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Fereydoun Ave

b. 1945 Iranian

A central figure in the Iranian art scene, Fereydoun Ave works with mixed media in a pop-influenced aesthetic rooted in traditional Middle Eastern ideologies. Ave worked as a stage designer and television set advisor prior to the Iranian Revolution, after which he focused his energies on his own art-making and founded 13 Vanak Street, the first alternative art space in Tehran. Ave’s work reflects and responds to sociopolitical events and changing global cultures, marked by an instinctive visual language and compulsive, Cy Twombly-inspired abstraction.
Ave is best known for his depictions of macho-mystic Iranian hero Rostam, which explore masculinity and virtue in Iranian culture. Rostam in the Dead of Winter is the most pivotal of the series, placing the athletic Rostam on a white landscape background surrounded by Egyptian symbols of death and resurrection.

Biography

A life spent between Europe, America, and Iran has informed the formal and theoretical basis for Ave’s art. He was born in Tehran in 1945 and completed his primary and secondary education in England. With a career grounded in the theatre and film world, he gained a BA in Theatre Arts from Arizona State University in 1969 and studied film at New York University in 1969-70. Prior to the Iranian Revolution, he worked as a stage and graphic designer at the Iran American Society in Tehran, was Resident designer for the National Theatre, Tehran, and was advisor to National Iranian Television and the Shiraz Arts Festival. Between 1974 and 1979 he was acting artistic director of the Zand Gallery in Tehran. After the Revolution, in the 1980s, he created his own alternate space, 13 Vanak Street, not functioning since June 2009. Ave’s work is represented in various collections in the US including that of his friend and mentor, the legendary painter Cy Twombly’s Foundation; as well as the Contemporary Art Museum, Tehran; the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Lloyds Bank, Geneva, and the British Museum, London.

Exhibitions
    2019. The Breeder Gallery. Condo Unit. Athens, Greece
    2019. Rostam 2019. A Dastan:Outside Project. V-Gallery. Tehran, Iran
    2018. Emrooz Art Gallery in Collaboration with Dastan. Isfahan, Iran
    2018. Sohrab & the Bees & the Rose & the Nightingale. with Mohsen Ahmadvand. Dastan's Basement. Tehran, Iran
    2018. Notes II. Dastan's Basement. Tehran, Iran
    2018. Homework for Long Winter Nights. Dastan+2. Tehran, Iran
    2017. Roots. With Shaghayegh Arabi. Dastan+2. Tehran, Iran
    2016. Souvenirs. Dastan's Basement. Tehran, Iran
    2016. Bouquet. Dastan+2. Tehran, Iran
    2015. Postcards from Iranestan. Shulamit Nazarian. Los Angeles, USA
    2015. References, Clues and Favorite Things. A Dastan:Outside Project. Sam Art. Sam Center. Tehran, Iran
    2015. Seven Works on Paper. Dastan's Basement. Tehran, Iran
    2014. The Warrior's Rest. Ermion Technis. Kikladhas, Greece
    2014. Fereydoun Ave: Designer. Azad Art Gallery and Dastan's Basement. Tehran, Iran
    2014. Watercolors. Dastan's Basement. Tehran, Iran
    2012. Flowers and Divas. AB Gallery. Zurich, Switzerland
    2010. The Sacred Elements: Wind. Rossi & Rossi. London, UK
    2010. Fereydoun Ave and his Rostam. Janet Rady Fine Art at La Ruche. London, UK
    2009. Rostam in the Dead of Winter. B21 Gallery. Dubai, UAE
    2007. Lal Dahlias. B21 Gallery. Dubai, UAE
    1970-2007
    Seyhoun Gallery. Tehran, Iran
    Herve Van der Straeten Gallery. Paris, France
    13 Vanak Street Gallery. Tehran, Iran
    Silk Road Gallery. Tehran, Iran
    Événement du Jeudi. Paris, France
    Sheikh Gallery. Tehran, Iran
    Omega Gallery. Athens, Greece
    13 Vanak Street Gallery. Tehran, Iran
    Seyhoun Gallery. Tehran, Iran
    Farideh Cadot Gallery. Paris, France
    Zand Gallery. Tehran, Iran
    Litho Gallery. Tehran, Iran
    Iran - America Society Cultural Centre. Tehran, Iran

    SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

    2018. Mossavar-Nameh. Dastan+2. Tehran, Iran
    2018. Journey/Passage. A Dastan:Oustside Project. Manouchehri House. Kashan, Iran
    2018. Modern-Contemporary. A Dastan:Outside Project. V-Gallery. Tehran, Iran
    2018. Mossavar-Nameh. Dastan's Basement Booth at Art Dubai 2018. Abu Dhabi, UAE
    2017. Inspired by "References, Clues and Favorite Things". Dastan's Basement Booth at Art Dubai 2017. Abu Dhabi, UAE
    2017. Update. Dastan+2. Tehran, Iran
    2016. Islamic Art Now. Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Los Angeles, USA
    2016. Art in Secret. Showcase Gallery. Dubai, UAE
    2015. Cy Tombly maitre Fereydoun Ave disciple. IBU Gallery Jardin du Palais Royal. Paris
    2015. Bits and Pieces: Collages and Assemblages. Shirin Gallery. New York, USA
    2015. Year in Review. A Dastan:Outside Project. Sam Art. Tehran, Iran
    2014. ROOTS. Total Arts. Dubai, UAE
    2013. The Everlasting Flame: Zoroastrianism in History and Imagination. Brunei Gallery, The School of Oriental and African Studies. London, UK
    2013. My Name Is Not Rouge. Shirin Gallery. New York, USA
    2012. Victory! Triumph in Classical and Contemporary Asian Art. Rossi & Rossi. London, UK
    2011. What's So Funny About Peace, Love and Understanding?. Rossi and Rossi. London, UK Inaugural Exhibition, JAMM, Shuwaikh, Kuwait
    2010. Roundabout. City Gallery Wellington. Wellington, New Zealand
    2010. Boys and Girls Come out to Play. Summer exhibition. Rossi & Rossi. London, UK
    2009. Demons and D-Artboards. with Malekeh Nayiny. Rossi & Rossi. London, UK
    Contemporary Art Museum, Teheran, Iran
    2009. The Contemporary Persian Scene: The American and European Experience. LTMH Gallery. New York, USA
    2008. Routes. Waterhouse and Dodd. London, UK
    2005. Welcome. Kashya Hildebrand Gallery. New York, USA
    2004. Gods Becoming Men. Frissiras Museum. Athens, Greece
    2004. Iran Under the Skin. Casa Asia. Barcelona, Spain
    2002. Iranian Contemporary Art. Barbican Art Gallery. London, UK*
    2001. Regards Persans. Espace Electra. Paris, France
    1970-2000
    Iran Heritage Show. London, UK
    Salon d'Automne de Paris. Paris, France
    Contemporary Art Museum. Tehran, Iran
    Zand Gallery. Tehran, Iran
    Hayden Zand Gallery. Washington DC, USA
    Basel International Art Fair. Basel, Switzerland


    MAJOR COLLECTIONS

    The British Museum. London, UK
    Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, USA
    La Caisse des Dépôt et Consignation. Paris, France
    Contemporary Art Museum. Tehran, Iran
    Lloyds Bank.Geneva, Switzerland
    Centre Georges Pompidou Collection. Paris, France
    Cy Twombly Foundation. USA
    Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Los Angeles, USA


    SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY AND CATALOGUES

    2016. The Iranian Warhol on Collecting and the Changing Art Scene in Iran. Sothebys at Large. London, UK
    2010. The Sacred Elements: Wind. Rossi & Rossi. London, UK
    2009. Contemporary Art in the Middle East, Paul Sloman, Black Dog Publishing, London, UK
    2009. "Wrestling with History: Mystical and Masculine Fereydoun Ave" in ArtAsiaPacific 65
    2007. Canvas Magazine, artist profile (September 2007)
    2004. Gods Becoming Men. Edward Lucie-Smith. Edition Frissiras Museum. Athens, Greece
    2002. Art Tomorrow. Edward Lucie-Smith. Pierre Terrail Editions. Paris, France
    2002. Art Review Magazine (February 2002)
    2002. Regards Persans: Iran, Une Revolution Photographique. Michket Krifa. Fondation Électricité de France. Espace Electra. Editions des Musees de la Ville de Paris, France
    2002. Erotica: The Fine Art of Sex. Edward Lucie-Smith. Hydra Publishing. New York, USA
    2001. Iranian Contemporary Art. The Barbican. Booth-Clibborn Editions, UK