Throughout the Middle East as well as South Asia, an artistic renaissance has been occurring.
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Artists from Iraq, Iran, Morocco, Lebanon, Pakistan, and India are producing bodies of work in all mediums which challenge the status quo. Auction houses have sprung up in Dubai, Doha and Mumbai to support emerging collectors as well as cater to the growing needs of the artistic community.
With dedicated sales from both Sotheby's and Christie's in London and New York and Phillips in New York, there is a rush to collect the innovative work which is being produced throughout the regions. Names like Mohammed Ehsai, Syed Hazer Raza, Rokni & Ramin Taerizadeh, Tyeb Meta, Lalla Essaydi, Pooya Aryanpour, Tarek Al-Ghousseini, Subodh Gupta, Shirin Neshat, Chaouki Chamoun the art market is experiencing a revolution shaped by painters and sculptors.
This flourishing market means that now is a fantastic time to value contemporary Middle Eastern art, as well as works from India.
After graduating with a degree in archaeology, our Modern & Contemporary Middle East and South Asian expert went to catalogue at Bonhams in London where he helped to establish the department. He was a major contributor to the sale of contemporary Iranian artist, Farhad Moshiri's, Eshgh which sold for over $1 million. He has since established a London-based art consultancy practice and works with galleries around the area.