November 2012 Newsletter



Ripped Seam and Other Delights
November 15 - December 15, 2012
Leila Heller Gallery
568 West 25th Street

Collaborative artists Kate Eric (Kate Tedman and Eric Siemens) will have their first solo exhibition in New York City at Leila Heller Gallery in Chelsea at 568 West 25th Street from November 15 through December 22.  The husband and wife team takes turns painting layer upon layer of vibrant jewel-toned colors to create fantastical and dynamic large-scale paintings. These nature inspired works transport the viewer to a surreal universe inspired by insects, volcanoes, sandstorms, dark galaxies, and the deep sea filled with flourishing algae and coral.

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Image: Kate Eric, Feeder on the Flurry, 2012, Acrylic on canvas, 79 x 59 in (201 x 150 cm)

Selection of works from Variations on Line
November 15 - December 15, 2012
Project Room
Leila Heller Gallery
568 West 25th Street

Semercioglu forms geometric, 3-dimensional compositions by weaving thin vibrantly colored metal wires on to a wooden plank. More than twenty layers are created from one long piece of metal wire wound around numerous nails.  The results are abstract, perhaps even meditative, works inspired by the shapes of microorganisms, simple leaf forms, mountains, and even water. Light and perception play a significant role in Semercioglu’s oeuvre. The aluminum knit works transform visually as light reflects off the work at different points according to the time of the day and the viewing position.

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Image: Gulay Semercioglu, One Way, 2012, Wire, screws, wood, 69 x 69 in (175 x 175 cm) 

He Loves Me...She Loves Me Not!
Novenber 5, 2012 - January 2, 2013
30 La Croisette
Porto Arabia
The Pearl - Qatar

Anima Gallery proudly presents a solo exhibition by Kezban Arca Batibeki, in conjunction with Leila Heller Gallery, New York.

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Image: Kezban Arca Batibeki, Red Line, 2012, Acrylic based mixed media and embroidery with sequins on canvas 63 x 55 in (160 x 140 cm)

Elizabeth Taylor in Iran, 1976
November 1 - November 30, 2012
KATARA Gallery 1
Building 19
Doha - Qatar

Firooz Zahedi was a personal friend and confidant of Elizabeth Taylor, as a friend and a photographer he accompanied the movie start in her visit to Iran in 1976. This exhibition will bring to Doha the photographs taken during that visit.

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Image: Firooz Zahedi, Elizabeth Taylor Dressed as an Odalisque I, 1976, Printed 2011, C-print edition of 5, 32 x 46 in (81 x 117 cm)          



Benefiting the Pollock-Krasner Foundation's Hurricane Sandy relief fund for visual artists
December 18 - January 12, 2012
Leila Heller Gallery
568 West 25th Street

Opening reception: Tuesday, December 18, 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Pre-sale to take place on Paddle8 from Friday, November 23 until Saturday, December 15
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Leila Heller Gallery is pleased to announce The Young Collectors Exhibition, on view from December 18th to January 12, 2013. The Young Collectors Exhibition is a show of works from a number of the gallery's artists plus a wide selection of works by international emerging artists who are not represented by the gallery. Curated for the emerging collector, this exhibition features artworks priced between $500 and $5,000. A pre-sale of The Young Collectors Exhibition will take place from Friday, November 23 until Saturday, December 15 on Paddle8, the online art destination.

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Image: Julia Mandle, Political Art Embarrasses Me, 2007, C-print, 10 x 10.5 in ( 25.4 x 26.6 cm)

JAMM presents an auction of Contemporary Arab, Iranian and International Art
November 29, 2012 - 6 pm
Contemporary Art Platform
Industrial Shuwaikh
Block 2, Street 28

Register today to bid on the exceptional works of art on offer. Online bidding begins November 15 and ends November 28 at 2pm EST. All bids will transfer to the auction at JAMM’s 3rd annual sale of contemporary art on Thursday, November 29 at 6 PM AST at the CAP, Kuwait. If you are not attending the event, JAMM will submit proxy bids up to the maximum bid you indicate. All proceeds will benefit JAMM's programs promoting cultural dialogue.

