JANUARY'S TOP EVENTS AND HIGHLIGHTS 2020
December 31, 2019
May 29, 2019 - Rebecca Proctor
This March, Shirin Neshat and Fereydoun Ave jointly exhibit separate bodies of work similarly named The Book of Kings or Shahnameh after the work by the epic poem by the 10th-century Persian poet Ferdowsi. Rebecca Anne Proctor explores the artistic and intellectual dialogue between the two artists.
May 7, 2019 - Sylvia Dembner
Iranian sculptor Masoud Akhavanjam will exhibit two stainless steel sculptures as part of the exhibition PERSONAL STRUCTURES - open borders of the GAA Foundation, alongside the 2019 Venice Biennale.
The sculptures 'Dilemma of Man' and 'Metamorphosis' will be exhibited publicly on the Venice waterfront, Giardini Marinaressa, from 5 May to 29 November 2019.
April 17, 2019
Following his prestigious selection as Finalist with Special Mention at the Ooshot Award, JRFA Iranian artist Armin Amirian will be showing his “A”ar, Tent and Clothes photo series at the 2018 Ooshot Award Exhibition, from April 19 to April 28, 2019, at les Magasins généraux in Pantin, Grand Paris, France.
Being the first Photographic Commission Prize, the Ooshot Award wishes to reward visions of authors and artists serving brands, companies and institutions.
April 2, 2019
Our April newsletter is out: Your guide to the world of Contemporary Middle Eastern art
For everyone who visited Art Dubai and the Sharjah Biennale last month, we hope you had a wonderful and as inspirationally art-filled trip as we did! But if you didn't, don't forget there are many exciting events to look forward to...Read More >>
March 7, 2019
February 1, 2019
January 2, 2019
Our first newsletter of the year is out!
We hope you are enjoying a relaxing holiday and have had a chance to catch up with friends and family.
As we put another year behind us and enter 2019, we remind ourselves that art is a powerful expression of humanity and of global shared ideologies. And as such our understanding and appreciation of it is ever more necessary.Read More >>
November 27, 2018
The Ocean Can Be Yours: Interview with the exhibition Curator Janet Rady (Director of Janet Rady Fine Art), and the four featured Iranian artists Afsoon, Ghalamdar, Jason Noushin, and Katayoun Rouhi.Read More >>
October 31, 2018
May 7, 2018
January 3, 2018
Our January newsletter and first issue of 2018 is out! As we enter the first days of 2018 tentatively and with sincere hopes of a brighter year ahead, we remind ourselves that art is a powerful expression of humanity and of global shared idealogies. And as such our appreciation of it is ever more necessary.Read More >>
December 5, 2017
Our December newsletter and last issue of 2017 is out! Check out our selection of thought provoking exhibitions and events across the globe relating to the region, as well as our Art Matters and Inspiration sections. We wish everyone a happy holiday season and look forward to catching up again with you again in the New Year.Read More >>
November 3, 2017
Our November newsletter is out, covering an array of varied exhibitions and events relating to contemporary Middle Eastern art across the globe, from Australia to China to Europe and the US. Also find out what our Art Matters and Inspiration sections are about this month. Sign up here to receive our future news.Read More >>
October 2, 2017
September 5, 2017 - Souad Lahlou
Errances Nomadiques - Exhibition by Firouz Farman Farmaian at the Musee de Marrakech Place Ben Youssef, Marrakech-Medina
August 28, 2017 - Monica Allende
Promoted by the Begihandi collective, GETXOPHOTO is a festival dedicated to images that takes place in Getxo (Basque Country) and supports the exploration of formats, stands and unconventional exhibition spaces to show the different images......Abandoned is an exercise in imagination threaded by irony and social critique.
April 26, 2017
October 24, 2016
December 28, 2015
December 3, 2015
Hojat Amani's exhibition at the MIA in Doha, Qatar, was featured in the Shargh Daily Newspaper. The exhibition, Qajar Women - Images of Women in 19th century Iran, showcases a wide variety of artworks from the Qajar period, all of which feature Persian women as the main subject, and will be on view until 11 June 2016.
December 2, 2015
November 30, 2015
In celebration of Qajar Women, MIA (Museum of Islamic Art) presents a panel discussion chaired by Janet Rady who will present the works of Shadi Ghadirian. The panel discussion will take place on Wednesday 9 December and will comprise talks and demonstration workshops by JRFA artist Hojat Amani and artist Mahmood Sabzi whose works are part of the special exhibition.
November 25, 2015
November 25, 2015
We are pleased to announce that Les Riches Heures digital work by Janet Rady Fine Art artist Patrick Altes was acquired by MAMA (Musée Public National d'Art Moderne et Contemporain). The large work was prepared for the 7th edition of FIAC 2015 in Algiers (Festival International d’Art Contemporain), which has officially invited Patrick Altes.
