Monday, December 9, 2013

Leila Heller Gallery

December 2013 Newsletter

FAKE: Idyllic Life
Through December 14, 2013

Leila Heller Gallery
568 West 25th Street
Leila Heller is pleased to present new painting installations and video works by Shoja Azari that seamlessly intertwine myth with reality, quotation with intervention in order to examine the integral role played by history and context in depictions of the islamic world.
Image: Shoja Azari, The Dance of Alema or The Ugly Hamza, 2013, Oil on canvas, 58 x 40 in (147.3 x 101.6 cm)

Neonish 24.7
Through January 11, 2013
11th Avenue Windows
Leila Heller Gallery
568 West 25th Street

Leila Heller Gallery is pleased to present Jay Shinn.

Press Release

Image: Jay Shinn, Empire #3, 2013, Neon, 56 x 80 x 7 in (142.24 x 203.2 x 17.78 cm)

Through December 14, 2013
Viewing Room
Leila Heller Gallery
568 West 25th Street

Leila Heller Gallery is pleased to present works by Roya Akhavan in the viewing room.

Image: Roya Akhavan, Breakthrough, 2013, Sculpture installation

Magic of Light
Through December 28, 2013
Mana Contemporary
888 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ

Mana Contemporary presents, in collaboration with Leila Heller Gallery, Shoja Azari's Magic of Light, a solo show on the first floor gallery by the internationally renowned artist and filmmaker. Among the works on view will be a groundbreaking four-piece series done in collaboration with painter Shahram Karimi titled Silence.
Image: Shoja Azari and Shahram Karimi, Spring, 2007-2008. Video projection on painted canvas, 50 x 89 in (127 x 226 cm), Edition 2 of 3

Come Together: Surviving Sandy
Through December 15, 2013
Industry City, 220 36th Street
Brooklyn, NY

To commemorate the one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy—and the resiliency of New York City’s arts community, which was hit especially hard by the storm—the Dedalus Foundation, the Brooklyn Rail, the Jamestown Charitable Foundation join with Industry City Associates to present a nearly 100,000 square-foot exhibition entitled Come Together: Surviving Sandy, Year 1Among over 200 hundred participant artists are those who were victims of Sandy and those who are showing in solidarity. 

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Image: Shoja Azari, Toil (still from The King of Black), 2013, HD colour video with sound
Doris Duke's Shangri La - Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art
Through December 29, 2013
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
2001 Campus Drive, Durham, NC

Doris Duke’s Shangri La is the first exhibition to allow audiences, beyond visitors to the house, the opportunity to experience Shangri La’s distinctive blend of architecture, landscape and Islamic art. To achieve this purpose, 60 works of Islamic art are featured alongside architectural sketches, archival photographs, videos and large-scale color photographs of the estate. In addition, eight artists who have participated in Shangri La’s artist-in-residence program, including Ayad Alkadhi, have contributed new work to the exhibition. 
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Image: Ayad Alkadhi, I am Baghdad XV, 2013, Charcoal and acrylic newspaper on canvas, 48 x 48 in (122 x 122 cm)

Freedom: Just Another Word For... 
Mass MoCA (Kidspace)
Through May 28, 2014
1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA

The Kidspace @ MASS MoCA Words & Images exhibition project FREEDOM features six world-renowned artists of Asian descent including Roger Shimomura, Ang Tsherin Sherpa, Ran Hwang, Gonkar Gyatso, Long-Bin Chen, and Xu Bing. Shimomura, born in Seattle, Washington, who was in a WWII Japanese-American internment camp as a child, will include his pop art paintings of himself as various cartoon characters and superheroes. Sherpa, born in Nepal, puts a pop art twist on traditional Tibetan thangka paintings. Hwang, born in Korea, will show her meditative installations depicting caged and un-caged birds made from buttons.

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Image: Ran Hwang, Dreaming of Joy, 2008, Buttons, pins, stainless steel bars, 195 x 101 in 6 panels (495 x 257 cm)


December 19, 2013 - January 8, 2014
Opening: December 19, 2013

6 - 8 pm
Leila Heller Gallery
568 West 25th Street
Leila Heller Gallery is pleased to present its second annual Young Collectors Exhibition.Following the success of last year's exhibition which was attended by over 600 art enthusiasts, Leila Heller Gallery presents this year's Young Collectors exhibition dedicated to a solo show of legendary graffiti artist LA2. Taking place from December 18, 2013 – January 8, 2014, this show is curated for the emerging collector and will feature artworks priced at $5,000 and under.  

Press release
Image: LA2, Installation view
A Bomb, With Ribbon Around It
December 14, 2013 - January 18, 2014
Opening Reception: December 14, 5 - 7pm
Queens Museum, Partnership Gallery, New York City Building

Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY

We are pleased to announce Leila Pazooki's participation to the South Asian Women's Creative Collective (SAWCC) Annual Visual Arts Show, A Bomb, With Ribbon Around It, curated by Raúl Zamudio. The exhibition’s title is inspired by the Surrealist André Breton’s famous remark upon encountering Frida Kahlo’s art: “A ribbon around a bomb.”

