Khayat, Christie’s Director and Head of department, is pleased with the mix. “This is the first sale season in which a dozen different collectors of Arab art from around the world have entrusted Christie’s with some of their key pieces, demonstrating the enduring global demand of artworks from this region. From Palestinian pioneer artists and paintings by Egyptian and Syrian masters, to sought-after works by contemporary artists from the Emirates and Saudi Arabia, there is tremendous variety on offer for both established and emerging collectors.”

The works are on public view 19-23 March.

Aref El Rayess, Untitled (from the Desert series)


23 March
7.00 pm - 10.00 pm
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Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel
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