In its first exhibition of the year, Show & Tell, Sotheby’s Dubai will present works by artists across different periods and geographies, including Andy Warhol, Banksy, Yoshimoto Nara, Ayman Baalbaki and Parvis Tanavoli.
A total of 21 modern and contemporary works will be on view and open to the public in DIFC from Sunday, February 9, to Thursday, February 13. After that, the works will make their way to London, where they will be included in the 20th Century Art (Middle East) auction on Tuesday, March 24, and Contemporary Curated auction on Tuesday, April 21.
Show & Tell includes Banksy’s Happy Choppers, a work from 2002 that shows a squadron of military helicopters in mid-air, with the vehicle in the lead donning a pink bow below its blades. Despite his own distaste for the secondary market, the anonymous artist from the UK has seen his value at auction rise over the years.
In October, his painting Devolved Parliament sold at auction for £9.87 million (Dh44.3m), well above its estimated price of £1.5m to £2m. Happy Choppers, which will be part of the contemporary art auction in April, is predicted to sell for £100,000-£150,000.
Other works in the exhibition include the famous Love sculpture by Robert Indiana, versions of which are scattered around the world. Andy Warhol’s work on paper titled Dancing Man, an edition of three and signed by the artist, will also be on view. It is estimated to sell for £20,000-£30,000.
Other highlights include a drawing titled Action Street by Japanese artist Yoshimoto Nara, who is known for his whimsical depictions of young children and animals, and La Villa III, a 1966 work on paper by Jean Dubuffet. The French artist was known for embracing the style of art brut or “raw art” that challenged the notions of academic art and high culture. The estimate for Nara’s work is in the range of £40,000-£60,000, while Dubuffet’s is £10,000-£15,000.
Among the list of works to head to the 20th Century Art Middle East auction is Ayman Baalbaki’s Al-Mulatham A, one of a series of portraits by the Lebanese artist that depict veiled figures using bold brushstrokes. The mystery and seemingly sinister air of these subjects are contrasted against a backdrop of floral elements. The painting is expected to sell for £50,000-£70,000. A bronze sculpture by Tehran-born Parviz Tanavoli is estimated at £50,000-£70,000. Works by Farmarz Pilaram and Marwan Kassab Bachi will also be part of the exhibition.