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Amir H. Fallah turns western portraiture on its head in his first solo Los Angeles museum exhibition. His striking subjects are rendered in vibrant orange skin tones, subtly positioning them outside an artist’s traditional skin colour palette, and complicating the viewer’s assumptions about the racial or ethnic identities of the sitters.
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In Amir H. Fallah’s first museum exhibition in Los Angeles, expect to get caught up in the artist’s maximalist paintings and stained glass works. Fallah is known for making “alternative” portraits [...]
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Los-Angeles based artist Amir H. Fallah has always taken the “more-is-more” approach to painting. “I really just try to cram everything in there that I can,” he says. It stands to reason, then, that his first institutional solo exhibition in the city feels like a love letter to maximalism itself, a meditation on the electric noise of an increasingly interconnected age.
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Katie Alice Fitz Gerald opened the Hong Kong branch of New York’s Denny Gallery in 2019, just as the city was hit by protests against a proposed extradition bill, then the pandemic. She held a major show of Iranian-American artist Amir H Fallah’s works there at the height of the city’s Omicron outbreak, when the government imposed its toughest social distancing restrictions.
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Across painting, sculpture, stained glass, and textiles — all bursting with an intoxicating overload of rich, fine detail, chromatic adventurism, personal, cultural, and geopolitical symbolism, and art historical wit — Amir H. Fallah investigates persistent questions of identity, intimacy, biography, knowledge, duty of care, diaspora, and legacy.
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'More is more’: Iranian American artist Amir H. Fallah's LA show takes a maximalist approach to cultural exchange
Los-Angeles based artist Amir H. Fallah has always taken the “more-is-more” approach to painting. “I really just try to cram everything in there that I can,” he says.
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Beyond the Fowler exhibition, Fallah will also be having two other visible projects around LA to coincide with Frieze week, making the winter something of a Fallah-palooza. In February he’s opening an exhibit of new paintings at Shulamit Nazarian, called “A War on Wars,” which he sees as a “meditation on all the horrible things of war, not just in Iran.”
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L.A.-based Iranian American artist Amir H. Fallah (b. 1979) will be using an image of a woman’s face inside of a sun–a visual once seen on the Iranian flag–as the centerpiece of an art project he intends to keep the ongoing humanitarian crisis there in the consciousness of Americans.
NEW YORK TIMES
Amir H. Fallah Feels the Pull of His Iranian Origins
Mr. Fallah was 4 when he left Iran after its revolution. Now, he’s using his art to support the recent uprising there. Now a contemporary artist based in Los Angeles, Mr. Fallah makes richly ornamental works that merge his two worlds. They combine the themes and patterns found in Persian myths, miniatures, and carpets with motifs from Western pop culture, cartoons and graphics.
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Denny Gallery, based in New York and Hong Kong, hit a homerun with its spectacular exhibition of Tehran-born, Los Angeles–based artist Amir H. Fallah, known for his vibrant and confrontational paintings, sculptures, and public art.
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In this week’s edition of the podcast, we chat with artist Amir H. Fallah. First, Amir explains why he believes it is important for artists to openly discuss their experiences navigating the art world. Then, he shares some guiding principles that help him manage several aspects of his career.
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As for many of us, the highlights of lockdown for artist Amir H. Fallah were mealtimes and receiving packages containing online shopping—the latter event so much so, it sparked the idea behind his first exhibition in Hong Kong, Joy as an Act of Resistance at the newly opened Denny Dimin Gallery in Wong Chuk Hang.
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All of my art starts from a very personal place. In a lot of ways, the work is autobiographical, dealing with me coming to terms with being an immigrant in America, being a refugee in America and straddling two cultures, one very conservative, the other one very liberal. One very old, one very new.
Amir H. Fallah at Shulamit Nazarian
The eclectic fields of Amir H. Fallah's paintings expand traditional notions of portraiture. Instead of spelling out a person's individuality, Fallah draws from Western painting vocabularies, vernacular imagery, along with details from his native Iran, including aspects from Persian miniature painting, to evoke stories of migration, celebration, and trauma.
