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F PERSIA DUBA I & ABU DHA BI

2010

Charity Art Exhibition & Auction Gala


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F PERSIA WELCOMES YOU TO

Magical Nights 2010 Dubai & Abu Dhabi 5TH & 6TH NOVEMBER, 2010

Charity Art Exhibition & Auction Gala

Exhibition of Art Auction Highlights The Atrium, Precinct Building 6, DIFC, Dubai Monday 25th October, 2010 - Friday 5th November, 2010 10:00am - 8:00pm Private Preview In the presence of HE Sheikh Nahayan Bin Mabarak Al Nahayan Sunday 24th October, 6:00pm - 9:00pm Educational Preview for Schools Monday 25th October, 10:00am - 3:00pm

Ladies’ Private Preview of Art Auction Highlights In the presence of HH Sheikha Shamma Bint Khalifa Bin Hamdan Al Nahayan Yas Hotel, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi Saturday 6th November, 1:00pm - 5:00pm


Magical Night in Dubai Friday 5th November, 2010

The White Party AL KOUFA FORT, ONE & ONLY ROYAL MIRAGE

5:30pm

Complimentary shuttle from Le Royal Méridien, Abu Dhabi

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Dinner

8:30pm

Performances by Reza Derakshani with: Kouroush Jabbar Imani Amir Nasr Kam Gooyan Keivan Safari Khoozani Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam Vida Edalat with: The Sabah Ensemble

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Carriages Complimentary shuttle to Le Royal Méridien, Abu Dhabi

MASTER OF CEREMONIES: SHADI FAHID DRESS CODE: CASUAL CHIC 7


Magical Night in Abu Dhabi Saturday 6th November, 2010

Charity Art Auction & Gala Dinner YAS HOTEL, YAS ISLAND, ABU DHABI Ladies Private Preview, The Ballroom In the presence of HH Sheikha Shamma Bint Khalifa Bin Hamdan Al Nahayan

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Cocktail Reception & Auction Preview, The Ballroom

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Gala Dinner, The Palm Court Gardens Fashion Show by BB

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Keynote Speech: HE Sheikh Nahayan Bin Mabarak Al Nahayan

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Announcement of MOP CAP 2011 Shortlist: Ali Khadra, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief, Canvas Magazine and Chair of MOP CAP 2011

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Live Auction by: Isabelle de La Bruyère & William Lawrie of Christie’s

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Music, DJ M-H

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Carriages Complimentary shuttle to One & Only Royal Mirage, Dubai

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Chairlady’s Message It is with the utmost pleasure that I welcome you to Magical Nights Dubai & Abu Dhabi 2010, Magic of Persia’s 3rd gala fundraiser of contemporary Iranian art. Foremost, I would like to extend a very special thanks to HE Sheikh Nahayan Bin Mabarak Al Nayahan for his tireless support and warm welcome once again to the U.A.E. Magic of Persia is eternally indebted to His Excellency, who inspires standards of ethics to which we can only aspire. We are extremely grateful to Her Highness Sheikha Shamma Bint Khalifa Bin Hamdan Al Nahayan for gracing us at the inaugural Ladies Private View at the Yas Hotel. It is truly an honour to have such an esteemed and inspiring individual supporting Magic of Persia and our continuing presence in the UAE. Furthermore, I wish to thank Ali Bakhtiar, whose creative vision continues to bring our gala events into even more brilliant focus. He alone guarantees that this year’s Magical Nights are more spectacular than ever. Ali Bakhtiar never fails to amaze us with his energy and commitment. This auction catalogue, published to accompany the Exhibition of Auction Highlights at The Farjam Collection & Art Space, DIFC in Dubai, stands as testament to the powerful ways that contemporary Iranian artists enable global audiences to see differently one of the most complex and misunderstood areas of the world today. The works illustrated, many published here for the first time, reflect not only the diverse artistic heritage of Iran, but also address issues of Iranian identity most often viewed through a prism that obscures more than it reveals. The generosity of artists, galleries and, in particular, our curator Fereydoun Ave, has enabled Magic of Persia to amass an unprecedented collection of over 100 pieces for the 2010 auction. The high regard that Iranian artists have for Fereydoun Ave has been pivotal in bringing together a selection that highlights the very best of contemporary Iranian art. His kindness in curating the Exhibition of Auction Highlights during difficult times demonstrates a dedication that remains unsurpassed. Magic of Persia continues to grow in strength thanks to a dedicated team of volunteers, sponsors, staff, trustees and patrons. This collaboration has enabled Magic of Persia to achieve so much in so little time. The proceeds raised will sustain MOP’s art and educational initiatives, including: the biennial Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize (MOP CAP); educational workshops; and annual family weekends at the British Museum. Your generosity ensures the continuing support of numerous residencies, scholarships and bursaries that enable emerging Iranian talent to be nurtured at world-class institutions, as well as our very worthy beneficiaries, including The Future Futu Centre for Special Needs.

Shirley Elghanian

Trustees

Committee

Farbod Dowlatshahi Shirley Elghanian Shirin Elghanayan Mehdi Metghalchi Vajihe Soleymani

Saven Chadha Gaulaleh Eagle Shirley Elghanian Shadi Fahid Farhad Fathipour Shahroo Izadi Sharareh Naghibi Goli Nili Sanam Oveyssi Nikoo Saffari Reza Nader-Sepahi Asal Sobati Sheerin Sobati Alexandra Terry

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Forward

Lovers, Poets and Lunatics Iranian is not a nationality but an unpredictable mental disorder of multi-split personalities: lovers, poets and lunatics. Lunacy and creativity have a direct correlation; lunacy circumvents logic and linear thinking, in fact thinking all together, and connects to all those rich complicated subconscious other things. Lunacy has many causes all of them undiscovered and misunderstood, but the results are very original, varied and always very, very interesting. ‘Everybody is crazy in her own way’ was the way Cy Twombly’s art professor, at the Black Mountain College started the class, giving ‘craziness’ a respected and privileged place in art and something to be nurtured and catered to. Personal lunacy defines an artist. There really is a battle raging in each and every Iranian between what they are and what they are pretending to be. It is that dynamic that makes for all the interesting art being done by Iranians everywhere. To have 5000 years of recorded lunacy running through every Iranian artist makes for fireworks when it is respected and nurtured. The trick is to look inwards and not outwards for inspiration. Fereydoun Ave

When Shirley Elghanian, the founder and Chair of Magic of Persia, invited me to write the forward for the Magical Nights 2010 Auction Catalogue, not only did I feel extremely honoured but there was also no way that I could refuse. Such is Shirley’s dynamism and selfless drive to promote the many causes that the charity espouses, that to say no would be an act of lamentable ignominy. Magic of Persia has always aimed at and achieved unparalleled excellence. Most inspiring is the charity’s commitment to give lasting benefit to the artists themselves. The Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize (MOP CAP for short) is just one example of what the charity has achieved since its inception in 2004. The MOP CAP 2009 winner, Mahmoud Bakhshi was awarded a solo show at the Saatchi Gallery in the Autumn of 2010, whilst other shortlisted artists have found themselves in the limelight with many now lined up for global shows and international media coverage. The 3rd Magical Nights Fundraising Gala also promises to be truly exceptional. Conducted by Christie’s, the live auction features both pioneering Iranian artists and rising stars of the contemporary Iranian art world, whilst the silent auction, curated by Fereydoun Ave, will enable over sixty exceptionally talented Iranian artists to reach a new global audience. One can never overemphasise Fereydoun Ave’s importance as a champion of Magic of Persia, for he alone is instrumental in bringing this unprecedented exhibition of so many young Iranian artists together. Janet Rady

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FUNDS RAISED WILL BENEFIT

Magic of Persia Education Programme and Art Initiatives

The Future Centre for Special Needs

Magic of Persia and The Delfina Foundation Art Residencies

Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize (MOP CAP)

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Magic of Persia (MOP) is a non-profit, non-political, non-religious charity registered in the UK that works with leading institutions of the world to enable a deeper appreciation for the art, culture and history of Iran. Since 2004, MOP has been dedicated to promoting the positive aspects and contributions that Iranians have made and continue to make both inside and outside of Iran. The charity’s many scholarships, workshops and residencies enable young Iranians to benefit from experiences that enrich both them and the culture to which they return. MOP is passionate and committed to supporting the new generation of emergent Iranian artists and their vital connection with ‘home’. The charity provides them with the necessary platform to reach new audiences, and to inspire and challenge from within the relationship of Iran with the world at large. Magic of Persia is at the forefront of pioneering efforts to identify Iranian art as an essential form of international communication. Global in impact, MOP believes that this cross-cultural exchange is both necessary and vital to fostering a dialogue of hope and progress for future generations.

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Beneficiaries

Magic of Persia Education programmes And Art Initiatives Annual educational Family Weekends at the British Museum During the past four years Magic of Persia has sponsored 25 workshops per year at the British Museum, attended by various schools. Each year over 1600 students are able to learn about the art, culture and history of the Persian Empire. In addition, Magic of Persia partners with the British Museum to host a family weekend in celebration of Norouz: the Persian New Year. Over the two-day event held in March an average of 40,000 visitors enjoy an array of musicians, dancers, installations and family worskshops set against the grand backdrop of the Great Hall.

Magic of Persia MA Filmmaking Scholarship at the London Film School Magic of Persia has partnered with the London Film School to provide a scholarship for an Iranian student to attend the two-year MA Filmmaking Course. The student has been selected by the London Film School from a shortlist of 12 students in Iran who were nominated by some of the most accomplished and professional Iranians in the filmmaking industry. To launch the scholarship, Magic of Persia held an exciting film talk at the British Museum entitled ‘Iranian Diaspora and it’s Cinematic Imagination’ in July 2010 led by Dr. Hamid Naficy. This talk examined the politics and aesthetics of the films that Iranian filmmakers have made in their European and North American Diaspora. This was followed by a panel discussion with distinguished members of the filmmaking industry : Golshifteh Farahani, Tina Gharavi, Babak Jalali, Kim Longinotto & Ziba MirHosseini.

Magic of Persia / David Elghanayan Bursary, St Paul’s School, London The Magic of Persia / David Elghanayan Bursary is an opportunity for an outstanding Iranian student to be educated at St Pauls, one of the leading academic schools in the country as measured by its position in the national league tables. This bursary has been in place for the past five years.

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Beneficiaries

magic of persia & The delfina foundation art residencies Magic of Persia in partnership with The Delfina Foundation offers a three-month residency in London for artists from Iran. Selected from the MOP CAP shortlist, the artist will be provided with a career-defining opportunity at the Delfina Foundation to develop and share their work with UK-based artists, audiences, and cultural institutions. Founded in 2007, the Delfina Foundation, a non-political charitable organisation, facilitates cross-cultural dialogues between the West, the Middle East & North Africa. In partnership with leading cultural institutions, the foundation creates innovative models of artistic exchange and establishes platforms to encourage exploration, conversation and collaboration. Renowned art patron Delfina Entrecanales established the foundation as the successor to Delfina Studios. The Delfina Foundation aims to develop the next generation of international artists. Over its 20 year existence, Delfina Studios has become Britain’s largest artist residency space and remains unparalleled for it’s record of more than a dozen Turner Prize nominees. The foundation had also supported many well known artists from the Middle East such as Haluk Akakce, Susan Hefuna, Shirazeh Houshiary, Farhad Moshiri and Khalil Rabah.

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Beneficiaries

the future centre for special needs The Future Centre for Special Needs in Abu Dhabi is an institution dedicated to providing relevant educational programmes and rehabilitation services to more than one hundred and seventy students with special needs. Some of these students have already joined mainstream education. The Future Centre is committed to equiping individuals with disabilities with the necessary knowledge and skills, which will enable them to realise their full potential and lead fulfilling and joyful lives. The ongoing research and education carried out at The Future Centre improves the quality of care and attention provided for the children and their families. The Future Centre aims to educate the public about the issues resulting from disability and to engage people in the lives of students with special needs. The Future Centre for Special Needs has been a worthy beneficiary of Magic of Persia’s U.A.E. Galas since 2007.

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Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize (MOP CAP) The first of its kind, Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize (MOP CAP) is a global search to identify the most talented emerging Iranian artists in four distinct categories of Painting, Sculpture, Photography and New Media. To ensure the highest possible quality of submitted works, entry into the competition is by nomination only, established by a world-class panel of experts in contemporary Iranian art and culture. The final winner is selected by a panel of prominent international judges led by Ali Khadra, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Canvas Magazine, and awarded a solo exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, London. MOP CAP is dedicated to the establishment and development of the careers and profiles of the next generation of Iranian artists, and in doing so, aims to contribute towards the long-term advancement of Iranian art and culture worldwide.

MOP CAP 2011 Judges Zaha Hadid, Architect Ramin & Rokni Haerizadeh, Artists Shirazeh Houshiary, Artist Ali Khadra (Chair of Judging Panel), Publisher & Editor-in-Chief, Canvas Magazine Idris Khan, Artist Abaseh Mirvali, President, Mirvali Projects & former Executive Director, Fundacion / Coleccion Jumex Mohammad Mottahedan, Art Patron Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director of Exhibitions and Programmes & Director of International Projects, Serpentine Gallery, London

MOP CAP 2011 Nominees Pooya Abbasian Morteza Ahmadvand Parastoo Ahovan Amir Hossein Akhavan Hojat Amani Hossein Azadi Niyaz Azadikhah Javad Azimi Navid Azimi Sajadi Reza Azimian Behroo Bagheri Vahid Chamani Shahrzad Changalvaee Ali Chitsaz Saghar Daeeri Vahid Danaiefar Alireza Dayani Shima Esfandiyari Ali Ettehad Aylene Fallah

Mehdi Farhadian Shima Faridani Asad Faulwell Arash Fayez Siamak Filizadeh Sasan Gharedaghloo Anahita Ghasemkhani Mohammad Ghazali Babak Golkar Rodin Hamidi Ghazaleh Hedayat Sahand Hesamiyan Zahra Hosseini Babak Kazemi Rashin Kheiriyeh Farrokh Mahdavi Shadi Malek Ramyar Manouchehrzadeh Roxana Manoucheri Amir Mobed 21

Nafiseh Mofidi Maryam Mouliayi Ali Nadjian Dana Nehdaran Dariush Nehdaran Morteza Pourhosseini Shahpour Pouyan Hesam Rahmanian Leila Rashidi Pooya Razi Shirin Sabahi Farzan Sadjadi Omid Salehi Mamali Shafahi Mohsen Shahmardi Najaf Shokri Morteza Talebi Katayoun Vaziri Ali Zanjani Amir Hosein Zanjani


Artwork by MOP CAP 2011 Nominees


Winner of MOP CAP 2009 Mahmoud Bakhshi

Exhibition Sponsors

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opposite page, Mahmoud Bakhshi, 2010


FARHAD MOSHIRI (b. 1963) Love, 2003 . oil and acrylic on canvas . 1063/4 x 711/4 in. (271 x 181 cm.) $150,000–250,000

International Modern & Contemporary Art Dubai • 26 October Viewing

Contact

24 – 26 October

William Lawrie wlawrie@christies.com +971 4 425 5647 Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel, Godolphin Ballroom, 7 pm

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AUCTIONEERS

ISABELLE DE LA BRUYÈRE Director, Middle East Department Isabelle joined Christie’s London in 1997 whilst simultaneously working as a researcher for the Impressionist department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. She specialised in Impressionist and Modern Art, before heading the specialist annual sales of Ottoman & Orientalist Art. In 2003, Isabelle moved into Client Advisory and during the last five years, much of her time has been concentrated on the Middle East expanding Christie’s presence and business in the region. Her travels have taken her from Lebanon to Saudi Arabia, spearheading Christies’ opening of its first office in Dubai in 2005. Based between London and Dubai, Isabelle has also organized the Islamic Art exhibition in the Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 2003, and the Ali Omar Ermes exhibition at Christie’s King Street in 2005. Further, she has also published articles in La Tribune de Genève, Executive, and Canvas Magazine, primarily on Orientalist Art.

WILLIAM LAWRIE Director and Head of Department, Modern & Contemporary Middle Eastern & Turkish Art William Lawrie is the Director of Modern and Contemporary Arab & Iranian Art, responsible for the category worldwide and Head of Sale of International Modern & Contemporary Art at Christie’s Dubai. Having joined Christie’s Islamic Art Department in 2004, he discovered the earliest known Qur’an from China and led the sale of a group of Kiswah pieces, which were the centrepiece of Christie’s opening exhibition in 2005. William continued to research Modern and Contemporary Arab and Iranian Art, in preparation for the inaugural sale of Christie’s Dubai at the Emirates Towers in May 2006. This category became a permanent feature on Christie’s auction calendar. William relocated to Dubai in December 2006 as Christie’s first specialist resident in the Middle East. The Christie’s Dubai auctions are now going into their ninth season become established as the market leader in Contemporary Middle Eastern art, with sales of $70m in this category since 2006. This has created an international network of galleries, collectors and artists, most previously new to international auction and opened up markets to the international art world in the Gulf and further afield, in particular Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, and Iran.

