Sohrab Sepehri, Untitled, late 1960s.
LONDON - Following the success of the first selling-exhibition of its kind at Sotheby’s last year, At the Crossroads 2 again presents a convergence of influences and routes, bringing together art from Iran and the Turkic cultures. Lest we forget, a sizeable percentage of Iran's diverse population is Turkic, mostly concentrated in the northwest province of Azerbaijan. With many writers, philosophers and historical figures having hailed from that region, Iranians share strong affinities with the Caucasus, Central Asia and Turkey.
Sotheby’s pioneering selling exhibition on March 27th will show a wide range of works: from radical Soviet-era paintings of the 70s to cutting-edge contemporary art from Afghanistan. The exhibition will showcase the ways in which artists from across the region have responded to the shifting political, social and economic landscape, drawing inspiration from their ancient cultural traditions.
Farideh Lashai, Blue I, 2007.
I am delighted to see Iranian art back on the London platform after a short hiatus. With iconic works by Sepehri, Mohassess and Lashai juxtaposed beside younger emerging artists, the exhibition will have something for everyone.
Bahman Mohassess, Untitled, 1969.
All in all, some 59 works – some of which have never been seen in the UK before – will be sold at Sotheby’s over five days. To see art from Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, Khazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey and Uzbekistan, make sure you stop at 34-35 New Bond St between 27 March – 1 Arpil, and don't miss this unique opportunity to buy some fabulous, competitively-priced art.