Sotheby’s London to Auction Caroline Issa’s ‘Contemporary Curated’

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Where could one find a Wharton educated, Canadian born, Chinese-Lebanese-Iranian-editor-curator these days, you might ask? On November 21st, it will be at the latest installment of Sotheby’s London’s fascinating Contemporary Curated series, in fact.

Caroline Issa, whose impeccable good taste already graces the pages of Tank Magazine – she is Fashion Director and Chief Executive Officer – now joins the likes of Nina Garcia, Anya Hindmarch and Jill Kargman in the gallery’s much lauded guest curator initiative. Her show focuses on post-war and contemporary pieces and is aimed at more price sensitive/cost conscious art lovers; indeed, imagine the surprise and delight at finding major artists’ works with price tags below $5,000 USD?

Issa is no stranger to the world of curation, actually, being as she is heavily influenced by her aunt Rosa Issa – who was credited with being one of the first curators of contemporary Iranian and Middle Eastern art. And although it is surely a particularly difficult task to select from such an epic collection as is Sotheby’s’, female artists in particular struck a chord, resulting in her inclusion of such XX chromosome luminaries as Nan Goldin, Marlene Dumas, Louise Lawler and Rosemarie Trockel.

The exhibit further boasts such grin-worthy notables as Murakami’s Coco; Warhol’s Crab; Banksy’s Keep It Real; Christo’s Valley Curtain; Jeff Koons’ Balloon Dog (Blue); and Ai Weiwei’s Fairytale – 1001Chairs.

The show is open now through November 20th, and the auction will take place on November 21st at 10:30am GMT.


  • Keith Haring & LA 2 (Angel Ortiz), 'Untitled' + 'Untitled'
  • Nan Goldin, 'Two Lovers Kissing in Yvon's Pool'; Wolfgang Tillmans, 'Still Life Talbot Road'; Torbjørn Rødland, 'Nudist No. 8'
  • Banksy, 'Keep it Real' (pictured right)
  • Roe Ethridge, 'Mason Jar' (center); Annette Kelm, 'Friendly Tournament' (right)
  • Jonathan Meese, 'Fräulein Babyface Kennt Nur 12 Menchlein (Dr. Affenschädel aus dem Panzerreich)'
  • Andy Warhol, 'Crab'
  • Ben, 'Too Much Art'