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Live Auction

AUCTION PARTNERS: CHRISTIE’S Charity Art Auction & Gala Dinner Saturday 6th November 2010 10:30pm Yas Hotel, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

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Lot 1

Afsoon (b. 1961, Tehran, Iran)

Googoosh (from the series ‘Fairytale Icons’) ed. 3/8 / hand-printed, mixed-media on paper / 42 x 59 cm / 2010 / courtesy of the artist Taken as a whole, the series ‘Fairytale Icons’ draws on the traditional narratives of beautiful princesses and brave heroes who emerged from life’s challenges happy and victorious. Playing on these elements, ‘Googoosh’ presents images of the Iranian icon set against different pieces of vintage patterned paper…

starting bid: $6,000 29


Lot 2

Sassan Behnam Bakhtiar (b. 1984, Paris, France)

Mitra ed. 1/1 / plexi glass, wood, metal and wire / 220 x 100 x 100 cm / 2010 / courtesy of the artist ‘Mitra’ is an ode to an Iranian woman, inviting and encouraging the viewer to acknowledge and aspire. A swirl of blue birds above the heads are spreading wings in the eternity of freedom; magnificent and powerful, they carry names, they carry deeds, they carry our praises…

starting bid: $14,000 30


Lot 3

Rokni Haerizadeh (b. 1978, Tehran, Iran)

We Will Join Hands in Love and Rebuild Our Country watercolour and gesso on paper / 120 x 216 cm / 2010 / courtesy of the artist

starting bid: $18,000 31


Lot 4

Bita Fayyazi (b. 1962, Tehran, Iran)

Attached Twins fibreglass, acrylic, and watercolour, painted by Rokni Haerizadeh / 22 x 19 x 28 cm / 2009 / courtesy of the artist and Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde We witness a subtle look of anxiety on the twins’ faces. They are comfortable and secure in each other’s knowledge, yet the world about them is full of uncertainty…

starting bid: $10,000 32


Lot 5

Ramin Haerizadeh (b. 1975, Tehran, Iran)

Still Life acrylic and collage on canvas / 150 x 200 cm / 2010 / courtesy of the artist

starting bid: $15,000 33


Lot 6

Amir Mobed (b. 1974, Tehran, Iran)

I Love You All To The Last Drop Of My Blood mixed media / 80 x 120 x 75 cm / 2010 / courtesy of the artist

starting bid: $8,000 34


Lot 7

Shiva Ahmadi (b. 1975, Tehran, Iran)

Oil Barrel # 13 (left) oil on steel / 74 x 54 x 54 cm / 2010 / © Shiva Ahmadi / courtesy of the artist and Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery

Oil Barrel # 14 (right) oil on steel / 88 x 60 x 60 cm / 2010 / © Shiva Ahmadi / courtesy of the artist and Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery The concept for my oil barrels has been driven by a fascination with oil politics and the major role it plays in the world’s political balance. I strongly believe that oil is one of the most important factors contributing to current conflicts in various regions of the world. Painting on the surface of an oil barrel helps me to express the complexity and instability that exists in the Middle East. If one looks carefully at the imagery painted on the surface of these oil drums, one will find not only beautiful Middle Eastern patterns and designs, but also symbols of violence and conflict, such as bleeding bullet holes and headless animals. These aspects of my work seek to express the contradictory and complex role of oil in the world today…

starting bid: $15,000 35


Lot 8

Roya Akhavan (b. 1953, Tehran, Iran)

See Me, Feel Me, Touch Me, Heal Me acrylic on canvas / 162 x 130 cm / 2010 / Š Roya Akhavan / courtesy of the artist and Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery As many Persian artists throughout the centuries, I have chosen patterns as my instruments of metaphor. A single image cannot always escape the confines of its literal meaning. Through repetition, however, the transformation of images into patterns can allow a passage from the factual to the figurative, from the visual to the conceptual. By cleansing the shape of its denotation, reiteration can awaken a hidden multiplicity of meaning that spills beyond the boundaries of representation as the pattern multiplies through the painting.

starting bid: $12,000 36


Lot 9

Farhad Moshiri (b. 1963, Shiraz, Iran)

Untitled (from the ‘Vase’ series) canvas-board / 40 x 29 cm / 1999 / courtesy of Fereydoun Ave

starting bid: $15,000 37


Lot 10

Y.Z. Kami (b. 1956, Tehran, Iran)

Endless Prayers XXVII mixed media on paper / 107 x 76 cm / 2009 / courtesy of the artist and Gagosian Gallery

starting bid: $25,000 38


Lot 11

Shirazeh Houshiary (b. 1955, Shiraz, Iran)

Untitled blue and red pencils on gesso and white aqaucryl on aluminium panel / 30 x 30 x 4 cm / 2009 / courtesy of the artist

starting bid: $20,000 39


Lot 12

Monir Farmanfarmaian (b. 1924, Qazvin, Iran)

Hexagon On Hexagon #8 felt maker, colour pencil and mirror on paper / 60 x 90 cm / 2008 / courtesy of the artist and The Third Line Gallery With a complexity that belies its materials, this collaged drawing adapts and combines traditional Iranian design with a modern abstract expressionism and minimalism. The piece brings together the tradition and the avant-garde to form colourful geometric motifs that reference classical Islamic geometrical design and philosophy. Through strong directional lines and judicious mirror shapes, the sixsided hexagon (symbol of the six powers of motion and direction) is deconstructed and re-cast in an exploration of form and meaning...

starting bid: $10,000 40


Lot 13

Sonia Balassanian (b. 1942, Arak, Iran)

Composition #10 acrylic on canvas / 76 x 61 cm / 2008 / courtesy of the artist and the Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery

starting bid: $18,000 41


Lot 14

Pooya Aryanpour (b. 1971, Tehran, Iran)

Limited Spectrum acrylic on canvas / 200 x 150 cm / 2010 / courtesy of artist

starting bid: $15,000 42


Lot 15

Leila Pazooki (b. 1977, Tehran, Iran)

Orientalism blue neon tubes / 60 x 140 cm / 2010 / courtesy of the artist

starting bid: $7,000 43


Lot 16

Charles Hossein Zenderoudi (b. 1937, Tehran, Iran)

Untitled silk screen print on paper / 75 x 60 cm / 1986 / courtesy of Fereydoun Ave

starting bid: $15,000 44


Lot 17

Reza Mafi (b. 1943, Khorasan, Iran)

Morgh – e Besmellah oil on plywood / 50 x 70 cm / 1975 / courtesy of Assar Art Gallery

starting bid: $8,000 45


Lot 18

Faramarz Pilaram (b. 1937, Tehran, Iran)

Untitled oil on canvas / 65 x 55 cm / 1970 / courtesy of 66 Gallery

starting bid: $15,000 46


Lot 19

Golnaz Fathi (b. 1972, Tehran, Iran)

Untitled acrylic & gold leaf on canvas / 170 x 142 cm / 2009 / courtesy of the artist and The Third Line Gallery Fathi creates a new form of expression in her paintings; an imaginary language deeply rooted in Persian tradition while simultaneously hinting at a social renaissance. Her paintings carry traces of meaning that have no known coded alphabet. Although indecipherable this piece is highly expressive; its strength stems from the drive to express emotions that cannot be pinned down into words. Fathi’s works succeeds where language fails...

starting bid: $15,000 47


Lot 20

Mahmoud Bakhshi (b. 1977, Tehran, Iran)

Khate Poolsaze Parsi 1 AP / ed. of 1 + 2 AP / guni plaster / 200 x 240 cm / 2010 / courtesy of the artist

starting bid: $12,000 48


Lot 21

Behzad Behnam (b. 1945, Tehran, Iran)

Calligraphy from the poetry of Omar Khayyam acrylic, oil and gold leaf on canvas / 93 x 165 cm / 2010 / courtesy of the artist The colours in the background define the place of writing – lost in the ochre of the desert. Next come sheets of gold or pages of silver, the gilt of our souvenirs, some of which are ripped, some gnawed, cut or broken apart – consumed – like the History that consumes us. I move around the canvas to write in each direction, repeating the phrase infinitely – in order to better grasp and capture the visible and the invisible of each of word. Three layers at least follow each other, and at each layer the size of the characters diminishes – the poem weaves and unfolds, revealing the profound… “... My friend, do not have the sorrow of tomorrow that has not happened...” “...Mon ami, il ne faut pas avoir le chagrin de demain qui n’est pas arrivé...”

starting bid: $10,000 49


Lot 22

Reza Derakshani (b. 1952, Sangsar, Iran)

Untitled (from the ‘Pomegranate’ series) mixed media on canvas / 270 x 85 cm / 2008 / courtesy of the artist Derakshani’s oeuvre is characterised by a uniquely multi-layered approach to his cultural heritage. Derakshani values what comes from the heart: placing no limits on creativity, he is aware that Persian traditions and the long and complex history of the region are not only a vital part of his vision but what ultimately determines his identity as an international artist...

starting bid: $15,000 50


Lot 23

Parviz Tanavoli (b. 1937, Tehran, Iran)

Bolbol, Barge Gole Khoshrang Dar Menghar Daasht ed. 6/40 / silkscreen print on paper / 50 x 70 cm / 1974 / courtesy of Fereydoun Ave

starting bid: $6,000 51


Lot 24

Sadegh Tabrizi (b. 1939, Tehran, Iran)

Riders and Lovers mixed media on canvas / 150 x 160 cm / 2009 / courtesy of the artist and 66 Gallery

starting bid: $20,000 52


Lot 25

Farah Ossouli (b. 1953, Zanjan, Iran)

Lover In Fire gouache on cardboard / 70 x 70 cm / 1999 / courtesy of artist and Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery The sweet game initiated so joyfully and innocently in my early years continues to live on in me today, expressing itself through my paintings.

starting bid: $15,000 53


Lot 26

Nicky Nodjoumi (b. 1942, Kermanshah, Iran)

Eloquent Melancholy oil on canvas / 178 x 127 cm / 2003 / courtesy of artist and Priska C. Juschka Fine Art To create an ironic and allegorical painting, I am interested in the connection of intellectual power and expressed feeling…When a musician is not able to play freely for an audience to hear, he would play in nature for the turtle. Then one wonders whether the turtle is listening.

starting bid: $15,000 54


Lot 27

Ardeshir Mohasses (b. 1938, Rasht, Iran)

Untitled mixed-media on paper / 34 x 23 cm / c.1970 / courtesy of Fereydoun Ave I do not believe in an ideal society‌I do not need an ideal society either, as there is no need for me in such a society.

starting bid: $5,000 55


Lot 28

Avish Khebrehzadeh (b. 1969, Tehran, Iran)

Holy Lights oil on gesso & wood / 137 x 114 cm / 2009 / courtesy of the artist Khebrehzadeh’s works are lightly drawn, sparingly painted and compelling in their poetic ambiguity. The contemplative and somewhat mysterious nature of the artist’s work allows for a variety of readings and invites the viewers’ participation through their own imagination. ‘Holy Lights’ is a recent painting that works with the theme of animals within or around man-made spaces. In this case the birds are inside a place of worship. Connected to the sky, birds have been thought of as a supernatural link between the heavens and the earth since ancient times. This work, in many ways, is a culmination of the concepts that Khebrehzadeh has explored in all of her works in different media: the working of light, lightness and transparency, and the most present of all, the concept of memory and time.

starting bid: $16,000 56


Lot 29

Reza Aramesh (b. 1970, Ahwaz, Iran)

Action 68. South Vietnamese soldiers show off a Viet Cong prisoner captured near Tan Son Nhut Airbase. May 6, 1968. ed. 2/3 / handmade black and white silver gelatine print mounted on archival board, framed in black aluminium & museum glass / 158 x 124 cm / 2008 / courtesy of the artist and Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde

starting bid: $11,000 57


Lot 30

Shirin Neshat (b. 1957, Qazvin, Iran)

photograph of work: Larry Barns

Untitled AP / approx 76 x 101 cm / 2010 / courtesy of the artist and Gladstone Gallery

starting bid: $30,000 58


Lot 31

Mitra Farahani (b. 1975, Tehran)

Mardani Ke Nesfeshan Zire Zamin Mand (Half Buried Men) charcoal on wood / 170 x 400 cm / 2010 / courtesy of the artist

starting bid: $8,000 59


Lot 32

Ahmad Morshedloo (b. 1973, Mashhad, Iran)

Untitled oil on canvas / 130 x 250 cm / 2006 - 2008 / courtesy of the artist and Mah Art Gallery

starting bid: $18,000 60


Lot 33

Abbas Kiarostami (b. 1940, Tehran, Iran)

Untitled ed. 1/7 / digital print on paper / 40 x 60 cm / 1999 / courtesy of Fereydoun Ave

starting bid: $3,000 61


Lot 34

Henry Dallal (b. 1955, Tehran, Iran)

Gulf Winds ed. 1/6 / c-print mounted on aluminium / 198 x 122 cm / 2010 / courtesy of the artist

starting bid: $7,000 62


Lot 35

Fereydoun Ave (b. 1945, Tehran, Iran)

Endangered Species AP / ink jet print on canvas / 196 x 100 cm / 2009 / courtesy of the artist ‘Endangered Species’ is a composite image that stylistically appropriates the film posters of the 1940s and 50s with Chinese ancestral portraits to create ‘an epic, family-drama soap opera’ that spans three generations under the Pahlavi Dynasty. The calligraphy is taken from his grandfather’s account book and layered over the images to create a fade effect. The work implicitly connects with the Zoroastrian community. The artist’s passion for collage is driven by the medium’s potential ‘to see ready and available exactly what you imagined’ whilst the use of photo–shop allows complete control...

starting bid: $7,000 63


Lot 36

Shadi Ghadirian (b. 1974, Tehran, Iran)

Untitled (from the ‘Qajar’ series) AP / c-print / 150 x 100 cm / 1998 / courtesy of artist and the Silk Road Gallery Ghadirian presents a constructed image of her own gender at a specific historical moment. The models are posed in Iranian dress, with modern props, against backgrounds from a century earlier. Whilst photographers who live and exhibit in the west tend to explore the western perception of the ‘eastern woman’, Ghadirian’s photographs are unique in that they are produced from within and therefore do not appease western sensitivities but stand on their own…

starting bid: $15,000 64


Lot 37

Shirana Shahbazi (b. 1974, Tehran, Iran)

[Frucht-07-2009] ed. 1/5 + 1 AP / c-print on aluminium, black glazed maple frame and non-reflective glass / 70 x 90 cm / 2009 / courtesy of the artist The artist originally trained as a photographer, and continues to shoot still life, portraits and landscapes to use in paintings, whereby the scale is altered to transfer the image into a new medium and a new style that then subverts viewers’ expectations...

starting bid: $8,000 65


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Lot 101

Nargess Hashemi (b. 1978, Tehran, Iran)

Untitled (from the series ‘Wrap Me Up In You’) permanent black marker on transparent plastic sheet over mixed media layers / 190 x 140 cm / 2010 / courtesy of the artist

starting bid: $4,200

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Lot 102

WITHDRAWN

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Lot 103

Behrouz Rae (b. 1979, Sumgait, Azerbaijan)

Drama As A Real (Front Stage) ed. 1/5 +1 AP / chromogenic print on photo paper / 110 x 165 cm / 2008 / courtesy of the artist

starting bid: $3,000

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Lot 104

Ahmad Amin Nazar (b. 1964, Tehran, Iran)

Untitled 02 (from the series ‘The Centre Cannot Hold’) acrylic on paper / 110 x 150 cm / 2009 / courtesy of the artist and Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde Among the sweeping black lines that whip elegantly across… we see grotesque masks and the heads of demons atop Persian wrestlers engaged in a surreal battle. Delicate yet inflammatory bursts of paint seem to flash in the distance as if the lights of a distant battle are the only illumination.

starting bid: $6,000

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Lot 105

Iman Raad (b. 1979, Mashad, Iran)

Rolling Tongues (from the ‘Much Many Art Bestowed upon the Persian’ Series) 1 AP / ed. of 5 +2 AP / silkscreen on canvas / 125 x 110 cm / courtesy of the artist Rolling Stones logo © Musidor BV.

starting bid: $4,500

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Lot 106

Jinoos Taghizadeh (b. 1971, Tehran, Iran)

Velvet Ghaba ed. 3/31 / dress and materials, cloth and digital print / 125 x 130 cm / 2010 / courtesy of the artist

starting bid: $1,800

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Lot 107

Mamali Shafahi (b. 1982, Tehran, Iran)

Mamali And His Doves In Art ed. 2/5 / mixed media print / 40 x 120 cm / 2009 / courtesy of the artist

starting bid: $2,000

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Lot 108

Yasmine Esfandiary (b. 1955, Tehran, Iran)

Splendour, No.11 acrylic and glitter on linen / 170 x 150 cm / 2010 / courtesy of the artist Realizing that her personal identity lies between the interstices of the many cultures she has inhabited, Yasmine Esfandiary’s paintings, which are saturated with colour and loaded with historical and contemporary references, offer a privileged view into her own personal negotiations between East and West‌

starting bid: $4,000

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Lot 109

Pouran Jinchi (b. 1959, Mashad, Iran)

Morning 02 (from the ‘Ritual Imprint’ series) charcoal and pencil on rice paper / 46 x 48 cm / 2009 / courtesy of the artist and The Third Line Gallery

starting bid: $2,000

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Lot 110

Fereydoon Omidi (b. 1967, Roudbar, Iran)

Wait oil on canvas / 220 x 150 cm / 2009 / courtesy of the artist

starting bid: $7,000

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Lot 111

Abol Atighetchi (b. 1948, Tehran, Iran)

Keyf Halek (How Are You) acrylic on canvas with gold leaf / 120 x 100 cm / 2009 / courtesy of the artist Inspired by the work of Persian Sufi and poet, Jalal e din Mollana, popularly known as Rumi, Atighetchi has dedicated all his calligraphies to him. In this piece the verse Man cheh danam is repeated several times‌

starting bid: $8,000

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Lot 112

Afsoon (b. 1961, Tehran, Iran)

Constitutionalists ed. 3/8 / hand-printed , mixed media on paper / 59 x 42 cm / courtesy of the artist

starting bid: $1,800

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Lot 113

Mehdi Farhadian (b. 1980, Tehran, Iran)

Baharestan acrylic on canvas / 100 x 120 cm / 2010 / courtesy of the artist and Mah Gallery Farhadian’s works express and expose his personal concerns limited to a specific geographical location. They immediately involve his viewers, who are reminded of deeply rooted memories - memories which are either reminiscent of poetic hope or past accidents, recalling the end of a nightmare and beginning of a bright, beautiful dawn...

starting bid: $2,700

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Lot 114

Shaqayeq Arabi (b. 1974, Tehran, Iran)

Untitled (from the ‘Rolled Canvases’ series) mixed media on folded canvas / 131 x 160 x 9 cm / 2009/2010 / courtesy of the artist Through my work I illustrate my self, my concerns and my rapport with the others and with the world…The departure point could be something that I’ve seen, heard, or read. I notice that in many cases I have been carrying things for years with me before the process of polishing, reviewing, filtering starts and finally materialize as an artwork…

starting bid: $2,000

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Lot 115

WITHDRAWN

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Lot 116

Azadeh Razaghdoost (b. 1979, Tehran, Iran)

Untitled (from the ‘Letters’ series) oil and pencil on canvas / 200 x 140 cm / courtesy of the artist My hands are my tools, the controlled weapons with which I swiftly wound the fleshy backgrounds of my canvases, bloodying them with a weeping rose, a beating heart or a uterine form.

starting bid: $3,500

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Lot 117

Andisheh Avini (b. 1974, New York, USA)

Untitled acrylic and inkjet on canvas / 190 x 117 cm / 2008 / courtesy of the artist

starting bid: $6,000

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Lot 118

Mohsen Ahmadvand (b. 1982, Tehran, Iran)

Lovers pen, ink and crayon on paper / 41 x 30 cm / 2008 / courtesy of the artist ‌most importantly he is an artist with humour, with poetry and a great deal of skill in creating juxtaposition and tension in his works‌

starting bid: $2,500

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Lot 119

Behdad Lahooti (b. 1976, Tehran, Iran)

Untitled ed. 2/5 / bronze / 54 x 12 x 12 cm / 2009 / courtesy of the artist

starting bid: $2,500

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Lot 120

Vahid Sharifian (b. 1977, Esfahan, Iran)

Bazi Javan Mardane (Games That Real Men Play) mixed media on canvas with frame / 120 x 90 cm / 2006 / courtesy of Fereydoun Ave

starting bid: $3,000

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Lot 121

Nazgol Ansarinia (b. 1979, Tehran, Iran)

Untitled 1 (from ‘Non Flammable, Non Stainable, Non Stick’ series) cast silicon and cardboard / 63 x 100 cm / 2010 / courtesy of the artist The plastic sofreh or tablecloth is an ordinary object found in most Iranian homes but sofreh in its literal sense is also a metaphor for one’s economic status in Iranian culture. Playing with the literal meaning and its actual functionality sofreh is used as a medium to carry data about the repetitious subject of daily expenses. Visually manipulating the original decorative patterns of the plastic tablecloths, statistical reports of daily expenses are inserted onto these everyday used objects. The method of building a system by relating numerical values to visuals is not unlike the way visuals are used in representing statistics in different fields of science. However the purpose of these visual charts is not to simplify data, but for the data to morph into common patterns.

starting bid: $3,500

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Lot 122

WITHDRAWN

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Lot 123

Ala Dehghan (b. 1982, Tehran, Iran)

Up-Marine mixed media on paper / 79 x 109 cm / 2010 / courtesy of the artist Socio- Political perceptions are inevitable when you are on a ground full of political seeds‌ I do not want to critique the Socio-Political, but to reflect lunacy. I walk with the umbrella of my paintings under the rays of madness‌

starting bid: $1,800

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Lot 124

Sahand Hesamiyan (b. 1977, Tehran, Iran)

