Iranian Art Here
Many of the 200,000 Iranians in the region arrived at Susan Eley’s increasingly prominent brownstone gallery on West 90 last evening and they networked with a gusto that filled the spaces of her two up-one-flight rooms and corridor with well dressed bodies and loud conversation so visitors from other ethnic groups generally had a hard time getting an unrestricted view of the great variety of paintings and photographs of contemporary Iranian art on the walls which were not blocked by handsome young dark stubbled faces or young curves clad in bright colors but the great range of works gathered by distinguished gallerina Eley was the keynote of the interesting art which they were ignoring, from the rose flowered scarf through which the figure of a woman could be discerned hung in pride of place above the fireplace, a photograph by black bearded Hossein Fatemi whose 2013 series advancing the image of Iranian culture beyond the crude simplicities of Washington politics has been featured in the Times under the heading “Virtual Truth”, through two exquisite classically styled paintings, to the crude but charmingly evocative work hanging over the spicy snack nuts in the back alcove, a painting of a modestly beaming suitor holding flowers, which was being revisited by a lady from the previous evening, when Eley had gathered a smarter crowd who might be more likely to be potential buyers, who said that the painting spoke to her and she had to come again to take a second look, and when we left young Iranians were still arriving including at the foot of the stairs the short but articulate coffee expert Goli who is working at the Heavenly Rest Cafe for now after cutting short her translation of a book about coffee and moving on from Sweden to the US having decided it was the place to be despite the arrival of the new inhabitant of the Oval Office who might have discouraged a less intrepid young literata, and planning to go with her girl friend to the Philharmonic concert in Central Park afterwards like so many on this warm but cloudless summer evening.
Beyond the Ban: Contemporary Iranian Art
June 14 – August 30, 2017
Beyond the Ban is a group exhibition showcasing the work of leading Iranian artists based in the United States. It features painting, photography and prints by such luminaries as Shirin Neshat, Nicky Nodjoumi, Nahid Hagigat, Shoja Azari, Shahram Karimi, Jason Noushin, Afshin Naghouni, Nazanin Noroozi, Raha Raissnia and Hossein Fatemi.
American Art has thrived through the contribution of its immigrants. Beyond the Ban celebrates this dynamic tradition of diversity in American art by showcasing the stunning contributions of one of the immigrant groups targeted by President Trump’s travel ban.
Proceeds will benefit the Center for Human Rights in Iran, a non-profit based in New York City. The exhibit demonstrates the rich stylistic and thematic variety of art being produced today by the vibrant community of Iranian artists living in the US.
Beyond the Ban
Wednesday, June 14, 6-8pm at Susan Eley Fine Art
46 West 90St Floor 2