27. Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller, founder and president of Leila Heller Gallery, New York "The key to my success is built on three things: my passion for the arts, my well-honed people skills, and my determination to never take "no" for an answer.
Opening May 6 Vita Vitale: Brings together contemporary artists from Austria, Canada, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Pakistan, Romania, Switzerland, UK, USA, Uzbekistan, and Azerbaijan — a presentation spanning the borders of language, cultural heritage, and geography — to raise awareness about our environment and the global transformation of the planet through human activity. Participating gallery artists include: Loris Cecchini and Aida Mahmudova.
Opening May 6, 6 pm The Great Game: Iran, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Central-Asian Republics, Kurdish Region: art, artists, and culture from the heart of the world. Participating gallery artists include: Farideh Lashai, Reza Aramesh, Pouran Jinchi, Mitra Tabrizian, and Ghasem Hajizadeh.
Cultural Crossroads: A Meeting of Minds. By Roxane Zand.
Through June 26, 2015 NYU Abu Dhabi Institute 19 Washington Square North, New York City In this new series of drawings Hadieh Shafie explores the two-dimensional medium of paper and uses various techniques to activate the surface. Exploring new ways of image making through a form of reverse-collage, she repeatedly cuts the surface carving away layers of text and pigment.
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Alserkal has extended its holdings, taking on at least two more blocks of warehouses, soon to be occupied by The Third Line and a Leila Heller outpost, among others.
New York-based Leila Heller is to open a new space in Dubai's Alserkal Avenue. The gallery, which represents a selection of cutting-edge contemporary emerging and mid-career artists, will join a number of new editions to the Emerati creative hub following its major expansion.
Il Pane e le Rose (Bread and Roses) Through July 17, 2015 Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro MIlano, Italy With the exhibition "Bread and Roses" Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro reflects on the theme of EXPO 2015, highlighting the human need to feed not only the body but also the spirit. The exhibition will include works by Gianni Caravaggio, Loris Cecchini, Chiara Dynys, Pino Deodato and Giuseppina Giordano.
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Top among the galleries is Leila Heller Gallery, one of the most prominent American galleries of Middle Eastern and Iranian art. Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller, an Iranian art dealer, who opened her New York gallery in 1982, has been promoting art from this region for many years in the United States.
Accented, Curated by Murtaza Vali Through May 16, 2015 Maraya Art Centre Sharjah, UAE The exhibition’s theme originates in the premise that the ‘accent’ acts as an “enduring sign or figure of cultural difference in the age of globalisation”. ‘Accented’ approaches the accent as far more than a purely linguistic phenomenon. It examines how processes of intercultural translation extend well beyond the limits of language, into the realm of images, spaces, sounds, and smells, and into interior décor and fashion trends.
Islamic Art Now marks the first major installation of LACMA's collection of contemporary art of the Middle East. As the first of two-part program, this exhibition features approximately 25 works by artists from Iran and the Arab world, including Shirin Neshat, Farideh Lashai, Mitra Tabrizian among others.
Dust, Dialogue and Uncertainty is a group exhibition that gives form to a decade of inquiry by the Netherlands-based research platform slowLab, combining diverse facets of its ongoing investigations into the potentials of Slow knowledge in design thinking and practice. Julia Mandle presents Dirty Cookies a live artwork about reconnecting urban audiences with the stories and systems of dirt beneath our feet.
Sazmanab Center for Contemporary Art - Ab/Anbar will exhibit "At 11:08 March 2006" by London-based artist Reza Aramesh. The exhibition will bring together new works, three of which have been conceived specifically for this exhibition. 16mm film made from 470 found reportage images titled not what was meant, and a site-specific installation.
The current edition of the Festival, under the theme 'Art & Science', highlights Islamic art through a variety of significant art exhibitions, seminars and workshops organized by Directorate of Art. The exhibition will be held all over the Emirate of Sharjah, with a total number of 54 solo and group shows, from 26 countries.
The Davis Museum at Wellesley College presents the first U.S. museum retrospective of Iranian artist Parviz Tanavoli. An opening celebration, featuring a 5pm talk with the artist, will be held on Tuesday, February 10 from 5 - 8pm. On view through June 7, the exhibition is free and open to the public.
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A fixture on the Upper East Side for more than three decades, Heller moved to West 25th Street in 2010, at which point she expanded her roster to include midcareer and emerging artists, many from the Middle East and South and Central Asia. Long regarded as a go-to art source for deep-pocketed members of the Iranian diaspora, Heller has recently engaged in inspired collaborations with such art world luminaries as power collector Beth DeWoody and Christie’s director for Asian art Amin Jaffer.