Untitled ed. 1/3 + 1 AP / steel / 40 x 34 x 34 cm / 2010 / courtesy of the artist In this work, I have focused on two main characteristics of Persian art. Using very simple elements, I have tried to achieve complex compositions only to go back to simplicity again. I have made use of negative and positive spaces for indirect expression. These are all hallmarks Persian Islamic Art‌

starting bid: $4,500

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Lot 125

Farrokh Mahdavi (b. 1970, Tehran, Iran)

Untitled acylic on canvas / 110 x 90 cm / 2008 / courtesy of the artist and 66 Gallery

starting bid: $1,200

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Lot 126

WITHDRAWN

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Lot 127

Omid Salehi (b. 1972, Shiraz, Iran)

Afghanistan ed. 1/1 for Magic of Persia / epson photo luster 260g / 90 x 60 cm / 2007 / courtesy of the artist

starting bid: $1,000

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Lot 128

Shahrzad Changalvaee (b. 1983, Tehran, Iran)

Zolf ed. 1 / c-print / 68 x 60 cm / 2009 / courtesy of the artist and 66 Gallery

starting bid: $1,500

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Lot 129

Javad Azimi (b. 1977, Gorgan, Iran)

Lion’s Boudoir acrylic on canvas / 100 x 120 cm / 2009 / courtesy of the artist and 66 Gallery

starting bid: $1,200

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Lot 130

Shahla Hosseini (b. Tehran, Iran)

Untitled mixed media on canvas / 100 x 150 cm / 2002 / courtesy of Fereydoun Ave

starting bid: $5,000

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Lot 131

Fereydoun Ave (b. 1945, Tehran, Iran)

Rostam In Late Summer unique print on canvas for Magic of Persia / 151 x 100 cm / 2009 / courtesy of the artist

starting bid: $1,400

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Lot 132

Newsha Tavakolian (b. 1981, Tehran, Iran)

Persian Pride ed. 4/10 / on metallic paper / 100 x 70 cm / 2008 / courtesy of the artist

starting bid: $1,800

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Lot 133

Peyman Hooshmandzadeh (b. 1969, Tehran, Iran)

Knife ed. 2/5 / digital print / 110 x 110 cm / 2009 / courtesy of the artist

starting bid: $1,000

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Lot 134

Mania Akbari (b. 1974, Tehran, Iran)

Is She Mania? Yes. She Is. Are You Sure? AP / digital print on canvas / 100 x 240 cm / 2008 / courtesy of the artist

starting bid: $6,000

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Lot 135

Neda Razavipour (b. 1969, Tehran, Iran)

Untitled (from the ‘Notes of a House Wife’ series) special edition for Magic of Persia / light-box / 50 x 70 cm / 2005 / courtesy of the artist

starting bid: $2,000

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Lot 136

Mohammad Namazi (b. 1981, Tehran, Iran)

detail

(left) Untitled edition 1/5 / silkscreen / 70 x 100 cm / 2009 / courtesy of the artist (right) Untitled hand-made, black ink on paper / 105 x 31 cm / 2009 / courtesy of the artist This project is a series of original drawings that deal with global human relationships.Here the human body acts as a metaphor for unique perspectives and individuality, while reflecting our common achievements, culture and philosophy.

starting bid: $2,200

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Lot 137

Sara Rahbar (b. 1976, Tehran, Iran)

Love Arrived And How Red, No.11 ed 1/11 / c-print / 48 x 53 x 2 cm / 2008 / courtesy of the artist and Carbon 12

starting bid: $4,200

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Lot 138

Hamed Sahihi (b. 1980, Tehran, Iran)

What Would You Do? acrylic on canvas / 40 x 110 cm / 2010 / courtesy of the artist and Azad Gallery

starting bid: $2,000

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Lot 139

Ali Chitsaz (b. 1979, Isfahan, Iran)

Purgatory, Heaven And Hell acrylic on canvas / 100 x 150 cm / 2009 / courtesy of the artist

starting bid: $1,800

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Lot 140

Mansour Rafiee (b. 1965, Tehran, Iran)

Untitled mixed media and sewing on canvas / 200 x 150 cm / 2009 / courtesy of the artist and 66 Gallery

starting bid: $1,500

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Lot 141

Ali Alavi (b. 1982, Tehran, Iran)

Where Is My Vote? (from ‘The Forgotten Ones’ series) - Triptych mixed media on canvas / 100 x 210 cm, each panel 100 x 70 cm / 2009 / courtesy of the artist starting bid: $4,500

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Lot 142

Afruz Amighi (b. 1974, Tehran, Iran)

detail

Totem aluminium, stainless steel, wire and chain / 320 x 15 x 15 cm / 2010 / courtesy of the artist and Nicelle Beauchene Gallery starting bid: $3,600

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Lot 143

Sara Abbasian (b. 1982, Tehran, Iran)

Nature mixed media on canvas / 120 x 80 cm / 2009 / courtesy of the artist

starting bid: $1,500

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Lot 144

Masoume Bakhtiary (b. 1966, Tehran, Iran)

Untitled (from the ‘Safe Society’ series) - Triptych ink and acrylic on canavs / 150 x 300 cm / 2008 / courtesy of the artist and Azad Gallery

starting bid: $5,400

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Lot 145

Abbas Kowsari (b. 1970, Tehran, Iran)

Ashura 10th Day ed. 1/7 / on kodak endora metallic paper / 75 x 105 cm / 2005 / courtesy of the artist

starting bid: $2,700

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Lot 146

Amirali Ghasemi (b. 1980, Tehran, Iran)

The Girl-Friends (from the ‘Tehran Remixed’ series) edition 1/10 / cibachrome print / 50 x 66 cm / 2008 / courtesy of the artist and Parking Space Gallery

starting bid: $3,000

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Lot 147

Rozita Sharafjahan (b. 1962, Tehran, Iran)

Exposed digital print on aluband / 150 x 100 cm / 2010 / courtesy of the artist

starting bid: $4,000

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Lot 148

Dariush Yektaii (b. 1973, New York, USA)

Wire Vase oil, linen, broken vase and chicken wire on linen / 51 x 41 x 6 cm / 2010 / courtesy of the artist and Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery Painting, even in its thinnest film is a sculptural creation. In this small work the balance of the painting is the balance of physical material with illusionistic space. The visual story between these two elements is poetry...

starting bid: $3,000

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Lot 149

Mohsen Jamalineek (b. 1979, Karaj, Iran)

Today acrylic and oil on shiny fabric / 185 x 135 cm / 2010 / courtesy of the artist

starting bid: $3,000

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Lot 150

Shahpour Pouyan (b. 1979, Tehran, Iran)

Hoof acrylic on canvas / 180 x 115 cm / 2010 / courtesy of the artist and 66 Gallery

starting bid: $2,000

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Lot 151

Samira Alikhanzadeh (b. 1967, Iran)

Untitled (from ‘The Passage Of Time’ series) ed. 2/3 / acrylic & mirror fragments on printed board / 150 x 150 cm (50 x 50 cm each panel) / 2008 / courtesy of the artist and Assar Art Gallery

starting bid: $2,500

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Lot 152

Morteza Zahedi (b. 1978, Rasht, Iran)

Hey, This Is The Question ed. 1/1 / mixed media / 20 x 20 x 20 cm / 2010 / courtesy of the artist starting bid: $2,000

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Lot 153

Rodin Hamidi (b. 1983, Tehran, Iran)

Untitled (from the ‘Temple of the Mind’ series) ed. 1/1 / special digital print for Magic of Persia / 80 x 130 cm / 2009 / courtesy of the artist My experience with art has taught me that it can have a great impact on the way we view life. I have chosen cinema and photography so that I can capture and conceptualize elements of nature, and express my thoughts and visions. Most importantly, I use these art forms as a vehicle to learn more about myself. To me photography is a very special form of art: it gives me a new vision, an eye that is focused on details…

starting bid: $3,000

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Lot 154

Maryam Amini (b. 1977, Esfahan, Iran)

I Do Right, You Do Right mixed media on canvas / 230 x 170 cm / 2009 / courtesy of the artist and Aaran Gallery Women, when they are being intimately honest, in this time and space in Iran, have to express themselves in notes and codes, and sometimes the notes begin to form full angry sentences; otherwise, the empty space gives an exterior sense of calm and control. So, it’s all about inventing a language to scream in while whispering

starting bid: $2,700

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Lot 155

Homayoun Askari-Sirizi (b. 1981, Kerman, Iran)

The Mass Neutralize The Electricity of Any Socio-Political Mission (from the ‘Revoloution Games’ collection) installation, electrical circuit / 35 x 50 cm / 2009 / courtesy of the artist and Fereydoun Ave

starting bid: $1,000

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Lot 156

Kaveh Najmabadi (b. 1960, Tehran, Iran)

Soldiers colour pencil on paper / 65 x 50 cm / 2010 / courtesy of the artist

starting bid: $2,700

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Lot 157

Dariush Nehdaran (b. 1983, Isfahan, Iran)

Zendegiha Sayeha (Life Of The Shadows) digital print / 70 x 105 cm / 2009 / courtesy of the artist

starting bid: $1,000

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Lot 158

Iman Raad (b. 1979, Mashad, Iran)

Shahab III 1 AP / edition of 5 + 2 AP / silkscreen on canvas / 110 x 250 cm / 2010 / courtesy of the artist starting bid: $5,000

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Lot 159

Samira Eskandarfar (b. 1980, Tehran, Iran)

Untitled (from the ‘The Massive Calm’ series) oil on canvas / 150 x 150 cm / 2008 / courtesy of the artist and Azad Gallery

starting bid: $4,200

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Lot 160

Omid Hallaj (b. 1979, Tehran, Iran)

Untitled oil on canvas / 100 x 150 cm / 2009 / courtesy of the artist and Aun Gallery

starting bid: $2,100

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Lot 161

Pasha Ebrahimzadeh (b. 1984, Iran)

Untitled oil and acrylic on canvas / 152 x 122 cm / 2010 / courtesy of the artist

starting bid: $3,000

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Lot 162

Amirhossein Akhavan (b. 1980, Tehran, Iran)

Portrait of Mossadegh oil on canvas / 200 x 130 cm / 2009 / courtesy of the artist and Leila Taghinia Milani Heller Gallery

starting bid: $4,000

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ARTISTS' BIOGRAPHIES ABBASIAN, Sara: b. 1982, Tehran, Iran Selected Solo Exhibitions Fatemi St., Tehran 2010 | Dibagi St., Tehran, 2007 | Niavaran Café Gallery, Tehran 2006 | Fatemi St., Tehran 2006 Selected Group Exhibitions Black or White, Verso Gallery, Turin 2010 | Contemporary Iranian Artists, New York 2010 | Arran Art Gallery, Tehran, 2009 | 5 Artists + 3 Dimensions, XVA Gallery, Dubai 2009 | The First Iran Contemporary Drawing Festival, Imam Ali museum, Tehran 2008 | Tarrahan-e-Azad Gallery, Tehran 2009 and 2007 | Art Space Galleries, London 2007 | Assar Gallery, Tehran 2007. AFSOON: b. 1961, Tehran, Iran. After spending her childhood in Iran and late teens and early twenties in San Francisco, Afsoon settled in London. The artist’s nomadic life is reflected in her work where East merges with West. The result is a rich yet often playful and humorous tableau in which the audience is able to engage and interpret in its own way. In 2008 the British Museum acquired two series of Afsoon’s work for its contemporary Middle Eastern collection Education BA Media and Communication with Filmmaking, Fresno State University, 1984 Selected Solo Exhibitions Persian New Year Celebration, Foreign Press Association Club, London 2007 | 30 Years of Solitude, Asia House London 2008 Selected Group Exhibitions 5th International Ex Libris Contest, Biblioteca di Bodio Lomnago 2010 | Splitgraphic IV Split, Croatia 2009 |The 28th Graphic Biennial, Ljubljana 2009 | In a Different Light, Osborne Samuel Gallery, London 2009 | Chrysalid, Amelia Johnson Contemporary Art Gallery, Hong Kong 2009 | Art Routes, Waterhouse & Dodd Gallery, London 2008 | London Print Studio Summer Show, London Print Studio 2007.AHMADI, Shiva: b. 1975, Tehran, Iran. The artist was granted the Skowhegan Art Residency, Skowhegan, Maine, from Jun-Aug 2003. She was also awarded the 2001 Thomas C. Rumble University Graduate Fellowship, Wayne State University, Detroit, First Prize at the 2003 Michigan Fine Arts Competition, First Prize at the 2004 NYC 6th National Juried Exhibition, New York and First Prize at the 2004 Biennial Art Competition, South Bend Regional Museum of Art, Indiana Education BA Painting, Azad University, Tehran 1998 | MA Drawing, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan 2000 | MFA Drawing, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan 2003 | MFA Cranbrook Academy of Arts, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 2005 Selected Solo Exhibitions Shiva Ahmadi: Poetics of Myth, Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery, New York 2010 | Oil Crisis, Leila-Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery, New York 2005 Selected Group Exhibitions Art Dubai, Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery, Dubai, 2010 | Tehran – New York, Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery, New York, 2010 | Iran Inside Out, Chelsea Art Museum, New York 2009 | Contemporary Istanbul, Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery, Istanbul 2009 | Conference of the Birds, Berardi & Sagharchi Projects Ltd. and Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery, London 2008 |Biennial Art Competition, South Bend Regional Museum of Art, Indiana 2003 | Expression, Neda Gallery, Tehran 1998. AHMADVAND, Mohsen: b.1982, Tehran, Iran. The artist’s influences range from vintage photographs to wrestling, as well as the artists Alireza Espahbod and Ardeshir Mohasses. Whilst Ahmadvand prefers paper and pen, he does not limit himself to these alone and is known for his unique blend of different disciplines Education BA Painting, Faculty of Fine Arts, Tehran University Selected Solo Exhibitions XVA Gallery, Dubai 2008 | Seyhoun Gallery, Tehran 2006, 2007 and 2008 Selected Group Exhibitions 4th Bastakiya Art Fair, organised by XVA Gallery, Dubai 2010 | Artcurial – Briest, Poulain - F. Tajan, Auction House, Paris 2009 | Looped and Layered: A Selection of Contemporary Art from Tehran, Thomas Erben Gallery, New York 2009 | Iran on Paper : the Last 10 Years, from Fereydoun Ave’s LAAL Collection, Aaran Art Gallery, Tehran 2009 | Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery, New York 2008 | Modern and Contemporary Arab and Iranian Art, Sotheby’s, London 2008 | Second Annual Asian Contemporary Art Fair, New York 2008. AKBARI, Mania: b.1974, Tehran, Iran. The artist began her art career as a painter in 1991 and her film activities in the late 1990s. In 2002, Akbari’s breakthrough came with Abbas Kiarostami’s Ten, based on her life and in which she took the lead female role. Her directorial debut 20 Fingers featured in more than 30 International Film Festivals, winning numerous prizes including Best Film and Best Director in the digital category of the 2004 Venice Film Festival. Her next film 10+4, won four prizes including Best Film as selected by the Young Jury, 2006 Nantes Film Festival, Best Film and Best Director at the Kerala International Film Festival, India Selected Exhibitions Facts & Illusions, Magic of Persia, Royal College of Art, London, 2009 | Xerxes Gallery, London 2008 | Tate Modern, London 2007 | Tarrahan-e-Azad Gallery/ Free Designers Gallery, Tehran 2007. AKHAVAN, Amirhossein: b. 1980, Tehran, Iran. The essence of Akhavan’s work and their beginning and finishing point, is painting for paintings sake. The works, both individually and as a collection, convince the viewer that the painter is concerned primarily with colour, brushstroke, composition, and all of the elements that make a painting. The results are works that capture the essence of painting and communicate with the viewer, with, and only with visual language. What that language says is a story of its own. The timelessness of patterns, the authenticity of colours, the importance of identities, and finally, the beauty of that which, as the art works reveal, we have always prized and treasured, love and affection, and the ability express it. Education BA Fine Arts and Painting, Boston University, Boston, USA 2000-2004 Selected Solo Exhibitions Etemad Gallery, Tehran, Iran 2008 Selected Group Exhibitions Niavaran Art Fair, Tehran, Iran 2009 | Art Expo, Tehran, Iran 2008 | Brick Lane Gallery, London, UK 2008 | Saba Museum of Modern Art, Tehran, Iran | Boston University, Boston, USA 2004 | Talar Hamidi Gallery, Tehran, Iran 2002 | Espresso Royal Coffee Shop, Boston, USA 2002 | Boston University Student Exhibition, Boston, USA 2000 – 2002. AKHAVAN, ROYA : b. 1953, Tehran, Iran Education BA Art, Simmons College, Boston, Massachusetts 1974 | Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs, Paris 1976 | The Art Students League, New York 1981 Selected Solo Exhibitions Nexus, Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery, New York 2009 | Galerie Transversale, Paris 1998 | Galerie Etienne Dinet, Paris 1992 | Galerie Etienne Dinet, Paris 1991 | Washington World Gallery, Washington, D.C. 1980) | Tehran Gallery, Tehran 1976 Selected Group Exhibitions Tehran-New York, Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery, New York 2010 | Art Dubai, Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery, Dubai 2010 | Art Abu Dhabi, Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery, Abu Dhabi 2009 | Selseleh/Zelseleh: Movers & Shakers in Contemporary Iranian Art, curated by Dr. Layla S. Diba, Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller, Gallery, New York, 2009 | Contemporary Asian Art Fair, Leila Taghinia-Milani

