Sotheby’s is delighted to present the Contemporary Turkish Art sale to be held in London on 26th April 2012 as part of the Turkish and Islamic Week: Classical to Contemporary. Comprising a wide array of modern and contemporary works by leading Turkish artists, this sale spans a period from the 1950s to the present day.
An exceptionally rare painting by the Ecole de Paris master Nejad Melih Devrim, titled Abstract Composition is among the highlights this year. After remaining in the artist’s personal collection for thirty-five years, it was acquired by a prominent collector in 1987 and has not been seen in the market since. Among the largest works the artist ever painted and belonging to his most revered 1950s period, it is a true testament to Devrim’s mastery in creating the most arresting compositions and a collector’s item at its best. A further highlight in the sale is an early work by Fahrelnissa Zeid, who was among the first international female artists to exhibit at the prestigious Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in London in the late 1950s. Untitled is from a rare series the artist had created between 1950 and 1960 during which she built her compositions with thick black lines and bold colours with African totemic inspirations.
The sale also includes a stunning photorealist painting, Cage of Flesh, by Taner Ceylan, an artist whose works are in leading private and public collections around the world. Other highlights in the sale comprises early paintings by Burhan Dogancay whose works are in prestigious museums including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, a unique photograph by Ansen from his acclaimed Guns of War Series, an impressive work from Canan Tolon’s Glitch Series and an exquisite embroidery work by Ramazan Bayrakoglu who is widely exhibited internationally. Finally, two remarkable works by Erol Akyavas from 1960s are featured in the sale. Coming from an important international collection, these works have not come to auction for over forty years and belong to a very rare canon of works from the artist’s oeuvre.