ISTANBUL.- Antik A.S.
, the leading auction house in Turkey, will offer the masterpiece by Erol Akyavaş (1932-1999) ever to have appeared on the market. Estimated at USD 1-1.5 million the painting will be the masterpiece of Antik A.S.s forthcoming Sale of Contemporary Art in Istanbul.
One of the masters of the Turkish Contemporary Art, Erol Akyavaş painted Siege painting (266x385 cm.) in 1982. Siege exhibited in Überse Museum, Bremen, Germany, 1982, Instutute of Contemporary Art, London, 1988, Turkish Artists Exhibition, Denmark/Charlottenburg, 1995 and art critics describe this work as one of the icon paintings of the Turkish Art.
Antik A.S. will also offer for sale paintings by masters of Turkish Contemporay One of the leading abstact artists Mubin Orhons oil on canvas painting Red, (100x100 cm.); an abstract work by Ferruh Başağas begining of artistic career and two masterpieces from Pigeons series; Abidin Elderoglus abstract work dated 1973 (88x116 cm.); one of the important Turkish figurative artists Omer Ulucs painting titled Nude, 1981 (120x84 cm.) and other monumental paintings from different periods of artistss career; Fahr El Nissa Zeids Fortress and Woman (100x120 cm.); Oya Zaim Katoğlus masterpiece called Turkish Houses (150x100 cm.) will also included at auction.
The milestone artists of Turkish Contemporary Art Avni Arbaş, Zeki Faik İzer, Güngör Taner, Adnan Çoker, Bedri Baykam, Mehmet Güleryüz, Zekai Ormancı, Asım İşler, Ahmet Oran, Şadan Bezeyiş, Mustafa Ata, Özdemir Altan, Alaettin Aksoy, Ergin İnan, Neşe Erdok, Devrim Erbil, Mehmet Gün, Utku Varlık, Haluk Akakçe, Taner Ceylan and Selma Gürbüz also represented in the auction.
Turkish artists Burhan Doğançays, his masterpiece was sold for 1.9 million USD. (world auction record for the artist) his works from different artistic career also included in the sale. Phone Boxes (110x180 cm.) from Double Realism series; Rising Sun (101x101 cm.), Bookseller (122x122 cm.) and Post No Bills from Walls series and other works from Ribbons series represented at auction. In addition, works by important Turkish photographers like Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Çerkes Karadağ will be on sale.
Olgac Artam, the auctioneer of the 260th sale of Antik AS, says The masterpiece of Erol Akyavas, The Siege is the reflection of the peak of Akyavass artistic powers and is an extraordinary work, not only for its exceptional quality and being the greatest work of the artists, but also for the importance to the Turkish Art History. The work is considered as one of the most important top 5 paintings in Turkish art world. And to see such an important work offered at an auction is a great chance for museums and private collectors. It is a chance of owning the masterpiece of the Contemporary Turkish Art
A big day for Turkish Art Market
Haldun Dostoglu, the owner Galeri Nev, one of the Turkey's major galleries for contemporary art, says Erol Akyavass The Siege is the most important masterpiece of the artist, and it is one of the most important top 5 paintings of the contemporary Turkish art.
The sale lots will be exhibited in the main building of Antik A.S. between the dates 1 - 7 March 2010.