artnet Auctions Announces Sale to Benefit Magic of Persia, September 13–20, 2012

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artnet Auctions is proud to feature the Sale to Benefit Magic of Persia, a unique selection of 23 exciting works in all mediums by Persian artists.

We Will Join Hands in Love and Rebuild Our Country, 2010 by Rokni Haerizadeh

Rokni Haerizadeh We Will Join Hands in Love and Rebuild Our Country, 2010 Watercolor and gesso on paper 47.25 x 85 in. Est. US$30,000–42,000 © Rokni Haerizadeh, 2012

artnet Auctions is proud to partner with Magic of Persia, a non-profit UK-based organization founded in 2004 to foster Contemporary Persian arts, film, and culture. artnet Auctions is the exclusive host for Magic of Persia’s online charity auction, live for worldwide bidding from September 13 to 20, 2012. The proceeds from the sale will directly benefit Magic of Persia. This sale features a curated selection of 23 exciting works in all mediums by established as well as emerging Persian artists. Presale estimates range from US$2,000 to 42,000.

We Will Join Hands in Love and Rebuild our Country (2010), by critically acclaimed artist Rokni Haerizadeh (Iranian, b.1978), is a highlight of the sale, and is estimated US$30,000 to 42,000. There are also important paintings by artists such as Abol Atighetchi (Iranian, b.1948), Masoume Bakhtiary (Iranian, b.1966), Samira Eskandarfar (Iranian, b.1980), Yasmine Esfandiary (Iranian, b.1955), and Ahmad Morshedloo (Iranian, b.1973). Another notable lot is Khate Poolsaze Parsi (est. US$18,000–26,000), a 2010 work by internationally-renowned Persian artist Mahmoud Bakhshi (Iranian, b.1977). The title of this visually and conceptually powerful work comes from the Farsi text inscribed across the eight canvas panels that comprise the work, and translates to “The Money-Making Persian Calligraphy.”

Photography and prints are well represented in the sale, such as Is she Mania? Yes, she is. Are you sure?, a clever triple self-portrait by Persian female artist Mania Akbari (Iranian, b.1974). The 2008 work is estimated to sell for US$7,000 to 10,000. Additional photographs and prints of note include works by Rodin Hamidi, Iman Raad, Abbas Kowsari, Behrouz Rae, and Sara Rahbar.

Sculpture is represented by the dynamic works of Amir Mobed (Iranian, b.1974) and Behdad Lahooti (Iranian, b.1976). The latter’s 2009 untitled bronze sculpture of an over-life-size bullet stands upright, like an idol to be worshipped. Estimated at US$2,800 to 4,000, the entire surface of the work is beautifully yet subversively decorated with ancient cuneiform script.

Visit the sale on artnet Auctions through September 20, 2012, at http://www.artnet.com/auctions/magic-of-persia-benefit-sale.

For more information, contact artnet Auctions specialist:
Heather Russell
Senior Specialist, Asian Art
+1-212-497-9700 ext. 692
HRussell(at)artnet(dot)com

About Magic of Persia:
Established in 2004, Magic of Persia (MOP) is a UK-based charity, which nurtures and develops Iranian cultural practitioners of the arts. This is accomplished by establishing initiatives promoting Modern, Contemporary and Classical Persian art, music, and media in partnership with world-class institutions. Programs include residencies at the Delfina Foundation and Gasworks. MOP offers MA scholarships at the London Film School and MFA grants at the Royal College of Art. The MOP supports Educational Family Weekends, held at both the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. This partnership between MOP and the British Museum continues through Artists’ Talks arranged in conjunction with the museum’s acquisitions of Contemporary Iranian Art. One of the charity’s most established initiatives is the bi-annual MOP Contemporary Art Prize (MOP CAP), a global search to identify the next generation of Iranian artists. At the heart of MOP is a mission to provide much-needed opportunities for talented individuals both inside and outside of Iran, supporting them in gaining well-deserved international recognition. Through its activities, the charity strives to make a notable contribution to the long-term advancement of Iranian art and culture worldwide.

About artnet Auctions:
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