DOHA: A Damien Hirst butterfly masterpiece, valued between $1m and $1.5m, will be the highlight of Sotheby’s auction of Contemporary art by Middle Eastern and International artists on October 13 in Doha.
Hirst’s most famous subject is often considered to be the fight between life and death, and Hirst’s butterfly works are a testament to his ability to celebrate the complexities of the human experience by combining his most famous concepts into one canvas.
Titled Tranquility, the piece is a beautifully constructed and flawlessly executed work that has captured the manifestation of the most subliminal fear in human existence: that of death. Like the beating of butterfly wings, the canvas breathes life into the room. The title evokes both the tranquil state that is produced by being in the presence of such beauty as well as the state of the butterflies themselves.
Following last year’s record-breaking sale of Arab and Iranian and International Contemporary Art in Doha — in which nine artist records were achieved — this year’s sale features artworks of the highest calibre that corresponds to the demand from both Middle Eastern and International collectors.
This includes masterpieces by some of today’s most celebrated artists from the region, including Ali Banisadr, Ayman Baalbaki and Monir Farmanfarmaian.
The works will be exhibited at Sotheby’s New Bond Street galleries in London from July 22 until August 22. Pre-sale expos will also be held in Jeddah, Dubai and New York.
“For our forthcoming auction in Doha we have sourced supreme examples of works by well-established and internationally recognised artists. We have created a sale in which the works speak for themselves as much as they engage with each other – international artists with their Middle Eastern counterparts. This selection of works will not only speak to art lovers and collectors but challenge them and expose them to new artists and forms of art that they may not be familiar with,” said Aileen Agopian, Sotheby’s International Contemporary Art Specialist.
An exhibition of the pieces will also open on October 6 here prior to the auction.