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Heller Gallery, New York 2008 | Conference of the Birds, Berardi & Sagharchi Projects Ltd. and Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery, London 2008 | Galerie Transversale, Paris 1999 | International Women’s Year Exhibition, Tehran Gallery, Tehran 1977. ALAVI, Ali: b.1982, Tehran, Iran. This piece is taken from a special body of work named ‘The Forgotten Ones’ and takes the form of a triptych. In its inception, Alavi sought to newly interpret the social and political mannerisms of the Qajar Dynasty, however, the evolution of the piece was influenced in a different way by the political climate in Iran to create a new generation of work. Alavi is a member of the Charsoo-Honar Painting Group. The artist lives and works in Tehran. Education BA Painting, The Art University | MA Illustration Art Selected Exhibitions Koffiehuis Schilderijen, Amsterdam 2008 | 1st Drawing Annual, Karaj 2006 | Transform A Nation Project IAAB, Iran 2006 | New Generation Works, Homa Art Gallery, Tehran 2006 | 4th Contemporary Painting Biennial, Tehran 2006 | Saadabad Art Gallery, Tehran 2005 | Haft Samar Art Gallery, Tehran 2004-2005. ALIKHANZADEH, Samira: b. 1967, Iran. Alikhanzadeh began painting in 1987 under the tutelage of renowned Iranian artist, Aydin Aghdashloo. The progression of Alikhanzadeh’s works can clearly be seen in her current digital prints whereby vintage photographs are hand-painted and overlaid with raised mirror mosaics. Her highly conceptual works deal with issues of identity and are infused with philosophical ideas of existence and the passing of time. The artist lives and works in Tehran Education BA Painting, Azad University, Tehran 1996 | MFA Painting, Azad University, Tehran 1998 Selected Solo Exhibitions Golestan Gallery, Tehran 2008, 2005, 2004, 2001, and 1999 Selected Group Exhibitions Iran Inside Out, Farjam Collection, Dubai 2010 | AB Gallery, Lucerne 2010 | Dar Al-Funoon Gallery, Kuwait 2009 | Waterhouse and Dodd, Routes II, London 2009 | Off the Loom: The Persian Carpet in Contemporary Iranian Art, Assar Art Gallery, Tehran 2009 | Self Portraits, Azad Art Gallery, Tehran 2009. AMIGHI, Afruz: b. 1974, Tehran, Iran. Amighi was the winner of the inaugural 2009 Jameel International Art Prize Education BA Political Science, Barnard College at Columbia University, New York 1997 | Summer Studio Program, School of Visual Arts, New York 2002 | MFA New York University, New York 2007 Selected Exhibitions Jameel Prize, V&A Museum, London 2009 - travelling to venues in the Middle East 2011 | Just a Ghostly Paper Sigh, 31 Grand, New York 2007 | MFA Thesis Show: Class of 2007, Washington Square east Gallery, New York 2007 | Seven, ALJIRA Center for Contemporary Art, Newark 2006 | Please Touch, G.A.S.P Gallery, Boston 2006 | Dedicated to N. Khan, Helen & Martin Kimmel Center, New York 2006 | Young Americans, Charlotte and Philip Hanes Art Gallery, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 2005 | The Beautiful Ones, 31 Grand, Brooklyn, New York 2004 | Sleep, Cave Gallery, Brooklyn, New York 2003. AMIN NAZAR, Ahmad: b. 1966, Iran. Rebellious against the mainstream, the artist has kept away from the commercial side of the art world. In Iran, Amin Nazar is admired as a master of both line and form and of interpreting the Persian miniature in a postmodern context. Using various materials and medium, he revisits ancient themes in a very turbulent style - such as the character Zahak and masked Taaziye theatre. There is a lot of energy and struggle in his works and we see mythological figures engaged with absurd symbols of modernity. Surreal and beautifully painted works; we sense their significance in light of contemporary life in Iran. Selected Solo Exhibitions Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, February 2010. AMINI, Maryam: b.1977, Esfahan, Iran. Education Diploma in Iranian Painting, The College of Fine Art, Esfahan 1995 | BA Painting, at The Art University, Tehran 2003 Selected Solo Exhibitions Fitting Clothes to Pack Three Lovers, Ave Gallery, Tehran 2008 | Mah Art Gallery, Tehran 2007 | Elahe Gallery, Tehran 2005 and 1999 Selected Group Exhibitions Black or White, EX ARUM Museum, Pescara 2010 | Under the Radar, JTM Gallery, Paris 2010 | Black and White, Verso Gallery, Turin 2010 | Ra’d o Bargh, Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery, Paris and Saltsburg 2009 | Whispered Secrets, Murmuring Dreams, Mall Gallery, London 2008 | Song of Bulbuls of Oil rich Lands, Esfahan Museum of Contemporary Art, Esfahan 2007 | Mah Gallery, Tehran 2007, 2006 and 2005 | GARDENS OF IRAN: Ancient Wisdom, New Visions, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art 2004 |Annual Exhibition of Esfahan Contemporary Painters, Esfahan Museum of Contemporary Art, Esfahan 2003 | Annual Exhibition of Esfahan Women Painters, Esfahan Museum of Contemporary Art 2002. ANSARINIA, Nazgol: b. 1979, Tehran, Iran. Ansarinia’s work of the past seven years examines the systems and networks that underpin her daily life. The artist was one of three short-listed nominees of the 2008 Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative and one of the winners of the 2009 Abraaj Art Prize. The artist lives and works in Tehran Education BA Graphic & Media Design, London School of Communications | MFA, California College of the Arts, San Francisco Selected Exhibitions Abraaj Capital Art Prize, Museum of Arts and Design, New York |Iran Inside-Out, Chelsea Art Museum, New York | Tarjama/Translation, Queens Museum of Art. ARABI, Shaqayeq: b. 1974, Tehran, Iran. Shaqayeq Arabi is a painter, sculptor and installation artist whose career spans over twenty years. The piece donated to the auction can be described as both painting and object making. The temptation of making object has been always part of the artist’s oeuvre: Arabi works with variety of material from thrown away plastic bottles to newspaper, used wallpapers and found pieces in junkyards. By recycling her old canvases, shaping and re-fixing them, Arabi transforms her paintings to reliefs of sculptural form with a metal-like appearance. The artist currently lives and works in Dubai Education BA Graphic & Visual Communication, Al Zahra University, Tehran 1996 | BFA, UVHC University, Valencienne 2001 | MFA, Sorbonne University, Paris 2002 Selected Solo Exhibitions Aun Gallery, Tehran 2010 | Total Arts Gallery, Dubai 2005 |Golestan Gallery, Tehran 2004, 1996-1999 Selected Group Exhibitions SCRAPS, Total Arts at the Courtyard, Dubai 2009 | KHOCHEH OSKO, Khaneh Honarmandan, Tehran 2007 | Szentendre Gallery, Hungary 2006 | Summer Exhibition, XVA Gallery, Dubai 2004 | Sculpture Biennial, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran 1999. ARAMESH, Reza: b. 1970, Ahwaz, Iran. Through photography, Aramesh explores the overwhelming deluge of media in the representation of conflict around the world. Working both with iconic war reportage images and photographs from contemporary conflicts in the Middle East, Aramesh begins to alter these images as if he is working with a scene in a storyboard; background characters are brought into the foreground whilst prominent figures are scrubbed out. Aramesh then recreates and shoots these altered scenes, using non-professional actors, in the opulence of stately homes and places of particular cultural significance. Performance is often inextricably tied to the artist’s process. In photography Aramesh finds a medium with which to meld the socio-politics of the modern world with his interests in the history of art, film and literature. Previous projects have included site-specific work in Trafalgar Square, Tate Britain and the Barbican, London. The artist currently lives and works in London Education MA Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, University of London 1997 Selected Solo Exhibitions Between the Eye and the Object falls the Shadow… Compagnie Marocaine des Oeuvres de Objets d’Art, Rabat 2010 |


Statement, Paris Photo 2009, curated by Catherine Davide, Paris 2009 | Live Action 71, curated by The Diogenes Club, Late at Tate Britain, London 2009 | Between the Eye and the Object falls a Shadow... Isabelle Van Den Eynde Gallery, Dubai 2009 | Selected Group Exhibitions Hope! curated by Ashok Adiceam, Palais des Arts et du Festival, Dinard 2010 | Relaunch, Sunbury House, London 2009 | Los Vinilos, Zoo Art Fair, London 2008 | A World Without Borders, Event Horizon, GSK Contemporary, Royal Academy of Art, London 2008. ARYANPOUR, Pooya: b. 1971, Tehran, Iran. The artist was the winner of the 2nd Biennial of Contemporary Painting of the Islamic World, Tehran 2002, and the winner of the 5th Biennial Painting, Tehran 2000 Education Plastic Arts School, Tehran 1993 | BA Painting, Azad University 1997 | MA Painting, Azad University, Tehran 1999 Selected Solo Exhibitions Golestan Gallery, Tehran 2003 | Barg Gallery, Tehran 2000, 1997, 1994 selected Group Exhibitions An Impressive Representation by 50 Artists, Mah Gallery, Tehran 2008 | Gardens of Iran, Conceptual Art Exhibition, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran 2004 |Turning Points: Seven Iranian Artists, Columbia University, New York 2004 | 6th Painting Biennial, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran 2004 | Abim Group Exhibition, Mimara Museum, Zagreb 2003 | 2nd Conceptual Art Exhibition, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran 2002 | International Drawing, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran 2000. Askari sIRIZI, Homayoun: b. 1981, Kerman, Iran. The artist lives and works in Tehran Education BA Architecture, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Tehran, Tehran 2005 Selected Exhibitions. ATIGHETCHI, Abol: b. 1948, Tehran, Iran. Having studied the sacred art of calligraphy through books and visual appreciation, Atighetchi executes large format calligraphy in Thuluth and Kufi on canvas inspired by the works of Rumi. Atighetchi has been a member of Maison des Artistes, Paris, since 1985. His paintings have been on permanent display at Capital Club Dubai since 2008 and he a resident artist at the Dubai International Financial Centre. Education BSC, London’s Queen Mary University Selected Exhibitions Art Dubai, Dubai 2008 and 2009 | Art Space, DIFC, Dubai 2008 | Contemporary Museum of Fine Arts, Niavaran, Tehran 2007 | Imam Ali Museum, Tehran 2007 | International Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Toulouse 2001 | International Exhibition, Futurescope, Poitier 2000 | Galerie d’Art Modern, Evian Les Bains 1990 | Art Expo, Geneva 1989. AVE, Fereydoun: b. 1945, Tehran, Iran. Ave is a member of La Maison des Artistes. Between 1970 and 1980, he was the Artistic Director at Zand Gallery, Tehran and the Hayden – Zand Gallery, Washington D.C. The artist was also the resident designer at the Iran-America Society Cultural Center, Tehran, the N.I.R.T. Theatre Workshop, Tehran, the City Theatre, Tehran and the Iran International Festival of Arts, Shiraz. Between 1984 and 2007 Ave was the permanent Artistic Director of 13 Vanak Street Gallery and XVA Gallery. A pioneer of contemporary Iranian art, Fereydoun Ave lives and works between Tehran, Paris and Dubai. Education Foreign Student Scholarship, The World University Tour, University of the Seven Seas, Orange, California 1964 | BA Applied Arts of the Theatre, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 1969 Selected Solo Exhibitions 1990-2007 Silk Road Gallery, Tehran | 13 Vanak Street Gallery, Tehran | Hervé Van der Straeten Gallery, Paris | Seyhoun Gallery, Tehran | XVA Gallery, Dubai | B21 Progressive Art Gallery, Dubai Selected Group Exhibitions 1980 – 2008 Salon d’Automne de Paris, Paris | Iran Heritage Foundation Show, London | Iranian Contemporary Art, Barbican Art Gallery, London |Regards Persans, Espace Electra, Paris |Iran Under the Skin, Case Asia Barcelona |Gods Becoming Men, Frissiras Athens, Greece Olympic Games |The Contemporary Persian Scene: The American and European Experience, Leila Taghinia - Milani Heller Gallery, New York | Contemporary Art Museum, Tehran | Christie’s Auction and Preview Exhibition, London, Dubai | Welcome, Kashia Hildebrand Gallery, New York | Photography Collection, Centre Georges Pompidou | Art Paris, Abu Dhabi | Routes, Waterhouse & Dodd, London. AVINI, Andisheh: b.1974, New York City, USA. The artist currently lives and works in New York City Education Hunter College, New York Selected Solo Exhibitions I-20 Gallery, New York 2009, 2007 and 2005 | Aidan Gallery, Moscow 2009 | Feinkost Gallery, Berlin 2009 | Gavlak Projects, West Palm Beach, Florida 2008 | Alberto Peola Fine Arts, Turin 2006 | Selected Group Exhibitions We’re All Gonna Die, curated by Ron Keyson, Number 35 Gallery, New York 2009 | Love, Love, Love, curated by Jose Martos and Chloe Labouerie, Martos Gallery, New York 2008 | Empire and It’s Discontents, Tufts University, Sommerville, Massachusetts 2008| Fit To Print, Gagosian Gallery, New York 2008 | Theater of Cruelty, curated by Raul Zamudio, White Box, New York 2007 | Six Feet Under – Autopsie unseres Umgang mit Toten, Kunstmuseum Bern, Museum of Fine Arts, Bern 2006 | The Contemporary Persian Scene, Leila Taghinia Milani Heller Gallery, New York 2006 | VOLTA 02 Show, Basel 2006 | ARCO, Madrid 2006 | New Perspectives, FIAC, Paris 2005 | Art Forum, Berlin 2005. AZIMI, Javad: b. 1977, Gorgan, Iran. The artist is incredibly attached to the mysterious ambience of his childhood Education BA Art University, Tehran 2001 | MA Art University, Tehran 2007 Selected Solo Exhibitions 66 Gallery, Tehran 2010| Mah Gallery, Tehran 2005 Selected Group Exhibitions Mohsen Gallery, Tehran 2009 | Golestan Gallery, Tehran 2008 | An Impressive Representation by 50 Artists, Mah Gallery, Tehran 2008 | Bahman Gallery, Tehran 2007 | Laleh Gallery, Tehran 2006 | Saba Gallery, Tehran 2005. BAKHSHI, Mahmoud: b. 1977, Tehran, Iran. Bakhshi was the 2009 Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize (MOP CAP) winner. The artist lives and works in Tehran Education Diploma in Graphics, Tehran 1995 | BA Sculpture, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Tehran 2001 Selected Solo Exhibitions Ave Gallery, Tehran 2007 | MAHMOUD’S DRIVING SCHOOL, Tehran Gallery, Tehran 2006 | Oh ABOLFAZL, Three Openings, Bazaar Mosque, Golestan Gallery, Tehran 2004 | Barg Gallery 2002, 2001 and 2000 Selected Group Exhibitions Ra’d o Bargh, Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery, Paris 2009 | Iran New Voices, Barbican Centre, London 2008 | Lion Under the Rainbow, Athens 2008 | In the State of Weightlessness, Silk Road Gallery, Tehran 2008 | Arario Gallery, Beijing 2007 | Asia Art Now, Alternate Space Loop, Seoul 2006 | Rebel Minds, Gallery, Berlin 2005 | VICTIM, Niavaran Artistic Creations Foundation, Tehran 2004. BAKHTIARI, Masoume: b. 1966, Tehran, Iran Education BA Painting, School of Fine Arts, Tehran University 1991 | MA Animation, Tarbiat Modarres University 1999 Selected Exhibitions Assar Gallery, Tehran 2004 | Depot Square Gallery, Boston 2004 | Williams Tower Gallery, Houston 2003 | Oveissi Gallery, Los Angeles 1999 Selected Group Exhibitions Azad Art Gallery, Tehran 2009 | Museum of Fine Arts, Saad Abad Palace, Tehran 2008 | Assar Art Gallery, Tehran, 2007, 2006, 2005 | Niavaran Cultural Foundation, Tehran 2005 | International Art Expo, Beijing 2005 | Spiritual Arts, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran 2004 | 3rd Biennial Painting Exhibition, Tehran 1994. BALASSANIAN, Sonia: b. 1942, Arak, Iran. Balassanian’s direction took a dramatic turn in the late 1970s; the artist who started as an abstract painter

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turned to ‘political art’ and became a social activist. Balassanian has won a number of prizes and is an alumnus of the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. Armenian in origin, the artist lives and works between New York and Armenia Education BFA Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia 1970 | Independent Study Program, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York 1971-72 | MFA Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York 1978 Selected Solo Exhibitions Who Is The Victim: 52nd Art Biennale of Venice, The Armenian Pavilion, Venice 2007 |Drawings by Sonia Balassanian, Armenian Center for Contemporary Art, Yerevan 2004 | Shadows of My Sisters, South-eastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 1993 | The Other Side, The Sculpture Center, New York 1992 | Brooding, Exit Art, New York 1989 | Black, Black Days, Franklin Furnace Gallery, New York 1982 | Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York 1978 | Saman Gallery, Tehran 1976 | Zarvan Gallery, Tehran 1975 Selected Group Exhibitions East West Dialogues: Mysticism, Satire and the Legendary Past, curated by Dr. Layla Diba, Leila Taghinia- Milani Heller Gallery, New York 2008 | The Gates of Mediterranean, curated by Martina Corgnati, Palazzo Piozzo-Casa del Conte Verde, Rivoli 2008 | Yerevan Crisis, Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art, Yerevan 2007 | The Contemporary Persian Scene: The American and European Experience, Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery, New York 2006 | Don’t be scared, curated by David Kareyan, Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art, Yerevan 2006. Behnam BAKHTIAR, Sassan: b. 1984, Paris, France. Bakhtiar uses various mediums in his Dubai-based art studio to produce a series of works that engage in a dialogue between contemporary concepts and eternal beliefs. The artist draws inspiration from his roots as an Iranian Education American University, Dubai Selected Exhibitions Galerie du Cap, St Tropez 2008 | Assar Gallery, Tehran 2008. BEHNAM, Behzad: b. 1945, Tehran, Iran. As a professional painter, Behnam is widely appreciated for his original style of oriental fauvism Education BA History and Political Sciences, Université Libre, Brussels and University of Tehran | Diploma, Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts, Brussels Selected Exhibitions the artist has participated in numerous exhibitions in France, Switzerland, Germany and the Middle East. CHANGALVAEE, Shahrzad: b.1983, Tehran, Iran. Her work shows the influence of previous generation typographers, photographers and artists, enabling the artist to create a unique style of phototypography that combines improvisation, language and type. In Changalvaee’s work, the text is written by an individual but has a life of its own; the incarnate text, the text that stands, becomes the subject. Photography therefore becomes a means of expression - the moment captured and owned, the happening. This series is based on a poem from Yadollah Royaee, an Iranian avant-garde contemporary poet. The artist lives and works in Tehran Education 9th Graphic Workshop, Istanbul 2004 | Graphic Design, Book Design, Type Design and Typography, Reza Abedini Studio, Tehran 2004 - 2007 BFA Graphic Design, Faculty of Fine arts, Tehran University, Tehran 2007 Selected Exhibitions Golden Bee: Moscow International Biennial of Graphic Design, Moscow 2010 | Trnava Poster Triennial 2009 | Conference of the Birds, Berardi & Sagharchi Projects Ltd. and Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery, London 2008 | The Seattle-Tehran Poster Show, Seattle 2008 | Gen X: New Generation of Graphic Designers of Iran, York University, Toronto 2008. CHITSAZ, Ali: b.1979, Tehran, Iran Education BA Business Administration, Azad University, Tehran 2001 Selected Solo Exhibitions Selseleh Zelzeleh, Leila Taghinia Milani Heller Gallery, New York 2009 | Lion under the Sun, organised by D. ART, curated by Alexandros Georgiou, Art Athina, Athens 2008 |Golestan Gallery, Tehran 2008 Selected Group Exhibitions Thirteen Artists for the New Day, Aun Gallery, Tehran 2010 | Tehran, Virtual and Real, Aran Art Gallery, Tehran 2010 | Iran Now, Silk Road Gallery, Tehran 2009 | Color of Love, Niavaran Palace, Tehran 2008 | Artspace Galleries, London 2007 | Isfahan Museum of Contemporary Art, Isfahan 2007 | Mane Honar e No Gallery, Tehran 2005 and 2006 | Day Gallery, Tehran 2006 | Mah Art Gallery, Tehran 2006 | Italian School of Pietro Della Vale, Tehran 2001. DALLAL, Henry: b. 1955, Tehran, Iran. Henry Dallal started photography at the age of nine when his father gave him a Box Brownie. Passionate about travel and adventure around the world, the world of horses has particularly captured Dallal’s imagination; it is a subject to which he has dedicated long attention. Currently Dallal is working on an upcoming publication The Royal Cavalry of Oman, for HM Sultan Qaboos of Oman as well as on Qatar, with support and encouragement from His Highness The Emir of Qatar. Dallal has also recently been honoured with commissions to photograph Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein of Dubai. His non-digital photography has been exhibited in Blenheim Palace, Kensington Palace, Naples Museum of Art, Florida, Royal Geographical Society, Smithsonian Institution and Windsor Castle. The International Museum of the Horse in Lexington, Kentucky is staging a major exhibition of his photography in 2009 with other exhibitions being planned in the UAE and India. His work has been sold in Christie’s galleries and auction houses. Henry is a member of Alpine Club and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society Education BSBA, University of Denver, Colorado 1977 Selected Exhibitions International Museum of Horses, Lexington, Kentucky 2008 | Harrods, London 2006 | Bleinheim Palace, Oxfordshire 2006 | Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C. 2004 | Naples Museum of Art, Naples, Florida 2004 | Weatherburn Gallery, Naples, Florida 2004 | Son et Lumière, Windsor Castle, Windsor 2003 | Guildhall, Windsor 2003 | Royal Geographical Society, London 2002 | Kensington Palace, London 1999. DEHGHAN, Ala: b. 1982, Tehran, Iran. The artist’s work, without being autobiographical, draws from her own experiences as a female in contemporary Iran. Dehghan creates links between people, objects and elements of nature, fusing them into potentially metaphoric signs - a process she refers to as ‘subjective documentation’. In 2010, Dehghan was awarded the Magic of Persia Residency at the Delfina Foundation in London. In 2009 Dehghan was shortlisted of Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize (MOPCAP) and her work featured in the 2009 Magic of Persia Auction Gala, Dubai. The artist currently lives and works between Tehran and Karaj Education MA Painting, Faculty of Fine Arts, Tehran University Selected Solo Exhibitions (upcoming) Cream Art Gallery, Milan 2011 | I Can Explain Everything, Thomas Erben Gallery, New York 2010 | Life Is My Sister, Aaran Gallery, Tehran 2009 | Parking Gallery, Tehran 2008 Selected Group Exhibitions Iran-Today l Gabbiano Gallery, Rome 2010 | 12 Cubed, Aun Art Gallery, Tehran 2010 | Art Fair Rome, Rome 2010Today I`m going Away – I stay in Tehran, Cream Art Gallery, Milan 2010 | MiArt: Milan Art Fair, Milan 2010 | Iran: DiVerso Black and White, Gallery Verso, Turin 2010 | Art Dubai, Dubai 2010 | Looped and Layered, Thomas Erben Gallery, New York 2009 | Ra’d o Bargh, Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery, Paris 2009 | Work on Paper, LAAL Collection by Fereydoun Ave, Aaran Gallery, Tehran 2009 | Iran, Now, Silk Road Gallery ,Tehran 2009 | Gol o Bolbol, Tarrahan-e Azad Gallery, Tehran 2009. DERAKHSHANI, Reza: b. 1952, Sangsar, Iran. Derakshani received his first commission at nine years of age. Following the Islamic Revolution, the artist settled in New York for twenty years before returning to live and work in Iran. His