October 22, 2015
We are happy to announce that Janet Rady Fine Art artist Patrick Altès will be exhibiting in Algerianism Part I - the ‘Art Of’ Being Algerian, a group exhibition and a collaboration between Patrick Altès and Toufik Douib, part of the Nour Festival of Arts 2015. Algerianism Part I is a chapter that explores the theme of dual identity through the many lenses of Algeria’s contemporary art scene. Download the press release and the flyer.
October 1, 2015
We are pleased to announce that Maryam Ashkanian Ganjgah has been selected for the 4th International Emerging Artist Award (IEAA) taking place in Dubai. The mission of IEAA is to promote and increase the visibility of both Emirati and international emerging artists on the global art scene.
August 3, 2015
July 28, 2015
July 1, 2015
"Firstly, we would like to wish all our friends a very happy and joyous Ramadan.
With the international contemporary art now in full swing and memories of Art Basel still fresh in our minds, we look look forward to a packed programme of events, not least in London which is hosting the third edition of the Shubbak Festival, starting on 11th July 2015..."
June 4, 2015
"...Look out too for the new feature in our newsletter where we cover a different topic relating to the art market and collecting. For our inaugural issue, we focus on the hot topic of the rise of buying art on-line..."
June 2, 2015
Remember to check out the great blogs and E-mags which will help keep you in touch with the ever growing world of Contemporary Middle Eastern art. Arab Arts Blog, REORIENT, Borders and Bridges, Nahla Ink, Arts Press, The Culturist and Al Mahha. Please email us if you would like your blog featured on a future news page.
May 20, 2015
The Caspian Arts Foundation MA Visual Arts Scholarship at University of the Arts London is available for artists living in Afghanistan.
In partnership with Culture + Conflict and funded by the Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation, this opportunity is worth £25,000 covering both full tuition fees and a contribution to living costs. Applications must be submitted no later than Friday 5th June.
May 1, 2015
"With Spring officially here and Winter blues receding, we turn our thoughts to a month packed with art. So what does May mean to you? What will you choose from - the Gallery weekend in Berlin, Paris Photo LA, the 56th Venice Biennale, Frieze NY, 1:54 NY, Art 15 London, Photo London, or the innumerable superb museum shows?..."
April 18, 2015
Janet Rady Fine Art artist Patrick Altes has been shortlisted for the Athens Photo Festival 2015 with the "A Story of Revolutions" series.
The Athens Photo Festival explores issues relevant to our times, with programmes working internationally, nationally and locally, encompassing a variety of activities that aim at fostering a critical understanding of contemporary culture and society through photography and related media.
Visit Altes' artist page and read more about his practice.
April 18, 2015
Hojat Amani's work was featured in "Image of Women in Iranian Contemporary Art", an exhibition by The Center for Contemporary Experimental Art (ACCEA) in Armenia.
The ACCEA encourages and facilitates uninhibited expression and creativity of Armenian contemporary and avant-garde artists.
Browse Amani's works on his artist page.
April 8, 2015
Janet Rady Fine Art Egyptian artist Mohamed Abouelnaga’s exhibition The Warrior opens on Sunday 12 April 2015 at the Lab and shows his new work, in which he reflects on the issue of being a warrior in contemporary times.
Inspired by a 19th century archive of glass negatives with portraits of British soldiers and their families at the time of British colonization of Egypt, Abouelnaga transforms the prints through scratches and other interventions, producing a critical view of a colonial time in the context of today.
April 2, 2015
The exhibition features the centrality of the female form to the artwork of the Qajar period in Iran (1785-1925). Through a variety of historical objects from MIA's collection, in juxtaposition with photographs and contemporary artworks inspired by the Qajar period, it explores the meaning of the image of women at the onset of modernity.
March 31, 2015
"...For our April Janet Rady Fine Art artist of the month, we feature the award winning Dubai based artist Richard Allenby-Pratt. Currently showing at the Syngenta Award’s Scarcity-Waste exhibition at Somerset House in London, Richard’s striking images highlight the fragility of man’s relationship with the natural world...."
February 28, 2015
"As the month of March commences, its a case of 'On your marks, get set, go........!' With the Armory Fair in NYC focusing on the MENAM region, followed by the Sharjah Biennial 12, and Art Dubai, all approaching and all equally important, I for one need to ensure endless amounts of stamina (and coffee) to stay the course!..."
February 25, 2015
On February 2, 2015, the Caravan Exhibition of Visual Art presented Paintings by Premier Contemporary Arab, Persian and Jewish Visual Artists, including both Janet Rady Fine Art artists Patrick Altes and Sameh Ismael.
In the wake of the recent terrorist tragedy in Paris, France, CARAVAN'S interfaith peace-building art exhibition titled THE BRIDGE opened in Paris at the historic Church of St. Germain des Pres, the oldest church in Paris to commemorate the United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week.
