x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Calligraphy expected to break Arab art record

A piece of double calligraphy by an Egyptian artist has been given the highest ever guide price for a work of art by an Arab artists.

DUBAI // A piece of double calligraphy by the Egyptian artist Ahmed Mustafa has been given the highest ever guide price for a work of art by an Arab artists ahead of an auction tomorrow. Christie's, the auction house, has placed a price of between US$600,000 (Dh2.2m) and $800,000 on Rememberance and Gratitude, AFP reported. Works by Maqbool Fida Husain, one of India's best-known artists, are also expected to bring spirited bidding.

Modern and contemporary art has been absent from Christie's Dubai auctions for almost three years but is back in force now, with lots including a stark painting by Rameshwar Broota of a hand at the end of a mechanical arm, and a photographic image on canvas called Last Supper - Gaza, by Vivek Vilasini, in which Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting is re-enacted with Palestinian women in abayas. Farah Rahim Ismail, Christie's specialist in modern and contemporary Indian art, said the artists featured had travelled widely and their exposure to different artistic practices has "managed to garner all of this vision and use it so very uniquely".

A total of 304 lots will be offered, including works from Iran, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. Christie's expects the sales to bring between $8 million and $12 million. @Email:loatway@thenational.ae