LONDON - For those who were convinced that the Middle East art sale platform had become a regional phenomenon, next week’s April events and sales will prove a different story. After a brief hiatus, Sotheby’s is re-launching its sales of 20th Century Arab, Iranian and Turkish art at New Bond St under the curatorship of Ashkan Baghestani who tells me: “the market has never been so vibrant and international, with major retrospectives of Middle Eastern artists at global institutions such as the Guggenheim, the Davis Museum, and the Hirshhorn, as well as a year-long showing of the Barjeel Foundation’s holdings at the Whitechapel. London, with its longstanding historical links to the Middle East, is a natural hub for offering this art to the world at large. What makes our sale an exciting one is the thoughtfulness and variety of its scope. A majestic Mokhtar sculpture vies with an equally imposing Yektai still life; a charmingly quiet portrait by Leyly Matin-Daftari contrasts beautifully with a Gauguinesque Shakir Hassan Al Said.  The selection is fresh, tantalizing and well-priced.”   


To complement the 20th Century Art from the Middle East, there is also a first-ever, unique single-owner sale (Alchemy: Objects of Desire) of the collection of the iconic cultural figure, Fereydoun Ave.  For those who know of him, his exquisite eye needs no introduction.  For those unfamiliar with his contribution to Iranian modernism, a quick search on his exhibitions at Tehran’s Zand Gallery, 13 Vanak St, or Dubai’s Ave Gallery will demonstrate the eclecticism and scope of one man’s journey through art. As a collector, traveller, designer, curator and mentor, Ave was indelibly responsible for the development of Tehran’s art scene. His collection brings together wonderful art and artefacts from around the world – European prints, African furniture, Asian items, kilims, textiles and much more, not to mention exceptional Iranian art that encompasses a trophy work by Moshiri. It is no exaggeration to say that there is something for everyone in this sale, and at every price point. Given the once-in-a-lifetime and not to-be-missed opportunity to own items from this lovingly assembled collection, I urge you to register early! 

Roxane will be taking part in a panel discussion on Iranian Modernism, chaired by Rebecca Anne Proctor of Harper's Bazaar Art Arabia, at Sotheby's in London on Sunday 17 April. For more information and details on how you can attend click here