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EVENING RUNNING ORDER 7.30pm - Reception & viewing of Artworks and Bazaar 8.45pm - Seating for Dinner 9.10pm

- Entertainment 1

9.30pm - Live Auction 9.45pm - Entertainment 2 10.15pm

- Tea & Coffee in the Waterloo Room

INTRODUCTION The Nowruz Commission’s auction is conducted in collaboration with Caspian Arts Foundation, an arts & education UK charity. The proceeds from this evening’s auction will go to benefit several charitable initiatives - Caspian Arts Foundation’s scholarship and educational programmes in the arts & culture in the UK, Middle East and Central Asian region; the Nowruz Commission; and Beyond the Frame, a new art initiative that gives graduates and artists the extra support, knowledge and materials needed to advance their artistic practice. We are deeply touched and grateful to all of the artists who have donated incredible works of art for this event specifically, helping us raise the funds to give young artists from the region the financial support needed for them to advance their education in the arts as well as supporting art & cultural platforms that engage with local communities. The participating artists are all representing their countries on this special occasion bringing 16 countries together from the Middle East, Central Asia and the Caucasus in celebration of the Nowruz, the Spring Equinox.



Caspian Arts Foundation was established in 2011 by its founder, Nina Mahdavi, who recognised the major gap that existed for young artists in the Middle Eastern region to further their education in the arts due to lack of funding and access to high quality art schools. Caspian Arts Foundation set up a post-graduate scholarship programme in the visual arts, fashion & design, curation and creative writing at their affiliate partner, University of the Arts London, benefitting some of those students through financial and educational support.

Proceeds from the two works submitted by Shahriar Mazandi will go towards setting up ‘Beyond the Frame’; a nascent arts and crafts trust intent on inspiring students from innercity areas who have not enjoyed as much access to the arts, to advanced art college graduates and adults into rediscovering traditional skills, particularly those from a background where ‘concepts’ have taken precedent over technical skill and to address the needs of a new generation of artists who are searching for new paradigms beyond the confines of contemporary conceptual art.

Scholarships and grants are awarded annually and are based on the individual’s display of talent, creativity, and vision regardless of their nationality, religious or cultural background. In 2013, the Foundation opened this opportunity to some of the Central Asian countries and will continue this expansion over 2014-2016.

If J M W Turner was the father of Modern Art, those who have studied his work will know he was to begin with a man who had mastered his craft. He was an observer of nature and one who exposed himself to the elements. Likewise, Marcel Duchamp, the father of the Conceptual Movement with his ready-mades was first and foremost a fine draughtsman and technician. Likewise Picasso or Matisse who so brilliantly paraphrased their compositions to their essentials. Without this mastery, work with underlying thematic elements such as concept and theory lack the gravitas of the giants of old.

Caspian Arts Foundation’s mission is to increase its ability to support more students within the region, and to raise awareness around making funding streams more widely available. Education will give the chance and the tools for the next generation of artists to pursue their dreams of making a living as an artist. In order to meet this goal, Caspian Arts Foundation will require £500,000 to create a scholarship fund that will assist in covering full tuition fees for over 30 students and accessing hundreds more through educational programmes.

Beyond the Frame intends to address such issues by organising field trips to gardens and landscapes,and, cityscapes and vistas of industry to bring students back to direct contact with nature, the elements and related subject matter in the tradition of J M W Turner. Whilst not dismissing the importance or relevance of a study of surfaces, fashion or advertising, ‘Beyond the Frame’ further intends to also encourage students to explore political, social and philosophical narratives within their works and to allow artists and photographers to reflect on what their works imply in the greater contexts of contemporary visual and/or conceptual art. 


“These drawings are a product of a performance that was carried out in August 2009, when the artist placed a 500ml vat of Iranian Crude Oil in the hold of a BA flight that journeyed from Tehran to Istanbul and finally to London. These works not only question the state of security for airlines but also the significance of the crude oil in contemporary Iranian politics as well as it's global implication politically,economically and environmentally.”