work is collected internationally, confirming his prominent position within the Iranian Diaspora. Painter, musician and performance artist, Derakshani’s oeuvre is characterised by a uniquely multi-layered approach to his cultural heritage; his music is not limited to concerts alone but joins forces with his visual arts. Imbued with an eastern sensibility, it is seductive yet devotional; it evokes old Persia yet remains consciously contemporary. Derakshani values what comes from the heart; placing no limits on creativity, he is aware that Persian traditions and the long and complex history of the region are not only a vital part of his vision but what ultimately determines his identity as an international artist. He has held solo exhibitions in many international galleries in Europe and the United States. Derakshani currently lives and works between Dubai, USA and Europe. Education BA Mathematics, Semnan University | Visual Arts, University of Tehran 1976 | Pasadena School of Art, California Selected Solo Exhibitions Ghandriz Art Gallery, Tehran 1971 | Osborne Samuel Gallery, London 2010 Selected Group Exhibitions TEHRAN - NEW YORK, Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery, New York 2010 | Guns and Roses, Eleven Howland, London 2009. EBRAHIMZADEH, Pasha: b. 1984, Iran. “I never saw the need for an artist’s statement. The art should speak for itself, especially in abstract expressionism. Why should I complicate things by expounding on how or why I do what I do? I paint what I paint based on how I feel in the moment” Education BA Fine Arts, The Art Institute of Houston Selected Group Exhibitions National Art Services Co., Inc, 2010 I Bayou City Art Festival, Houston, Texas, Institute of Houston, 2009 ESFANDIARY, Yasmine: b.1955, Tehran, Iran. Esfandiary’s practice is an investigation into the diverse cultural, visual, and mystical experiences of her life. Her paintings present the viewer with a dynamic history of cultural appropriations and interpretations. Esfandiary’s exposure to both Eastern and Western cultures started when she was very young due to the frequent relocation of her family. These experiences initiated an internal dialogue around her personal identity and sparked a line of questioning as to which culture she belonged. The artist lives and works in Nice Education Ecole Superieure D’Art Graphique et Photographie Paris1973 | Rhode Island School of Design Providence, Rhode Island 1976 Selected Solo Exhibitions Toco D’Azur, Nice 2007 | Galleria Casa Dugnani, Milan 2006 | Vertu Denver, Colorado 2004 | Vertu Denver, Colorado 2002 | Max Martinez Aspen, Colorado 1993 | Max Martinez Denver, Colorado USA 1991 Selected Group Exhibitions Yasmine Esfandiary / Stefania Pennacchio, Galleria Casa Dugnani, Milan 2010 | Contemporary Art Auction Phillips de Pury & Company London 2010 | Iran Unbowed, Candlestar, The Churchill London 2009 | Magic of Persia Magical Nights, Dubai Christie’s Charity Auction 2009 | Masques of Shahrazad, Candlestar, Mall Galleries London 2009. ESKANDARFAR, Samira: b. 1980, Tehran, Iran. Eskandarfar has shown extensively both in Tehran and outside Iran at various film festivals. Since 2003, she has made over ten videos from which two of her works were purchased by major collectives including the Tate Modern in London and Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (NBK) in Berlin. The artist continues to work in Iran Education BA Imam Khomeini International University, Ghazvin 2001 | MA, Art University, Tehran 2006 Selected Solo Exhibitions Clowns Can’t Have Babies, Azad Art Gallery, Tehran 2009 |The Massive Calm, Azad Art Gallery, Tehran 2008 | Underground, Azad Art Gallery, Tehran 2008 | The Dispersion, Mah Art Gallery, Tehran 2007 | I, Sheli, Mori & You, Day Art Gallery, Tehran 2006 | Other Faces, Laleh Art Gallery, Tehran 2006 | Family Photos, Day Art Gallery, Tehran 2005 | Something is Gone, Azad Art Gallery, Tehran 2004 | My Fair Lady, Laleh Art Gallery, Tehran 2004 | Amazement, Azad Art Gallery, Tehran 2003 Selected Group Exhibitions Tehran to London: New Painting from Iran, Jill George Gallery, London 2010 | 89, curated by Azita Sharafjahan, Azad Art Gallery, Tehran 2009 | Exposed, Azad Art Gallery, Tehran 2009 | Other, curated by Ali Ettehad, Mohsen Art Gallery, Tehran 2009 | How did you spend your summer?, Azad Art Gallery, Tehran 2009 | Urban Jealousy: The 1st Intl. Roaming Biennial of Tehran, curated by Amirali Ghasemi and Serhat Koksal, Istanbul and Belgrade, 2008. FARAHANI, Mitra: b. 1975, Tehran, Iran. From the age of fourteen, Farahani studied painting and drawing with various Iranian masters of pictorial art, notably Gholem Hossein Nami. The artist moved to Paris in 1998, and took up residence in the Cité Internationale des Arts . In December 1999 she staged an event named ‘You Are Invited to a Funeral’, before 2001 when she began a course of video studies at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, and made her first documentary. Twenty-six minutes long, this was entitled ‘Just A Woman’. The film was chosen for the Berlin Film Festival and awarded the Teddy Awards Special Jury Prize. Farahani’s documentary ‘Zohre and Manouchehr’ (67 minutes) was presented at the Berlin Film Festival in 2004. This was later shown in cinemas in France and Canada with the title ‘Taboos’. In 2005 she made the documentary “Behdjat Sadr: Suspended Time’, a portrait of one of the pioneers of Abstract Expressionist painting in Iran. In November 2009, as part of the Three Continents Festival, Le Lieu Unique in Nantes presented her one-person multi-disciplinary exhibition. This comprised a video-installation, a painted screen, a group of drawings and some projected films Education Baccalaureat Graphic Art 1992 I Degree in Graphic Art, AZAD University,Tehran FARHADIAN, Mehdi: b.1980, Tehran, Iran. Drawing on 19th century European academic techniques rendered in a pure and shining palette, Farhadian’s works express and expose his personal concerns, limited to a specific geographical location. They immediately involve his viewers, who are reminded of deeply rooted memories - memories which are either reminiscent of poetic hope or past accidents, recalling the end of a nightmare and beginning of a bright, beautiful dawn Education MA in Painting, Faculty of Fine Arts, Tehran University Solo Exhibition Mah Art Gallery, Tehran 2009 Selected Group Exhibitions Movers & Shakers in Contemporary Iranian Art, Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery, New York 2009 | Galerie Almine Rech, Paris 2009 | Rah-e-Abrisham Gallery, Tehran 2009 | Araan Gallery, Tehran 2009 | Creek Art Fair, Dubai 2008 | Mah Art Gallery, Tehran 2008, 2007 | An Impressive Representation by 50 Artists, Mah Gallery, Tehran 2007 | Radical Drawing (2), Tehran Gallery, Tehran 2007 | Radical Drawing (1), Tarahan Azad Gallery, Tehran 2007 | Museum of Contemporary Art, Isfahan 2006 | Selected Contemporary Iranian Realism & Hyper RealismArt Exhibition, Niavaran Cultural Center, Tehran 2005. FARMANFARMAIAN, Monir: b.1924, Qazvin, Iran. Farmanfarmaian’s distinguished career has spanned more than five decades. Incorporating traditional reverse glass painting, mirror mosaics and principles of Islamic geometry with a modern sensibility, her sculptures and installations defy easy categorisation. The result is a geometric and reflective kaleidoscope with shard-like forms of colour and light slicing through fragments of mirror. Several major institutions have collected Farmanfarmaian’s work, with major installations commissioned by the Victoria & Albert Museum’s Jameel Gallery and the Asia Pacific Triennial. In 2007 Knopf published her memoir, A Mirror Garden. A retrospective volume

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Education Faculty of Fine Art, Tehran 1946 | Parsons School of Design, New York 1949 | Cornell University, New York 1951 Selected Solo Exhibitions Mosaics of Mirrors, Art Basel Miami Beach, The Third Line Booth, Miami 2009 | Geometry of Hope, Leighton House Museum, London 2008 | Recollections, The Third Line, Doha 2008 | Recollections, The Third Line, Dubai 2007 | Victoria and Albert Museum, London 2006 | Galerie Denise René, Paris and New York 1977 | Venice Biennale, Iranian Pavilion, Italian Institute, Venice 1966 and1964 Selected Group Exhibitions There is always a cup of sea to sail in, 29th Bienal de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo 2010 | 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Museum, Australia 2009 - 2010 | East-West Divan and Living Traditions: Contemporary Art From Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan, Venice Biennale, Venice 2009 | Geometry of Hope, Leighton House Museum, London 2008 | ING Bank Exhibition, Geneva 2007 | Museum of Modern Art, New York 1986-87 | The Heritage of Islam, New York 1982-84. FATHI, Golnaz: b.1972, Tehran, Iran. Fathi became the first woman to win an award for Ketabat (a genre of calligraphy) and has since gained a reputation as an artist with the ability to skilfully transform known language into form and composition. The artist currently lives and works in Iran Education BA Graphic Design, Azad Art University, Tehran | Diploma from the Calligraphy Association, Tehran | She spent three months at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, following a scholarship to France in 2003 Selected Exhibitions Art Cologne, Cologne 2007 | Art Paris, Grand Palais, Paris 2007 | Meridien International Center, Washington D.C. 2007 | DIFC Gulf Art Fair, Dubai 2007 | International Modern and Contemporary Art Auction, Christie’s, Dubai 2007 | Niavaran Artistic Creation Foundation, Tehran 2007 | 9th International Open Exhibition, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, Illinois 2006 | World into At: Artists of the Modern Middle East, The British Museum, London 2006 | Don O’ Melveny Gallery, Los Angeles 2006 | Transit, Istanbul Improvisation Days, Istanbul 2006 | Canvas Charity Auction, Christie’s, Dubai 2006 | Mah Gallery, Tehran 2005 | 6th Tehran Contemporary Painting Biennial, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran 2003 | 2nd Tehran Contemporary Painting Biennial, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran 1993. FAYYAZI, Bita: b. 1962, Tehran, Iran. The artist was a member of the jury for the 8th Tehran Ceramic and Glassware Art Biennial, Saba Cultural Centre, 2007 and a member of the selection committee and jury for the 7th Tehran Ceramic Arts Biennial, at the Museum of Contemporary Arts, 2001 Education Pottery and Ceramic Arts, Iranian Handicrafts Association |Enamels and Glazes, Maghsoud Chinaware Factory Selected Solo Exhibitions, Performance, Installation, Video projection, Aun Gallery, Tehran 2010 | Classic Gallery, Isfahan 1993 Selected Group Exhibitions Festival International de l’Art Contemporain, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Algiers 2009-2010 | Abu Dhabi Art Fair, presented by B21 Gallery, Abu Dhabi 2009 | There Goes The Neighbourhood, B21 Gallery, Dubai 2009 | Dubai Art Fair, presented by B21 Gallery, Dubai 2009 | Ra’d o Bargh, Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery, Paris 2009 | The Messenger, international group exhibition, Bruges, Brussels 2008 | Naqsh, An Insight Into Gender And Role Models in Iran, Pergamen Museum, Berlin 2008 | Orients Sans Frontières, Espace Louis Vuitton, Paris 2008 (the installation at the exhibition, titled Playground was later acquired by Simone de Pury) | Dubai Art Fair, presented by Gallery B21, Dubai 2008 | When Still a Child, XVA Gallery, Dubai 2005 | 3 Generations: Iranian Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Armenia, Yerevan 2004 | Iranian Contemporary Art, Barbican Centre, London 2001. GHADIRIAN, Shadi: b. 1974, Tehran, Iran. Ghadirian worked for the Museum of Photography, Tehran, and then as Photo Editor for the website Women in Iran. She also managed the first Iranian website specialising and dedicated to photography. The artist’s work can be found in the public collections of the British Museum, London, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran Education BA Photography, Azad University, Tehran Selected Solo Exhibitions Boudin Lebon Gallery, Paris 2009 | Co2 Gallery, Rome 2009 | Silk Road, Tehran 2008 | Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California 2008 | Photography Festival of Istanbul, Istanbul 2007 |B21 Gallery, Dubai 2007 | Golestan Gallery, Tehran 1999 Selected Group Exhibitions Leila Taghinia Milani Heller Gallery, New York 2010 | Stare at the Other Side, Albareh Art Gallery, Adliya 2010 | Galerie Ernst Hilger, Vienna 2010 | Routes, Waterhouse & Dodd Gallery, London 2009 | Cramer Contemporary, Geneva 2008 | Silk Road, Tehran 2007 and 2002 | Noorderlicht Photo Festival, The Netherlands 2007 | Third Line Gallery, Dubai | Artspace Witzenhausen, Amsterdam 2006 | Third Line Gallery, Dubai 2005 | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran 2002 | Iranian Contemporary Art, Barbican Centre, London 2001. GHASEMI, Amirali: b. 1980, Tehran, Iran. Ghasemi is an artist, photographer, graphic designer, curator and art director. In the summer of 1998, Ghasemi established Parkingallery; an independent project space in Tehran, and in 2002, Parkingallery.com, a virtual gallery, which has become an online platform for many young Iranian artists. He has been a member of the Iranian Graphic Designers Society since 2003, and a member of the Public Relations Society of Iran since 2006. His work has featured in many international magazines and publications. Ghasemi has also received numerous awards, including the 2007 Icograda Excellence Award at the 9th Tehran International Poster Biennial, and the Excellence award at the 6th Seoul Triennial of Asia Graphic Posters, South Korea 2006 Education BA Graphic Design, Azad University, Tehran 2004 Exhibitions Ghasemi has held around 10 independent exhibitions in Iran, and participated in group exhibitions and biennials abroad. HAERIZADEH, Ramin: b. 1975, Tehran, Iran. Ramin Haerizadeh’s work has been collected by the British Museum, Charles Saatchi, the Devi Art Foundation, the Hafiz Foundation and the Rubell Family Collection. The artist lives and works in Dubai Education Economics, University of Tehran, Tehran 1994 | Photography, under the direction of Mr. Massoud Massoumi, 1994 Selected Solo Exhibitions I’ll Huff and I’ll Puff, B21 Gallery, Dubai 2010 | Today’s Woman, B21 Gallery, Dubai 2008 | Men of Allah, GaleriArtist, Istanbul 2008 | Wonders of Nature, B21 Gallery, Dubai 2007 | Melancholy of the Everyday, Studio 1.1, London 2007 Selected Group Exhibitions Rokni and Ramin Haerizadeh, Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery, Paris 2010 | Iranian Bodies, Werkstatt Galerie, Berlin 2010 | Raad o Bargh, Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery, Paris 2009 | Keeping Up Appearances, B21 Gallery, Dubai 2009 | Unveiled: New Art from the Middle East, Saatchi Gallery, London 2009 | Within and Without, NoMoreGrey Gallery, London 2007 | Beyond Black, The Third Line Gallery, Dubai 2005. HAERIZADEH, Rokni: b. 1978, Tehran, Iran. Rokni Haerizadeh’s work has been collected by the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Charles Saatchi, the JP Morgan Collection, the Devi Art Foundation, the British Museum, the Francois Pinault Collection, the Hafiz Foundation and the Rubell Family Collection. The artist lives and works in Dubai Education BA Fine Arts, university of Tehran | MA Painting, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Tehran | Certificate in Writing form the Islamic Ministry of Culture and Guidance Selected Solo Exhibitions Oh Victory! You Forgot Your Underwear, B21 Gallery, Dubai 2009 | Tehran 206, Ave gallery, Tehran 2008 | Gol Andam and Bad Hijab, GalleriArtist, Istanbul 2008 | The Donkey, the Pagan, the Bride, and Others’ B21 Gallery, Dubai 2008 |


