Persian Color

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PERSIAN COLOR AFSOON, SAMIRA ABBASSY, ARTEMIS AKCHOTI SHAHBAZI, NIMA BEHNOUD, FIROUZ FARMAN-FARMAIAN, AREZOO MOSENI, ARMITA RAAFAT, MOE SHAHHEIDARI, ANAHITA VOSSOUGHI Curated by Bill Carroll January 7 – 31, 2016 Opening Reception: Thursday, January 7, 6 - 8pm !

Shirin Gallery NY presents Persian Color, a group exhibition curated by Bill Carroll, Program Director of the Studio Program at the Elizabeth Foundation of the Arts. The exhibition features works by nine Iranian artists, each using color as a way to reflect on individual and cultural experience. “I have had the great pleasure to meet, and work with, a number of highly talented Iranian artists. These artists are creating a wide variety of compelling work. Invited by Shirin Gallery to curate a show, I immediately knew that I wanted to focus on these artists. I arrived at a theme by thinking of my earliest encounters with classical Persian art and my

Samira Abbassy, Beset on all Sides, 2015

overwhelming visceral response to it. I love the complex narrative of Persian miniatures, the abstract patterns of the tiles, and the graceful and exotic forms of the architecture. But most

of all I am always struck by the uniquely beautiful and sensual color. The nine Iranian artists chosen for Persian Color make works that, in one way or another, are in dialogue with the extraordinary visual pleasures, and colors, of their Persian heritage.” – Bill Carroll AFSOON As a collage artist, colors play a big part in connecting and blending different images and shapes together in order for me to be able to tell my stories. SAMIRA ABBASSY For the 'Persian Color' show, the most prominent color that came to mind was that specific green associated with the Imam Hussain. More recently (in 2009), it was used as the color of the Iranian Green Revolution. www.shiringalleryny.com | info@shiringalleryny.com | 511 W 25th St, Suite 507, New York, NY, 10001 | +1 (212) 242 4684


ARTEMIS AKCHOTI SHAHBAZI I have a need to investigate Iran – its people, its culture, its history – but mostly I have been longing for its colors… NIMA BEHNOUD The ‘Sky Allure’ aims to portray the mysterious fascination and attraction of Blue in Persian art. The paradox is of Blue being referred to as the purification and mystic color, and also referred to as the eye color of the evil in Persian literature. FIROUZ FARMAN-FARMAIAN ‘Tehran Lovers’ (Panel #4 ) is part of a 6 piece body of work proposing my approach to the status of Iran’s youth in the light of post-nuclear deal expectations. AREZOO MOSENI ‘Leaps, #2 is a study for a much larger piece relating to the geometric articulation of energetic relationships and the human desire to do the impossible. ARMITA RAAFAT While inspired by architectonic motifs, a tension is formed with the juxtaposition of traditional and modern elements, the past and the present, as the structures appear frozen in moments of crumbling and falling apart. MOE SHAHHEIDARI Connecting the historic and contemporary nuances of Persia through lines inspired by hip-hop culture. ANAHITA VOSSOUGHI The body, and our very human desire to adorn, identify, display and categorize ourselves, influence this piece and my work in general. BILL CARROLL has been involved in the New York Art World for over 30 years. Besides curating, he is presently the Director of the EFA Studio Program, an exhibiting artist, and teaches at Pratt Institute.

Shirin Gallery NY is a contemporary art gallery and platform for curatorial and educational activities that seek to foster international cultural exchange. Originally established in Tehran in 2005, the gallery opened a New York space in 2013 in Chelsea’s gallery district. The New York space furthers Shirin Gallery’s commitment to exhibiting works that push the boundaries of contemporary art, as well as international perceptions of the Middle East.

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Afsoon Untitled, 2013 From the series Persian Expressions Mixed media on paper 16 ½ x 12 in

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Samira Abbassy Beset on all Sides, 2015 Oil on panel 14 x 11 in

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Artemis Akchoti Shahbazi Triptych (Amir Kabir, Mohammad Shah I, and Mohammad Shah II), 2012-2013 From the series, Wooden Book of Persian Kings; The Men of Nasser El-Din Shah Acrylic on wood 91 x 12 ½ in

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Nima Behnoud Sky Allure, 2014 Unique Piece Acrylic, fabric pigment and silk screen on canvas 35 ½ x 47 in

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Armita Raafat Untitled, 2014 Resin, plastic, mirrors, paint, plaster, sumi ink 72 x 25 in

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Firouz Farman-Farmaian Tehran Lovers, 2015 Panel 4 of 6 Digital art on vinyl print 40 x 27 ½ in! www.shiringalleryny.com | info@shiringalleryny.com | 511 W 25th St, Suite 507, New York, NY, 10001 | +1 (212) 242 4684

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Arezoo Moseni Leaps, #2, 2015 Unique piece Ink and dye on museum board 33 x 42 inches (framed)

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Moe Shahheidari Naren-G, 2016 Acrylic installation 10 x 13 ft

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Anahita Vossoughi A Grip that Holds, 2015 Wood, paint, metal, clay, wax, plaster, foam, wire, found objects 10 x 10 ft

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