AlBahie Auction House is set to hold an online auction of contemporary art on August 8, featuring 32 works by 11 Qatari artists.
“What makes this (auction) unique, it is a platform for young Qatari artists to reveal their works internationally,” AlBahie head of sale Arbia Khssibi told Gulf Times.
She noted that these young and ambitious artists “who take art seriously” will be the sought after and big names in the future: Maryam Faraj al-Suwaidi, Mohamed Faraj al-Suwaidi, Sheikh Mubarak Nasser al-Thani, Manar Ahmad al-Muftah, Muna Khalid al-Bader, Ahmad Khalid al-Jufairi, Khalifa Hamad al-Marri, Abdullah Najib al-Kuwari, Aisha Saleh al-Fadhala, Sara al-Buainain, and Shouq al-Mana.
Some of the works, currently on display at AlBahie at Katara–the Cultural Village Building 22c, include: Maryam’s ‘Designer Baby: Mirage’ (mixed media, 24k gold and silver layered on white concrete and metal); Mohamed’s ‘Consumer Consumed’ (ink on paper by plotter machine); Sheikh Mubarak’s ‘Stigma’ (acrylic on canvas); al-Muftah’s Thaa’ (mixed media on paper); al-Bader’s ‘Qatari women’ (oil on canvass); al-Jufairi’s Desert Rose (oil on canvas); al-Marri’s ‘His Excellency Sheikh Hamad and his father His Excellency Sheikh Khalifa’ (oil and acrylic on canvas); al-Kuwari’s ‘The Hiding Fox and the Robotic Wolf’ (mixed media on paper); al-Fadhala’s ‘Street Art’ (acrylic and spray paint on wood panels); al-Buainain’s ‘Father & Son’ (digital print on paper); and al-Mana’s ‘The Standing Woman’ (acrylic on canvass), among others.
“We have some calligraphy, we didn’t restrict them with one theme, we want them to reveal themselves as they want to. You can see the variety from one artist to another, none of the artworks are even similar to the other,” Khssibi said.
AlBahie auctioneer and senior client liaison Ayoub Bouali said the event on August 8 will be AlBahie’s third auction for modern and contemporary works, which aims to support young Qatari artists. He noted that the auction will be held live online as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19) where the audience can participate through AlBahie’s digital platform. It will be conducted in US dollars and payments will be requested in Qatari Riyals.
The auction will be open for bidders from around the world, mainly from the US and the UK, according to Bouali. AlBahie will also host a series of auctions in the coming months such as the ‘Art in Qatar Today’ on September 24, bringing a selection of works from the local and international artist practicing in Doha; Special Numbers on October 15, which will includes plate numbers, phone numbers and QPost box numbers; Amber on October 29, feature hand-carved and vintage misbaha, as well as decorative sculptures and other collectibles; and another modern and contemporary art auction on November 25, offering exceptional works by established artists from the Middle East and North Africa, alongside internationally renowned artists of the Arab diaspora.
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