Chant Avedissian - Contemporary Art Day Sale London Friday, October 17, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    Born in Cairo in 1951, Chant Avedissian is an artist infatuated by Egypt’s glamorous past, and his works regularly feature portraits of the iconic characters that occupied Cairo’s celebrity scene in the 1950’s and 1960’s. An era of decadence, freedom, and creativity, these decades gave birth to a rich artistic community made up of actors, writers and singers, the foremost of which was Umm Kalthoum (featured in the present lot), undoubtedly Egypt’s most famous songstress. Known as the Star of the East, Kalthoum was both a talented singer and a figure of international adoration, courting the praise of luminaries such as Jean Paul Sartre and Salvador Dali. Avedissian’s tribute to Kalthoum is both iconic and joyful. His use of bright, lively colors and playful poster-esque format evoke the energy and aura that surrounded Kalthoum during her illustrious career, and affirm her position as one of the most important cultural icons of recent Egyptian history.


Sit al Kol

Hand coloured stencil with goauche, gold and silver paint on card.
50 x 69 cm. (19 3/4 x 27 1/8 in).
Signed 'Chant Avedissian' lower centre; dedicated, inscribed and dated 'For Marshall, Cairo 2007' on the reverse.

£8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for £8,750

Contemporary Art Day Sale

18 Oct 2008 2pm