Gallery to Host Cairos First Live Auction of Contemporary Art

Gallery to Host Cairos First Live Auction of Contemporary Art
On June 6, Cairo’s Townhouse Gallery will present the city’s first live auction of contemporary art.

The sale, which is to benefit the nonprofit gallery, will feature works by some 30 artists. The funds will go toward gallery operations as well as outreach programs, which include free art workshops for children and adults.

A week-long exhibition of the auction lots will precede the sale, which will be conducted by Townhouse’s director, William Wells.

Participating artists include Adam Henein, Ahmed Askalany, Amre Heiba, Anna Boghighuian, Ayman el Semary, Chant Avedissian, Damon Kowarsky, Doa Aly, Esmat Daoustachi, Essam Marouf, Farouk Hosny, George Bahgory, Huda Lutfi, John Jurayj, Khaled Hafez, Lamia Joreige, Lara Baladi, Maha Maamoun, Marianne Eigenheimer, Mohamed Abla, Mohamed Sharkawy, Mona Hatoum, Nazli Madkour, Nermine Hammam, Rana El Nemr, Sabah Naim, Shady el Noshokaty, Swoon, Susan Hefuna, Tarek el Komi, Wael Shawky, Waheeda Malullah, Yiannis Hadjilaslanis, and Yto Barrada.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the number of artists who have donated work, several of whom have not shown at Townhouse previously. I believe their generosity is testament to a common cause that unites us all: a desire to support and promote Egypt's art scene,” said Wells.

“When so many eyes from abroad are focused on artistic practice in this region, it is essential that we create a dialogue between artists, art institutions, and our local audience. I hope that the auction is one step of many in this direction and that we can continue to nurture this creative forum over the coming years.”

Works can be viewed at starting on May 15, at which point bids can be made through a gallery representative.

In 2007, the gallery held a silent auction to benefit refugees from Iraq, Sudan, and Ethiopia; aspiring artists; and members of the local community.