No. 17


Bijan Daneshmand , Iota (detail), 2013, oil on canvas, 76 x 122 cm


With Spring most definitely in the air and Art Dubai and all the wonderful collateral events becoming just a little bit of a distant memory now, we turn to this month's inspiring Middle Eastern artworld activities to keep you informed about.

And it seems that April is fast becoming the month for Middle Eastern auctions.  We congratulate two new auctions who are launching on the scene, the first Al Bahie Auction House whose inaugural sale in Doha on 5th April features Islamic and Orientalist art and the second, Artscoops who will be selling Middle Eastern Modern and Contemporary Art in Beirut on 9th April.  Then back to London where Sotheby's and Bonhams are holding their sales on 20th and 27th April respectively. 

For this month's JRFA featured artist, the London based, Iranian  Bijan Daneshmand  tells Lisa Pollman about his work and how it's inspired by Persian architecture and mathematical principles.

Lastly, we are pleased to announce that our website is now responsive, so whether you are logging on from your phone or tablet or laptop, your viewing experience will always be optimised.

We wish all a pleasant month and hope to have the chance to see you in Beirut very shortly.

With all best wishes from the JRFA Team


About Bijan Daneshmand About Bijan Daneshmand   
Abstraction has a sensuality of letting us lose ourselves in it; a meditation. The intention is art of pure affect. My practice is concerned with repetition, difference and disruption... Read full biography
Interview - Bijan Daneshmand
Bijan Daneshmand, Rood (detail), 2016, oil on canvas, 122 x 122 cm
At one time, you worked as a Civil Engineer. Does your education and training in this specific occupation have an impact on your work? How?
"From my teen years on, I enjoyed drawing and had an interest in structures and buildings - both in terms of how they were built and their aesthetics. I chose Civil Engineering as a degree at Kings College London..." Read full interview
"... Daneshmand has always had a fascination with structures and asymmetry. Dedicated to the personal experience of painting Daneshmand's graphic abstract pieces are highly individual and selfreflective..." Read full testimonials

Sursock Museum Events
Sursock Museum, throughout April 2016, Beirut, Lebanon. More here
Away From Home
Kunstverein Grafschaft Bentheim, 21 February - 30 April 2016, Neuenhaus, Germany. More here
Shirazeh Houshiary
STPI, 19 March - 7 May 2016, Singapore. More here
The Arch of My Eye_s Orbit
BAM, 25 February - 5 June 2016, Brooklyn, NY, US. More here
Ne_l Beloufa
MoMA, 12 March - 12 June 2016, The Werner and Elaine Dannheisser Lobby Gallery, NY, US. More here
The Work of Ahmed Mater
Smithsonian, 19 March - 18 September 2016, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington, DC, US. More here
Watch Teaser


Having focused over past months on more international art markets, for April we are returning to the Middle Eastern art scene and have selected just a few of the many articles which have appeared lately (space sadly limits us from listing them all).  

Such a plethora of features about the region can only mean one thing - that it remains a healthy market fostering new talent and providing opportunities for collectors to acquire outstanding works. 
Tehran Art Scene  
Inspiration: inspiration - Faig Ahmed Faig Ahmed Pulls the Threads of Islamic Tradition with his Rewoven Rugs
Faig Ahmed is best known for his sculptural textile works that reinterpret centuries-old weaving techniques while bending the traditional language of ornament.  More here 
Book: Book - Farhad Moshiri Life is Beautiful by Iranian artist Farhad Moshiri
The first major publication devoted to covering a span of twenty years in Farhad's career, marking a trajectory from his earliest works to the present day. Press Release 

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