Lot 1 SOHEILA SOKHANVARI A pair of drawings 1. Empress Soraya, 1953 2. Empress Soraya, Iran 1953 Crude oil on paper Each: framed 35.5 x 46 cm Executed in 2014 Estimate £1500 - £3000 Kindly donated by Soheila Sokhanvari




Lot 2 WALID SITI Mountain Series Acrylic on paper Framed 61 x 92cm Signed and dated 2013 Estimate £1500 - £3000 Kindly donated by Walid Siti


“My work raises metaphysical questions such as ‘Who am I?’ and ‘Where shall I go?’; this (psychic) experience and perspective marks my artistic language.”

Lot 3 ALMAGUL MENLIBAYEVA Mongolian Princess Lambda print Framed 89.5 x 124.5 cm Dated 2009 with artist’s signature on back, this work is number one from an edition of five plus two artist’s proofs. Estimate £4000 - £6000 Kindly donated by Almagul Menlibayeva and American-Eurasian Art Advisors LLC


Lot 4 OKSANA MAS Constitution Series Wooden eggs, hand painted, on a titanic wheel disk, oil, varnish Diameter 90 x 30 cm (on green plastic panel 120 x 120 cm) 2010 Estimate £5000 - £7000 Kindly donated by Oksana Mas


Lot 5 SHAHRIAR MAZANDI Playing with Fire Series, number 410 Digital print on aluminium mounting Framed 215.5 x 104.5cm. 2012, this work is number two from an edition of five plus two artist’s proofs. Estimate £1500 - £3500 Kindly donated by Shahriar Mazandi


Lot 6 SHAHRIAR MAZANDI Barrage de Vallabregues Digital print on aluminium mounting Framed 38.5 x 103cm. 2014, this work is number one from an edition of five plus two artist’s proofs. Estimate £650 - £1500 Kindly donated by Shahriar Mazandi


“ I believe we all have art within us and expressing it can help us overcome our biggest challenges in life.”

Lot 7 ANNYA SAND Untitled Oil on canvas Unframed 102 x 102cm. 2013 Estimate £4000 - £6000 Kindly donated by Annya Sand


Lot 8 AIDA MAHMUDOVA GRES-1 Acrylic, mixed media on plywood Unframed 200 x 150 cm (GRES is the abbreviation for Thermal power stations in Russia and Soviet Union) 2011 Estimate £5000 - £7000 Kindly donated by Aida Mahmudova and YAY! Gallery


Lot 9 SHENDA AMERY A Commission of a head Bronze Sculpture To be executed in 2014 and commissioned by the buyer. (The sculpture can be of the buyer’s choice such as of themselves, a Head of State, an individual, grandchild etc.) Estimate £6000 - £8000 Kindly donated by Shenda Amery

AT T H E C R O S S R O A D S 2 CONTEMPORARY ART F R O M I S TA N B U L T O K A B U L a SElling Exhibition london 27 March – 2 april 2014

MARKER 2014: CENTRAL ASIA AND THE CAUCASUS CURATOR: Slavs and Tatars PARTICIPATING ART SPACES: ArtEast, Bishkek / Asia Art, Almaty / North Caucasus Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Art (NCCA), Vladikavkaz / Popiashvili Gvaberidze Window Project, Tbilisi / Yarat Contemporary Art Space, Baku

© Courtesy of the artist and Rose Issa Projects, London

With additional participation by IADA International Art Development Association and Mardjani Foundation.

Farhad ahrarnia Beauty is the Silence of Ruins V, 2011 Enquiries +44 (0)20 7293 5639 register now at

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Lot 10 QULÎXANÊ JAVOEV Kurdish Girl QULÎXANÊ JAVOEV Kurdish Romance

Oil on canvas Framed, 20 x 28cm 1998

Oil on canvas Framed, 60 x 50cm 1998

Estimate £150 - £320 Kindly donated by the Aitmatov Academy

Estimate £500 - £800 Kindly donated by the Aitmatov Academy

Lot 11 Lot 13 QULÎXANÊ JAVOEV Fakir Oil on canvas, Framed, 29 x 19cm 1998 Estimate £150 - 320 Kindly donated by the Aitmatov Academy

