‘American Embassy’ by Ayman Baalbaki leads Bonhams Middle Eastern Art Sale

American Embassy by Lebanese painter Ayman Baalbaki leads Bonhams Modern and Contemporary Middle Eastern Art sale on Wednesday 1 May in London. Baalbaki’s haunting work shows the destruction of the American Embassy in Beirut after it was bombed during the Lebanese civil war in 1983. Amongst the wreckage hangs the American flag, the only thing unharmed by the explosion. It has an estimate of £70,000-100,000. The attack came in the wake of an intervention from the US and the West in an attempt to restore a central government to the country. The explosion, which killed 63 people, was the deadliest attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission up to that point. The scale of American Embassy, which stands at 205.5 x 115cm, captures both the enormous size of the building and the damage it suffered, portraying a city whose landscape was punctured and mutilated by war. Born in 1975, the same year as