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Ala Ebtekar

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Birthplace
Berkeley, California, United States

Birth year
1978

Lives in
San Francisco

Works in
San Francisco

Website

Representing galleries

Current Exhibitions and Events
Apr, 2014 Solo Exhibition
Gallery Paule Anglim
 
Jan, 2014 The Vastness is Bearable
MCASB Satellite @ Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara
 
Statement

Bio:

Born in the United States to Iranian parents, Ebtekar was raised in both Iran and the US. As a young teenager he joined the K.O.S. (Kids of Survival), working with artist Tim Rollins on collaborative artworks involving groups of urban youth. He received his BA in 2001 from the San Francisco Art Institute and in 2006 his MFA degree at Stanford. He was a 2005 recipient of the San Francisco Foundation’s Murphy &Cadogan Fellowships in the Arts Award. His work is exhibited internationally and was recently featured in two prestigious exhibitions: One Way or Another: Asian American Art Now, a touring exhibition originating at the Asia Society, NYC, and in the 2006 California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art. In 2007, his work was featured in a solo exhibition at Gallery PauleAnglim in San Francisco, and in Under the Indigo Dome at The Third Line in Dubai. In 2007 Ebtekar participated in a six month residency with Cite des Arts in Paris. This past year Ebtekar was featured in Bay Area Now 5, at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco.

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EDUCATION
2006 Master of Fine Arts, Stanford University, CA.
2002 Bachelor of Fine Arts, San Francisco Art Institute, CA.


SOLO SHOWS
2012 "Absent Arrival," Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA.
2012 "Elsewhen," The Third Line, Dubai, UAE.
2010 "Indelible Whispers of the Sun," Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
2010 "re-emergence," Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA.
2009 "1388," The Third Line, Dubai, UAE.
2009 "A Breath of Air," Townsend Center for the Humanities, University of California Berkeley, CA.
2008 "Epic Verse," Community School of Music and Arts / Finn Center, Mountain View, CA.
2007 "Ala Ebtekar," Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA.
2006 "Emergence: Elements," Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA.
2006 "Emergence," Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA.
2004 "Elemental," Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CA.
1999 "9-9-99," Blake Street House Project, Berkeley, CA.


TWO PERSON SHOWS
2009 "Hampah," Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
2008 "Descriptive Verse," FIFTY24SF Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2007 "Under The Indigo Dome," The Third Line, Dubai, UAE.
2005 "Ala Ebtekar & Jeong-Im Yi," Lisa Dent Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2002 "In The Name of God: Works on Paper," Nexus Gallery, Berkeley, CA.