NIGMAT JURAEV Namaz Oil on canvas Framed, 32 x 22cm 1993 Value £200 - £400 Kindly donated by the Aitmatov Academy

Kindly donated by Aitmatov Academy

BIOGRAPHIES AIDA MAHMUDOVA Aida Mahmudova (b.1982) is an artist and Founding Director of YARAT Contemporary Art Space and lives between Baku and London. She graduated from the American Intercontinental University with a BA Degree in Fashion Marketing in 2009. In 2006, she graduated from Central Saint Martin`s College of Art and Design in London with a BA Degree in Fine Art. Her work has been exhibited internationally and uses a variety of techniques from painting and photography to video installation. In 2011, Mahmudova founded YARAT, a non-governmental organization that promotes Azeri contemporary art on a national and international level, supporting creativity of young people and helping to foster cultural dialogue between Azerbaijan and other countries. Her first European solo exhibition, “Internal Peace”, was curated by Sandra Nedvetskaia, shown in Zurich, 2013, and was met with much critical acclaim. A mixture of painting, installation and sculpture, it featured some of her recent pieces and could be described as a personal perspective on life in Azerbaijan today through the prism of nostalgia. Mahmudova’s work always tends to focus on an individual perspective within a larger, historical narration. Since 2012, Aida Mahmudova is the Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art (Baku). ALMAGUL MENLIBAYEVA Almagul Menlibayeva (b.1969) is a multi-media artist and was raised in Almaty, Kazakhstan and currently lives and works between Amsterdam and Berlin. She graduated from the Theatre and Fine Arts Institute in Almaty in 1992. Her educational background is in the Soviet Russian avant-garde school of Futurism, which is combined with a nomadic aesthetic of post-Soviet, contemporary Kazakhstan. Working across a range of media including painting, graphics, performance, video and installation, Menlibayeva employs a syncretic and surrealist neoshamanism to expose the spirit, history and horror of the locations she chooses. Menlibayeva exhibited for the first time with the underground group Green Triangle in 1988 and was awarded the Daryn Prize by the President of Kazakhstan in 1998. Her work has gained wide international recognition and has been exhibited at: Priska C. Juschka Fine Art, New York, 2011; Lonely at the Top, Europe at large #6 (Refrains from the Wasteland), Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerp, 2010; Exodus, Tengri-Umai Gallery, Almaty, 2009; On the Road, Galerie Davide Gallo, Berlin, 2007; Zones of Contact, Biennale of Sydney, 2006, 51st Venice Biennale in 2005; 52nd Venice Biennale, 2007; the Soros Centre for Contemporary Art, Almaty, 2005 and 2000; Canaia Gallery, Ciudad de Mexico, 2004; and Artra Gallery, Amsterdam, 2002, amongst many others. ANNYA SAND Contemporary British artist Annya Sand was born in Kazakhstan, and currently lives and works in London. A self-taught artist, Sand started painting at a very young age. Her artistic talents were nurtured by her father, a jeweller, and her grandfather, an architect. Specialising in oil painting, Sand’s art is deeply influenced by her childhood in Kazakhstan. Her artworks are predominantly abstract in style and characterised by earthy tones and harmonious colours, although later works have moved into the figurative. Sand’s works have been exhibited in leading international galleries. In 2011, she came to prominence during the Tashkent Contemporary Art Biennale in Uzbekistan. In 2012, her solo exhibition, ‘Abstract Thinking’, was featured in the Art Gallery of Uzbekistan, Tashkent, during UZ Art Week. In 2009, she was selected by the Minister of Culture of the Kyrgyz Republic to exhibit her paintings at the Kyrgyz National Museum of Fine Arts and in 2010 the National Museum of Kazakhstan in the Kasteev State Museum of Arts. In London, she is represented by Tanya