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Image: Leila Pazooki, This Is Not Green, 2009, Illuminated neon tubes, 19.29 x 78.74 in (49 x 200 cm)

Artist Talk
December 13, 2013
Viewing exhibition: 5:30 - 6:30pm
Panel discussion: 6:30 - 7:30pm 

We are pleased to announce Shoja Azari's FAKE: Idyllic Life, artist talk. Featuring Shoja Azari, Shirin Neshat, Shiva Balaghi, Phong Bui, Dan Geist, and moderated by Amy Kisch.
Seating is limited, RSVP required:

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Image: Shoja Azari, Oriental Interior or Bunnies R Us, Oil on canvas, 28 x 22 in (71.1 x 55.9 cm),Oriental Bath or Bunnies R Us, 2013, Oil on canvas, 35 x 22 in (88.9 x 55.9 cm)
Artist Talk

December 13, 2013
ArtEZ, Studium generale
Zwolle, The Netherlands

An interview with performance artist Julia Mandle about how her work helps you realize how much power you have over your own life.

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Image: Julia Mandle, Thank you, 2010, Performance


Editor, Hossein Amirsadeghi
Executive Editor, Maryam Eisler

Leila Heller Gallery is pleased to announce the publication of the book, Art Studio America: Contemporary Artist Spaces, which features original interviews with and specially commissioned photographs of 115 leading artists who are active in America today. From Jeff Koons and Shirin Neshat to Alex Katz and Andrea Zittel, this extraordinary book gives a rare insight into the thoughts, dreams and ideas of the artists in the landscapes in which they work. Exceptional essays by art-world luminaries Robert Storr, Mark Godfrey and Ben Genocchio augment the artists’ profiles. This is a wonderful opportunity for a special holiday gift!

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Promo video

To order a copy of the book, click here, you can use the Promo Code ASA01 for 25% Special Holiday Discount

Leila Heller Gallery in the News

"Shoja Azari Takes the Long View" [VIDEO]
by Aaron Sherman
November 22, 2013

A buzz of activity greeted me when I entered Shoja Azari's vast second-floor studio, located above SoHo's bustling Canal Street, on a late-summer afternoon.

"Shoja Azari Explores Perceptions of the Middle East in New Show at Leila Heller Gallery"
by Dale Eisinger

November 22, 2013

Iranian artist Shoja Azari explores the idea of Western perception of the Middle East in a new show, on display now at Leila Heller Gallery. In “FAKE: Idyllic Life,” Azari has been working over the last seven years to meld Iranian mythology and culled imagery of violence and turmoil grabbed from YouTube videos. In this show, on view now until December 14, he explores the distorted perception of the West through multilayered works.

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Image: Shoja Azari, Queen of Houries (The King of Black), 2013, Lenticular 3D depth on acrylic sheet, 30 x 41.5 in (76.2 x 105.41 cm)

"Shoja Azari: Examining the inauthentic in both past and present"
November 22, 2013

Azari aggressively examines the inauthentic with both past and present, infusing ancient history with contemporary technology. As the title of the exhibition suggests, FAKE: Idyllic Life seeks to deconstruct misconceptions and stereotypes perpetuated by politicized media and art historical exoticism.

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Image: Shoja Azari, still from The King of Black, 2013, HD color video with sound

Huffpost Arts & Culture
"Artist Uses YouTube And 19th Century Orientalist Paintings To Explore Views Of The Middle East"
November 2013

How do westerners view the Middle East? Iranian-born artist and filmmaker Shoja Azari explores the complexity of the question in his exhibition "FAKE: Idyllic Life." Azari weaves together past and present, mythology and current events, painting and video to capture a vivid and multilayered rendering of the convoluted perception.

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Image: Shoja Azari, The Snake Charmer or The Anatomy of the 21st century Savage, 2013, Oil on canvas, 40 x 58 in (101.6 x 147.3 cm)

"Shoja Azari//Fake - Idyllic Life//Leila Heller Gallery"
November 18, 2013

Born in Shiraz, Iran in 1958, Shoja Azari is an artist and filmmaker who has lived in New York since 1983. His work has been exhibited globally, with solo shows throughout Europe and North America. Azari has participated in exhibitions at the Venice Biennale, at museums such as the Haus der Kulturen, Germany and the MUSAC, Spain, and at art fairs including Art Basel, Switzerland, ARCO, Spain, and Art Dubai, UAE.

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Image: Shoja Azari, Fanatics of Tangier or The Muslim Rage, 2013, Oil on canvas, 62 x 82 in ( 157.5 x 208.2 cm)

"New Works by Shoja Azari at Leila Heller Gallery in Manhattan"
by Daniel Gauss
December 5, 2013

For some time now the Leila Heller Gallery has been adding an important element of diversity to the Manhattan art gallery scene. Since 1984 Heller has been regularly showcasing emerging and established Middle Eastern artists and continues to do so with the current show: New Works by Shoja Azari.

