Mounira Al Solh I Plant Opium, 2008 Silk screen and airbrushed enamel on original Nivea jar, 1.1 x 2 x 1.5 in Mounira Al Solh
I Plant Opium, 2008
Silk screen and airbrushed enamel on original Nivea jar, 1.1 x 2 x 1.5 in

With a wide range of work on offer the U.S. funds raised in The Alwan Art Auction comprised of 44 lots with starting prices ranging from $175 to $4.000 will support Alwan in serving its community through innovative educational programming, and events.

Etel Adnan Mountain No. 2, 2014 Watercolor on paper, 8.5 x 11 in Etel Adnan
Mountain No. 2, 2014
Watercolor on paper, 8.5 x 11 in

Work that nods to the regions rich artistic and cultural history has been selected alongside other more provocative pieces that are politically charged, exploring themes like national politics and Western-Middle Eastern relations by artists of Iranian, Syrian, Egyptian, Lebanese, and Palestinian heritage. Etel Adnan, Linda Cummings, Mounira Al Solh, Ganzeer, Katayoun Vaziri and Mahmoud Hamadani are some of the artists that are included in the sale.

 Ganzeer Like Water , 2014 Screen Print, 19 x 25 in Ganzeer
Like Water , 2014
Screen Print, 19 x 25 in

An example of the political poignancy in the showcase is the triptych of screen prints by the internationally acclaimed Egyptian street artist Ganzeer with a starting price of $2.000. The artist, who is based in New York, is one of Egypt's highest selling artist's  whose work with anti-military calls to civic and social justice has been in the spotlight since 2011. "All this gender-evasiveness leads me to think Ganzeer is probably a woman," comments Alexandra Bregman, an Asian Art specialist. Very plausible since the pseudonym means "chained" in Arabic.

The Alwan Art Auction began on June 16th and will run online through July 1st, 2014 and a reception will be held at Shirin Gallery on 511 West 25th Street, New York on Thursday, June 26th from 5-9pm.

See more lots from the Middle East on Barnebys here.

See more lots from Paddle8 here.

 

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