“Magnetism”: What do Christie’s, WHO and Saudi art have in common?

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Saudi artist Ahmed Mater’s acclaimed work “Magnetism” will be the first item under the hammer in The Future is Unwrite’s Healing Arts auction series, which begins next month.

The series is a joint project between Christie’s, the WHO Foundation and UN75 which, according to a press release, “aims to raise awareness around a global path to recovery (from the COVID-19 pandemic) and to raise essential funds to mobilize artists and health professionals in support of the most vulnerable communities, at risk and with the weakest health systems to act effectively in response to the pandemic. ”All profits will go to the WHO Foundation and The Future is Unwrite Artist Response Fund, which supports artist-led projects “that directly facilitate community healing and post-pandemic health messages.”

Mater’s artwork is a cuboid magnet that resembles the Kaaba in Mecca – considered the holiest place on earth by Muslims. Thousands of iron particles surround the magnet. The press release describes “magnetism” as “one of the most iconic cultural images of the Islamic world of the 21st century”, adding that it “merges art, science and the concept of identity and religion” .

“Mater’s counterpoint of square and circle, vortex and cube, black and white, light and dark places the primordial elements of form and tone in a dynamic balance. artist is simple, but enchantingly seductive, “the statement said.

“I am very connected, spiritually, to Mecca,” Mater told Arab News earlier this year. “I grew up in this community (where we) saw all the people go (the Hajj) and move around the Kaaba. I remember my parents saying to me, “When you go there, you will feel like you are drawn to a magnet. It’s a great memory from my childhood. It was this memory that inspired “Magnetism”, which is expected to raise up to $ 155,000 at next month’s auction.

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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