Baxter Contemporary. Sand is keen to promote Central Asian art internationally. In 2010, she worked with the Kasteev State Museum of Arts, Kazakhstan, to help organise Treasures of Kazakhstan, an exhibition held at Christie’s, London, of Kazakh and Russian art on loan from the Museum. She is the founder of The Annya Sand Prize, an award supporting the best emerging artists from the Former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. The first prize took place in 2010 and was presented by HRH Prince Michael of Kent and judged by art experts including Andrew Graham Dix. OKSANA MAS Oksana Mas was born in 1969 in llyichevsk city, Ukraine. In 1986, Mas graduated from llyichevsk’s school of arts and then M.B. Grekov Odessa State Art School in 1992. Working as an artist, in 2003 she took her degree of the bachelor of philosophy at the Odessa State University named after Mechnikov I.I. Mas currently lives and works between Ukraine, Spain and Sweden. She has exhibited extensively as well as taking part in group exhibitions at the Venice Biennale, The Armory Show, FIAC and recently at the Women and Art Biennale at the Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah, UAE. Mas’ special projects include “Look into Eternity”, a unique mosaic panel of the Mother of god, with 15,000 hand painted Easter eggs and weighing 2.5 tons; this was presented to a museum in St. Sophia Cathedral in Kiev. SHAHRIAR MAZANDI Known as a British-Iranian photographer, Mazandi’s photo essay on low-riders and street gangs in East Los Angeles has been featured in the Sunday Times magazine and globally syndicated by Katz Pictures (Camera Press). His photographs of South-Western American deserts have been exhibited at the Royal Geographical Society. His shows have included a solo show ‘Ghosts and Machines’ at the Andipa Gallery, Walton Street, London UK. Twenty-two of his images of classic cars form part of the permanent collection of the Blackhawk Automotive Museum, Danville (California), one of the world's premier Automotive collections. SHENDA AMERY Shenda Amery is an Anglo-Iranian sculpturist and was educated in England. Amery has sculpted two British Prime Ministers: Margaret Thatcher and John Major and did a painting of Tony Blair which hung at Chequers when he was Prime Minister. She has also sculpted Dr Lee of South Korea and Betty Boothroyd, when she was the Speaker of the House of Commons, and this now stands in the Palace of Westminster. King Hussein of Jordan and Queen Noor also sat for Shenda and other Commissions include the Rt. Hon. Margaret Beckett MP, The Lord Mayor of London, Sir Brian Jenkins, The Rt. Hon. Robin Cook MP, Rt. Hon. David Blunkett MP, Rt. Hon. Mo Mowlam MP (Secretary of State for Northern Ireland), Dame Felicity Lott, Dame Cecily Saunders, Lord Cadogan, Chairman of Apple Europe, and many others. Shenda’s sculpture of Rabindranath Tagore was unveiled by HRH Prince Charles in Gordon Square. Amery’s mixed media works reflect her view of what man is doing to the world and to the environment. Amery addresses the breakdown of society, overpopulation, pollution, greed and violence. Amery has received many awards throughout her career, including the Kensington Arts Council Award and was elected to the Royal British Society of Sculptors. SOHEILA SOKHANVARI Soheila Sokhanvari is an Iranian-born artist whose multidisciplinary work weaves layers of political histories with bizarre, humorous and mysterious narratives that are then left to viewer’s own sensitivity to complete. Sokhanvari is drawn to traumas that linger in the collective consciousness or cause mass amnesia, and yet resist conventional representation.