SELECTED GROUP SHOWS
2013 "The Beginning of Thinking is Geometric", Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah. (July 17 - September 30)
2013 "Migrating Identities", Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA. (June 28 - September 29)
2013 "Proximities // What Time Is It There?" Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA. (May 25 - July 21)
2013 "Faux Real" Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA. (June 2 - September 29)
2013 "Perpetuation of Myth", Los Gatos Art Museum, Los Gatos, CA. (March 6 - April 14)
2012 "We Could Be Heroes: The Mythology of Monsters and Heroes in Contemporary Art", Brigham Young University, Provo, UT.
2012 Frieze Art Fair NY, representing gallery The Third Line
2012 "Post-Pop," Mahe Mehr Gallery, Tehran, Iran.
2011 "The Global Contemporary. Art Worlds After 1989," ZKM - Museum of Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe, Germany.
2011 "West End?," Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem, Israel.
2011 "Snail Fever," The Third Line, Dubai, UAE.
2011 "My Super Hero: New Contemporary Art from Iran," Aaran Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran.
2011 "My Super Hero: New Contemporary Art from Iran," Morono Kiang Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
2011 "Nothing To Say," Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2011 "Postcards from Tehran," 18th Street Art Center, Santa Monica, CA.
2010 "Iran Inside Out," DIFC, Dubai, UAE.
2010 "Everyone is Welcome: The Art of K.O.S.," NYCAMS Gallery, New York, NY.
2010 "Inaugural Group Show" Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2009 "Out of Bounds: Art from the Collection of Driek and Michael Zirinsky," Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA.
2009 "Routes II," Waterhouse & Dodd, London, UK.
2009 "Iran Inside Out," DePaul University Art Museum, Chicago, IL.
2009 "Iran Inside Out," Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY.
2009 "Balla-Drama," Paradise Row, London, England.
2009 "Summer 7," The Third Line, Doha, UAE.
2009 "SELSELEH/ZELZELEH: Movers & Shakers in Contemporary Iranian Art," Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery, New York, NY.
2009 "San Francisco Art Institute Faculty & Alumni: A Thin Slice,"Baer Ridgway Exhibitions, San Francisco, CA.
2009 "Beautiful / Decay: A-Z," Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
2009 "Faces and Letters: Through the Eyes of Collectors in Qatar," Gallery VCUQatar, Doha, Qatar.
2008 "Conference of the Birds," Flawless Gallery, London, UK.
2008 "Banned and Recovered: Artists Respond to Censorship," The San Francisco Center for the Book, San Francisco, CA.
2008 "Bay Area Now 5," Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA.
2008 "Summer Solos 2008," Pro Arts, Oakland, CA.
2008 "One way or Another: Asian American Art Now," Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, Hawaii.
2008 "Pacific Light: California Watercolor Refracted 1907-2007," Nordiska Akvarellmuseet, Skarhamn, Sweden.
2008 "East of the West," SomArts, San Francisco, CA.
2008 "The Alternative Philosophy," Leonard Street Gallery, London, UK.
2008 "One Way or Another: Asian American Art Now," Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, CA.
2008 "Make The Art You Need: The UC Berkeley Department of Art Faculty Show," Worth Ryder Gallery, University of California Berkeley, CA.
2007 "The Diane and Sandy Besser Collection," De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA.
2007 "One Way or Another: Asian American Art Now," Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA.
2007 "Feel the Difference: Cultural Branding Remix," Works/San Jose, San Jose, CA.
2007 "One Way or Another: Asian American Art Now," Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston, Houston, TX.
2007 "GRAPHIC: New Bay Area Drawing," di Rosa Preserve, Napa, CA.
2006 "2006 California Biennial," Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA.
2006 "California Calligraphy Summit: Cali/Graffi," Fine Arts Gallery, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA.
2006 "10 Curatorial Perspectives," Haven Arts, Bronx, NY.
2006 "One Way or Another: Asian American Art Now," Asia Society Museum, New York, NY.
2006 "AsiaAlive," Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA.
2006 "2006 MFA Thesis Exhibition" at the Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery
2005 "Do’Ka," La Condition Publique, Roubaix, France.
2005 "Paper Cuts (again)," Fetterly Gallery, Vallejo, CA.
2005 "The Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship in the Fine Arts Exhibition," SF Art Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2005 "rePresent," Oliver Art Center, CCA, Oakland, CA.
2005 "CrossConnections: of Past and Present," Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CA.
2004 "A Look Forward and Back: Gallery 16’s Ten Year Anniversary," Gallery 16, San Francisco CA.
2004 "The Wild Bunch 2," THE ANNEX, New York, NY.
2004 "State of the Nation," Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CA.
2004 "REBUS," Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA.
2003 "Global Elegies: Art and Ofrendas for the Dead," Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA.
2003 "Pachanga!," Galeria de la Raza, San Francisco, CA.
2003 "War of the Worlds," in collaboration with Tim Rollins + K.O.S., White Box, New York, NY.
2003 "Purple with Love’s Wound," in collaboration with Tim Rollins + K.O.S., University of Virginia Art Museum, Charlottesville, VA.
2003 "The Wild Bunch," THE ANNEX, New York, NY.
2003 "Mark: Contemporary Drawings," Gallery 16, San Francisco, CA.
2003 "No War," The Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2002 "Emerging Bay Area Artists," San Francisco Design Center, San Francisco, CA.
2001 Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, CA.
2001 "War: What is it Good For?" Asian Resource Center Gallery, Oakland, CA.
2000 In collaboration with Tim Rollins + K.O.S. The De Young Memorial Art Museum, San Francisco, CA.
2000 Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, CA.
2000 "Four Artists," Blake Street Studio, Berkeley, CA.
2000 "Artists’ Books," Walter/McBean Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
1998 In collaboration with Tim Rollins + K.O.S., ZEUM, San Francisco, CA.
1998 In collaboration with Tim Rollins + K.O.S., Berkeley Art Museum, University of California at Berkeley.
1998 In collaboration with Tim Rollins + K.O.S., Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA.


