The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 Monday, January 25, 2021


'American Embassy' by Ayman Baalbaki leads Bonhams Middle Eastern Art Sale
American Embassy by Ayman Baalbaki. Estimate: £70,000-100,000. Photo: Bonhams.



LONDON.- American Embassy by Lebanese painter Ayman Baalbaki leads Bonhams Modern and Contemporary Middle Eastern Art sale on Wednesday 1 May in London. Baalbaki’s haunting work shows the destruction of the American Embassy in Beirut after it was bombed during the Lebanese civil war in 1983. Amongst the wreckage hangs the American flag, the only thing unharmed by the explosion. It has an estimate of £70,000-100,000.

The attack came in the wake of an intervention from the US and the West in an attempt to restore a central government to the country. The explosion, which killed 63 people, was the deadliest attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission up to that point. The scale of American Embassy, which stands at 205.5 x 115cm, captures both the enormous size of the building and the damage it suffered, portraying a city whose landscape was punctured and mutilated by war.

Born in 1975, the same year as the outbreak of the Lebanese Civil War, Baalbaki is no stranger to conflict. His family were forced to flee Rass-el Dikweneh when he was only a few months old and his home in Haret Hreik was demolished during the 2006 Israeli attacks. In his art, Baalbaki repeatedly focuses on the aftermath of war and the remnants of its destructive influence, using his practice as a moving aide-memoire to the conflict that constantly plagued Beirut.

Nima Sagharchi, Director of Bonhams Director of Middle Eastern, Islamic and South Asian Art, said, “We are honoured to offer this moving and emotive painting by Baalbaki in our sale. The work reflects and documents the atrocities of war while paying tribute to the resilience of its victims. It is part of Baalbaki’s oeuvre to use the destruction of buildings as a metaphor for strife and yet to provide a glimmer of hope.”

Other highlights in the sale include:

• Composition No.104 by Lebanese artist, Shafic Abboud (Lebanon 1926-2004), is a monumental abstract composition. The work, which featured in two of the artist’s major solo exhibitions, established Abboud as one of the most acclaimed Lebanese artists of the modern era. Estimate £100,000-150,000.

• Sohrab Sepehri (Iran, 1928-1980), Untitled (from the Tree Trunk Series) is an exceptional example of Sepehri’s celebrated Tree paintings. It is one of the largest, most refined and accomplished works in the series ever to appear at auction. It has an impressive estimate of £100,000-200,000.

• Parviz Tanavoli, Twisted Heech (Heech looking Skywards), has an estimate of £80,000-100,000. Tanavoli gave new depth to two-dimensional calligraphy on paper by transforming it into three dimensional 'Heech' sculptures. It is a fine example of Tanavoli's use of bronze.










Today's News

April 5, 2019

Daring new Bauhaus museum challenges far right

Eli Wilner & Company to be honored by the Historic Charleston Foundation for its work in frame conservation

'Henry Moore: The Shape of Things' exhibition now open at Christie's London

London exhibition celebrates mini-skirt pioneer Mary Quant

Thousands-year-old Egypt sarcophagus to be opened on live TV

Gagosian announces the representation of Nathaniel Mary Quinn

Christie's announces 'Icons of Glamour & Style: The Leon Constantiner Collection'

Koller's Old Master and 19th Century Paintings auctions achieve 100% sell through rates

Julien's Auctions announces Music Icons: Property From The Collection of Slash and Perla Hudson

'American Embassy' by Ayman Baalbaki leads Bonhams Middle Eastern Art Sale

Heathrow Terminal 5 exhibits skeleton of new species of dinosaur

Christie's announces highlights included in the Rare Watches Auction

LX opens second exhibition curated by Lisa Cooley

Napoleon love letters to Josephine go for over 500,000 euro

To Know Herself presents new work by Tammy Rae Carland and iconic Macon Reed installation

Lisa Oppenheim creates a new body of work for her third exhibition at the Approach

Exhibition offers a personal and singular thirty-year record of an activist artist living with HIV

Exhibition at Design Museum Gent displays designer Daniela Dossi's study of headgear

Weapons, pottery lead Heritage Auctions' Ethnographic Art Auction

Christie's announces two-day sale of Prints and Multiples taking place over four sessions

Heaven sent: Taiwan honours dead with lavish paper models

Deified as the voice of his generation, Kurt Cobain lives

Christie's April Photograph Auctions total $6.9 million

Weiss Berlin opens an exhibition of works by Evan Nesbit

The Royal Palace of Caserta and the Terracotta Army




Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 



Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org avemariasound.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful