As I write this note from Beirut where I am currently visiting for the Artscoops Auction, our minds once more focused on the vibrant Middle Eastern art scene both in the region and internationally. With each new month, we are delighted to hear about new exhibitions and events which play host to the amazing and varied talents of these artists. Indeed so many are they, that we are not always able to list them in their entirety (note the timely retrospective of the Emirati master Abdulqader Al Rais at the Institut du Monde Arabe for one).

With the auction season well under way in Europe, we have selected a number of articles in our Art Matters section on tips for navigating the auction world and as our Inspiration piece, we focus on the work on Iranian composer Mehdi Rajabian who sends a message of peace through his music.

We are also particularly proud to be collaborating with Fann A Porter Gallery at The Workshop in Dubai in an online exhibition on Artsy of the charming works of Syrian artists Houssam Ballan and Majd Kurdieh. All works are for sale - do take a look!

And finally, as you may also know, as well as sending out our monthly newsletter, in our capacity as advisors to private clients, institutions and auction houses, we are always pleased to be informed about works you wishing to acquire or to sell and will give you confidential and informed advice on how best to proceed.

We look forward to hearing from you and hope to see you in London soon.

© Sueraya Shaheen
Yarat Centre | Baku, Azerbaijan | 30 Jul - 28 Oct 2018
Several locations across Breda and Belcrum district, Netherlands | 5 Sep - 21 Oct 2018
NEST | Den Haag, Netherlands | 8 Sep - 11 Nov 2018
Casa Árabe | Madrid, Spain | 13 Sep - 14 Dec 2018
Hydraulic Power Station | Wapping, London, UK | 18 Sep - 16 Oct 2018
Casa Árabe | Madrid, Spain | 20 Sep - 4 Nov 2018
Chisenhale Gallery | London, UK | 20 Sep - 9 Dec 2018
Several locations across Plymouth, UK | 28 Sep - 21 Oct 2018
Bonington Gallery | Nottingham, UK | 28 Sep - 27 Oct 2018
Saatchi Gallery | London, UK | 28 Sep - 25 Nov 2018
The Mosaic Rooms | London, UK | 28 Sep - 8 Dec 2018
Tate St Ives | St Ives, UK | 20 Oct 2018 - 6 Jan 2019
Gulf Photo Plus | Dubai, UAE | 17 Sep - 3 Nov 2018
VCUarts Qatar | Doha, Qatar | 20 Sep - 20 Oct 2018
Contemporary Art Platform | Shuwaikh Industrial, Kuwait | 25 Sep - 10 Oct 2018
Sharjah Art Museum | Sharjah, UAE | 26 Sep - 17 Nov 2018
Several locations across Palestinian cities and villages, Palestine | 3-30 Oct 2018
Pera Museum | Istanbul, Turkey | 14 Sep - 25 Nov 2018
Various locations throughout Istanbul, Turkey | 20 Sep - 5 Nov 2018
Pomona College Museum of Art | Claremont, CA, USA | 4 Sep - 22 Dec 2018
The Renaissance Society | Chicago, IL, USA | 15 Sep - 4 Nov 2018
Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson (MOCA) | Tucson, AZ, USA | 15 Sep - 30 Dec 2018
Newport Art Museum | Newport, RI, USA | 15 Sep - 30 Dec 2018
Multiple locations across New York, USA | Fall 2018
Your direct and compelling guide to navigating the world of auctions.

ARTFIVE0 is a newly launched public mural competition in the United Arab Emirates. Awarded by ICD Brookfield, ARTFIVE0 encourages creativity and welcomes all artists living, working and/or studying in the GCC countries to enter. The winner will receive a AED 50,000 award plus installation expenses to be used for a large-scale outdoor painted wall.
Deadline: 20 Nov 2018
Basma Hamdy, Noha Zayed

An astounding new photography book capturing the typography and calligraphy (‘calligraffiti’) in everyday Egypt.
Iranian composer Mehdi Rajabian and 12 other musicians from the region joined forces to send a united message of peace through music. Their collaborative album 'middle East' calls for respect of human rights (Duration: 49'' )
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