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Image: Shiva Ahmadi, Brown Veil, 2011, Mixed media on aquaboard, 35.04 x 44.88 in (89 x 114.3 cm)

The Indo-American Arts Council presents RAJIKA BHANDARI's Book
The Raj on the move: story of the dark bungalow
Reception and Book Signing
Tuesday, December 11, 7-9 pm
Leila Heller Gallery
568 West 25th Street



In The Raj on the Move: Story of the Dak Bungalow, Rajika Bhandari weaves together history, architecture, and travel to take us on a fascinating journey of India's British-era dak bungalows and circuit houses, following, quite literally, in the footsteps of travellers who stayed in these bungalows over the past two centuries. Her search takes her from the early-19th century memoirs and travelogues of British memsahibs, to travelling from the original colonial outpost of Madras in the south to the deep interiors of Madhya Pradesh, the heart of British India. Evoking the stories of Rudyard Kipling and Ruskin Bond, and filled with fascinating tidbits and amusing anecdotes, the book unearths local folklore about these remote and mysterious buildings, from the crotchety khansamas and their delectable chicken dishes to the resident ghosts that still walk the halls at night.


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December 4 - 9, 2012
3101 Northeast First Avenue
Miami, FL 33137
Booth A33: Leila Heller Gallery
VIP Preview: Tuesday, December 4, 5:30 - 10 pm


Leila Heller Gallery is pleased to participate in the 23rd edition of Art Miami, the contemporary and modern art fair, taking place from December 4 to December 9 at 3101 NE 1st Avenue,
between NE 31 ST and NE 32 ST in the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami, Florida. At this year's fair the gallery will feature the work of Gulay Semercioglu, Ran Hwang, Rachel Lee Hovnanian, Farideh Lashai, Hadieh Shafie, and Leila Pazooki.


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Image: Farideh Lashai, Catching the Moon, 2012, Sound and projected animation in a water well of stainless steel 4 min. 30 sec,  25.1 in in diameter x 27.5 in (64 cm in diameter x 70 cm, Edition of 7

SOODY SHARIFI at Art Asia Miami
The Demonstration

December 4 - 9, 2012
110 N.E. 36 Street at Midtown Blvd
Miami, FL 33138

Vernissage: Tuesday, December 4, 4PM-8PM
General Admission: Wednesday - Saturday, December 5 - 8, 11AM – 7PM
Sunday, December 9, 11AM – 6PM



For the first time in its five year history, ART ASIA Miami will be presenting a special section dedicated to contemporary art from the South Asian subcontinent. New York based curator, Jasmine Wahi, has been selected to curate an exhibition that specifically explores some of the fantastic work coming out of the region and its far-reaching diasporic communities. Salaam Bombay: Beauty and Chaos within the Urban Environment is a homage to the idea of the urban environment and all of the elements big and small that make cityspaces so unique. It explores different elements of urban life from social dichotomy to the complexly graceful topography of the cosmopolitan landscape.


Image: Soody Sharifi, The Demonstration, 2012, Archival inkjet print 34 x 34.5 in (86.4 x 87.6 cm) Edition of 6



"Hot And Getting Hotter: Islamic Contemporary On The Block At Christie’s Dubai"
by Abigail Esman
October 23, 2012

Remarkably rich in quality, the works being offered also incude some refreshingly affordable gems, such as Hassan Hajjaj’s “Eyes on Me,” a portrait of a woman veiled by a thick Louise Vuitton scarf, cropped into a frame filled with colored sand-filled bottles (estimate U.S. $10-15,000) and  Youssef Nabil’s “Natacha with eyes closed, Cairo”, a hand-colored gelatin print of singer Natacha Atlas, dressed exotically in sequined gold ($12,-18,000). A saturated, but delicate oil, shimmering like stained glass, by Reza Derakshani (from the Pomegranate series) is also especially tempting, though pricier at $40-60,000.

