Georgina Adam’s FT column contains this reminder of Phillips de Pury’s latest initiative: pushing further into the emerging market of Iranian and Arab Contemporary art in conjunction with Saatchi’s Unveiled show.
In parallel, Phillips de Pury, which funds free public entry to the Saatchi Gallery and has a space on the top floor, is showing 21 modern Arab and Iranian paintings. Curated by the firm’s Middle East director, Lulu Al-Sabah, the show spans almost 100 years, from a 1911 river scene by the Iraqi Abdul Al Rassam to an energetic 1997 abstract by the Lebanese Hussein Madi. “The choice is my own taste,” says Al-Sabah, who lives between Kuwait and Dubai. Prices range from $22,000 to $180,000, and the show continues until May 6.