Playing with the relationship between the artwork and its title, Sokhanvari severs the signifier from the referent so that the resulting artwork functions as an aesthetic skin to a complex, buried issue. Sokhanvari is also interested in the use of metaphor to speak about the inexpressible events, particularly with reference to Iran. Magic realism and use of metaphor in autocratic countries has historically permitted writers and artists to allow the meaning to lie between the lines and hence escape the limitations of being pinned down. It is both a gesture of protection and arena for exploration. Soheila Sokhanvari graduated in 2006 with a postgraduate diploma in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and Design and MFA Fine Art from Goldsmiths College in 2011. Her work has been shown at ‘TECTONIC,’ The Moving Museum, Dubai (2013) and selected for ‘Young Gods,’ Charlie Smith Gallery (2011). She was one of the UK graduates shortlisted for the Catlin Art prize in 2012 and has been exhibited as one of the top seven new art graduates for exTRAct at GL Strand, Copenhagen (2011). She is a resident artist at the Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge. WALID SITI Walid Siti was born in Duhok, Kurdistan-Iraq, in 1954, and now lives in London. He graduated from the Institute of Fine Arts in Baghdad in 1976, and from 1977-1982 studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia, for a BA and MA in printmaking. He moved to London in 1984 and has since focused on painting. He has exhibited extensively in the UK and internationally, in Slovenia, Poland, Russia, Austria, Denmark, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Taiwan, and the United Arab Emirates. His most recent solo shows include “Walid Siti”, Merg Gallery, Erbil, Iraq (2011); “Walid Siti”, Duhok Gallery,Kurdistan-Iraq (2010) and Sardam Gallery, Suleimania, Iraq (2010); “Walid Siti”, XVA Gallery, Dubai (2009); “Land on Fire”, Rose Issa Projects at Leighton House Museum, London (2008); and “Walid Siti”, Salman’s Gallery, Duhok, Kurdistan-Iraq (2004); Arcola Gallery, London (2002); and Oriel Canfas, Cardiff (2001). Siti exhibited at the Iraq Pavillion at the 54th International Art Biennale, Venice (2011) and the 53rd International Art Exhibition, Venice (2009). He has also participated in numerous group shows worldwide, most recently, “Hajj: Journey to Mecca”, Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar (2013); “Taswir: Pictorial Mappings of Islam and Modernity”, Martin-Gropius-Bau Museum, Berlin (2009); “Babylon: Iraq’s Past Speaks to the Present”, the British Museum, London (2009); “Re-Orientations: Contemporary Arab Representations”, Rose Issa Projects at the European Parliament, Brussels (2008); “Space Now” at the Triangle Gallery, London (2008) and the 18th Istanbul International Art Fair (2008); “Occupied Space 08, Art for Palestine”, Qattan Foundation, London; and the travelling show “Word into Art” (Dubai, 2008 and The British Museum, London, 2006).

SPECIAL THANKS TO Aida Mahmudova Almagul Menlibayeva Annya Sand Nigmat Juraev Oksana Mas Qulîxan Juvaev Shahriar Mazandi Shenda Amery Soheila Sokhnavari Walid Siti Alexandra Lefort Gavan Kearney Iran Sistani Jasmin Pelham Joana Schliemann Lady Homayoun Renwick Marina Vovk Mila Askarova Professor Rahima Abdulieva Roxane Zand Ruba Asfahani Suad Garayeva Aitmatov Academy The American Eurasian Art Advisory LLC Sotheby’s Caspian Arts Foundation committee Railing Gallery Nowruz Commission committee Sterling Art Services The House of the Nobleman Pelham Communications YAY! Gallery

CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS FOR THE NOWRUZ COMMISION 2ND ANNUAL GALA EVENT AND AUCTION TO BE HELD ON THURSDAY 6 MARCH, 2014 AT THE INSTITUTE OF DIRECTORS, PALL MALL. The property offered in this sale and listed in this catalogue will be sold by Caspian Arts Foundation, (registered with the Charity Commissioners under number 1142243), and Nowruz Commission. Any questions in relation to the auction should be directed to Caspian Arts Foundation and Nowruz Commission and not to Sotheby´s, which serves merely as auctioneer for the Nowruz Commission in conducting the sale and participates on the following terms and conditions which govern the sale of all the property offered (as amended by any posted notices or oral announcements during the auction): 1.