Paintings and Drawings by Rokni Haerizadeh, The Third line Gallery, Dubai 2006 Selected Group Exhibitions Rokni and Ramin Haerizadeh, Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery, Paris 2010 | Rokni Haerizadeh, Ramin Haerizadeh, Khosrow Hassanzadeh, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Brussels 2010 | Crossing the Persian Gulf, curated by C. Merewether, Hong Kong International Art Fair 2009 | There Goes the Neighbourhood, collaboration with Bita Fayyazi, B21 Gallery, Dubai 2009 | Raad o Bargh, Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery, Paris 2009 | Unveiled: New Art from the Middle East, Saatchi Gallery, London 2009 | Looped and Layered, Thomas Erben Gallery, new York 2009 |Within and Without, NoMoreGrey Gallery, London 2007 | Haft Negah, Niavaran Creation Centre, Tehran 2007 | Mah gallery, Tehran 2005 | Second Generation, Assar Art Gallery, Tehran 2005. HALLAJ, Omid: b. 1979, Tehran, Iran Education BA Painting, Elm o Farhang University, Tehran 2009 Selected Solo Exhibitions Elaheh Gallery, Tehran 2008 | Laleh Gallery, Tehran 2007 | Laleh Gallery, Tehran 2005 | Afrand Gallery, Tehran 2002 | Seyhoun Gallery, Tehran 2000 | Afrand Gallery, Tehran 1998 Selected Group Exhibitions Selected Young Artists, Homa Gallery, Tehran 2008 | Mah Gallery, Tehran 2008 | Golestan Gallery, Tehran 2008 | Aghili Gallery, Tehran 2008 | 4th International Painting Biennial of the Islamic World, Saba Cultural Center, Tehran 2006 | Saba Gallery, Tehran 2004 | Bamdad Gallery, Tehran 2004 | Banafshe Gallery, Tehran 2003 | Haft Samar Gallery, Tehran 1995. HAMIDI, Rodin: b. 1983, Tehran, Iran. Hamidi was the 2009 winner of the international competition ‘Global Democracy Video Challenge’, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State for his 3-minute short The Path in 2009 and his photographs are featured in the book Iranian Photography Now, by Rose Issa (Hatje Cantz, 2008) Education Diploma in Cinematography | BA Digital Filmmaking, SAE Institute, Dubai | MA Photography, Azad University of Arts & Architecture. Selected Exhibitions Facts and Illusions, held by Magic of Persia at the Royal College of Arts, London 2009 | Venice Biennale UAE Pavilion, Venice 2009 | XVA Gallery, Dubai 2009 |Hope Exhibition, Focus Art Gallery, 2008 | Creek Art Fair II, Dubai 2008 | Mega Cage, Ave Gallery, Dubai 2008 | Abstract Photography, Baran Art Gallery, Tehran 2005 | Landscape, Atbin Art Gallery, Tehran 2004 | Baran Art Gallery, Tehran2003 | 2nd Conceptual Art Exhibition, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Arts, Tehran 2002. HASHEMI, Nargess: b. 1978, Tehran, Iran. Reflections on her traditional family life, her upbringing and instances from her childhood are themes often found in her work. The artist creates boldly personal art, which seem to bristle before the viewer’s eyes. Hashemi featured in the 2009 Magic of Persia Auction Gala Dubai. The artist lives and works in Tehran Education BA Fine Art, University of Tehran 2003 | Educated in ancient Persian language, Neyshabour Institute, Tehran Selected Solo Exhibitions Wrap Me Up In You, B21 Gallery, Dubai 2009 | God’s Gift, Aaran Gallery, Tehran 2008 | Stories from the Boudoir, B21 Gallery, Dubai 2008 | Nar Gallery, Tehran 2008 | Mah Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran 2007 and 2006 | Golestan Gallery, Tehran 2005 | Atashzad Gallery, Tehran 2002 Selected Group Exhibitions 1001 Colors, Contemporary Art from Iran, New York 2009 | Nar Gallery, Tehran 2009 | The Color of Love, Niavaran Cultural/Historic Complex, Tehran 2008 | Whispered Secrets, Murmuring Dreams, Mall Galleries, London 2008 | Creek Art Fair II, Dubai 2008 | Haft Negah, Niavaran Art creations Foundation, Tehran 2008 | Iman Ali Museum, Tehran 2007 | Mah Gallery, Tehran 2007, 2006 and 2005 | Gardens of Iran: Ancient Wisdom, New Vision, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran 2004 | 6th Tehran Contemporary Painting Biennial, Museum of Contemporary Arts, Tehran 2003. HESAMIYAN, Sahand: b.1977, Tehran, Iran. Iranian eyes are accustomed to see and treasure tile works and girih (jigsaw-like tiles) in their daily lives. The geometry and curvature of these ornamentations have been used liberally in mosques and historical monuments so much so that they have found their way in the inner space of Iranians. Hesamiyan takes these same designs to the third dimension - simple, geometrical surfaces intersect in space, leading to fractures, folds and angles that automatically conjure the designs found in tiles and traditional architecture. The movement of forms captivate the attention of the viewer and reach a new visual experience. The artist was a finalist of 2009 Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize (MOP CAP), the winner of the Municipality Prize of the 4th Contemporary Iranian Sculpture Biennial and the first winner of the Fajr e Noor Exhibition Education BA Sculpture, Tehran University, Tehran 2007 Solo Exhibition Do You See Me! Ave Gallery, Tehran 2008 Selected Group Exhibitions Iran diverso: Black or White? VeRSO Gallery, Turin, 2010 | The Seed of Baobab, Aaran Art Gallery, Tehran 2009 | Manifest, Azad Art Gallery, Tehran 2009 | 1st Sculpture Biennial for Urban Space, Barg Gallery, Tehran 2008 | 3rd Art, Sport, Olympic Biennial, Olympic Academy, Tehran 2007 | 5th Tehran Contemporary Sculpture Biennial, Tehran Contemporary Arts Museum, Tehran 2007 | 8th Contemporary Iranian Ceramic and Glass Biennial, Saba Cultural Center, Tehran 2007 | 4th Tehran Contemporary Sculpture Biennial, Saba Cultural Center, Tehran 2005. HOOSHMANDZADEH, Peyman: b.1969, Tehran, Iran. After graduating, Hooshmandzadeh worked as a photographer for various Iranian newspapers and agencies before founding his own agency, 135PHOTOS, together with Javad Montazeri and Omid Salehi. He has received many prestigious awards since 1997, both in photography and also as a writer. Education BA Photography, Azad University, Tehran 1988 Selected Solo Exhibitions Aarani Gallery, Tehran 2010 | Assar Gallery, Tehran 2008 | Silk Road Gallery, Tehran 2008 | Traditional Sport in Iran, the Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts, Ashkal Alwan, Lebanon 2003 | Hands and Belts, Villa Moda, Kuwait 2002 | Molavi Hall, Tehran 1996 | Keyhan Gallery, Tehran 1995 Selected Group Exhibitions Silk Road Gallery, Tehran 2010 | Mohsen Gallery, Tehran 2010 | Faryahar Gallery, Tehran 2010 | Group Photo Exhibition, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran 2008 | 18th International Biennial of Humour and Satire, Gabrovo 2007 |1st Biennial of Photoquai, Paris 2007 | Ey Iran, Gold Coast City Art Gallery 2006 | Images of the Middle East, Copenhagen 2006 | Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, New York 2005 | Glimpses of Iran, Thessaloniki 2002 | Group Photo Exhibition, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran 1996. HOSSEINI, Shahla: b. Tehran, Iran Education Behzad School of Art Tehran, Tehran 1971 | BA Painting, Tehran University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Tehran 1977 Selected Solo Exhibitions Elahe Gallery, Tehran 2010 | Khak Gallery, Tehran 2007 | Ave Gallery, Tehran 2006, 2005, 2004, 2001 and 2000 | Artist’s Center, Tehran 2002 | Aria Gallery, Tehran 2000 | Golestan Gallery, Tehran 1999 | Malek Gallery, Tehran 1997 Selected Group Exhibitions Laleh Gallery, Tehran 2005 | Golestan Gallery, Tehran 2002 | Signature Gallery, Munster 2001 | Katibeh Gallery, Tehran 2001 | Artist’s Center, Tehran 2001 | Gollestan Gallery, Tehran 2001 | Barg Gallery, Tehran 2000 | Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran 1999. HOUSHIARY, Shirazeh: b. 1955, Shiraz, Iran. Houshiary quickly became established at the forefront of the younger generation of sculptors working in Britain in the late 1980s, and her work was included in important group exhibitions such as

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Aperto ’82, XL Venice Biennale and les Magiciens de la Terre, at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris 1989. She was shortlisted for the Turner Prize at the Tate Gallery in 1994, and was awarded the title Professor at the London Institute in 1997. The artist now lives and works in London Education Chelsea School of Art, London 1979 | Cardiff College of Art, 1980 Selected Solo Exhibitions Isthmus, Magasin, Centre d’Art Contemporain de Grenoble, touring also to Museum Villa Stuck, München, the Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, and Hochschule für Angewandete Kunst, Vienna 1995 - 1996 | The Centre d’Art Contemporain for the Musée Rath, Geneva 1988 | Museum of Modern Art, Oxford 1989 | Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York 2006, 2003 and 1999 | Lisson Gallery, London 1984 Selected Group Exhibitions Sydney Biennale, Sydney 2010 Between Metaphor and Object, IMMA Dublin 2009 | What is Painting, Museum of Modern Art, New York 2007 | Without Boundary, Museum of Modern Art, new York 2006 |Turning Points of 20th Century British Sculpture, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran 2004 | Art and Happiness, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo 2003 | Skulptur Biennial Münsterland, 2003 | Skulptur: A Brick Intervention, Basel 2000 | 10 Intensita In Europa, at Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato 1998 | XXIII Bienal de São Paulo, 1996. JAMALINEEK, Mohsen: b. 1979, The artist has been a member of the Institute for Promotion of Visual Arts since 2006, and is currently a member of the Society of Iranian Painters (SIP) Education Diploma, Javad Art Institute Selected Solo Exhibitions XVA Art Gallery, Dubai 2009 | Total Art Gallery, Dubai 2009 | Ave Gallery, Tehran 2008 Selected Group Exhibitions The New Generation, Homa Gallery, Tehran 2008 | Day Art Gallery, Tehran 2009 | Mahe Mehr Art Gallery Tehran 2009 | Society of Iranian Painters, Iranian Artists’ Forum, Tehran 2008 | The Third Painting Biennial, Beijing 2008. JINCHI, Pouran: b.1959, Mashad, Iran. Jinchi’s work suggests a mixture of calligraphy and abstract expressionism. Obsessive, tedious and unrelenting in her approach, the artist covers large areas with the smallest and most repetitive of marks, be they script, floral motifs from Andalusian ceramics or the netted patterns of a ghitra. Jinchi’s Ritual Imprint series comprises of delicate pieces that incorporate patterned textures and traditional calligraphy with Islamic geometric design to create contrasting patterns whose replicating motifs build to form a meditative calm. She currently lives and works in New York Education Studio Painting, The Art Students League of New York, New York 1993 | Painting, University of California, Los Angeles, 1989 | Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, George Washington University, Washington D.C., 1982 Selected Solo Exhibitions Ritual Impact, The Third Line, Dubai 2010 | Pouran Jinchi, The Vilcek Foundation, New York 2008 | Headgears, The Third Line Gallery, Dubai 2008| Recitation, M. Y. Art Prospects, New York 2007 | Alef, 511 Gallery, New York 2004 Selected Group Exhibitions Light of the Sufi: The Mystical Arts of Islam, Museum of Fine Art, Housten, Texas 2010 | Translation/ Tarjama, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art Cornell University, New York 2010 | Iran Inside Out, Chelsea Art Museum, New York 2009 | Selseleh/Zelseleh: Movers & Shakers in Contemporary Iranian Art, curated by Dr. Layla S. Diba, Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery, New York 2009 | East West Dialogues, curated by Dr. Layla Diba, Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery, New York 2008 | Culture Village, Flashback/Forward, The Third Line Gallery Dubai 2007 | A Distant Mirror, M. Y. Art Prospects, New York 2006. KAMI, Y.Z.: b. 1956, Tehran, Iran. Y.Z. Kami’s works on paper are made by gluing countless minute brick-shaped cutouts from poetry and prayer texts onto the canvas in circular arrangements or according to some Islamic architectural detailing of domes. The spiralling patterns are inspired by the whirling motions in the rituals of dervishes found in the Mawlavi order of Sufism, who profess that the act of spinning undoes the ego, cleanses them of the self and finds the sole unity of God. The Mawlavi order of Sufism was apparently founded by the thirteenth-century Persian poet Rumi, whose poetry has played an important role in Y.Z. Kami’s work since he began studying it as a young man. The artist lives and works in New York Education Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley 1975 | Sorbonne, Paris Selected Exhibitions Endless Prayers: YZ Kami, Parasol Unit, London 2008-2009 | Think with the Senses, Feel with the Mind, curated by Robert Storr, at the 52nd Venice Biennale, Venice 2007 | Parrish Museum of Art, 2007 | Museum of Modern Art 2006 | Istanbul Biennial 2005 | Deitch Projects 2001, 1999, 1998. KHEBREHZADEH, Avish: b. 1969, Tehran, Iran. Khebrehzadeh received the Golden Lion Award for Best Young Italian Artist at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003. The artist lives and works between Washington D.C. and Rome Education Mathematics, Azad University, Tehran 1991 | Painting, Accademia Di Belle Arti Di Roma, Rome 1996 | Photography, Corcoran College of Art, Washington D.C. 1998 | Philosophy, University of the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C. 1999 Selected Solo Exhibitions Galleria S.A.L.E.S., Rome 2010 | Backyard and Other Stories, RISD Museum, Providence, Rhode Island 2009 | Within and Without, Albion Gallery, New York 2008 | MACRO, Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome 2007 Selected Group Exhibitions Space, The Inauguration Exhibition for The MAXXI Museum, Rome 2010 | The Dissolve, SITE Santa Fe Biennial, Santa Fe 2010 | SHUDDER, The Drawing Room, London 2010 | Made Up, Liverpool Biennial, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool 2008 | Emotional Drawing, MOMAK The National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto, Kyoto 2008 | 6th International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul 1999 | First Iranian Art Biennale, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran 1992. KIAROSTAMI, Abbas: b. 1940, Tehran, Iran. Kiarostami is an internationally acclaimed Iranian film director, screenwriter and film producer. An active filmmaker since 1970, Kiarostami has been involved in over forty films, including shorts and documentaries. He is also a noted photographer and poet; in 2001, Harvard University Press published a bilingual collection of more than 200 of his poems, Walking with the Wind, and in 2007, an exhibition of his photographs were shown at PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York. Kiarostami has won the admiration of audiences and critics worldwide and has received numerous awards for his work, including the prestigious Palme d’Or award at the Cannes Film Festival for his film Taste of Cherry and the Un Certain Regard award in 1992 at Cannes. Kiarostami featured in the 2009 Magic of Persia Charity Auction, Dubai. KOWSARI, Abbas: b. 1970, Tehran, Iran. Kowsari has worked for over ten Iranian leading newspapers, most of them now banned from publishing. His photos have been published in The New York Times, Time magazine, Paris Match, Der Spiegel and several other international publications. He currently works as the senior photo editor for E’temad newspaper in Tehran Selected Exhibitions SHADE OF WATER – SHADE OF EARTH, Aaran Art Gallery Tehran 2008 | MUSLIMS MUSLIMS La Vilette, Paris 2004 | PORTRAITS, French Embassy, Damascus 2003 | IRAN CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHERS, Assar Art Gallery, Tehran 2002. LAHOOTI, Behdad: b. 1976, Tehran, Iran. Lahooti is a member of the Iranian Association of Sculptors. In 2005, he apprenticed under the master Tanavoli Selected Solo Exhibitions Aaran Gallery, Tehran 2009 | Ghanoun Gallery, Ibn Sina Cultural Center, Tehran 2004 | Sarv Gallery, Tehran 2002 Selected Group Exhibitions Black or White, Verso Gallery, Turin 2010 | Iran Inside out, Chelsea Museum of Art, London 2009 | The Seeds of baobab, Aaran Gallery,


Tehran 2009 | Iranian Association of Iran, artist Forum, Tehran 2009 | Group MAKOOS, 10 gallery, Tehran 2008 | Multimedia, Artist Forum, Tehran 2008 | Environmental Art Exhibition, at Toochal Mountains, Tehran 2008 | Izmir Biennale, 2007. MAFI, Reza: b. 1943, Khorasan, Iran. Mafi was greatly influenced by Mirza Qolam-Reza Isfahani’s method, one of the greatest calligraphers of 19th century. Mafi continued to work in the same style, until the end of his life. Mafi, like his close contemporary Mohammed Ehsai, was a classically trained calligrapher who came to large-scale oil painting as a means of abstract expression using calligraphic forms. These he did in parallel to classical calligraphic compositions. Mafi passed away in 1982 Education Calligraphy, Edezadi School Selected Exhibitions The artist’s work features in many private collections and he has exhibited worldwide. MAHDAVI, Farrokh: b. 1970, Tehran, Iran. Mahdavi worked for 15 years under the supervision of Nosratollah Moslemian. Having dedicated himself to painting, the artist explores what he calls, ‘the human condition now’. He won 1st Prize at the UN Human Habitation Competition, 2009 Selected Solo Exhibitions 66 Gallery, Tehran 2010 | Homa Art Gallery, Tehran 2009 Selected Group Exhibitions Drawing Exhibition, Mohsen Gallery, Tehran 2010 | Human Habitation, Westminster University, London 2010 | Mahe Mehr, Tehran 2009 | Homa Gallery, Tehran 2008. MOBED, Amir: b. 1974, Tehran, Iran. In 2001, the artist won 3rd prize at the 3rd Tehran Sculpture Biennial Education Fine Arts, Azad University of Art and Architecture, Tehran 2001 Selected Solo Exhibitions Tehran Gallery, Tehran University 2007 | Laleh Art Gallery, Tehran 2006, 2004 and 2003 | Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris 2005 | Kargah-e-Honar, Tehran 1995 Selected Group Exhibitions Iranian Sculpture in Mexico, Mexico City 2006 | Arya Art Gallery, Tehran 2005 | Iranian Garden, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran 2005 | 3rd Iranian New Art Exhibition, Tehran 2004 | New Art Biennial, Doha 2004 | Spiritual Look, Tehran Museum of Contemporary, Tehran 2003. MOHASSES, Ardeshir: b. 1938, Rasht, Iran. Ardeshir started his work as a child, drawing the characters from his mother’s bedside stories. Today he is not only a prolific Iranian graphic artist, but also one of the most distinguished artists in this field. His illustrations blend humour and social commentary and has been featured in leading magazines, such as The New York Times and Kayhan, and art magazines Agraphis, Graphic Design and Graphic & Communication Arts. Ardeshir Mohasses who lived in self-exile in New York City since 1979, died in 2008 Education BA Political Science and Law, Tehran University, Tehran 1962 Selected Solo Exhibitions Retrospective, Ardeshir Mohasses: Art and Satire in Iran, Asia Society Museum, New York 2008 | Homa Art Gallery, Tehran 2008 and 2007 | Persian Arts Foundation, Los Angeles 1986 | Iran-America Society, 1973 | Sayhoun Gallery, Tehran 1969 | Qandriz Gallery, Tehran 1967 | Selected Group Exhibitions International Biennial of Illustrations, Tokyo 1986 | Politics and Arts: Ten Years of Graphic Commentary 1970 -1980, American Institute for Graphic Arts, New York 1980 | Darisi Gallery, Shiraz 1976 | drawings from The New York Times shown in a group exhibition, Musée du Louvre, Paris 1974 | Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris 1971. MORSHEDLOO, Ahmad: b. 1973, Mashhad, Iran. Themes of gender and social inequality are predominant in Morshedloo’s work and his canvases are disarming in their unassuming beauty. They possess a mesmerising quality, transforming the transient scene into eternal moments of contemplation. The artist is an associate member of the Society of Iranian Painters Education Diploma in Painting, Boys’ Academy of Fine Arts, Mashhad 1994 | BA Painting, Azad University, Tehran 1999 | MA Painting, Azad university, Tehran 2001 Selected Solo Exhibitions Assar Art Gallery, Tehran 2007 and 2003 | Momayez Gallery, Iranian Artist’s Forum, Tehran 2007 and 2005 | Tarahan-e Azad Gallery, Tehran 2005 and 2001 | Aria Gallery, Tehran 2004 and 2003 | Selected Group Exhibitions Unveiled: New Art from the Middle East, Saatchi Gallery 2009 | Pergamon Museum, Museum for Islamic Arts, Berlin 2008 | Mah Art Gallery, Tehran 2008 | Haft Honar Gallery, Tehran 2008 | Mehr Gallery, New York 2008 | Collected Memories, Artspace, London 2007 | Assar Art Gallery, Tehran 2007, 2005, 2001 and 2000 | Khak Art Gallery, Tehran 2005 |Gardens of Iran: Ancient Wisdom, New Visions, Tehran 2004 | Laleh Gallery, Tehran 2004 | +30 Group, Barg Gallery, Tehran 2003 | Arya Gallery, Tehran 2002 | +30 Group, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum, Tokyo 2002. MOSHIRI, Farhad: b. 1963, Shiraz, Iran. Moshiri first rose to international acclaim, with his jar series of paintings followed by a series of highly textured works incorporating both calligraphy and numerical abdjad; an ancient Arabic clerical code, correlating letters and numerals. Moshiri has since been constantly pushing his materials, using cake icing dispensers, Swarovski crystals, and knives to make paintings that incorporate increasingly textured and sculptural approaches. But it is not Moshiri’s technique that has earned him the attention that he currently benefits from; rather, it is his mastery of Iranian visual vernacular, as well as his acute awareness of popular culture and art history. The artist lives and works in Tehran Education Art and Filmmaking, California Institute of Arts Selected Exhibitions East West Dialogues, Mysticism, Satire and the Legendary Past, Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery, New York 2008 | Art Dubai, Dubai 2008 | Word into Art, British Museum at DIFC, Dubai 2008 | Candy Store, The Third Line, Dubai 2007 | Paintings, The Third Line, Dubai 2006 | ETHNIC MARKETING, curated by Tirdad Zolghadr, 13 Vanak, Tehran 2006 | ART WITHOUT BORDERS, ACCEA, Yerevan 2006 | IRAN.COM, Museum of New Art, Freiburg 2006 | WORDS INTO ART, curated by Venetia Porter, British Museum, May, London 2006. NAJMABADI, Kaveh: b. 1960, Tehran, Iran Selected Solo Exhibitions Aaram Gallery, Tehran 2010 | Ave Gallery, Tehran 2006 | Ave Gallery, Tehran 2005 | Seyhoun Gallery, Tehran 2001 | Ave Gallery, Tehran 1994 Selected Group Exhibitions Jadis Gallery, Dubai 1999 | Sa’adabad Gallery, Tehran 1997 | Seyhoun Gallery, Tehran 1992 | Export Development Centre, Tehran 1992 | Export Developmet Centre, Tehran 1991 | Seyhoun Gallery, Tehran 1991, 1990, 1988, 1985. NAMAZI, Mohammad: b. 1981, Tehran, Iran. Namazi is a conceptual graphic artist who works with various mediums to articulate his thoughts and ideas in a wide spectrum of platforms. This includes Drawing, Photography, Printmaking, Installation, Moving Images, Typography, Digital Art, and Writing. The contrasts between human mind and the physical limitation of this planet have always inspired his works and encouraged him to investigate various visual perceptions of these conflicts to communicate on an international level. Further, the artists has collected a number of awards: MAN drawing prize competition, Third prize, Royal College of Art, London 2009 I The Matthews Wrightson Charity Trust Hardship Awards, London 2009 I MAN drawing prize competition, Second prize, Royal College of Art, London 2008 I Typography competition prize, Second prize, Sooreh Institute of Arts, Tehran 2003 Education Communication Art & Design, Royal College of Art, London 2009 I Visual Communication, Sooreh Institute of Arts, Tehran 2006. NEHDARAN, Dariush: b. 1983, Isfahan, Iran. The artist recently won