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Image: Ayad Alkadhi, At The Beginning, 2012, Mixed media (pencil, charcoal, pen and acrylic) on canvas, 72 x 72 in (183 x 183 cm)

Town Topics
Once Upon a Time in The Fertile Crescent: Two Girls and a Hat"
by Stuart Mitchner
October 26, 2012

The closest I’ve come to finding the features of the child I’m searching for is in the smile of the Iranian artist Shiva Ahmadi whose work is described in the online commentary as “at once meticulous and loose, playful and somber, mythical yet very much dealing with the real.” These are qualities similar to those of the performance-artist-in-the-making I shared the roadside stage with late one hot August afternoon. Since Ahmadi’s contribution to the Fertile Crescent won’t be on view until Thursday, October 4, at the Arts Council, I have yet to see her work in person, but the samples displayed online in Google images are stunning and the equal of anything in the exhibit, even including the Iranian photographic artist Shadi Ghadirian’s darkly impressive “Butterfly Series” at the Bernstein Gallery.
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Image: Shiva Ahamdi, Safe Heaven, 2012, Mixed media on aquaboard, 60x120in (152x 304cm) 

Artis Talking
"Gulay Semercioglu @ Leila Heller Gallery"
by David Barish
October 31, 2012

Semercioglu weaves metallic, wire sheets on wood. The works refract light, glimmering and bending the waves of light.

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Image: Gulay Semercioglu, Golden Circles,  2012, Wire, screws, wood, 75 in diameter (190 cm)

The Peninsula
"Three renowed artists showcase works at Katara"
November 5, 2012
DOHA: Katara, the Cultural Village, yesterday opened three exhibitions at Katara Art Galleries, namely “Intangible Brides” by Japanese photographer Kimiko Yoshida, “Elizabeth Taylor in Iran, 1976” by photographer Firooz Zahedi and “I Dream of Jeannie” by Iranian-American artist Eric Parnes.

"Elizabeth Taylor in Iran” presents exclusive photographs of the late actress which have never been seen before in the Middle East, during her visit to Iran in 1976. The American- Iranian photographer, Firooz Zahedi moved to the US to study at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service when he became friends with Elizabeth Taylor and Andy Warhol. He then went on to photograph Barbra Streisand, Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Angelina Jolie, Paul Newman, John Travolta, and Leonardo DiCaprio.

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Image: Firooz Zahedi, Elizabeth Taylor Wearing a Chador at the Shah Cheragh Shrine, Shiraz 1976, Printed 2011, C-print, 36.25 x 30.25 in (92 x 76.8 cm), Edition of 5

Qatar Tribune
"Katara unveils 3 expos to coincide with DTFF"
by Ramy Salama
November 5, 2012

THREE art exhibitions featuring cinematic figures such as Elizabeth Taylor and classic televi- sion series ‘I Dream of Jeannie’ opened at Katara on Sunday to coincide with the upcoming Doha Tribeca Film Festival. The exhibitions are entitled ‘IntangibleBrides’, a collection of photographs by Japanese photographer Kimiko Yoshida, ‘Elizabeth Taylor in Iran,1976’ by Firooz Zahedi and ‘I Dream of Jeannie’ by Iranian-American artist Eric Esmail Parnes.
Elizabeth Taylor in Iran’ presents exclusive photographs of the late Hollywood actress during her visit to Iran in 1976, which have never been seen before in the MiddleEast. The Iranian-American photographer Zahedi moved to the US to study and subsequently became friends with Elizabeth Taylor and Andy Warhol. He took photographs of celebrities, including of Nicole Kidman, Angelina Jolie and Barbra Streisand. The works will be on display at Katara Gallery 1, Building 19, until December 1.
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Image: Firooz Zahedi, Elizabeth Tayor Dressed as an Odalisque II, 1976, Printed 2011, C-print, 48 x 36 in ( 121.9 x 91.4 cm) Edition of 5