For the 2014 edition of Art Basel Miami Beach, Rachel Lee Hovnanian will present “Poor Teddy MB," a site-specific installation of 300 teddy bears, presented in the lobby of the Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach: 1801 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139. Photo credit: Anna Timerina
Leila Heller Gallery is pleased to announce its participation in the sixth edition of Abu Dhabi Art, UAE, November 5 – 8, 2014, at the Saadiyat Cultural District, booth A13. Highlighting formal experimentation by modern and contemporary artists, the booth features a trans-regional grouping of artists who work against the flatness of the canvas to create dynamic art that pushes aesthetic boundaries. Featured artists include: Steven Naifeh, Marcos Grigorian, Yayoi Kusama, Rachel Lee Hovnanian, Ghada Amer, Ran Hwang, Rob Wynne, and Paola Pivi.
The Foundation d'enterprise Hermes presents: Ran Hwang: Becoming Again November 6, 2014 - January 31, 2015 Third Floor - Hermes 541 Orchard Roa, Liat Towers Singapore
Leila Heller named to Artnet News' list of "The 100 Most Powerful Women in Art."
Drawing on DePaul’s own collection, this exhibition surveys a wide range of political expression, from a Diego Rivera painting of the Mexican Revolution through John Wilson’s searing Down by the Riverside, a suite of etchings about slavery, and Gerda Meyer Bernstein’s powerful installation The Justice Chair.
Leila Heller Gallery is pleased to announce that Reza Aramesh has been selected to exhibit in Frieze Sculpture Park during Frieze London 2014.
Leila Heller Gallery is pleased to announce its participation in Frieze Masters. The booth will feature nine works from the 1960s by Marcos Grigorian, a leading modern master, whose art has a truly global resonance.
September 26 - 28, 2014 Istanbul, Turkey Leila Heller Gallery is pleased to announce its participation in the second edition of Art International in Istanbul from September 26 - 28, 2014. The gallery will exhibit a selection of recent works by Middle Eastern and International artists: Shiva Ahmadi, Reza Aramesh, Kezban Arca Batibeki, Shoja Azari and Shahram Karimi, Rachel Lee Hovnanian, Richard Hudson, Ran Hwang, Steven Naifeh, Shirin Neshat, Murat Pulat, Gulay Semerciouglu, and Halil Vurucuoglu.
Shiva Ahmadi - Lotus September 18 - January 10, 2014 Stony Brook University Jasmine Gallery Stony Brook, New York Ahmadi's work reflects on the subjects of social trauma and religious and economic corruption in Iran and surrounding region. It draws on her experience of the destruction and chaos wrought by the Iraq War (2003 - 2011).
Reza Aramesh - 12 Midnight U.S. Book Launch Friday, September 19, 2014 6 - 8pm Printed Matter, New York City New illustrated volume, featuring texts by Milovan Farronato, Media Farzin, and Eugenio Viola, documents the critically-acclaimed, multi-venue sculpture installation, presented in New York City in 2013.
On Thursday, August 21st, Southampton Arts Center hosted a wine reception for their newest exhibit, Close-Up: Contemporary Portraiture, curated by Leila Heller with Kelly Behun. On display at Southampton Arts Center through September 7, 2014.
The current survey of contemporary portraiture curated by Leila Heller and Kelly Behun is comprehensive, provocative, and first rate," said Bob Colacello.
Artist Richard Prince's composite of the 57 girlfriends he says Jerry Seinfeld had on his classic sitcom is on display in the actor's proverbial backyard.
The Leila Heller Gallery has expanded with the opening of an 18-000 sq. ft space in midtown Manhattan.
Interview with Leila Heller, Founder and President of Leila Heller Gallery that specializes in representing artists from the Middle East, Central Asia, Southeast Asia and Turkey.
An Exclusive Preview of Lotus, Shiva Ahmadi's New Video Installation
Asia Society Museum has invited the artist Shiva Ahmadi to create a new work as part of its ongoing In Focus series. For this exhibition, the artist will present Lotus, a new single-channel animation, commissioned by Asia Society and based on two traditional Buddhas from the Asia Society Museum Collection. This new work will be Ahmadi’s first significant animation to date and marks an important shift in her practice.
Leila Heller Gallery is pleased to announce a major expansion with the opening of its second New York City gallery at 43 West 57th Street, a six-floor gallery space that is amongst the largest in New York.
