1) What type of works are presented at the Tehran Art Auction?
The Tehran Art Auction only presents work of modern and contemporary visual arts, including painting, sculpture, photography and calligraphy-painting, as well as some works of old masters of Iranian classical art, including works of Kamal-ol-Molk, his student and artists of his generation as well as some works of the Persian Painting of the period. Any work of art or historic object or artefact that does not fall within the categories stated herein will not be presented at the Tehran Art Auction.
2) Terms and Conditions of entry
Works of art can enter the Tehran Art Auction in three different ways.
a) Entries from collectors: Collectors must submit documents that prove ownership of the works and consider the suitability of the work for the art market.
b) Entries from gallerists: Gallerists must present works of artists with established markets in Tehran who are known by other gallerists and collectors.
c) Only pioneering artists who do not work with a particular art gallery can directly enter their work in the Tehran Art Auction. Other artists can enter through gallerists or collectors.
3) What are the selection criteria?
It is important for an artist to be a distinguished figure in the art market. The work itself needs to be of superior quality compared to the other works of the artist, already presented at auctions and galleries in Iran and abroad and there must be a great demand for the work.
4) What is the definition and main difference between classical, modern and contemporary art?
Classical art, in the Tehran Art Auction, includes works of Kamal-ol-Molk and his students as well as works belonging to the Kamal-ol-molk School of Painting that paved the way for a transition from centuries of Persian Painting to modern art. Exceptional works by the artists who practiced art during the Kamal-ol-Molk’s time as well as modern Persian Painting and Coffeehouse School of Painting may be presented in this section. Modern art refers to the developments in the Iranian art of the last century introduced in the 1940’s. Searching for fresh ideas in Modernism, Iranian artists have attempted to present a new language for art and artistic expression in Iranian modern art.
Contemporary art encompasses modern approaches to art as well as new methods of artistic creation that ignore the structure of modern art to offer fresh themes and a new language for artistic expression. In addition to works of prominent contemporary artists, works of older generations of artists with post-modern qualities are considered contemporary art.
5) Can traditional works and handicrafts (mosaic work, fretwork, earthenware, glassware, Persian Painting, carpets, calligraphy, etc.) enter the auction?
No, works of Persian Painting and calligraphy that enter the auction are modern well-known examples that are not considered traditional works.
6) When and where is the auction held?
The Tehran Art Auction Institute holds the auction twice a year at the Azadi Parsian Hotel, Tehran. The first auction includes works of modern and classical art and is held in the early summer. The second auction includes works of contemporary art and is held in the early winter. The exact time and location of the auction will be announced on the website.
7) Which art galleries does the Tehran Art Auction work with?
The Tehran Art Auction Institute does not work with any particular art gallery. Any art gallery in and outside Iran can present artists with an established market. The application may or may not be accepted by the Tehran Art Auction Institute and we reserve the right to choose the best proposals.
8) What type of works are eligible to enter the Tehran Art Auction?
All modern and contemporary works of visual arts with an established market among collectors,
gallerists and buyers can enter the auction.
9) What type of artists are eligible to enter the Tehran Art Auction?
Works of artists in various fields of visual arts who have already held solo and group exhibitions in Iran or other countries and have an established market can enter the auction.
10) How are the works selected and contracts prepared?
Entries must include a CV of the artist, image, dimensions and specifications of the work, and other documentation that proves the originality and provenance of the work. These must be sent through via email. Please visit our website at www.tehranauction.com
for our email addresses. Experts at the Tehran Art Auction will examine the works to ensure a strong market before they offer their valuation to the owner. Upon the final mutual approval, the Tehran Art Auction Institute and the owner will sign a contract which states the Terms and Conditions of presentation and sale of the work.
11) Who are the team members who select the eligible works?
Images of works and their detailed specifications are initially presented to the Tehran Art Auction by gallerists and collectors. Once the initial approval of the Tehran Art Auction Institute is obtained, owners are asked to submit the actual works and relevant documentation for a final approval. Experts of the Tehran Art Auction include a team of distinguished professionals in the field of visual arts who may consult peer experts outside the selection team if needed.