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Image: Shoja Azari, The Mourners (The King of Black), 2013, Lenticular 3D depth on Acrylic sheet, 30 x 41.5 in (76.2 x 105.41 cm)

Art Asia Pacific
"FAKE : Idyllic Life, Shoja Azari"
by Bansie Vasvani
December 2013

Referencing famous 19th-century Orientalist paintings by Jean-Léon Gérôme, Eugène Delacroix, and Jean-Auguste Dominique-Ingres, that depict slaves waiting on reclining odalisques, Azari attempts to re-envision the objectified female body by making its objectification explicit. This is also an effort to challenge Western perceptions of the Middle East by generating more empowering narratives. 

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Image: Shoja Azari, Idyllic Life (Video still). 2012, HD video

"We've Tried War, Politics, Money, Religion - Let Us Support Those Who Try Culture"
by Melik Kaylan
November 29, 2013

In New York, we’ve seen a wave of Iranian contemporary art exhibitions at several galleries. The new Taymour Grahne and Shirin galleries, Leila Heller’s longstanding gallery, and that of Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, have all done resplendent, probing shows. 

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Image: Leila Heller

FT Wealth
"Culture Clubs"
by Liz Bolshaw

December 6, 2013

Galleries such as The Third Line and Isabelle van den Eynde in Dubai, Rose Issa, Rossi & Rossi, Kashya Hildebrand and Bischoff Weiss in London, and Leila Heller, Taymour Grahne and Shirin in New York regularly show contemporary Iranian work. Iran Modern, showing at the Asia Society in New York, runs until January 5.

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Image: Installation view, Magic of Persia

Modern Painters
"Trends//Sneak Peeks//Newsmakers//PORTFOLIO"
October 2013

London, Mitra Tabrizian's 2012 photographic series "Leicestershire" - on view at the Wapping Project Bankside from October 25 - strikes at the heart of the West's post-industrial reality. 

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Image: Mitra Tabrizian, Leceistershire III, 2012, C-type print, 47.6 x 98.4 in (122 x 155 cm) Edition of 5 + 2 AP 

"A Fine Mind"
by Amy Adams
December 2013

To describe the incandescent Lisa Fine as versatile feels a bit like identifying Meryl Street as "that actress who's good with an accent."

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Image: Rachel Lee Hovnanian, Texas Beauty Queen Cream, 2010, Unique Photograph With Mixed Media on Canvas

The National
"The capital unveils its culture at the fifth Abu Dhabi Art"
by Anna Seaman

November 18, 2013

The fifth edition of the fair, which opens on Wednesday, has such a vastly beefed-up programme that even if you don't think you're interested in art, there's almost bound to be something of interest.
The heavyweights of the art world - Gagosian, Hauser & Wirth, Lisson, Leila Heller - will also be in town.
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Image: Richard Hudson, Egg, 2001, Polished bronze, 9.4 in (24 cm tall) Edition of 25

Canvas Daily
"Who would you like to tour the fair with?"
November 19, 2013

With Richard Armstrong and his amazing team from the Guggenheim such as Valerie Hillings, Reem Fadda, Sasha Kalter-Wasseman and Hanan Syed Worrell.

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Image: Rostarr, Decade I, 2011, Ink and acrylic on handmade paper, 22 x 30 in (55.9 x 76.2 cm)

Canvas Daily
"Price Point"
November 21, 2013

Part of the If Words Could Kill series, this work by Ayad Alkadhi incorporates aslamic calligraphy with depictions of hands and swords.

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Image: Ayad Alkadhi, Cross Words, 2013, Acrylic, charcoal and pencil on heavy paper, 30 x 40 in (76.2 x 101.6 cm)

Canvas Daily
"The Art of Script"
November 22, 2013

In this Untiteld work, Iranian-born Charles Hossein Zenderoudi transforms traditional Persian calligraphy to create new abstract shapes and gestural marks.

Image: Charles Hossein Zenderoudi, Untitled I, 1981, Oil on canvas, 38 x 51 in (96.5 x 129.5 cm)

Canvas Daily
"5 Minutes With..."
November 22, 2013

Yasmina Alaoui, artist showing at Abu Dhabi Art through Leila Heller Gallery.

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Image: Yasmina Alaoui, Untitled, 2013, Ink and acrylic paint on watercolor paper, 34 x 34 in (86.4 x 86.4 cm)

Los Angeles Confidential
"7 LA Artist to Watch"
by Michael Herren
October 2013

"Make your first line, commit to it, commit to each line that follows, and inevitably-hopefully-you have a painting, "says Alexander Yulish.
Inclusion in a young collectors' exhibition last winter at Manhattan's Leila Heller Gallery followed, as did having his paintings snapped up by several of the Annenbergs.

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Image: Alexander Yulish in his studio

Leila Heller Gallery in now collaborating with Fever

We are pleased to announce our collaboration with Fever, a new social discovery platform that is changing the way people make plans. It provides a curated list of the most interesting events going on in your city personalized for you. Additionally, the application gives users the ability to RSVP or purchase tickets for events either that same day or a week in advance.


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