Need a sweeping education on portraiture in short-order? We suggest you visit the Leila Heller Gallery on 57th Street in Manhattan, where 16,000 square feet of space is devoted to portraits in an exhibition titled, “Look At Me.” (The exhibition will run until August 29th on 57th Street; Heller’s Chelsea gallery will show similarly themed works until August 14th.)
Leila Heller Gallery is pleased to announce The A.D.K. a film by Shoja Aari.
Leila Heller Gallery and Alan Istanbul are pleased to present Dolls by Kezban Arca Batibeki, on view May 22 - June 28, 2014 at Alan Istanbul - Istanbul, Turkey.
Leila Heller Gallery is pleased to announce a major expansion with the opening of its second New York City gallery at 43 West 57th Street. LOOK AT ME: Portraiture from Manet from the Present: May 7 - August 29, 2014
Dinner guests seated on the eighth floor of Leila Heller's new gallery on West 57th Street in Manhattan Monday laughed knowingly, when she told them, "This is my best friends' floor." The fact was 250 of her nearest and dearest were breaking bread in the six-floor, 18,000-square-foot space and even more had cruised through "Look at Me: Portraiture from Manet to the Present" during cocktails.
Last night at the new Leila Heller Gallery on 43 West 57th Street, there was a preview of a new exhibition: LOOK AT ME: Portraiture from Manet to the Present, curated by Beth Rudin DeWoody and Paul Morris, a founding director of the Armory Show.
The Chelsea-based outfit Leila Heller Gallery has opened a second New York location at 43 West 57th Street, The six-floor, 18,000-square-foot gallery space will be among the largest in the city.
Leila Heller Gallery expands its New York presence exponentially with 18,000 square feet of 57th Street premises to augment its Chelsea presence on the corner of West 25th Street and Eleventh Avenue, marking the occasion with a staggered opening this Frieze week of a two-part exhibition selected by collector and philanthropist Beth Rudin DeWoody and Paul Morris, a founding director of the Armory Show.
LOOK AT ME: Portraiture from Manet to the Present
Leila Heller Gallery is pleased to announce a major expansion with the opening of its second New York City gallery at 43 West 57th Street, a six-floor gallery space that is amongst the largest in New York. The Leila Heller Gallery 57th Street is an 18,000 square foot space, with unique multi-dimensional capability, including a 60-seat theater/auditorium and a full-floor project space for the purpose of showcasing exhibitions by emerging artists and curators.
"The gallery space will be spread across six floors overlooking bustling 57th Street, including a top floor made bright and airy by glass skylights. Four floors will be devoted to exhibition space, private viewing areas and offices, while one floor, with plywood ceilings and walls, will be available as an experimental space for artists, and another houses a 60-seat screening room." - Jackie Bischof
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The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt NY Featuring works by Rachel Lee Hovnanian and Ran Hwang Through April 26
Leila Heller Gallery is pleased to announce the inclusion of Steven Naifeh's work, Uzbek Red I, in a silent auction benefitting Art in General's Spring Gala Honoring Visionaries Lisa Dennison and Phong Bui.
Launching on April 17th, a sale of works from Artsy’s online collection will be available to collect via THELINE.COM and Artsy.net. Featured work: Julia Mandle, Rising Tide (2012).
Artist in Exile: Creativity, Activism, and the Diasporic Experience Featuring Shiva Ahmadi, Shoja Azari, Pouran Jinchi and Hadieh Shafie. Dr. M. T. Geoffrey Yeh Art Gallery/Sun Yat Sen Hall Through May 3 St. John's Univerity, Queens NY These artists' alternative perspectives address issues of innovation, displacement, and identity as tension and conflict, as well as the impact and challenges of mobility and migration on aesthetic experimentation and creative strategies.
Leila Heller was pleased to be invited as a guest speaker at Brown University to present "Contemporary Middle Eastern Art" in conjunction with Doctor Shiva Balaghi's lecture "War Revolution & Art."
One subscriber, the Leila Heller Gallery - which promotes and sells the work of artists from the Middle East and Turkey - joined the Artsy platform in February 2012. It has since connected with 60 new collectors, and displayed listings to an unknown number of users in 4,000 cities and 130 countries.
Leila Heller Gallery is pleased to invite you to the book launch of: Reza Aramesh - 12 MIDNIGHT. Wednesday, March 19 at 5:30-6pm. Leila Heller Gallery booth A 28, Art Dubai, 2014, Dubai.