February 21, 2015
We are pleased to share that The Syngenta Photography Award Ceremony will be held on 10 March 2015 at the Somerset House in London, as Janet Rady Fine Art artist Richard Allenby-Pratt is one of the 6 finalists.
The Syngenta Photography Award aims to stimulate dialogue about significant global challenges.
In a world of limited resources, scarcity and waste have become fundamental social, political and environmental issues of our time.
February 1, 2015
Not long to go before the Edinburgh Iranian Festival at which Janet Rady has the honour of being invited to speak at the opening ceremony of the Perceptions Exhibition.
This month also, we are pleased to focus on Janet Rady Fine Art artist Khaled Akil. Through his photography, Khaled poignantly engages with issues affecting Syrian society today, drawing on diverse historical and political imagery to highlight the fragility of this ancient culture.
January 22, 2015
FotoFest presents International Discoveries, an exhibition about discovery and the launching of important art careers internationally, featuring Janet Rady Fine Art artist Khaled Akil and running from January 22 till March 7, 2015.
The International Discoveries exhibition and surrounding programs focus primarily on new and developing work from across the world and the international network of photography events which involve FotoFest. The works display an extraordinary range of ideas and utilization of the photographic medium, from classical realism to conceptual abstraction, from the poetry of landscape to the harsh brutalities of politics and war.
Visit Khaled Akil's artist page to view his works.
Details about the exhibition and surrounding events, including Artist Receptions and Talks, can be found here.
January 21, 2015
On 30 October 2014, Janet Rady was a guest panelist at the Vastari symposium 'The Axis Shifting East', a symposium to open Asian Art in London prior to the inaugural gala party held at Asia House in London.
Director of Janet Rady Fine Art, Contemporary Arab and Iranian art dealer, specialist at The Auction Room, previously Sotheby's, Thomas Gibson Fine Art and Lisson Gallery, Janet Rady talks about The Effect of Lifting Sanctions on Export of Art from Iran.
Watch the full stream video here.
January 14, 2015
Janet Rady Fine Art artist Hossam Dirar was listed among Top 10 should know Egyptian Contemporary Artists, according to The Culture Trip.
'Hossam Dirar is a man of many talents. Using painting, photography, video, installation, and graphic design, he is not a man to be pigeon holed. His portraits from his most recent exhibition, ‘Awaiting’ (April 2014) at the Albareh Art Gallery, engage in the Egyptian tradition of portraiture in a way that challenges all previous assumptions. The women depicted do not sit passively, but stare back at the viewer, seducing and challenging; they are clearly women with stories. In contrast, he uses video in his piece, ‘from 11:00 till 11:03’, as a means of documentation, in order to demonstrate the wide range of activities that occur across Cairo in a given moment, one year after the Egyptian Revolution.'
Discover more about Hossam Dirar on his artist page.
December 31, 2014
For the New Year, we are pleased to bring you a continuing selection of news, exhibitions, opportunities and items which particularly drew our attention.
This month, we feature Janet Rady Fine Art artist Katia Boyadjian. Armenian in origin, and now living in France, Katia comes from a renowned family of portrait photographers, including her uncle Van Leo, in whose footsteps she follows in hand colouring her photographic prints.
December 15, 2014
We are pleased to announce that Janet Rady Fine Art artist Maryam Ashkanian has been shortlisted for the Bienal de las Fronteras.
The aim of the Biennial of the Frontier’s is to promote the most innovative emerging art proposals and thus contribute to foster dialogue, exchange and critical discussion that takes into consideration the regional global relationship, its challenges and opportunities. The works by the selected artists will be exhibited in March, 2015 at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Tamaulipas (MACT), the Biennial’s main venue, and they will be incorporated in the Museum’s Contemporary Art Collection.
December 7, 2014
We are pleased to share with you our first monthly newsletter and December issue available here, focusing on one of Janet Rady Fine Art artists.
'Featuring a variety of topics including events, exhibition and book reviews, interviews and analyses of the region, as well as competitions, hot tips and maybe even some gossip, we aim to provide you with a personal overview of what makes Middle Eastern art and culture so exciting.'
Further editions are unmissable. Sign up now and know more about the next artist of the month.
December 1, 2014
In his interview for The Francophone Africa Portsmouth University website, downloadable here, Altes talks about his experience as an artist in residence at the university, elaborating on the the influences, techniques and concept that shaped his work and style today.
To know more about Patrick Atles, visit his artist page here.
November 20, 2014
Photographer Richard Allenby-Pratt has been selected as one of three finalists for the professional commission of the Syngenta Photography Award. The award features photographers whose work is concerned with sustainability and environmental issues. We will find out the winner at the awards ceremony in Somerset House, London, next March. The winner will receive substantial funding for their project; in Allenby-Pratt's case that would be to expand the remit of his "consumption" project to include the other countries of the GCC.