AWARDS
2009 Visions from the New California Award
2008 San Francisco Center for the Book – Imprint Artist in Residence
2006 Stanford University Paris Studio
2006 San Francisco Arts Commision Gallery Print Award
2005 Jack and Gertrude Murphy Fine Arts Fellowship
2001 Presidential Merit Scholarship, San Francisco Art Institute
2000 Presidential Merit Scholarship, San Francisco Art Institute
1999 Presidential Merit Scholarship, San Francisco Art Institute


SELECTED REVIEWS AND ARTICLES
Zevitas, Steven, New American Painting issue 91, December 2010/January 2011.
Ibarra, Ana, interview, Elephant Magazine issue 4, Fall 2010.
Morris, Barbara, "Ala Ebtekar: re-emergence at Gallery Paule Anglim" art ltd. September/October 2010.
Leopold, Shelley, "LA Weekly Critics' Choice: Indelible Whispers of the Sun" LA Weekly, September 9 2010.
Regilio, Alexandria, "re-emergence" 96 Hours, San Francisco Chronicle, June 17-20, 2010.
Swanhuyser, Hiya, "Iran Away" SF Weekly, June 9, 2010.
Waxman, Lori, "Iran upside down and backward" Chicago Tribune October 23, 2009.
Cotter, Holland, "Art in Review: Iran Inside Out" The New York Times July 23, 2009.
Vikram, Anuradha, "Bay Area Emergent" Artillery, May/June 2010.
Meredith, Emily, "Open to Interpretation" Khaleej Times, October 23 2009.
Good, Oliver, "Bold Embellishments" The National, October 21 2009.
Harouni, Shadi "Ala Ebtekar & Taravat Talepasand" THE Mag LA, June 2009.
Fischer, Jack, "All the Identities He Can Paint" Stanford Magazine, May/June 2009.
Vilayphonh, Catzie, Theme Magazine Issue 19, May/June 2009.
Nakasone, Marisa, "A Sampling SFAI's Visionary Alums at Baer Ridgway Exhibitions" Examiner.com, May 2009.
Cheng, DeWitt, "Critic's Choice: A Breath of Air" East Bay Express, May 2009.
Meredith, Emily, "Art Work Removed from Gallery" Khaleej Times, March 23 2009.
Catching, Rebecca, "Art Dubai Buoyant Despite Crash and Clash" ARTINFO, March 2009.
Cheng, DeWitt, "We Are All Together" East Bay Express, July 2008.
Chun, Kimberly, "You're going to myth me, baby" San Francisco Bay Guardian, July 6, 2008.
Riggott, Julie, "Asian Art, by Way of Blondie" Los Angeles Downtown News, May 9, 2008.
Chun, Kimberly, "Ala Ebtekar," The SF Bay Guardian, January 30- February 5, 2008.
Leong, Lisa, "One of These Things Is Not Like the Other" Asia Pacific Arts December 2007.
Bing, Alison, "One Way or Another: Asian American Art Now" Artweek December/January 2008.
Kimball, Jill, "Past, meet the present" Palo Alto Weekly, September 5 2008, pg 9-10.
Spicer, Jakki, "Boxed in" East Bay Express November 21 2007.
Melrod, George, "Pulse" Art LTD September 2007, pg 100.
Baker, Kenneth, San Francisco Chronicle August 11 2007.
Swanhuyser, Hiya, "Ala King" SF Weekly August 8, 2007 pg 21.
Carver, Antonia, "Amir H Fallah and Ala Ebtekar, Under the Indigo Dome" Bidoun Spring 2007, pg 112.
Klassen, Rebecca, "Featured Artist – Ala Ebtekar" Hyphen Issue 11, Spring 2007, pg 38-43.
Ascarelli, Brett, "Art Imitates Design" Bohemian January 31-February 6, 2007.
Mohammad, Arsalan, "Under The Indigo Dome (part 2)" Time Out: Dubai January 25-February 1 2007, pg 49.
Mohammad, Arsalan, "Under The Indigo Dome" Time Out: Dubai January 18-25 2007, pg 50.
Schmidt, Kirsten, "Poetic Vision and Abundant Culture" NY Arts September/October 2006.
Muchnic, Suzanne, "The state's just a state of mind" Los Angeles Times October 7 2006.
Patel, Vibhuti, "Insiders Looking Out" Newsweek October 2 2006.
Budick, Ariella, "Ranging as far and wide as the Asian continent" Newsday September 22 2006.
Kunitz, Daniel, "Defying The Definitive" The New York Sun September 14 2006.
Berwick, Carly, "Stripteases, Sheiks, Sneakers Are Today's Asian-American Art" Bloomberg September 12 2006.
Smith, Roberta, "A Mélange of Asian Roots and Shifting Identities" New York Times September 8 2006.
Talebi, Niloufar, "Emergence of an Artist: Ala Ebtekar reassembles cultural legacy" Namak Spring 2007, pg 22.
Rios, Natalie, "From animal heads to Zoetropes" The Stanford Daily May 16 2006, pg 3.
KQED TV, "Artist Profile - Ala Ebtekar" KQED Spark May 2006.
Buuck, David, "Ala Ebtekar at the Richmond Art Center" Artweek April 2006, pg 13-14.
Deparis, Marie, "Do’Ka , c’est tout de suite, à la Condition Publique" Art Contemporain (France) October 2005.
Mortaigne, Véronique, "Artistes d'Orient au festival Do'Ka" Le Monde (France) September 22 2005.
Esso, Jordan, "Paper Cuts (again) at Fetterly Gallery" Artweek Vol.36, Issue 9, 2005, pg 13-14.
Whiteside, Amber, "Ala Ebtekar" Sculpture Vol.24, No.3, 2005, pg 68-69.
Lidgus, Sarah, "Ala Ebtekar" Contemporary Issue 66, 2004, pg 67.
Bing, Alison, "Elemental" Bidoun Fall 2004, pg 102.
Buckner, Clark, "Elemental" Critic’s Choice: Art The SF Bay Guardian June 30 2004, pg 75.
Bing, Alison, "Elemental" SF Gate 6/2003.
Avila, Robert, "Eight Days a Week" The SF Bay Guardian June 16 2004, pg 71.
Snyder, Jason, Fourteen Hills: The SFSU Review Summer/Fall 2004, pg 154-161.
Chlala, Youmna, "A Breath of Air" Eleven Eleven: CCA Literary Arts Journal Spring 2004, pg 60-61.
Bing, Alison, "'REBUS' and Barry McGee at Gallery Paule Anglim" Artweek March 2004, pg 14.
Bing, Alison, "The Bigger Picture: Painting and Politics" Kitchen Sink Summer 2003, pg 64.
Buuck, David, "Mark: Contemporary Drawings" Artweek July/August 2003, pg 12.
Bing, Alison, "Mark: Contemporary Drawings" SF Gate 5/2003.
Lewallen, Constance, "Rollins + K.O.S., A Survey of Works on Paper" Berkeley Art Museum Newsletter 1/1999, pg 5.
Ganahl, Jane, "Opening Young Minds to Art" San Francisco Examiner 1/13/98, pg C-1.


