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Perspectives: Arab and Iranian Modern Masters

Saatchi Gallery, London

30th Jan – 6th May 2009

Phillips de Pury & Company presents an important sample of works by artists from the Middle East and North Africa who are some of the most pioneering Arab and Iranian artists of the Modern era. These artists, represented in this show by early, mid-career or recent works, were all born in the Middle East or North Africa between the years 1880-1945 and are considered the forefathers of the rapidly developing contemporary art scene in the region. This exhibition marks the first time these works have been exhibited in The United Kingdom.

The exhibition will display the key examples by those artists who pioneered the development of art practices in the region: from artists being passive recipients of a dominant Western discourse to the creation of a wholly individual art movement which contributes to the global art of our age.

The Artists involved are Etel Adnan, Suad Al-Attar, Shakir Hassan Al-Said, Masoud Arabshahi, Huguette Caland, Ali Omar Ermes, Abdel Hafiz Farghali, Ismail Fattah, Samia Halaby, Shakir Hassan Al-Said, Adam Henein, Louay Kayali, Hussein Madi, Nja Mahdaoui, Fateh Moudarres, Gazbia Sirry, Abdul Qader Al Rassam, Madiha Umar, Mohsen Vaziri-Moghadam.