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The Dubai Sale | 24 Oct | Ayyam Art Center

Ayyam Auctions is pleased to announce its forthcoming Dubai Sale. To be held on October 24 at Ayyam Art Center in Dubai, this highly anticipated event will feature over 60 lots of modern and contemporary Middle Eastern art and is expected to attract collectors from across the region. Offering painting, sculpture, prints and photography as in previous auctions, this upcoming auction will mark the first time that attendees will be able to bid on exceptional conceptual and installation work, notably by such artists as Huguette Caland and Amal Kenawy.

As the market for Arab and Iranian art from the mid twentieth century to the present continues to attract buyers from the global art world, Ayyam Auctions returns this season with a special emphasis on museum-grade works. With institutions and corporations expanding their holdings of the region’s masterworks in recent years, Ayyam Auctions has gathered a notable selection of nearly a dozen lots by modernist pioneers Louay Kayyali, Nassir Chaura and Fateh Mouddares—works that speak of the region’s significant history of painting.

Complimenting this spotlight will be a wide range of examples by contemporary artists who are longtime favorites of both regional and international museums such as Palestinian painter Samia Halaby, whose work is housed in the collections of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum of Art (New York and Dubai) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Relative newcomers who have become increasingly popular among private and public collections include Iraqi artist Halim Al Karim, whose highly recognizable prints are under the custodianship of the Barjeel Art Foundation, the Farjam Foundation and Saatchi Gallery. Other featured artists such as Iranian painter Khosrow Hassanzadeh, Iraqi multidisciplinary artist Sadik Alfraji and Syrian sculptor Lutfi Romhein, boast similar followings.

Auction No. 11
The Dubai Sale
Art from the Middle East
Location: Ayyam Art Center, 3rd Interchange, Al Quoz 1, Street 8, Dubai
Viewing: 20 – 23 October, 2011, 10am to 8pm
Auction: Monday, 24 October, 2011 at 7pm

About Ayyam Auctions:
Ayyam Auctions is the first of its kind among commercial spaces in the Middle East and was first launched as part of Ayyam Gallery’s innovative approach to assisting its diverse clientele. Initiated with the Young Collectors Auction in Dubai in 2009, these public sales have highlighted some of the region’s most exciting figures, featuring established and emerging artists from across the Arab world, Turkey and Iran. Recently, Ayyam Auctions has worked closely with other high-profile Middle Eastern galleries, in addition to renowned private art holdings, 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 indispensible to the region’s burgeoning art market.

Ayyam Art Center
Alserkal Avenue
Exit 43 off SZR
Street 8, Al Quoz 1
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
T: +971 4 323 6242
Open Saturday – Thursday, 10am to 8pm
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