Leila Heller Gallery is pleased to announce acquisitions by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; The British Museum, London, UK; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, NE; The Farjam Collection, Dubai, UAE; Balcarres Heritage Trust, London, UK; Tate Modern, London, UK; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA; Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA; Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; and 21c Museum Hotel, Louisville, KY.
A place where artists have the right to fail. Stories of Espai 10 and Espai 13 at the Fundació Joan Miró Featuring Ana Laura Aláez March 13 - May 25, 2014 Fundació Joan Miró Parc de Montjuic, Barcelona, Spain The exhibition, with Manuel Segade as its curator, is organised around seven thematic chapters that show and explain the links between different artistic generations and languages over the past four decades.
Amir H. Akhavan's 2008 gallery show depicting the "Persian Boy," a lover of Alexander the Great, caused a splash in the art world of Tehran. Now he has an upcoming series about soldiers, and works with Leila Heller gallery. "A soldier is a product of circumstances and not to be hated," he says. "It's about having compassion for all sides."
Leila Heller Gallery is pleased to announce its participation in The Armory Show 2014, running from March 6-9, at Pier 94. There will be a Vernissage on Wednesday, March 5 from 5-8pm. The gallery will debut new works by Pouran Jinchi, Leila Pazooki, and Hadieh Shafie, which engage with the tradition of calligraphy from a contemporary perspective by deconstructing Farsi text. Two new sculptures by Richard Hudson that explore the human form will also be on view.
Leila Heller Gallery is pleased to announce its participation in ARCOmadrid, February 19 -‐ 23, 2014, at Booth 7E02. The gallery will be exhibiting work by Ana Laura Alaez, Reza Aramesh, Shoja Azari, Rachel Lee Hovnanian, Richard Hudson, and Iké Udé.
A solo show by Korean artist Ran Hwang will be on view at Leila Heller Gallery in Chelsea from February 20 – March 21, 2014. The exhibition will feature six new works that explore the cycle of life, death and rebirth. These new works, in shades of champagne golds, cherry reds, tiffany blues, and luminous silvers, are created from Hwang’s signature buttons, beads, and pins. Also on view will be a new monumental multimedia installation. A fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by art critic Eleanor Heartney will accompany the exhibition.
Leila Heller Gallery is pleased to present Modern Wonder, the gallery’s first collaboration with New York artist Matilde Alessandra. Two new dynamic light sculptures entitled Modern Wonder will be on view, along with one of the artist’s most iconic works, Madame, from January 15 through March 22, 2014 at the Gallery’s 11th Avenue Windows space.
January 16 - February 15, 2014 / Kezban Arca Batibeki's Nest series is based on a well-known Turkish saying: “The female birds make the nest.” Batibeki has challenged this idea in her work by conveying that the home may not be as safe as it seems. When women become too consumed with the idea of the home as a safe haven and a fairytale-like lifestyle, they can easily lose themselves, succumbing to oppressive circumstances. Thus, Batibeki's works show the importance of women maintaining their independence.
Turkish artist Murat Pulat’s first solo show in New York City will be on view at Leila Heller Gallery in Chelsea at 568 West 25th Street from January 16 – February 15, 2014. Image-Animal will feature 10 paintings depicting iconic scenes from old Hollywood movies, New Wave French films, and 1960s television shows. A three-dimensional painting installation by Pulat will be on view in the Gallery’s front windows. A fully illustrated catalogue, with an essay by Emre Zeytinoğlu will accompany the exhibition.
Abu Dhabi Museums are Becoming Game-Changers Back in the West.
Calligraffiti: 1984/2013 at Leila Heller Gallery, New York. Originally curated by Jeffrey Deitch in 1984 and mounted at Heller's former uptown space, this revived group exhibition tracks the connections between seemingly disparate traditions of graffiti, Modernism, and Middle-Eastern calligraphy.
Art and Minds: Magic of Persia
"The ongoing thaw in relations with Iran has made me think of how much culture and the arts can make a pivotal difference." -- Melik Kaylan
Leila Heller Gallery is pleased to announce its participation in Abu Dhabi Art 2013. The gallery will present a rendition of Leila Heller's iconic exhibition Calligraffiti and an installation of sculpture by Madrid-based sculpture Richard Hudson. We will be featuring the following artists: Ayad Alkadhi, Charles Hossein Zanderoudi, Farideh Lashai, Hadieh Shafie, Niels "Shoe" Muelman, Rachid Koraichi, Richard Hudson, ROSTARR, Shirin Neshat, and Yasmina Alaoui.
