2022 in Review: Middle Eastern Art

2022 in Review: Middle Eastern Art

From Etel Adnan to Marjane Satrapi this was a year in which the women of the Middle Eastern art world dominated the scene
From Etel Adnan to Marjane Satrapi this was a year in which the women of the Middle Eastern art world dominated the scene

T he Middle Eastern Art department enjoyed an enormously successful 2022. Record-setting results for three Egyptian artists in March's 20th Century Art/Middle East sale saw an exciting selection of established and emerging Modern and contemporary artists. Seif Wanly's Untitled oil panel reached £94,500, Abdel Badie Abdel Hay's sculpture, Mobaghata (Attack) achieved £107,100 and Ville Arab (Arab Town) by the self-taught Hamed Abdalla, made £138,600.

The Spring sale, along with the Autumn sale both featured line-ups with 40% of female artists, including important results for works by the late artist and poet Etel Adnan, both of which came directly from Adnan to the consignors. Meanwhile another highlight was the private selling exhibition of the Basbous Foundation in Dubai which included several works by pioneer of sculpture, Alfred Basbous, shown in public for the first time.

Alexandra Roy (Director/ Head of Sale 20th Century Middle East) says 'Since joining the department in January 2022, I am extremely proud of the sales and exhibitions that our team have put together in both London and Dubai, including a white glove sale for the original book art for the first 44 pages of Marjane Satrapi’s iconic Persepolis.'

Following the successes of 2022, the department predicts that next year will comprise further new and original specialised sales, exhibitions and collaborations as well as a continued increase in contemporary artists and female artists.

Sotheby’s End of Year Review

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