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Nightview at the Countryside


Interplay, Hollis Taggart Gallery, Nov 30th 2023 – January 6th 2024

Interplay
Hollis Taggart Gallery 521 W 26th St, New York, NY
November 30th 2023 – January 6th 2024

REVIEW


­­Zahra Nazari: Interiors

In her Interiors painting series, American Iranian-born painter Zahra Nazari draws on prominent features in classical Persian and Islamic architecture—decorative botanical motifs, arch, and particularly, iwan, the large, vaulted hall semi-enclosed and usually walled on three sides, with one end entirely open. Many scholars believe its origin can be traced back to the Parthian era. While looking at Nazari’s luminous surfaces, it may be interesting to keep in mind the dual role of the Persian arch—it serves both decorative and functional purposes—this richly decorated key aesthetic element in Persian architecture functions not only as an ornament but also as a structural support that provides stability. It is also designed to moderate the amount of sunlight that enters space, especially in iwans or other open spaces. Nazari’s frequent use of Mylar as a surface stirs a play on the notion of external and internal light, and simultaneously, her saturated color palette invokes a hot and arid climate with bright, sunlit days and crisp nights. Repetitive and rhythmical, these motifs coalesce into energetic, translucent, and luminous surfaces, evoking an interior space in flux.

Zahra Nazari elaborates on her ideas and process in this interview with Art Spiel:

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Curvature


Droplets


Whisper of Rain


Mayan Market


Izamal


Zahra Nazari: A Retrospective, Cinema Supply, Sept 15th, 2022 – March 31st, 2023

Zahra Nazari: A Retrospective Exhibition
Cinema Supply, 217 W 21st Street, New York, NY
Sep 15th, 2022 – March 31st, 2023

REVIEW


Iranian-American Zahra Nazari’s abstract architectural paintings bring together two distinct worlds

Zahra Nazari’s work is a unique composite of gestural abstraction and intricate architectural painting. This combinations creates a compelling visual narrative with a mixture of pure abstraction and geometry gives the viewer a reason to stop, stare, and wonder. Today, her artwork is known for its gestural rhythms, layered density, organic feel, and the use of architectural and floral influences inspired by traditional formats from her native land of Iran. The artist herself offers a captivating tale of an artist who risked everything to break into the New York artworld–more on this later.

After getting a sneak peek of her latest exhibition at Cinema Supply–the recently renovated former warehouse building at 217 W 21st Street in Chelsea, NY, and a tour of her new studio, Art Review City is pleased to share her unlikely, and often surprising, story with our readers:

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Blue Sky, Mérida


The Rose Room


Intimacy


Memories


Framework


Invisible Cities


Optimism


Reflections


217 W 21st Street


Townhouse Row in Chelsea


The Circle of Life

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Thought Process

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Blue Interior

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Moonlight

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Infinity

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The Luxury of Life

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Le Château


The Joy of Life


The Foundation House


The Great Room


Architectural Corners


Inside-Out Oculus

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One Column at a Time


Stepping Up

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Condo #4

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Santa Fe’s Sky


Wander


Organic Architecture


Penthouse View


Metropolis


Rays of Light


Unification #2


UNIFICATION, High Line Nine Gallery, May 1st – 15th 2021

Unification Exhibition
High Line Nine Gallery, 507 W 27th St, New York, NY
May 1st – 15th 2021

PRESS RELEASE


Roya Khadjavi Projects is pleased to showcase an exhibition of sculptures and paintings by multidisciplinary artist Zahra Nazari at High Line Nine Gallery (507 W 27th St, New York, NY, 10001). Public opening reception will be held for the artist on May 1st from 5 to 8:00 p.m. The exhibition will be on view through May 15th.

Unification is an artistic project rooted in the formal blending of Persian and Western influences. It emerges from Zahra Nazari’s exploratory practice in painting and sculpture and her identity as an immigrant from Iran in the U.S.

In the paintings and works on paper, Nazari represents architectural forms with flowing, abstract lines. She derives inspiration from the spectacular 17th century monuments of the Safavid dynasty in Isfahan, such as the Shah Mosque, the Ali Qapu Palace, and its Music Room. Traces of Persian archways, niches, vaults, lattices, and the eight-pointed star are combined with fractured and deconstructed architectural shapes.

Nazari’s sculptures are a fusion of 17th century Persian monuments and Western and postmodern architecture. Built from stainless steel and displayed directly on the ground, the geometric patterns of the sculptures cast shadows and reflect lights onto the surrounding areas enabling a multidimensional experience. Nazari’s use of industrial material alludes to sculptors such as Anthony Caro and Robert Morris, who manipulate solid raw steel into lyrical, freeform shapes. Nazari’s deconstructionism additionally intimates the works of architects like Zaha Hadid and Frank Gehry.

Zahra Nazari (b.1985 in Hamedan, Iran) is a New York based painter, sculptor, and installation artist working with architectural themes.

She has given artist talks and participated as a panelist at institutions including NYU, Columbia University, Cooper Union, and Pratt Institute in New York City. She has been interviewed by and published in Hamptons Art Hub, Hyperallergic, Whitehot Magazine, ZH Magazine, and more. Her works are included in private and public collections throughout the US, Canada, and Asia.

Nazari has exhibited both nationally and internationally in galleries and museums including: the Bronx Museum, NY; Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, NY; MANA Contemporary, NJ; Spartanburg Art Museum, SC; Masur Museum of Art, LA; New York Academy of Art, NY; Denise Bibro Fine Art, NY; Boccara Art Gallery, NY; Painting Center, NY; A Center for Contemporary Art, NJ; Illinois Institute of Art, IL; Manifest Gallery, IL; Woman Made Gallery, IL; China Millennium Monument, Beijing, China; Xuancheng Museum, Anhui, China; Lite-Haus Galerie, Berlin, Germany; Saba Institution, and Baran Gallery in Tehran, Iran.

Nazari has been a recipient of many awards including: the AIM Fellowship from the Bronx Museum, NY; the Creative Engagement Grant from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, NY; the Mentoring Program from New York Foundation for the Arts, NY (NYFA); a Visiting Artist Fellowship from MASS MoCA; an Artist Residency Fellowship from Cooper Union; an Artist Residency from Sculpture Space in Utica, NY, and; an Artist Residency from the Vermont Studio Center, VT.

Nazari received her MFA from the State University of New York in New Paltz in 2014 and her BFA from the School of Art & Architecture in Tabriz, Iran.

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WORK



Persian Garden


IN ANTICIPATION OF SPRING


The Countryside


The City of the Future

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Fin Garden

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Geometric Balance


Dance of Colors


Harmony of Triangles


Morning Light


Relic


Deconstructed Cities #1

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Deconstructed Cities #2

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Deconstructed Cities #3

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Deconstructed Cities #4

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Unification Sculpture

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Spiral Staircase


The Complexity of Looking #1

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The Complexity of Looking #2

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Persian Garden

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Elements of Design #1

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Elements of Design #2

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Blue Interior

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Pathway #2

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Green Homes #1

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Green Homes #2

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Night View of Persian Homes with Stained Glass Windows

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Deconstructivism #2

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