To commemorate the one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy—and the resiliency of New York City’s arts community, which was hit especially hard by the storm—the Dedalus Foundation, the Brooklyn Rail, the Jamestown Charitable Foundation join with Industry City Associates to present a nearly 100,000 square-foot exhibition entitled Come Together: Surviving Sandy, Year 1. Among over 200 hundred participant artists are those who were victims of Sandy and those who are showing in solidarity.
Leila Heller Gallery is pleased to present NEONISH 24.7, the gallery’s first collaboration with Texan artist Jay Shinn. Three new large neon wall sculptures will be on view from October 7, 2013 through January 11, 2014 at the Gallery’s 11th Avenue Windows space.
The Iranian American Women’s Foundation (IAWF) will be holding a leadership conference in New York City on Sunday, October 27, 2013. This all-day event will feature some of the most accomplished Iranian-American women who will share among other things professional and educational insights. The Keynote speaker for the event will be Sharmin Mossavar-Rahmani from Goldman Sachs and distinguished participants include Leila Heller (Leila Heller Gallery), Anousheh Ansari (Entrepreneur/First Female Space Tourist), Farnaz Fassihi (Wall Street Journal), Laya Khadjavi (ICE Canyon), Parisa Khosravi (CNN), Angella Nazarian (Best Selling Author), and many more.
Mana Contemporary presents, in collaboration with Leila Heller Gallery, Shoja Azari's Magic of Light, a solo show on the first floor gallery by the internationally renowned artist and filmmaker. Among the works on view will be a groundbreaking four-piece series done in collaboration with painter Shahram Karimi titled Silence.
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New paintings by Alexander Yulish are on view at CLOS Wine Bar, located at 64 Kenmare Street, NYC.
An artist talk about graffiti writing of the past and present, the legacy of calligraphy and the convergence of both movements as an art form. Featuring: Ayad Alkadhi, Julien "Kaalam" Breton, Fab Five Freddy, eL Seed, LA2, and Rostarr. Moderated by Leila Heller. Thursday, September 26 // 6:30 pm // 568 West 25th Street The discussion will be followed by a site specific Light-Calligraphy performance by Julien Breton at 8 pm.
Farideh Lashai is one of the 72 artists exhibited at the Moscow Biennale. For the Fifth Moscow Biennale, the curator of the Main Project, Catherine de Zegher, has selected the title "Bolshe Sveta/More Light". It is an open-ended title which allows for many interpretations, promoting more enlightened conversation and action, developing new thinking through attention and reciprocity in the here and now.
Leila Heller Gallery is pleased to announce the participation of Ran Hwang to Path to Peace, a group exhibition curated by Elizabeth Marwell at the Hammond Museum & Japanese Stroll Garden.
"I think @60inches is a great way to discover new artists from the comfort of your own home. The site is very user friendly and its e-commerce functionality makes purchasing works of art convenient and efficient, qualities that will appeal to both new and established collectors alike." - Leila Heller, Gallery owner, Leila Heller Gallery
Farideh Lashai allows bridging between Eastern concepts and Western art. While painting and visual arts are her main practices, lyricism is the reigning characteristic in her works. Her work is at once tender and brusque, indecipherable and calligraphic. This presentation shows four of her most recent works from 2010: Dear, dear! How queer is everything today; Gone down the rabbit hole; I come from the land of ideology; Keep your interior empty of food; that you mayest behold therein the light of interior – all four sound and projection animations on painting, modified for TV broadcasting.
We are pleased to announce that Shoja Azari is featured in the ikono On Air Festival. For the first time in TV history, ikono has launched an arts festival taking place exclusively on TV and live webstream. Until the 29th of September 2013, the ikono On Air Festival will air a daily program of over 200 international, both established and emerging video artists. The festival can be experienced through the HDTV channels ikonoTV and ikono MENASA, which currently reach over 30 countries worldwide, and is also available on all mobile devices including computers, tablets and smartphones.
Doris Duke’s Shangri La is the first exhibition to allow audiences, beyond visitors to the house, the opportunity to experience Shangri La’s distinctive blend of architecture, landscape and Islamic art. To achieve this purpose, 60 works of Islamic art are featured alongside architectural sketches, archival photographs, videos and large-scale color photographs of the estate. In addition, eight artists who have participated in Shangri La’s artist-in-residence program, including Ayad Alkadhi, have contributed new work to the exhibition.
Leila Heller Gallery is delighted to present a major exhibition of works at the inaugural year of Art International Istanbul. Showcased September 16-18, 2013 in booth D1 at the Haliç Congress Center in Istanbul, the gallery will be exhibiting a number of new pieces by international contemporary artists Shiva Ahmadi, Ana Laura Aláez, Ayad Alkadhi, Reza Aramesh, Kezban Arca Batibeki, Richard Hudson, Leila Pazooki and Hadieh Shafie.
