My Wicked Persian Carpet on View at Taymour Grahne Gallery

My Wicked Persian Carpet on View at Taymour Grahne Gallery

As with most major cities, certain neighborhoods are known for specific things. Chelsea has always been NYC’s epicenter for art, with numerous galleries linings its western reaches. In recent years, trendy SoHo, the Lower East Side and Tribeca have made names for themselves in the art scene. Last week I visited one of Tribeca’s newest offerings, Taymour Grahne Gallery. The two-floor space opened in September with a concentration in contemporary art of the Middle East region—although the gallery intends to exhibit artists on a broader international scale. This past Tuesday, I visited for the opening of the gallery’s second exhibit, My Wicked Persian Carpet, by Iranian painter, musician and performance artist Reza Derakshani. His large colorful paintings, on view thru Dec. 3, hang throughout the space and are a mixture of vibrant jewel-toned hues and glitter brought together to resemble the design of a Persian carpet. The juxtaposition of skulls in many of these paintings adds a touch of the macabre to the otherwise whimsical work and plays with perceptions of life and death. For more on the artist, click here.

Image Credit: Reza Derakshani, Nobody Wins, 2013 Oil and Glitter on Canvas 58.66 x 47.24 inches

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