Sanctums of DecisionSept 8 - Oct 2, 2016
Richard Taittinger Gallery is honored to present Sanctums of Decision, the first solo exhibition in the United States of Iranian artist, Mehdi Farhadian. Having represented Iran in the 2015 Venice Biennale, Farhadian is broadly recognized as a leading artist of the new contemporary scene of Tehran.
The artist’s intricately detailed portrayals of interior spaces and gardens integrate abstract and figurative features to create dreamlike, visually stunning scenes, inhabited by people and animals engaged in enigmatic acts. Farhadian’s personal style fuses realistic, expressive and fictional narratives, providing a potent vehicle for his highly personal subject matters. This typically demonstrates his deep concern for Iranian contemporary history.
This exhibition features Farhadian’s recent work, which encourages a reconsideration of figurative painting in contemporary art. Drawing from the lushness of nineteenth-century European painting traditions and imbuing them with local specificity, ethereal qualities, and distinctly Iranian elements, these paintings reinvigorate representational art while simultaneously ushering beauty back into contemporary painting.