Spectra at the San Diego State University Downtown Gallery explores the use of color as both element and subject in the work of ten artists from Los Angeles, New York and San Diego. Incorporating painting, sculpture, video, performance and sound-sculpture installation, the exhibition provides a broad array of chromatic experiences. Included in the exhibition are Hadieh Shafie, John Baldessari, Gisela Colon among others.
Leila Heller is pleased to announce Calligraffiti 1984/2013, on view from September 5 – October 5, 2013. Originally curated in 1984 by Jeffrey Deitch (Director, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles) at Leila Heller’s former uptown gallery, Calligraffiti explored a myriad of possible connections shared between the seemingly disparate styles of select mid-century abstract, U.S. graffiti, and calligraphic artists from the Middle East and its diaspora.
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“The sheika has a very grand vision and is a very educated woman,” said Leila Heller, a New York dealer with many Middle Eastern artists. “She wants to make Doha a hub for art in the region, where people don’t necessarily have to fly to New York and to Paris and to L.A. to see great shows. Doha has an ambitious plan of opening close to 20 museums of different kinds.”
Contemporary sales have also been strong in places. Daniel Hamparsumyan, director of sales and exhibitions at Leila Heller Gallery, said they were “extremely pleased at the level of connoisseurship by British and foreign collectors attending Masterpiece,” after it sold Pablo Picasso’s 1967 pencil and wash on paper work Trois Têtes for a “mid six figure sum” to a private European collector.
Architecture in Detail celebrates the aesthetics and achievement of the built human environment. This summer exhibition features works by Stuart David, Andreas Feininger, John Martin, Addison Mizner, Vik Muniz, and Firooz Zahedi, among others.
The Kidspace @ MASS MoCA Words & Images exhibition project FREEDOM features six world-renowned artists of Asian descent including Roger Shimomura, Ang Tsherin Sherpa, Ran Hwang, Gonkar Gyatso, Long-Bin Chen, and Xu Bing. Hwang, born in Korea, will show her meditative installations depicting caged and un-caged birds made from buttons.
Curated by Dina Nasser-Khadivi, and supported and produced by YARAT, Love Me, Love Me Not is an unprecedented exhibition of contemporary art from Azerbaijan and its neighbours, featuring recent work by 17 artists from Azerbaijan, Iran, Turkey, Russia, and Georgia, will be on view during the 55th International Art Exhibition- la Biennale di Venezia, from June 1 until November 24, 2013, at Tesa 100, Arsenale Nord.
Collaboration of Library Street Collective, Detroit MI and Benetton, Venice, Italy.
The Jameel Prize, inaugurated in 2009, is an international art prize for contemporary artists and designers inspired by Islamic traditions of art, craft and design. The initiative was launched by the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) to explore the cultural dialogue between the Islamic artistic tradition and contemporary practice, and to contribute to a broader debate about Islamic culture.
Detached, dysfunctional, dystopian, and disturbing are some of the adjectives which spring to mind while considering the oeuvre produced by Iranian-British artist Mitra Tabrizian over the last 25 years. Tabrizian is best known for her large-scale, orchestrated photographs of people, which inevitably means parallels are drawn with Jeff Wall, one of the contemporary art world's best known photographers.
Leila Heller, New York contemporary art dealer, dishes with Laura Stewart on her "Hot" artists and reveals some of her future projects
Group show curated by Amir Shariat: Bass! How low can you go? // Reza Aramesh: 12 MIDNIGHT // UPCOMING: Shoja Azari and Faig Ahmed at La Bienale di Venezia // Negar Ahkami: The Consumption // Faig Ahmed: East in Twist
A conversation between Shirin Neshat and Hamid Dabashi, moderated by Mahnaz Fancy with closing remarks by Leila Heller.
Over 4 days from 12th-15th April 2013, visitors will have the chance to see leading galleries, retailers, designers, and fashion from emerging and established Istanbul talent across Victoria House’s 25,000 square feet of exhibition space. Visitors to the show will also have the chance to sample a specially designed menu of Luxury Street Food and pastries devised by leading chef Silvena Rowe (Quince); sample traditional Turkish Coffee; and for those over 18 a chance to learn about the authentic way to drink Turkish Raki.