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First Prize at the Sorbonne and is a member of the Iranian Photographers Association Selected Exhibitions Iman Ali Arts Museum, 2009 | Mahe Mehr Gallery, Tehran 2008 | Niavaran Center 2008 | Khak Gallery, 2008 | PhotoExpo, Esteghlal Hotel 2008 | Cloud Papers, Contemporary Arts Museum, Isfahan 2008 | Iranian Students International Photography and Film Festival, 2007 | 10th Biennial Iranian Photographs 2006 | Bahman Cultural Center 2005 | first digital photography competition, held at Niavaran Palace, Tehran 2004. NESHAT, Shirin: b. 1957, Qazvin, Iran. Neshat’s earliest works are photographs, such as Unveiling (1993) and Women of Allah (1993-1997), both of which explore notions of femininity in relation to Islamic fundamentalism and militancy in her home country. Her subsequent video works departed dramatically from overtly political content or critique, in favour of more poetic imagery and narratives. The artist lives in New York Selected Solo Exhibitions Games of Desire, Gladstone Gallery, Brussels 2009 | Games of Desire, Galerie Jerome de Noirmont, Paris 2009 | “Women Without Men”, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens 2009 | Shirin Neshat: Turbulent, Galleri Faurschou, Copenhagen 2009 | Gladstone Gallery, New York 2008 | Women Without Men, ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Denmark 2008 | Galeria Filomena Soares, Lisbon 2007 | Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima 2005 | Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 2002 | National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens 2001 | Kunsthalle Wein, Vienna 2000 | Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas 2000 | Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago 1999 | Whitney Museum of American Art 1998 Selected Group Exhibitions The Female Gaze: Women Look at Women, Cheim and Read, New York 2009 | Iran Inside Out, Chelsea Art Museum, New York 2009 | Photographic Power and Violence, Disease, and Death Photographed, Fotomuseum Winterthur 2009 | Prospect..1: New Orleans International Biennial, New Orleans 2008 | Me Ophelia, The Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam 2008 | Wanderers in Contemporary Video Art, Museo Civico, Commune di Siena, Siena 2008 | Foto.Kunst, Essl Museum, Vienna 2007. NODJOUMI, Nicky: b. 1942, Kermanshah, Iran. In 2008, Nodjoumi co-curated Ardeshir Mohassess: Art and Satire in Iran with Shirin Neshat at the Asia Society Museum, New York. The artist currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Education BA, University of Fine Arts, Tehran | MFA, City College of New York, New York Selected Solo Exhibitions Priska C. Juschka Fine Art, New York 2010 |The Formulaic Nature of Appearances, Priska C. Juschka Fine Art, New York 2009 | Homa Gallery, Tehran 2005 | Retrospective, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran1980 | Seyhon Gallery, Tehran 1976 | Aria Gallery, Tehran 1976 Selected Group Exhibitions 10th Havana Biennial Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana 2009 | Iran Inside Out, curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, and the DePaul University Museum, Chicago, Illinois 2009 | Conference of the Birds, Berardi & Sagharchi Projects Ltd. and Leila Taghinia Milani Heller Gallery, Flawless, London 2008. OMIDI, Fereydoon: b. 1967, Roudbar, Iran. Omidi is a member of the Faculty of Art, Azad University and a member of the Iranian Society of Painters Education Diploma in Graphic Design 1987 | BA Painting, Azad University | MA Painting, University of Art Selected Solo Exhibitions Azad Gallery, Tehran 2001 | Ave Gallery, Tehran 1995 and 1996 Selected Group Exhibitions Galleria d’Arte Veneza, Venice 2010 | Waterhouse & Dodd, London 2008 | Atbin Art Gallery, Tehran 2005 | Mah Gallery, Tehran 2005 | 2nd Annual +30 Group Exhibition, Niavaran Cultural Center, Tehran 2001 | Metropolitan, Tokyo 2000 | 5th Biennial of Iranian Painting, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran 2000 | First Annual Exhibition of Iranian Contemporary Designers, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran 1999. OSSOULI, Farah: b. 1953, Zanjan, Iran. Farah Ossouli’s work clearly displays her fondness for literature and painting. Her fascination extends in particular to narration mixed with images. Although these two interests tend to pull in separate directions, Ossouli’s inner paradise comes into completion when she unites them; an activity she pursued in her childhood through the creation of characters made out of paper and paint and specific to each one of her personal ‘fantastic stories’. This process of creation has not only informed her work as an artist but allowed her to create new stories with new actors, through a process of recreation, redrawing, and repainting. In this important example of the artist’s work, Ossouli expresses her personal understanding and interpretation of existence through the symbolic characters and narrative she creates. This piece depicts the lover suffering from the symbolic fire of distance is saved by her beloved, who comes to her on a horse with wings. The sun and moon are observing this happen. Ossouli’s work has been collected by a number of institutions including the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, the Tropen Museum (Amsterdam) and the Ludwig Museum (Koblenz). The artist was awarded the 1997 prize at the Aveneh dar Aveneh Exhibition, Tehran, winner of the renowned Iranian Woman’s Award, Tehran, the 2002 Iranian Women Artists Award, Tehran and the 2002 Prize at the 2nd Biennial of Islamic Contemporary Painting, Tehran Education Diploma in Painting, Girl’s School of Fine Arts, Tehran 1971 | BA Graphic Design, Faculty of Fine Arts, Tehran University 1977 Selected Solo Exhibitions Imam Ali Religious Arts Museum, Tehran 2007 | Ludwig Museum, Koblenz 2005 | Classic Gallery, Tehran 1993 | Seyhoun Gallery, Tehran 1989. PAZOOKI, Leila: b.1977, Tehran, Iran Education BA Painting, University of Arts, Tehran 2000 | New Medias, Munich Art School 2002 | Sculpture, School of Art and Design, Berlin 2007 | MA, Institute for Art in Context, Universidad der Kunzite, Berlin 2009 Selected Solo Exhibitions Retrospective, Etemad Gallery, Tehran 2008 | Hid Romania, video installation and photo exhibition, Nina Menial Gallery, Mexico City 2006 | Hid Romania, photo collage, Silk Road Gallery, Tehran 2003 | Photo and Video Installation, Silk Road Gallery, Tehran 2002 | Barg Gallery, Tehran, 1999 and 1998 | Golestan Gallery, Tehran 1996 Selected Group Exhibitions Galerie Christian Hosp, Berlin 2010 | Iran Inside Out, Chelsea Art Museum, New York 2009 | Gallery B21, Art Dubai, art fair, Dubai 2009 | Ey! Iran: Contemporary Iranian Photography, Aukland Photography Festival, Lopdell House Gallery, Aukland 2008 | Granatapfel-Teheran, Video Installation and Photo Exhibition, DGB Haus, Berlin 2006 | Paris Photo, Le Carrousel du Louvre, Paris 2004 | IRÁN BAJO LA PIEL, Casa Asia, CCCB, Barcelona 2004 | Iranian Illustration Biennial, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran 1999 | 2nd Iranian Painting Biennial, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran 1995. PILARAM, Faramarz: b. 1937, Tehran, Iran. Pilaram is recognised as one of the pioneers of Iranian modern art and at the core of Saqqa-khaneh movement. Pilaram moved to France for a year of study in 1970 and participated in the 1962 Venice Biennale where he was awarded a silver medal. The artist continued to win many awards and his work is kept in acclaimed collections such as Jahan-Nama Museum, the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, MOMA New York and the GREY Foundation New York. His ability to fuse architecture and calligraphy is simply spectacular. The artist passed away in 1983. Education Diploma in Painting, Tehran’s High School of Fine Arts | Interior Design, College of Decorative Arts Selected Exhibitions The artist’s work features in many private collections and has been exhibited worldwide. Galleries include the Borghese Gallery, the Iran American Society, the Seymour Gallery and the Cyrus Gallery. POUYAN, Shahpour: b.


1979, Esfahan, Iran. Pouyan is an incredibly dynamic artist who has a will to reform his ancestors’ heritage into a modern expression. The artist was the 2007 recipient of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art’s residency at the International Cite Des Artes. In 2010, Pouyan co-curated the Mohsen Art Gallery’s drawing auction. The artist’s work features in the Fereydoun Ave Collection and the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art Education BA Painting, University of Science and Culture, Tehran 2004 | MA Painting, Tehran University of Arts, Tehran 2007 Selected Solo Exhibitions Bana Bar In, Nar Gallery, Tehran 2009 | XVA Gallery, Dubai 2009 |Towers, Ave Gallery, Tehran 2008 | University of Science and Culture, Tehran 2002 | Tarahane Azad Art Gallery, Tehran 2002 | University of Science and Culture, Tehran 2000 Selected Group Exhibitions Sous Le Radar, Johan Tamer-Morael (JTM) Gallery, Paris 2010 | Under Radar Revelation, 66 Gallery, Tehran 2010 | 1389, Azad Art Gallery, Tehran 2010 | Baz in che shouresh ast, Silk Road Art Gallery, Tehran 2009 | 1001 Colors, Canvas Gallery, New York 2009 | Urban Jealousy: 1st International Roaming Biennial of Tehran, MKM, Belgrade 2009 | Auto Portraits, Azad Art Gallery, Tehran 2009. RAAD, Iman: b. 1979, Mashad, Iran. Raad graduated in mechanical engineering before moving to Tehran in 2004 to establish his personal studio. His experience in graphic design can be traced back to his university days, when he collaborated on various student journals, winning various awards at competitions and festivals along the way. Raad is a member of the Iranian Graphic Designers Society and a member of the pre-selection jury of the 9th Contemporary Graphic Design Biennial of Iran, Tehran 2007 Selected Exhibitions Un Cri Persan 4, Contemporary Iranian Posters, Palexpo, Geneva 2008 | 27000 Millimeter, Group Poster Exhibition, 13 Gallery, Sari 2008 | GEN X, Posters by Iranian Young Graphic Designers, York University, Toronto 2008 | Iranian Typography, York University, Toronto 2008 |Rokhsat, group poster exhibition, Mirak Gallery, Mashad 2008 | Carteles de Iran, Contemporary Iranian Posters, Barcelona 2008 | Reference, A Graphic Show by Chargoosh, Laleh Art Gallery, Tehran 2008 | Rokhsat, group poster exhibition, Vesal Gallery, Shiraz 2008 | Rokhsat, group poster exhibition, Azad Art Gallery, Tehran 2007. RAE, Behrouz: b. 1979, Sumgait, Azerbaijan. Rae moved to Tehran in 1991 Education BA Photography, Azad University, Tehran 2006 Selected Solo Exhibitions Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, GA (upcoming) 2011 | LalehJune Galerie, Basel 2009 | Ave Gallery (XVA), Dubai 2009 | Spread Memories, AllaprimA Museum (Art Radius), Haukivuori 2008 |UTO (Utopia Trust Oath), East Gippsland Art Gallery 2008 | Ave Gallery, Tehran 2006 Selected Group Exhibitions Beauty is Diamond, LalehJune Galerie, Basel 2010 | Different Light, Samuel Osborne Gallery, London 2009 | Word is Diamond, LalehJune Galerie, Basel 2009 | Made in Tehran, Asia House, London 2009 | Kunstraum Deutsche Bank, Salzburg 2009 | Thunder and Lightning, Galerie Thaddeus Ropac, Paris 2009 | Sojourn in White, Cowwarr Art Space, Gippsland 2008 | Lion under the rainbow, Art from Tehran, Athens 2008 | Radical Drawing II, Azad Art Gallery, Tehran 2007 | Radical Drawing I, Azad Art Gallery, Tehran 2006. RAFIEE, Mansour: b. 1965, Tehran, Iran Education The Surikov Art Institute, Moscow Selected Solo Exhibitions Ave Gallery, Tehran 2008 | Shams Gallery, Tehran 2007 | The Art Gallery, Tehran 2001 Selected Group Exhibition Total Art Gallery, Dubai 2010 | 13 Artist for the New Day, curated by Fereydoun Ave, Aun Gallery, Tehran 2010 | The Collection of Iranian Contemporary Artists, Shams Gallery, Tehran 2009 | Artcurial, Paris 2009 | Three Artists, B-asement Gallery, Dubai 2009 | The Great Exhibition of Spiritual Art, Niavaran Artistic Creations Foundation ,Tehran 2005 | Iranian Conceptual Art, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran 2001. RAHBAR, Sara: b. 1976, Tehran, Iran. Rahbar studied in London and New York, and now spends most of her productive life between Tehran and New York. In this going back and forth, an apocalyptic memory has been revised in her reworking of traditional materials into proto-contemporary textiles and textures of national belonging. The symbol of ideological and nationalistic violence, the Flag, has been one of the main focuses of her collage conversations and contestations Education The Fashion Institute of Technology, new York 2000 | Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London 2005 Selected Exhibitions Die obscure objects of my desire, Hilger Contemporary, Vienna 2010 | Hope!, Palais des Arts et du Festival Dinard 2010 | Iran Inside Out, The Farjam Collection, Dubai 2010 | Elles@centrepompidou, The Centre Pompidou, Paris 2010 | Whatever we had to lose we lost, and in a moonless sky we marched: Sara Rahbar, Carbon 12, Dubai 2010 | Never Run Away, Reena Kallat and Sara Rahbar, Stux Gallery, New York 2010 | The Promise of Loss: A Contemporary Index of Iran, Arario Gallery, New York 2010 | Eye of the Beholder, Nassau County Museum of Fine Art, New York 2010 | The Edible Woman, Kravets/Wehby Gallery, New York 2009. RAZAGHDOOST, Azadeh: b. 1979, Tehran, Iran. The colour red remains the one constant element of Razaghdoost’s practice. It imbues for Razaghdoost eroticism, love and remembrance Education Diploma in Painting, Academy of Fine Art, Tehran | BA Painting, University of Art, Tehran. Selected Solo Exhibitions Assar Art Gallery, Tehran 2010 | AB Gallery, Zurich 2010 | Assar Art Gallery, Tehran 2007 | Golestan Art Gallery, Tehran 2006 | Atbin Art Gallery, Tehran 2002 Selected Group Exhibitions NERO Gallery, Wiesbaden 2010 | Art Fair Dubai, Madinat Jomeira, Dubai 2010 | Iran, curated by Vahid Sharifian, Silk Road Gallery, Tehran 2009 | 1st Part of Iran on Paper, collection belonging to Fereydoun Ave, Aaran Gallery, Tehran 2009 |Across Borders(1), Radical Gallery, Zug 2008 | Etemad Gallery, Tehran 2008 | Art Dubai, Dubai 2008 | Radical Drawing, Tehran Gallery, Tehran 2007 | Song of Bulbuls of Oil-rich Lands, Esfahan Museum of Contemporary Art, Esfahan 2007 | 4th Painting Biennale of World of Islam, Saba Cultural Centre, Tehran 2006 | 50 Contemporary Artists, Mah Gallery, Tehran 2006 | Selected Artists of the New Generation, Homa Gallery, Tehran 2006 | The Iranian Contemporary Drawing Annual, Barg Art Gallery, Tehran 2002 | Fereshteh Art Gallery, with Fereydoon Mambeigi, Tehran 2000. RAZAVIPOUR, Neda: b. 1969, Tehran, Iran. Razavipour is a multimedia artist working in various fields, including urban performance, photography, stage design, drawing, video art and installation. The artist lives and works in Tehran Education BA Fine Art, Faculty of Paris I, Paris 1992 | MA Space/Stage Design, École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris 1998 Selected Solo Exhibitions Visual Disturbances, Azad Art Gallery, Tehran (up-coming) | Self Service, Happening, Azad Art Gallery, Tehran, 2009 | Notes of A Housewife, Iranian Artists Forum, Tehran 2005 Selected Group Exhibitions Being Visible, Sala Dogana-Palazo Ducale, curator Aria Spinelli, Genova 2010 | Tehran, 1Mile2, Azad Art Gallery, Tehran 2010 | Promise of Loss, Gallery Aario Gallery, curator Shaheen Merali, New York 2010 | Facts & Illusions, held by Magic of Persia, Royal College of Art, London 2009 | Inside Tehran Out, curator Suzanne Wintch, Zurich 2009 | Off the Loom, curated by Simin Dehghani, Assar Art Gallery, , Tehran 2009 | Lion Under the Rainbow - Contemporary Art from Tehran, curated by Alexandros Giorgius, D-Art, Athens 2008 | Art Without Borders, curated by Sonia Balassanian, Istanbul 2007 | Off LOOP ’06, Video Art Festival 2006, Barcelona 2006 and 2005 |