"Consumption" seeks to uncover aspects of the supply chain associated with the modern consumer. From the extraction of resources, to processing, manufacturing, energy production, construction, logistics and retail, through to waste management and re-use - and all the many other less immediately obvious aspects.
More about Richard Allenby-Pratt and his work can be found in our Artists section.
November 18, 2014
We are pleased to announce the publishing of Afsoon's new book "Jinns The Smokeless Fire", which can be viewed and purchased here, along with an interactive preview.
The book is a compilation of art and stories of jinns, from Morocco and Iran, created by the Iranian artist. Afsoon's nomadic life is reflected in her work, where East merges with West and the result is at once familiar and foreign.
More about Afsoon and her work can be found in our Artists section.
November 9, 2014
Hanibal Srouji is happy to announce his personal exhibition with Galerie Janine Rubeiz, representing Lebanon and participating in the First Edition of the Singapore Art Fair, 2014, which is also presenting a large selection of Lebanese Artists at the Lebanese Pavilion curated by Janine Maamari.
From the 27th to the 30th of November 2014, SINGAPORE ART FAIR (ME.NA.SA. ART) will be held at the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre. In its first edition, this modern and contemporary art fair, dedicated to the art of the ME.NA.SA region (Middle East, North Africa and South & South East Asia) will accommodate some 60 international galleries including solo shows.
More information here.
November 3, 2014
Back from the 3rd Oran Biennial of Mediterranean Contemporary, "A Story of Revolutions" is exhibited at Space Gallery, Portsmouth, 20 October-26 November 2014, as part of "Being Human", the UK's first nationwide festival of the humanities.
Patrick Altes, a French artist born in Algeria, explores diaspora and identity in a body of work responding to a Leverhulme residency within the University of Portsmouth.
E-catalogue available on request.
For more information, visit:
November 2, 2014
In this VIDEO Iranian artist Neda Dana-Haeri introduces us to her work inspired by Persian poetry and Sufi philosophy, describing her inspiration and thoughts behind the creation of her initial scrolls and works on paper.
Dana-Haeri has been in residence in New London for one month.
The Griffis Art Center encourages contemporary fine art and artists, creating an opportunity for international exchange among artists and the community through the visual arts." The Griffis Art Center has hosted artists from more than 38 countries and currently operates several facilities and programs.
September 4, 2014
We are pleased to announce that the catalogue is now live and bidding is now open for our second Middle Eastern Contemporary Art auction. Final and live online bidding will start on 1st October at 7pm (UK time).
To view the sale, click here.
To register to bid in the auction click here.
July 28, 2014
MAC International 2014 is the largest art prize in Ireland and one of the few major prizes in the UK. The exhibition, which runs across all three MAC galleries, will offer you the very best in contemporary visual art across all art forms including sculpture, painting, photography, film, installation and performance.
Hanibal Srouji has been shortlisted in MAC exhibition.
For more information please click here.Read More >>
June 17, 2014
June 9, 2014
Check out our exciting new scale indicator feature, showing how a work of art on our site will look on your wall.
Just hover over and click the indicator button on the lower right hand corner in the work view to see it.
May 29, 2014
Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF) in partnership with Barjeel Art Foundation presents a selection of works by leading Arab artists of the 20th century.
The exhibition commemorates International Museum Day 2014, an annual initiative by The International Council of Museums that seeks to promote museum issues in society. This year’s theme - ‘Museum Collections Make Connections’ - reflects the important role of these institutions as storytellers of cultural heritage.
Included in the exhibition at the Emirates Palace Gallery, Abu Dhabi will be the work of Janet Rady Fine Art artist, Laila Shawa.Read More >>
May 13, 2014
Harrow Open Studios
7th, 8th, 14th & 15th June
Multi-skilled mixed media artist working across photography and digital imagery as well as printmaking, painting and collage. Making artist’s books, reconstructing family albums and mixed media pieces.
For more information please click here.
February 10, 2014
Janet Rady Fine Art is delighted to announce the acquisition by the Metropolitan Museum of Art of Fereydoun Ave's seminal work 'Rostam in the Dead of Winter'.
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February 10, 2014
Janet Rady Fine Art is also pleased to announce that Hojat Amani's work 'Fallen Angels' has been acquired by LACMA. The work will be shown as part of the forthcoming exhibition 'Gardens of Eternity: Visualizing Paradise in Islamic Art', scheduled for 2016.
June 1, 2013
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Exciting news! Janet Rady is pleased to announce she is now a Consultant to The Auction Room. The first successful online auction with private view in London was held in September 2013. Entries are now being accepted for the next sale to take place on 1 October 2014. For more information, click here.