Middle Eastern Titans

Top 20 Contemporary Middle Eastern Artists in 2012-2014

Art in the Middle East (ME) has seen an unprecedented growth over the last 10 years. Today, Dubai is the15th market in the world for the sale of contemporary art ($5.8 million in annual sales) while Doha is in 12th position ($8.5 million in annual sales). The number of galleries in the region has also sky rocketed and the museums now have a broader collection of art work by ME artists. Additionally, a growing number of for and non-profit organizations are playing an active role in the promotion of the ME art.

The current document is the first in a series of reports which draws upon the analytical review of the auction sales data for contemporary Middle Eastern artists. We classify artists as “contemporary” according to their year of birth – here, artists born in 1945 or after. The Top 20 artists selected for our ranking are selected based on their total auction turnover data between July 2012 and end of July 2014. We have then used other measures such as total number of lots sold, Top Hammer Price and measures representing price volatility to provide additional insights on artists’ auction dynamics.

Deriving from more than two decades of management consulting, including our tenure with Accenture and McKinsey and Co., our intention is to leverage the existing body of knowledge in this space and make our share of contribution to the thriving Middle Eastern art community.

Various organizations have supported us during the course of our research work. The data provided in this report is provided and copyrighted by Artprice. We are particularly grateful to Martin Bremond, Head Economist and Managing Director –Asia Pacific for Artprice, for his generous support.

Ehsan Ehsani and Hossein Rokhsari


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Artists Featured In This Report

1. Farhad Moshiri
1. Farhad Moshiri Iran
2. Kemal Önsoy
2. Kemal Önsoy Turkey
3. Ahmed Alsoudani
3. Ahmed Alsoudani Iraq
4. Chant Avedissian
4. Chant Avedissian Egypt
5. Canan Tolon
5. Canan Tolon Turkey
6. Ali Banisadr
6. Ali Banisadr Iran
7. Reza Derakshani
7. Reza Derakshani Iran
8. Ghada Amer
8. Ghada Amer Egypt
9. Ayman Baalbaki
9. Ayman Baalbaki Lebanon
10. Safwan Dahoul
10. Safwan Dahoul Syria
11. Ahmet Oran
11. Ahmet Oran Turkey
12. Tal R
12. Tal R Israel
13. Azade Köker
13. Azade Köker Turkey
14. Mustafa Ata
14. Mustafa Ata Turkey
15. Shirin Neshat
15. Shirin Neshat Iran
16. Rachid Koraïchi
16. Rachid Koraïchi Algeria
17. Mona Hatoum
17. Mona Hatoum Lebanon
18. Lalla Essaydi
18. Lalla Essaydi Morocco
19. Mohamed Drissi
19. Mohamed Drissi Morocco
20. Haluk Akakce
20. Haluk Akakce Turkey

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