I have lived and worked as an arts professional in Los Angeles for decades. My exhibitions have helped launch and/or advance the careers of many artists. I have worked with a very diverse group of artists both in Los Angeles and abroad. In 2011 ‘My Super Hero, New Contemporary Art From Iran’ showcasing the works of 35 contemporary artists from Iran was the first of its kind in Los Angeles for more than one reason.
A collaboration with Aaran Gallery in Tehran, It was the first major art exhibit coming directly from Iran. It was also the first and to my knowledge the only time an exhibition opened and ran concurrently in Tehran and Los Angeles. Like my first exhibit coming directly from Iran in 2009, ‘from The Streets of Iran’ (street art from Iran), it was very well received by audiences and the press alike. The featured publicity image for ‘My Super Hero’ was Newsha Tavakolian’s (pictured). Twelve years later, this is one of two photographs of Newsha’s that keeps getting attention on a regular basis. It has been included in many exhibitions since its debut in ‘My Super Hero’. The same image is on the cover of a new book on Iranian women photographers. ‘ Breathing Space: Iranian Women Photographers’ was just published by Thames & Hudson that features works by 23 women photographers. I have included some recent screenshots. I have always been grateful to Eliot Kiang, the owner of Morono Kiang Gallery, for his generous support to make that exhibit possible. I’m also grateful to Nazila Noebashari Owner and curator at Aaran Gallery whose persistent visionary work has been a very important part of the history of contemporary Iranian art.