On July 15, Ayyam Auctions will present its ninth auction, the 2011 session of the Beirut Sale. Held annually at Ayyam Gallery’s Beirut outpost, this forthcoming public auction will showcase a robust selection of contemporary art from the Middle East. With over 60 lots by artists from Egypt, Palestine, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Iraq, this highly anticipated event has been significantly expanded from previous years, and will feature painting, sculpture, photography and limited edition prints.
Among the regional art world superstars that will be represented in this edition are Cairo-born Armenian artist Chant Avedissian, Syrian painter Safwan Dahoul and Palestinian painter Samia Halaby, while a carefully curated focus on the Beirut art scene over the past fifty years spotlights the equally important contributions of prominent Lebanese figures such as multidisciplinary artist Nadim Karam and painters Paul Guiragossian and Mohammad El Rawas.
Also of note in the upcoming Beirut Sale is the stellar lineup of young Levantine artists who will be represented alongside these Lebanese greats, including Palestinian painter Oussama Diab, and Syrian painters Tammam Azzam and Elias Izoli—all of whom are slated as having a very promising future.