(a) Neither Sotheby´s, Caspian Arts Foundation nor Nowruz Commission assumes any risk, liability or responsibility for the authenticity or the authorship of any property identified in this catalogue (that is, the identity of the creator or the period, culture, source or origin, as the case may be, with which the creation of any property is identified herein). (b) All property is sold with all faults and imperfections and errors of description and neither Sotheby´s, Caspian Arts Foundation nor Nowruz Commission makes any representations or warranties of any kind or nature, expressed or implied, with respect to the property and in no event shall either of them be responsible for the correctness of any descriptions of property, nor be deemed to have made, any representations or warranties of physical condition, size, quality, rarity, importance, genuineness, attribution, authenticity or provenance of the property. No statement in the auction catalogue or other description made at the sale, in any sale invoice or elsewhere, shall be deemed such a representation or warranty. (c) Prospective bidders should inspect the property before bidding to determine its condition, size and whether or not it has been repaired or restored. (d) Property may be offered subject to reserves.


Any property may be withdrawn by Sotheby´s or Caspian Arts Foundation at any time before the actual sale.


Unless otherwise announced by the auctioneer at the time of sale, all bids are per lot as numbered in the catalogue.


Sotheby´s, Caspian Arts Foundation and Nowruz Commission reserve the right to reject a bid from any bidder. The highest bidder acknowledged by the auctioneer shall be the purchaser. In the event of any dispute between bidders, the auctioneer shall have sole and final discretion either to determine the successful bidder or to re-offer and resell the lot in dispute. If any dispute arises after the sale, the sale records of the Caspian Arts Foundation and Nowruz Commission shall be conclusive in all respects.


If the auctioneer determines that any opening bid is not commensurate with the value of the property, he may reject the same and withdraw the property from sale, and if, having acknowledged an opening bid, he decides that any advance thereafter is insufficient, he may reject the advance.


On the fall of the auctioneer's hammer, the highest bidder shall be deemed to have purchased the offered lot subject to all of the conditions set forth herein and thereupon (a) assumes the risk and responsibility thereof, (b) will sign a confirmation of purchase thereof and (c) will pay the full purchase price or such part as Caspian Arts Foundation and/or Nowruz Commission may require. Caspian Arts Foundation will not release a lot to a successful buyer until payment of the total amount due has been made. After payment, the purchaser shall remove the Property from Sotheby’s premises (if held at Sotheby’s). If the property is not so removed, it may be sent by Caspian Arts Foundation and/or Nowruz Commissio at its discretion to storage for the account, risk and expense of the purchaser and such charges will then be added to the purchase price of the property.

If the foregoing conditions and other applicable conditions are not complied with, in addition to other remedies available to Caspian Arts Foundation and Nowruz Commission by law including, without limitation, the right to hold the purchaser liable for the bid price, Caspian Arts Foundation / Nowruz Commission, at its option, may either (a) cancel the sale, retaining as liquidated damages all payments made by the purchaser or (b) resell the property on three days notice to the purchaser and for the account and risk of the purchaser, either publicly or privately, and in such event the purchaser shall be liable for payment of any shortfall between the original sale price and the price achieved upon resale, all other charges due hereunder and any incidental damages. 7.

Payments for purchases must be made in Sterling and in the following forms; bank transfer, cash, cheque (backed by cheque guarantee card) and all major credit cards (except for American Express cards).


In the case of commission bids or bids transmitted by telephone, Sotheby’s, Caspian Arts Foundaiton and/or Nowruz Commission are not responsible for errors or omissions arising out of or resulting from mechanical difficulties or failure.


In no circumstances will Sotheby’s, Caspian Arts Foundation or Nowruz Commission, rescind any purchase made or refund the amount paid in respect of any lot.


Neither shipping nor delivery costs are included in the price at which a lot is knocked down by the auctioneer to the buyer.

11. These Conditions of Sale, as well as the purchaser’s, Caspian Arts Foundation’s, Nowruz Commission’s and Sotheby’s respective rights and obligations hereunder, shall be governed by and construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of England and Wales. By bidding at an auction, whether present in person or by agent, commission bid, telephone or other means, the purchaser shall be deemed to have consented to the exclusive jurisdiction of Courts of England and Wales.

For sales & enquiries please contact: Nina Mahdavi +44 (0) 7867 554 442 Shahriar Mazandi +44 (0) 7507 000 148

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