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Amir H. Fallah’s show, “Better a Cruel Truth Than a Comfortable Delusion,” is currently on view at Denny Dimin Gallery in New York. The new paintings imagined as a how-to manual for Fallah’s son, featuring icons, imagery, and references to the culture that forms us—from advertising and pop culture to the books we read as children.
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Amir H. Fallah’s latest show, “Better a Cruel Truth Than a Comfortable Delusion,” on view at Denny Dimin through February 20, is inspired by his young son’s bedtime stories, but it still tackles hot-button issues such as racism, abuses of power, greed, and climate change.
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In past work, Fallah has explored the traditional conventions of portraiture while masking his subjects’ physical characteristics. All of his work begins with ideas of portraiture, but his aim is taking portraiture’s history and expanding on it, manipulating it, distorting it.
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For several months, Fallah and his partner would take turns structuring their work days around their son's care needs. With his partner working largely from home, Fallah found himself practicing art at the dining room table in a busy, full house.
Iranian-Born Artist Amir H. Fallah Creates Work That Thrives In A Cultural Limbo
The 40-year-old artist paints idiosyncratic portraits that unfurl infinite narratives to his audience. Ask him, and he explains that his detail-rich, colour-drenched paintings are a new kind of portrait, one that shows a person without physicality at all.
Amir H. Fallah at Shulamit Nazarian
Three large round works feature on the entry wall leading to Remember My Child…, Amir H. Fallah’s current exhibition at Shulamit Nazarian. In each, a sumptuously detailed ring of flowers, plants, and other objects surrounds a central field of vibrant color, evocative of the dome of the heavens.
Amir H. Fallah at Shulamit Nazarian
Known for his maximalist, floral tableaux and portraits of people shrouded by richly patterned fabric and often surrounded by objects referencing their own histories, painter Amir H. Fallah presents a new body of work here that departs from his earlier style.
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Californian artist Amir H. Fallah will be exhibiting a new series of paintings, entitled A Hybrid Heart, alongside a sound installation and stained glass sculpture. His mesmerising and highly textured works explore alternative narratives around identity.
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What does it mean to paint portraiture without a portrait? Though Amir H. Fallah has spent his career grappling with this very question, his newest series — now on view in the show-stopping exhibition Remember My Child at Shulamit Nazarian — represents a departure from his previous work.
NEW YORK TIMES
As Tensions Rise With Iran, So Does Interest in Art It Inspired
The year of the revolution, another future member of Iran’s artistic diaspora was born in Tehran: Amir H. Fallah, a figurative painter now based in Los Angeles. Because of the political turmoil in Iran, Mr. Fallah had a much more unstable childhood.
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
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ICA San Jose commissioned the mural by Amir H. Fallah, titled “Remember This” and invited its board members to become poll workers. The vote plane cost $10,400, part of a $500,000 advertising campaign by the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters.
Amir H. Fallah: Remember My Child at Shulamit Nazarian
For this bright and imaginative solo show, Amir H. Fallah wondered what portraiture would look like without a portrait. Made for his five-year-old son, the portraits collect a father and son’s shared memories of children’s stories, movies, and more.
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All of the artwork selected for the exhibition draws inspiration from the present moment and the pressing issues of this year. Amir H. Fallah, a Los Angeles-based artist, was delighted to take part in the exhibition and identifies its power to disseminate art in the public realm. “What really excites me about [public art] is there is a chance to have a dialogue with people who otherwise would not be able to see artwork,” Fallah said. Fallah said that while art may not normally be at the forefront of people’s minds, displaying the exhibition on buses invites public attention and discussion.
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For his first solo show at the Denny Gallery, artist Amir Fallah’s body of work illustrates the immigrants in his Los Angeles community, painted in settings and poses that evoke European depictions of Orientalism, yet with the trappings of American culture.