April 24, 2009
Orientalist Art Boom: Will this get Aqoul design a cash bid?
From Saudi Aramcoworld comes this report of how middle easterners learned to stop worrying and finally loved the balm of Orientalist art:
In July 2008, Orientalism brought £21.4 million to Christie’s in London, “the highest total ever achieved for this category,” says Alexandra McMorrow, director of 19th-century European art for the prestigious auction house. This included world record prices for seven artists; “bidders from North Africa, the Middle East, India, Europe and America competed fiercely,” she adds. . . .These shifts are part of a larger, gradual, mostly sympathetic reevaluation that has been taking place over the past few decades of much 19th-century European art.
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Hmmmm, Aqoul, vagaurd of re-appreciation. No surprise this article though. I can't tell you how many homes of wealthy MENA people I have been in which featured Orientalist Art. Excluding some egregiously colonialist tripe, I've always thought it suffered from ideological over-reaction, and now it benefits from a certain nostalgia.
Posted by: The Lounsbury at April 26, 2009 06:39 AM