Farideh Lashai: Thus in Silence in Dreams' Projections at Leila Heller Gallery and It Is It, and It Is Only Now at Edward Tyler Nahem Gallery // The Farjam Foundation presents: In Memory of Farideh Lashai // Reza Derakshani at the Salsali Private Museum // Kezban Arca Batibeki at Istanbul INN London
Leila Heller Gallery is pleased to announce its participation in the seventh edition of Art Dubai, March 20 – 23, 2013, at Madinat Jumeirah, booth A39. The gallery will exhibit a selection of new works by Middle Eastern and International contemporary artists: Ayad Alkadhi, Kate Eric, Khosrow Hassanzadeh, Nir Hod, Rachel Lee Hovnanian, Rashid Khalifa, Farideh Lashai and Hadieh Shafie.
St. John’s University is honored to present Sublime Porte: Art and Contemporary Turkey, an exhibition which features a broad range of contemporary works by a select group of emerging and internationally acclaimed artists whose works respond to Turkey’s rich cultural diversity. The exhibition addresses issues of race, gender, sexuality, religion and politics as well as broader arguments concerning art, culture and globalization.
Leila Heller Gallery is pleased to participate in The Armory Show, the largest art fair in New York, and one of the principal annual events in the international art market calendar. The fair will take place form March 7 to March 10 with a VIP preview on March 6, at Piers 92 & 94. The gallery will feature work of Ayad Alkadhi, Hadieh Shafie, Leila Pazooki, Rachel Lee Hovnanian, and Reza Aramesh.
At Mana Contemporary, the Middle East Center for the Arts (MECA) in collaboration with Leila Heller Gallery show works by prominent Iranian and Arab artists that explore not the binaries and stereotypes of the Middle East, but rather the space between. Having undergone geographical relocation and exile, these artists inhabit an ambiguous and contested space, situated within a contemporary landscape permeated by cultural and historical legacies.
The Iranian-born Brown University graduate - who has worked with the likes of Andy Warhol and Jeffrey Deitch - is a cultural island in the Big Apple. A fierce networker, her vernissages see the likes of Christian Amanpour, Bob Colacello, Her Majesty Farah Pahlavi, Tom Wolfe and Eleanor Coppola in attendance.
Transparencies brings together a group of international contemporary artists whose work explores glass as both medium and a subject matter. Each ceases contemporary art that connects with the history of glasswork, from luxury objects such as chandeliers and mirrors to household items like drinking vessels and light bulbs.
Over the course of a millennium, blue-and-white porcelain has become one of the most recognized types of ceramic production worldwide. With roots in the Islamic world and Asia, and strong presence in Europe and the Americas, various cultures adapted blue-and-white, from the Willow pattern to isznik. Taking inspiration from global blue-and-white traditions, today’s artists continue the story, creating works that speak to contemporary ideas.
Leila Heller Gallery is pleased to host a panel discussion about the economic imbalance in our society. The backdrop for the discussion will be the Gallery’s current exhibition Game II, which focuses on the recent uprisings around the world from the Arab Spring in the Middle East to the Occupy Wall Street Movement in the United States.
Shiva Ahmadi: Apocalyptic Playland // MECA and Leila Heller Gallery present: The Space Between - Contemporary Perspectives on Tradition and Society // Reza Aramesh: Cultural Freedom in Europe
Fiercely ambitious, cheerfully pushy and unashamedly successful, Leila Heller has built up quite a reputation during the thirty years her gallery has been, in one way or another, extant. Her audacious gamble, back in the early 1980s, to establish herself as a major international dealer specialising in Middle Eastern art, in the notoriously-cut throat Manhattan art scene has paid off.
The Brooklyn Museum of Art acquired Ran Hwang's 'East Wind' // The Metropolitan Museum of Art acquired two Earthworks by Marcos Grigorian and Pouran Jinchi's 'Noon 1' // The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles acquired Shiva Ahmadi's 'Safe Haven' and Shoja Azari's 'The Day of the Last Judgement' // LACMA acquired Ayad Alkadhi's 'Upside Down' and Farideh Lashai's 'Between the Motion - And the act - Falls the Shadow' // The Cornell Fine arts Museum at Rollins Collage acquired Hadieh Shafie's '6 Six Colors'
GAME II: The works of Gayle Wells Mandle & Julia Mandle // Mitra Tabrizian: Light from the Middle East - New Photography // Ayad Alkadhi: Artist-in-residence at SHANGRI LA Center for Islamic Arts & Cultures
Leila Heller Gallery is pleased to participate in the 23rd edition of Art Miami, the contemporary and modern art fair, taking place from December 4 to December 9 at 3101 NE 1st Avenue, between NE 31 ST and NE 32 ST in the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami, Florida. At this year's fair the gallery will feature the work of Gulay Semercioglu, Ran Hwang, Rachel Lee Hovnanian, Farideh Lashai, Hadieh Shafie, and Leila Pazooki.
