Bidding is now live on the sale, led by head of department Bibi Zavieh, and will continue until 24 May. At just 17 lots, it is small by auction standards but includes works by well-known names such as Ayman Baalbaki, Leila Pazooki, Shirin Neshat, Houmam Al Sayed, Youssef Nabil, Halim Al Karim, the Ghasemi Brothers and Mehdi Farhadian.
Interestingly, although Artnet is primarily known for its vast auction price database, it will not disclose results for its own past sales. This information, said a spokesperson, is confidential for all auctions but, they continued, “we can share that the interest for this field is rising exponentially. Artnet has seen a tremendous response throughout these first three sales dedicated to this field, including competitive bidding from multiple countries.”
Speaking to Bazaar Art back in February, Zavieh said launching the specialist sales was a natural step for Artnet, “given the rising expansion of Middle Eastern art globally, the rising number of museum exhibitions and acquisitions around the world dedicated to this field, and the number of talented artists coming out of the region, particularly with growing presentation in international galleries.”
Highlight works for the current sale include: Ayman Baalbaki’s painting Mulatham, 2008, estimated at $65,000-70,000; Arzu Akgun’s Model VI, 2013, in translucent colours engraved on wood panel, estimates at $6,000-8,000, and, pictured here, Leila Pazooki’s neon light installation Democracy, 2014, with an estimate of $18,000-22,000.
To view the action and bid online, see artnet.com/auctions