Bonhams is proud to announce its first dedicated Photographs Sale in Dubai alongside its annual top Orientalist Art auction which will take place on April 13th at One&Only Royal Mirage.
A photograph entitled Euphoria, 2010 by the award-winning Palestinian artist Steve Sabella is one of the highlights of Bonhams’ Photographs Sale. Part of his internationally acclaimed Jerusalem: In Exile project, which explored the mental image Palestinians hold of Jerusalem, it has attracted a pre-sale estimate of $14,000 – 18,000.
The Orientalist Sale will include masterpieces from renowned European and American artists from the 19th and 20th Centuries. This sale will showcase some important examples in private hands in a genre that the Art Newspaper recently dubbed as making a comeback.
Another important lot in the Photography sale is an enormous seven-part photo collage by Lebanese artist Camille Zakharia entitled Cultivate Your Garden, 1998, which has attracted a pre-sale estimate of $30,000 – 40,000. Other sale highlights include Sebastiao Salgado’s Without Daylight, Oil Wells, Kuwait, 1991 (estimate $6,000 – 7,000); Lillian Bassman’s Park Avenue Woman, 1954 (estimate $5,000 – 6,000); Armet Ertug’s The Library of St Florian Abbey, Austria, 2009 (estimate $35,000 – 40,000); and Horst P. Horst’s Coco Chanel, Paris, 1937 (estimate $7,000 – 9,000).
The top highlights from the Orientalist sale include artists such as Edwin Lord Weeks whose work titled, ‘Promenade in a street in India’ is estimated at $ 200,000-400,000 and Etienne Dinet whose work titled,
“L’Arabe et son cheval” is estimated at $ 150,000-250,000.
Other artists represented at the auction include Frederick Arthur Bridgman, Clemente Pujol de Gustavino, Rudolf Ernst, Henri Rousseau and Jan Baptist Huysmans. This will not only be an opportunity to view and purchase museum calibre works from paintings to sculpture, but these examples are of particular interest because they show the positive, accurate, and intimate aspects of why Orientalism was so alluring for Western Painters.
Bonhams Senior Orientalist specialist, Taline Aynilian, explains “We are excited to present such a variety of the finest Orientalist examples, and yet we recognize the rarity of these pieces as their supply dwindles. In addition, some of the pieces have unprecedented provenance, such as the Rousseau that was handed down directly from the artist’s family.”
Bonhams auction will be staged in Dubai on Wednesday, 13th April at One&Only Royal Mirage.
Public viewing at One&Only Royal Mirage :
12th April, 2011 2 – 7 PM
13th April, 2011 9AM – 7 PM
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