Egypt's Modern Art Goes Online, But...
A beautiful online gallery for Egyptian modern and contemporay artists is built to serve as a window for Egypt's modern art that is usually overlooked due to the populatrity and fame of ancient Egypt.
The site also serves as a gateway for art collectors who are interested in owning some art pieces from modern Egypt. And that includes paintings, mosaic, sculpture, graphic art...etc. You can find description of each piece as you click on any piece you like.
Among very popular talented artists featured on this site are Raghed Ayad, George Al Bahgoury, Ezmeralda, Seif Wanly, Antione Hagger, Mohamed Sabry ...etc
Though the site is so impressive and secured, however little information is given about this business or who is running it. Is it the government that owns these collections or individuals who want to give up their own properties or the artists themselves.
If I am an individual who owns a precious piece of art why would I think of selling it except if it is an investment.
Is the market of art collectors in Egypt is so weak that they (whoever they are) are trying to sell Egypt's modern art pieces through the internet via U.S. bank accounts.
The fact that there is not enough information on the type of this emerging business poses serious questions on its nature first of all, then on the transparency, monopoly, ownership, so many legal issues as well. I believe that the site needs to clarify so many policies, legal agreements that any site usually posts for cross legal cases especially when the site involves selling pieces with thousands of dollars.
I will also be concerned if there is any national law or policy to protect modern Egyptian art.