Robust Selection of Art from the Middle East Featured in The Beirut Sale at Ayyam Gallery

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BEIRUT.- On July 15, Ayyam Auctions will present its ninth auction, the 2011 session of the Beirut Sale. Held annually at Ayyam Gallery’s Beirut outpost, this forthcoming public auction will showcase a robust selection of contemporary art from the Middle East. With over 60 lots by artists from Egypt, Palestine, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Iraq, this highly anticipated event has been significantly expanded from previous years, and will feature painting, sculpture, photography and limited edition prints. Among the regional art world superstars that will be represented in this edition are Cairo-born Armenian artist Chant Avedissian, Syrian painter Safwan Dahoul and Palestinian painter Samia Halaby, while a carefully curated focus on the Beirut art scene over the past fifty years spotlights the equally important contributions of prominent Lebanese figures such as multidisciplinary artist Nadim Karam and painters Paul Guir