The Art Newspaper
"Architects to quench fears about Abu Dhabi building delays"
by Gareth Harris

November 1, 2012

Last year, some international dealers found buyers but sales were patchy. Participating galleries this year are banking on institutional patronage. “We always look forward to seeing major collectors from Abu Dhabi as well as those from Dubai, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, and other international locations. We are looking forward to the patronage of [collectors] Zaki Nusseibeh, Dr Farhad Farjam, Paula Cussi and Mohammed Afkhami,” says Ricky Lee, the communications director at Leila Heller gallery in New York.
“We are bringing works by Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner, which we find to be very relevant as so many Middle Eastern artists have been influenced by these two legendary American Abstract Expressionists,” Lee says. The gallery will also show works by the Iraqi artist Ayad Alkadhi, painter Rashid Khalifa from Bahrain, Nigerian artist Iké Udé and the British-born Iranian photographer Mitra Tabrizian.

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Inside Sotheby's

"Abu Dhabi Art: Taking It All In"
by Roxane Zand
November 9,  2012

ABU DHABI - Like all other Fairs, the pulse at Abu Dhabi Art quickened on its public opening day. Bustling as it did with panels, presentation and talks, I was seized by the headless chicken syndrome, running from one event to the other.

Our day kick-started with an early Sothebys Collector’s Lunch, graciously and generously hosted by His Highness Sheikh Nahayan bin Mabarak Al Nahayan at his Majlis. The traditional local hospitality - a lavish banquet of camel meat and rice, delicacies, mezzes and other delights, were heaped in ample servings on our plates. The honour of such a reception was not lost on our 70 guests, which included major international collectors, artists, museum and cultural personalities. Too sated for clear thinking, we headed straight to the VIP Lounge at the Manaraat Al Saadiyat for the 3 pm opening of the Art Fair.

NY-based Heller had braved Sandy to make her timely appearance, and Anish Kapoor's presence, as ever, proved a crowd-puller.

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Image: The buzz at the opening of Abu Dhabi Art. © Abu Dhabi Art

Canvas daily
"Another Country Published by Hatje Cantz"
November 6, 2012


This elegant hardcover assembles Iranian photographer Mitra Tabrizian's most recent oeuvre. In-depth explanatory texts by Homi K Bhabha, David Green and Hamid Naficy shed light on the main themes within Tabrizian's photographs, such as the relationship between individuals and society.

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Canvas daily
"SOLD Steady sales set a bright outlook for the weekend"
November 9 -10, 2012

Another fair regular, Leila Heller Gallery (2P12) had sold
21600 Pages by Hadieh Shafie to a Middle Eastern collector for $33,000 and Petrol Pump IV by Ayad Al-Kadhi for $15,000 to another Middle Eastern buyer. 

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Image: Hadieh Shafie, 21600 Pages, 2012, Acrylic on paper, 48 in diameter

Canvas daily
"Panels at Abu Dhabi Art"
November 9-10, 2012

Education, underlined New York dealer Leila Heller in an interview at the Art Lounge yesterday, is a key component to the success of the Middle Eastern art market. The Iranian-born gallerist discussed the establishment of her space and its promotion of regional art and the growing importance of the Middle Eastern art scene vis-à-vis the Contemporary art market.

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Image: Leila Heller, Anna Somers-Cocks and Bharti Kher

Canvas daily
"5 Minutes with Hadieh Shafie"
November 9 - 110, 2012

THE ARTWORK I WOULD ROB A BANK FOR IS: Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon.
ARTISTS I’D LOVE TO HAVE LUNCH AND DINNER: Lunch with Forough Farrokhzad and dinner with Louise Bourgeois.
FIVE PREREQUISITES FOR SURVIVAL IN THE ART WORLD: Be true to yourself; Seize the day; Work hard and play hard; Acknowledge the contribution of others; and give back. 
MY BIGGEST ART WORLD GOOF WAS: Not attending one of Louise Bourgeois’s Sunday Salons at her home in Chelsea.


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Image: Hadieh Shafie

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