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Seated Woman, Video installation, New Art Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran 2002. SAHIHI, Hamed: b. 1980, Tehran, Iran. Sahihi’s style is easily recognizable. From early on his figures have tended to float in space, giving a dreamlike feel to his works. The artist has also enjoyed some success as a filmmaker, having made several short films and video animations over the past five years, and having attended workshops with the legendary Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami Education BA Painting Tehran University Faculty of Fine Arts, Tehran 2003 | MA Painting, Art University, Tehran 2005 | Iranian Young Filmmaker Society, 2003 Selected Solo Exhibitions But in your head baby, I’m afraid you don’t know where it is, Azad Art Gallery, Tehran 2010 | The Heads, Azad Art Gallery, Tehran 2009 | Marcopolo, Azad Art Gallery, Tehran 2009 | Underground, Azad Art Gallery, Tehran 2008 | The Dispersion, Maah Art Gallery, Tehran 2007 Selected Group Exhibitions Tehran to London: New Painting from Iran, Jill George Gallery, London 2010 | 89, curated by Azita Sharafjahan, Azad Art Gallery, Tehran 2009 | Other, curated by Ali Ettehad, Mohsen Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran 2009 | How did you spend your summer? Azad Art Gallery, Tehran 2009 | Inside Teheran Out, curated by Susann Wintch, Forum Schlossplatz, Aarau 2009 | Wishes and Dreams, organized by Meridian International Center, Washington D.C., 2007. SALEHI, Omid: b. 1972, Shiraz, Iran. Salehi worked as a photojournalist with reformist newspapers such as Asr-e-Azadegan, Tose-e Neshat Jamejam and Bonyan. He was also appointed photo editor of Gozaresh e Rooz. His photographs feature in Iranian Photography Now by Rose Issa (Hatje Cantz, 2008) and Transit Tehran: Young Iran and Its Inspirations, (Garnet Publishing Ltd, 2008). His awards include Winner of Iranian Documentary Photography, Isfahan (2007) and First Prize at the Kaveh Golestan Photojournalism Award (2004, 2005). The artist’s main field of interest is social documentary; he seeks different parts of Iranian society, choosing one aspect of daily life, which he then focuses on, such as the life of a ‘holy man’ or ‘prostitute’. The artist’s style has an emphasis on simplicity and the importance of daily events. Salehi is a founding member of the Iranian art and photography website, 135 Photos. The artist lives and works in London Education Photography, Azad University | Graphic Art, Rajaie University, Tehran Selected Group Exhibitions A Positive View, Somerset House, London 2010 | Photo Quai: 30 years of Iranian documentary photography, Quai Branly Museum, Paris 2009 | 1st Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, 2007 | 12 Photographic Journeys: Iran in the 21st Century, Brunei Gallery, London 2003 | Iranian Youth’s View, French Embassy, Tehran 1995. SHAHBAZI, Shirana: b. 1974, Tehran, Iran. Shahbazi took up residency at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles in 2008. The artist currently lives and works in Zurich, Germany Education Photography & Design, Fachhochschule Dortmund 1997 | Photography, Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst, Zurich 2000 Selected Solo Exhibitions The Breeder, Athens 2010 | Cardi Black Box Gallery, Milan 2009 | Hammer Project, The Hammer Museum, UCLA, Los Angeles 2008 | Museum Boljams van Beuningen, Rotterdam 2008 | Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris 2008 | Milton Keynes Art Gallery, Milton Keynes 2006 Selected Group Exhibitions 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT6), Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland 2009 | Mythologies, Haunch of Venison, London 2009 | Shifting Identities, (Swiss) Art now, Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius 2009 | Shifting Identities, Kunsthaus, Zurich 2008 | Spectacular Space, Galerie Bob van Orsouw, Zurich 2007 | Choosing My Religion, Kunstmuseum Thun, Thun 2006 | Delays and Revolutions: 50th International Venice Bienniale, Venice 2003. SHAFAHI, Mamali: b. 1982, Tehran, Iran. Shafahi was a nominee for the 2009 Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize and the winner of the 2009 UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists. Shafahi’s work brings together drawing, painting, photography, video, installation and performance in long-term, themed projects. Shafahi’s work features in Different Sames: New Perspectives in Contemporary Iranian Art, by Hossein Amirsadeghi (Thames & Hudson, 2009). This piece is taken from the collection ‘Mamali and his Doves in Art?!’, first shown in Tehran in January 2009. The installation consists of large-scale selfportraits in ‘artistic’ poses with doves, and explores the themes of identity, display and narcissism. The artist lives and works in Tehran and Paris Education Photography, Art University, Tehran | Beaux Arts, Limoges and Paris-Cergy Selected Solo Exhibitions Wonderland, Galerie Nicolas Silin, Paris 2010 | Mamali and his doves in art?! Aaran Gallery, Tehran 2009 | Urban Jalousie Biennial, Istanbul and Berlin 2008 | Everybody Needs a Show, ENSA Paris-Cergy Art School, Paris 2007 | In search of stolen Jesus, Limoges 2006 Selected Group Exhibitions Art Video Film Festival, Cannes, Cannes 2010 | Collection Dubai, SMART Project Space, Amsterdam 2009 | Ashura, Aaran gallery, Tehran 2009 | Radical Drawing II, Tehran Gallery, Tehran 2007 | Eraser Head: 9th Biennial of Tehran, Tehran 2004. SHARAFJAHAN, Rozita: b. 1962, Tehran, Iran Education Diploma in Sculpture, School of Visual Arts, Tehran 1981 | BA Painting, Faculty of fine Arts, Tehran University 1991 | MA Art Research, Faculty of Fine Arts, Tehran University 1995 Selected Solo Exhibitions Tarrahan Azad Gallery, Tehran 2006, 2005, 1993, 1992 | Iranian Art Forum, Tehran 2003, 2002 | Naghsh e Jahan Gallery, Tehran 1986 Selected Group Exhibitions 5th Art Biennial, Giumry, Armina 2005 | Deeper Depression, Tarrahan Azad Gallery, Tehran, Iran 2005 | Siyah Kalam Group +30, Tarrahan Azad Gallery, Tehran 2005 | Gardens of Iran, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran 2004 | Group +30, Metropolitan Museum, Tokyo 2002. SHARIFIAN, Vahid: b. 1982, Isfahan, Iran. Sharifian is the author of several books, including Maradona Corps and Second Mary’s Son published in 2009 Selected Solo Exhibitions Game Without a Ball, Ave Gallery, Tehran 2006 l Selected Group Exhibitions Raad o Barg, Gallerie Thaddaeus Ropac Paris 2009 TABRIZI, Sadegh: b. 1938, Tehran, Iran. Tabrizi is a master painter and calligrapher. He is one of the few Iranian contemporary artists who have made a great contribution both to the “creation” and the “dissection” of Modern art in Iran. The artist lives and works in Tehran Education The Academy of Decorative Arts, Tehran | MA Painting, Art University, Tehran Selected Solo Exhibitions Sadegh Tabrizi, Seyhoun Gallery, Tehran 1995 and 1972 | Columbia University, Columbia 1992 | Sirous Gallery, Paris 1972 | Burgese Gallery, Tehran 1970 | Hotel Beverly Hilton, Los Angeles 1992 Selected Exhibitions ARTSingampore, Singapore 2004 and 2003 | Sydney Art Fair, East and West Art, Sydney 2004 and 2003 | Melbourne Art Fair, East and West Art, Melbourne 2004 | International Trade Center, Washington D.C. 2000 | CIMA Art Gallery, New York 2000 | International Art Expo, New York 2000 | Melbourne Art Fair, Melbourne 2000 | China Art Expo, Beijing 1999 and 1997 | The South of the World, International Art Exhibition, Contemporary Art Museum, Marcela 1991 | Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran 1978 | International Art Exhibition, Basel 1978 | International Art Exhibition, Tehran 1974 | International Art Exhibition, Basel 1967 | IranAmerican Society, Tehran 1965 | Burgese Gallery, Tehran 1964 | Talar-e Iran, Tehran 1964 | International Ceramic Exhibition, Prague 1962. TAGHIZADEH, Jinoos: b. 1971, Tehran, Iran Education Diploma, Graphics, Azadegan High School, Tehran 1988 | Diploma, Dramatic Literature, Niavaran Cultural Center, Tehran 1992 | Diploma, Cultural Heritage Organization, Tehran 1992 | BA


Sculpture, University of Tehran, College of Fine Arts, Tehran 2000 Selected Solo Exhibitions Video and 3D illustration, Rock, Paper, Scissors, Aaran Art Gallery, Tehran 2009 | Kunsthof Self-Portrait, Kunsthof, Zurich 2006 | Messages, Azad Art Gallery, Tehran 2006 | Abu Reyhan Self-portraits, Aria Gallery, Tehran 2004 Selected Group Exhibitions A Time For […], Aaran Gallery, Tehran 2010 | World Selection of Contemporary Art, Biennial CUVEE, Klagenfurt 2010 | Iran di Verso: Black or White? Verso Artecontemporanea. Turin 2010 | Promise of Loss, Gallery Ernst Hilger. Vienna, Austria and Arario Gallery, New York 2010 | What Keeps Mankind Alive? 11th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul 2009 | Iran Inside Out, Chelsea Museum of Art .New York 2009 | Keeping up Appearances, B21 Galley, Dubai 2009 | Praxis: 2nd Thessaloniki Biennial, Thessaloniki 2009. TANAVOLI, Parviz: b. 1937, Tehran, Iran. Tanavoli has been correctly described by many as the father of modern sculpture in Iran - he has influenced over two generations of artists. The artist’s significance was recognised by the art market when Oh Persepolis created auction history in Dubai, breaking the record price for a contemporary Middle Eastern artwork by reaching $2.8 million. Waterhouse & Dodd recently sold a major work to a senior member of the Royal Family in UAE. Since 1989, the artist has lived and worked in Vancouver. Tanavoli taught a the Minneapolis College of Arts and Design in the early 1960s, and organised a number of exhibitions in Milan, New Delhi and Paris in the 1970s and 1980s. He writes extensively on the arts and founded the Tehran Rug Society in 1973, organising two international shows of tribal rugs in 1974 and 1975. Tanavoli, with Charles Hossein Zenderoudi founded the Saqqa-khaneh school of calligraphic painting, a neo-traditionalist movement that emerged in the 1960s. Tanavoli was also the representative of Iran at the 29th Venice Biennale in 1958. The artist’s work features in numerous private collections and he has exhibited worldwide. TAVAKOLIAN, Newsha: b.1981, Tehran, Iran. A self-taught photographer, Tavakolian began working as professional photographer in Iranian press at the age of 16, starting with the women’s daily newspaper Zan, and later with nine reformist dailies, all since banned. Tavakolian now works internationally and has been published in Time Magazine, Newsweek, Stern, Le Figaro, Colors, New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Der Speigel, Le Monde 2, and NRC Handelsblad and many others. She was runner-up in Picture of the Year International Competition, magazine feature category, National Press Photographers Association and Missouri School of Journalism, 2003. Other awards include the 2006 All Roads Film Project, sponsored by National Geographic, Washington, D.C., and finalist of the 2007 Inge Morath award, Magnum Photo Agency, New York. Tavakolian was also chosen by the World Press Photo Organization to conduct the 2007 Joop Swart Master class at the Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam. In April 2009, Newsha became Finalist for Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize (MOPCAP) in London. She is a founding member of EVE (Evephotographers) with five other women photojournalists Selected Solo Exhibitions Sisters in Chanel and Chador, Side Gallery, New Castle 2009 | Maria, Perpignan Festival 2007 | Woman in Axis of Evil, De Levante Gallery, Amsterdam 2008 | Mother of Martyrs, Silk Road Gallery, Tehran 2006 Selected Group Exhibitions Iran Inside Out, Chelsea Art Museum, London 2009 | Mother of Martyrs, Royal College of Art, London 2009 | Made in Tehran, 6 Frauen-Blicke, Cicero Galerie für politische Fotografie, Berlin 2008 | Women in Axis of Evil, LA Egyptian Theatre, National Geographic Head Quarter at Washington, Stanford University 2006 | Assar Art Gallery, Tehran, 2001. YEKTAI, Dariush: b. 1973, New York, USA. The artist lives and works in New York Education Occidental College, Los Angeles, C.A. 1994 | BA Art History, American University, Paris 1996 | Studio Art at San Diego State University 1999 Selected Solo Exhibitions All I Know About Love at Thirty-Six, Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery, New York 2009 | Salomon Contemporary, East Hampton, New York 2006 | Scope NY. Sara Nightingale Gallery. Water Mill, New York 2004 | Darius Yektai: Survey 2000-2003. Guild Hall Museum. East Hampton, New York 2003 Selected Group Exhibitions Iran Inside Out, curated by Sam Bardaouil & Till Fellrath, Chelsea Art Museum, New York 2009 | Selseleh/Zelzeleh: Movers & Shakers in Contemporary Iranian Art, curated by Dr. Layla S. Diba, Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery, New York 2009 | Just Paper, Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery, New York 2008 | Annual Hamptons Show, curated by Klaus Kertess, The Fireplace Project, East Hampton, New York 2008 | Sex and Sensuality, Salomon Contemporary, East Hampton, New York 2007 | Art Dubai, Salomon Contemporary 2007 | Hamptons Artist: Then and Now, Remy Toledo Gallery, New York 2005. ZAHEDI, Morteza: b. 1978, Rasht, Iran Education BA Painting, Islamic Azad Art & Architecture University, Tehran 2002 Selected Solo Exhibitions Art De Art View Gallery, Osaka 2010 | Cold Sore, Aaran Art Gallery, Tehran 2010 | T.Box Gallery, Tokyo 2008 | T.Box Gallery, Tokyo 2007 | Hanshakutei Gallery, Nagano 2007 | Fukka Art Gallery, Tokyo 2007 | Kveta, My Small Art Gallery, Tehran 2007 | Tribal Art B8, Gallery Fukuoka 2006 | T.Box Gallery, Tokyo 2005 | Day Art Gallery, Tehran 2004 | T.Box, Gallery, Tokyo 2004 | Laleh Art Gallery, Tehran 2003 Selected Group Exhibitions Aurum Glory Art Space, Taipei 2010 |The Story Teller, Taiwan New Arts Union, Tainan 2010 | Oggi Me Ne Vado, Resto a Teheran, Cream-art Gallery, Milan 2010 | Works on paper from the “LAAL” collection, Aaran Art Gallery, Tehran 2009 | Radical Drawing, Tehran Gallery, Tehran 2008 | 7 auf einen streich, Geschaftsfuhrer Designaustria, Wien 2006 | Museo Civicodi Storia Naturale Giacomo Doria, Modena 2006 | ARTEDEN, Art Center, Trieste 2005. ZENDEROUDI, Charles Hossein: b. 1937, Tehran, Iran. Hossein Zenderoudi is the bearer of a precious gift: a fundamental intuition that drove him straight away in his art to speak of just and true things by their trace and to create an effect of detachment in the artist’s and in the public’s memory. What is the exact proportion of East and West in this major option and its spectacular virtue of enchantment? It matters little; it is the mystery of God’s talent and finger. The artist’s work features in many collections, which include: The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), New York; The British Museum, London; The Modern Art Museum, Aman; and the Modern Arab Art Museum, Doha.

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Index SILENT AUCTION ARTISTS LIVE AUCTION ARTISTS

ABBASIAN, Sara AFSOON AFSOON AHMADI, Shiva AHMADVAND, Mohsen AKBARI, Mania AKHAVAN, Amirhossein AKHAVAN, Roya ALAVI, Ali ALIKHANZADEH, Samira AMIGHI, Afruz AMINI, Maryam AMIN NAZAR, Ahmad ANSARINIA, Nazgol ARABI, Shaqayeq ARAMESH, Reza ARYANPOUR, Pooya ASKARI-SIRIZI, Homayoun ATIGHETCHI, Abol AVE, Fereydoun AVE, Fereydoun AVINI, Andisheh AZIMI, Javad BAKHSHI, Mahmoud BAKHTIAR, Sassan Behnam BAKHTIARY, Masoume BALASSANIAN, Sonia BEHNAM, Behzad CHANGALVAEE, Shahrzad CHITSAZ, Ali DALLAL, Henry DEHGHAN, Ala DERAKSHANI, Reza EBRAHIMZADEH, Pasha ESFANDIARY, Yasmine ESKANDARFAR, Samira FARAHANI, Mitra FARHADIAN, Mehdi FARMANFARMAIAN, Monir FATHI, Golnaz FAYYAZI, Bita GHADIRIAN, Shadi GHASEMI, Amirali HAERIZADEH, Ramin HAERIZADEH, Rokni HALLAJ, Omid HAMIDI, Rodin HASHEMI, Nargess

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143 112 1 7 118 134 162 8 141 151 142 154 104 121 114 29 14 155 111 35 131 117 129 20 2 144 13 21 128 139 34 123 22 161 108 159 31 113 12 19 4 36 146 5 3 160 153 101

111 80 29 35 86 102 130 36 109 119 110 122 72 89 82 57 42 123 79 63 99 85 97 48 30 112 41 49 96 107 62 91 50 129 76 127 59 81 40 47 32 64 114 33 31 128 121 69


Index SILENT AUCTION ARTISTS LIVE AUCTION ARTISTS

HESAMIYAN, Sahand HOOSHMANDZADEH, Peyman HOSSEINI, Shahla HOUSHIARY, Shirazeh JAMALINEEK, Mohsen JINCHI, Pouran KAMI, YZ KHEBREHZADEH, Avish KIAROSTAMI, Abbas KOWSARI, Abbas LAHOOTI, Behdad MAFI, Reza MAHDAVI, Farrokh MOBED, Amir MOHASSES, Ardeshir MORSHEDLOO, Ahmad MOSHIRI, Farhad NAJMABADI, Kaveh NAMAZI, Mohammad NEHDARAN, Dariush NESHAT, Shirin NODJOUMI, Nicky OMIDI, Fereydoon OSSOULI, Farah PAZOOKI, Leila PILARAM, Faramarz POOYAN, Shahpour RAAD, Iman RAAD, Iman RAE, Behrouz RAFIEE, Mansour RAHBAR, Sara RAZAGHDOOST, Azadeh RAZAVIPOUR, Neda SAHIHI, Hamed SALEHI, Omid SHAHBAZI, Shirana SHAFAHI, Mamali SHARAFJAHAN, Rozita SHARIFIAN, Vahid TABRIZI, Sadegh TAGHIZADEH, Jinoos TANAVOLI, Parviz TAVAKOLIAN, Newsha YEKTAII, Dariush ZAHEDI, Morteza ZENDEROUDI, Charles Hossein

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124 133 130 11 149 109 10 28 33 145 119 17 125 6 27 32 9 156 136 157 30 26 110 25 15 18 150 105 158 103 140 137 116 135 138 127 37 107 147 120 24 106 23 132 148 152 16

92 101 98 39 117 77 38 56 61 113 87 45 93 34 55 60 37 124 104 125 58 54 78 53 43 46 118 73 126 71 108 105 84 103 106 95 65 75 115 88 52 74 51 100 116 120 44


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Magical Nights Auction Catalogue 2010  

Magic of Persia's official Auction Catalogue for Magical Nights 2010.