Leila Heller Gallery + Town & Country Magazine present The Young Collectors Exhibition // Soody Sharifi: Of Miniature serenades and Maxiture moments at the Sharjah Art Museum // Leila Heller Gallery at ART MIAMI: Booth A33
Leila Heller Gallery is pleased to participate in the fourth edition of Abu Dhabi Art, which will take place, from November 7 – 10, 2012, in The Saadiyat Cultural District, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. During this year’s fair the gallery will feature two distinct exhibitions: one devoted to a selection of new works by Middle Eastern and International contemporary artists and a second, highly-anticipated, two-person show of historically significant paintings by Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner.
Kate Eric: Ripped Seams and Other Delights // Select works from Gulay Semercioglu: Variations on Line // Kezban Arca Batibeki at Anima Gallery // Firooz Zahedi: Elizabeth Taylor in Iran at KATARA Gallery
Gulay Semercioglu: Variations on Line // Shoja Azari: Windows // Negar Ahkami and Shiva Ahmadi in The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art and Society, presented by the Institute of for Women and Art at Rutgers University
Leila Heller Gallery is pleased to participate in Art Platform – Los Angeles, the modern and contemporary art fair for Los Angeles, which debuts its second edition at the historic Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport from September 27 to 30. Located at booths 719 and 706 within the hangar, the gallery will feature artworks by Rachel Lee Hovnanian, Ran Hwang, Hadieh Shafie, Ayad Alkadhi and Farideh Lashai.
Reza Derakshani: Silence of the Night // Ayad Alkadhi, Shoja Azari, Reza Derakshani and Soody Sharifi at I.D.E.A. Space at Colorado Collage // Julia Mandle at dOCUMENTA (13) // Leila Heller Gallery at VIP Art Vernissage
Rock Paper Scissors: Group exhibition curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath of Art Reoriented // Osman Akan at the new Alaska State Crime Detection Laboratory // Gayle Wells Mandle at Gallery 4 in Rhode Island
Leila Heller Gallery will show new and recent work by several contemporary artists at the new fair Art Southampton from Thursday, July 26 through Monday, July 30 on the grounds of the Southampton Elks Lodge, booth A39. The gallery will present an exhibition of work by artists Rachel Lee Hovnanian, Ran Hwang, Iké Udé, and the collaborative team Kate Eric, including mixed media installations, photographs, and paintings. Also available will be works by Kezban Arca Batibeki, Khosrow Hassanzadeh, Kim Chun Hwan, Hadieh Shafie and Firooz Zahedi.
Iranian Arts NOW is an interdisciplinary and international festival of contemporary Iranian art, at Cité Internationale des Artes in Paris. A group Show organized by Leila Heller will feature works by: Shiva Ahmadi, Shoja Azari, Shahram Karimi, Shadi Ghadirian, Leila Pazooki, Hesam Rahmanian, Bahar Sabzevari. And a film Screening of Women Without Men (2009) will be presented by directors Shirin Neshat and Shoja Azari.
Houston, Texas – Leila Heller Gallery will present The Rule and its Exception at Deborah Colton Gallery in Houston, Texas from May 9 through June 30, 2012. The exhibition will feature the work of 14 established and emerging contemporary Middle Eastern and Turkish artists, including Afsoon, Negar Ahkami, Shiva Ahmadi, Roya Akhavan, Ayad Alkadhi, Shoja Azari & Shahram Karimi, Kezban Arca Batibeki, Reza Derakshani, Ghasem Hajizadeh, Khosrow Hassanzadeh, Pouran Jinchi, Farideh Lashai, Soody Sharifi, and Firooz Zahedi.
Ran Hwang: Transition // Ayad Alkadhi at the Sharjah Calligraphy Biennial // Rachel Lee Hovnanian: Mud Pie // Iké Udé speaking at Union College // Leila Heller speaking at the Women's Leadership Conference: 120 Years of Women at Brown
Leila Heller Gallery, New York, and JAMM, London and Kuwait, are pleased to announce their joint participation at The Armory Show, March 8-11, 2012, at Pier 94, Booth 740. We will be exhibiting video installations by internationally renowned visual artist Farideh Lashai, and new paintings and works on paper by Texas-based artist Reza Derakshani.