INTERVIEWS AND MEDIA
Darband, Tahniat, for VOA, November 2010.
Ibarra, Ana, for Elephant Magazine issue 4, Fall 2010.
Houng, Cynthia, "Ala Ebtekar Interview" Fecal Face.com December 18 2007.
Kendall, Hynam, "A Meeting of Minds" InsideOut (United Arab Emirates), May 2007, pg 118-124.
Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive 2007.
City 7 TV, "Good Morning Dubai" January 17 2007.
KQED TV, "Artist Profile - Ala Ebtekar" KQED Spark May 2006.
KPFA 94.1, "Hard Knock Radio" July 15 2004.


TEACHING AND COMMUNITY-BASED PROJECTS
2009-12 Stanford University, Department of Art and Art History, Visiting Faculty.
2010 Transforming Fictions at deYoung Museum in conjunction with Kearny Street Workshop.
2007-08 University of California at Berkeley, Department of Art Practice, Visiting Lecturer.
2007 Stanford University, Department of Art and Art History, Visiting Faculty.
2006 Asia Society Museum, New York, NY, Workshop with NY public school teachers.
2006 Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA, “AsiaAlive” Visiting Artist.
2006 Stanford University, Department of Art and Art History, Instructor.
2003 Events and Public Relations Coordinator, Celebrating Culture and Community, San Pablo, CA.
2003 Coronado YMCA, Richmond, CA, Art workshop with K-3 graders, Art Instructor.
2002 Grant Elementary School, Richmond, CA, Art workshop with K-3 graders, Art Instructor.
1998-99 Zeum Art and Technology Center, San Francisco, Program Assistant and Team Leader for teen workshops.

Recent Exhibits

Ala Ebtekar participated in these exhibits:

Jan, 2014 Equations of Sight-Similarity
On Stellar Rays
 
Sep, 2013 Cylindr.us with Artist Ala Ebtekar
Asian Art Museum
 
Jun, 2013 Migrating Identities
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
 
Jun, 2013 Faux Real
Laguna Art Museum
 
Jun, 2013 Limited at The Lab
The Lab
 
May, 2013 Proximities 1: What Time Is It There?
Asian Art Museum
 
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