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Exhibition Detail
'Guns and Roses'
1 Lumely Street
Mayfair
London W1K 6TT
United Kingdom


May 22nd, 2009 - August 15th, 2009
 
Untitled, Afshin PirhashemiAfshin Pirhashemi, Untitled,
2007, Oil and metallic paint on canvas, 100 x 100 cm
Untitled, Alireza DayaniAlireza Dayani, Untitled,
2007, Roller pen or black ink on cardboard, 150 x 150 cm
© Eleven Howland Ltd.
Between the Lines, Farhad AhrarniaFarhad Ahrarnia, Between the Lines,
2008, Photograph printed on conton aida and embroidery, 106 x 97 cm
© Eleven Howland Ltd.
US Soldier I, Farhad AhrarniaFarhad Ahrarnia, US Soldier I,
2006/7, Photograph printed on conton aida and embroidery, 35 x 38 cm
© Eleven Howland Ltd.
US Soldier II, Farhad AhrarniaFarhad Ahrarnia, US Soldier II,
2006/7, Photograph printed on conton aida and embroidery, 35 x 38 cm
© Eleven Howland Ltd.
Three Candles, Farhad MoshiriFarhad Moshiri, Three Candles,
2007, Oil on canvas, 190 x 150 cm
© Eleven Howland Ltd.
Hectic Tranquility II, Ghass RouzkhoshGhass Rouzkhosh, Hectic Tranquility II,
2007, Mixed media, 50 x 70 cm
© Eleven Howland Ltd.
Hectic Tranquility IV, Ghass RouzkhoshGhass Rouzkhosh, Hectic Tranquility IV,
2007, Mixed media, 50 x 70 cm
© Eleven Howland Ltd.
Untitled, Golnaz FathiGolnaz Fathi, Untitled,
2007, Acrylic on canvas, 120 x 120 cm
© Eleven Howland Ltd.
Untitled (II), Golnaz FathiGolnaz Fathi, Untitled (II),
2007, Acrylic on canvas, 120 x 120 cm
© Eleven Howland Ltd.
Pahlavan, Khosrow HassanzadehKhosrow Hassanzadeh, Pahlavan,
2000, Mixed media on canvas, 200 x 200 cm
© Eleven Howland Ltd.
Untitled, Pooya AryanpourPooya Aryanpour, Untitled,
2007, Acrylic on canvas, 150 x 150 cm
© Eleven Howland Ltd.
Untitled, Pooya AryanpourPooya Aryanpour, Untitled,
2008, Acrylic on canvas, Diptych, 180 x 360 cm
© Eleven Howland Ltd.
Untitled, Pooya AryanpourPooya Aryanpour, Untitled,
2008, Acrylic on canvas, 150 x 150 cm
© Eleven Howland Ltd.
Rose and Nightingale Series, Reza DerakshaniReza Derakshani, Rose and Nightingale Series,
2007, Mixed media on canvas, 150 x 150 cm
© Eleven Howland Ltd.
Wave, Reza LavassaniReza Lavassani, Wave,
2007, Mixed media on canvas, 100 x 150 cm
© Eleven Howland Ltd.
Untitled, Samira AlikhanzadehSamira Alikhanzadeh, Untitled,
2007 , Mirror collage and photographic ink on board, 80 x 80 cm
© Eleven Howland Ltd.
Untitled, Samira AlikhanzadehSamira Alikhanzadeh, Untitled,
2007, Mirror collage and photographic ink on board, 80 x 120 cm
© Eleven
Untitled, Samira AlikhanzadehSamira Alikhanzadeh, Untitled,
2007, Mirror collage and photographic ink on board, 120 x 120 cm
© Eleven Howland Ltd.
Fugitively, Shahriar AhmadiShahriar Ahmadi, Fugitively,
2008, Mixed media on canvas, 206 x 143 cm
© Eleven Howland Ltd.
Til Our Grapes Turn into Wine, Shahriar AhmadiShahriar Ahmadi, Til Our Grapes Turn into Wine,
2008, Mixed media on canvas, 143 x 143 cm
© Eleven Howland Ltd.
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PRESS RELEASE

Eleven Howland is pleased to present ‘Guns and Roses’, a group exhibition of Iranian contemporary art displaying the works of twelve of the country’s most prominent artists, many of whom are living and working in Iran, at the forefront of one of the most vibrant artistic communities in the Middle East today.

On the thirtieth anniversary of the Iranian revolution, we pause to reflect on the crucial themes that have underpinned Iran’s contemporary visual culture. Guns and Roses loom large - two dominant cultural pillars that have shaped and informed Iran’s artistic landscape. A symbol of conflict and creativity, violence and ideology, the Gun embodies the spirit of militarism rife in a region scarred by a decade that saw bloody revolution followed by a ferocious war with Iraq. Alongside this is the subject of the famous Sufi poet Sa’adi’s “Golestan” - the delicate Rose, whose sublime beauty forever inspires wisdom and grace within Iranian culture.

These themes are earnestly reflected in the works on show. Artists such as Khosrow Hassanzadeh pay tribute to heroic wrestlers, or “Pahlavans”, whilst simultaneously playing with the Iranian consumerist demand for sentimentalist souvenirs. Reza Derakhshani and Pooya Aryanpour reflect the past prominence of floral and calligraphic traditions within contemporary Iranian painting, traditions greatly esteemed for their unmatched lyricism and elegance. In contrast to this, the works of Farhad Ahrarnia and Farhad Moshiri address their country’s frequently conflicted relationship to the rest of the world.

Caught between the grace of Iranian visual culture and the disturbances of conflict are the Iranian people themselves, and their plight is retold with great flare and visual power by figurative artists such as Samira Alikhanzadeh and Afshin Pirhashemi. Pirhashemi in particular captures the duality of Iranian society, set in stark black and white hues; his subject stands in defiance of social expectations, a lone woman with her mane of hair flowing behind in the style of western fashion publications.

The selection at hand therefore aims to earnestly reflect the ideas and social currents at play in what is perhaps one of the most dynamic visual cultures currently emerging in the international art scene.

'Guns and Roses' will feature works from Shahriar Ahmadi, Farhad Ahrarnia, Samira Alikanzadeh, Pooya Aryanpour, Alireza Dayani, Reza Derakshani, Golnaz Fathi, Khosrow Hassanzadeh, Reza Lavassani, Farhad Moshiri, Afshin Pirhashemi and Ghass Rouzkhosh.

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