Golnaz Fathi

Biography

Fathi is widely recognized for expanding the tradition of calligraphy and pushing it to new heights. Her works are inspired by American Abstract Expressionists and Iranian and Middle Eastern modernists, who pioneered the use of the written word as a pictorial element in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Technically brilliant, she has developed a new visual language, which reconciles the ancient with the contemporary. Fathi's interest in calligraphy derives from the medium's intention to match the visual beauty of a text with its content. Instead of communicating with words, she pushes the gestural qualities of calligraphy beyond language, into abstraction. Her works repeat forms, creating a meditative quality.

Fathi's works are housed in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum, New York; the Asian Civilization's Museum, Singapore; the Brighton & Hove Museum, England; the British Museum, London; the Carnegie Mellon University, Doha, Qatar; the Museum of Islamic Art, Malaysia; the Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi, India ; the Denver Art Museum, Denver, USA ; the World Bank in Washington DC and the Farjam Foundation Dubai, UAE.

Exhibitions
    SOLO EXHIBITIONS

    2015 Every Braking wave, Sundaram Tagore gallery , Hong Kong

    2014 Dance me to the end of Night, October Gallery,London

    2013 “The living Road”, PearlLam FineArt, shanghai

    2013 exhibition at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York,U.S..A

    2013 Falling Leaves, The Third Line Gallery, Dubai

    2010 Liminal-Subliminal, October Gallery, London, UK

    2010 Controlled Chaos, The Third line, Dubai, UAE

    2010 Ride Like the Wind, Sultan Gallery, Kuwait
    2009 Doha series, The Third Line, Doha, Qatar

    2008 My Freedom, Xerxes Gallery, London, UK

    2008 Sleepless Nights, The Third Line, Dubai, UAE

    2007 Beyond Words, La Fontaine Centre of Contemporary Art, Bahrain

    2006 Golnaz Fathi, The Third Line, Dubai, UAE

    2005 Solo Exhibition, Space SD, Beirut, Lebanon

    2005 Un-Written, The Third Line, Dubai, UAE

    2005 Virtual Painting Exhibition, ArtəEast, http://www.arteeast.org/

    2005 Solo Exhibition, Espace SD, Beirut, Lebanon

    2005 Solo Exhibition, Maison des Jeunes et de la Culture de Neuilly, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France

    2004 Solo Exhibition, Galerie L’œil du Huit, Paris, France

    2004 Solo Exhibition, Golestan Gallery, Tehran, Iran

    2002 Solo Exhibition, Golestan Gallery, Tehran, Iran

    2000 Solo Exhibition, Golestan Gallery, Tehran, Iran

    2000 Solo Exhibition, Shahr-e-Ketab Bookstore of Niavaran, Tehran, Iran

    1999 Solo Exhibition, Seyhoon Gallery, Tehran, Iran

    1998 Solo Exhibition, Seyhoon Gallery, Tehran, Iran

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    GROUP EXHIBITIONS


    2015 “Frontier reimagined”, Museo di Plazzo Grimani, Venice biennale , Italy

    2015 “writing non writing” curated by Wang Dongling,Museum of Contemporary Art ,CAA Hongzhou,china

    2015 International Calligraphy Exhibition, Wafi , Dubai, UAE

    2014 “Approaches to Tradition”, Neo-traditionalism in contemporary Iranian art. Tehran MOCA,Iran

    2014 “Marked: Contemporary takes on mark -making”. Sundaram Tagore gallery,Hong Kong

    2014 35 years of Transvangarde: Contemporary Art from around the planet, October gallery, London

    2014 “Marked: Contemporary takes on mark -making”. Sundaram Tagore gallery, NY

    2013 Nun Va Al Qalam Contemporary Muslim Calligraphy,The Islamic Arts Museum ,malaysia

    2013 Qalam: The Art of Beautiful Writing, Birmingham Museum, UK

    2013 To be a Lady, an international celebration of women in the arts. Curated by Jason Andrew, Sundaram

    Tagore gallery, singapore

    2012 Alternative view: Three Generations of Iranian women, Mellat gallery, Tehran

    2012 Written Images: Contemporary Calligraphy from the Middle East, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, HK

    2012 The other half of Iran, Sem-Art Gallery, Monaco

    2012 World stories- Young voices, Brighton Museum, UK

    2012 Masters of the Transvangarde, October Gallery, London

    2012 The elephant in the dark, Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi, india

    2011 Hong Kong art fair, Pearl Lam Fine Art Gallery, HK

    2011 Written Images: Contemporary Calligraphy from the Middle East, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York, USA

    2011 The Art of Writing, Art Forum of Wiesbaden, Germany

    2011 Transvangarde: Contemporary Art from Around the World, October gallery, London

    2010 Iran inside out, Farjam Collection, Dubai, UAE

    2009 International Woman Artists’ Biennial, South Korea

    2009 Iran Inside Out, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, USA

    2009 Selseleh/Zelseleh: Movers & Shakers in Contemporary Iranian Art, curated by Dr. Layla Diba, Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery, New York, USA

    2008 Look what love has done to us, Cramer Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland

    2008 Word into Art: Artists of the Modern Middle East, British Museum at DIFC, curated by Venetia Porter, Dubai, UAE

    2007 Cutting Edge: Spotlight on the avant-garde of emerging countries, Artcurial, Paris, France

    2007 Collected Memories, ArtSpace Gallery, London, UK

    2007 Within and Without, No More Grey Gallery, London, UK

    2007 Group exhibition, Mah Gallery, Tehran, Iran

    2007 Group exhibition, Unnamed Gallery, Amman, Jordan

    2007 Wishes and Dreams, Meridian International Centre, Washington DC, USA

    2007 ARTPARIS 07, Grand Palais, Paris, France

    2007 Group exhibition, Niavaran Artistic Creation Foundation, Tehran, Iran

    2006 Transit, Istanbul Improvisation Days, Istanbul, Turkey

    2006 Group Exhibition, Don O’Melveny Gallery, Los Angles, USA

    2006 Word into Art: Artists of the Modern Middle East, The British Museum, London, UK

    2006 9th International Open Exhibition, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, USA

    2005 Group Exhibition, Espace SD, Beirut, Lebanon

    2005 Group Exhibition, Mah Gallery, Tehran, Iran

    2005 Group Exhibition, Italian School of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

    2004 Group Exhibition, Depot Square Gallery, Boston, USA

    2004 Group Exhibition, Elga Wimmer Gallery, New York City, USA

    2004 Group Exhibition, Fatima Gallery, Tehran, Iran

    2004 Group Exhibition, Italian School of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

    2004 Group Exhibition, Royal Mirage Hotel, Dubai, UAE

    2003 Group Exhibition, Williams Tower Gallery, Houston, USA

    2003 6th Tehran Contemporary Painting Biennial, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, Iran

    2003 Group Exhibition, Italian School of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

    2003 Group Exhibition, The National Arts Club, New York, USA

    2003 Group Exhibition, Lo Sguardo Di Luce, Padova, Italy

    2003 New Art from Iran, Art Centre of Plano, Plano, Texas, USA

    2003 New Art from Iran, Museum of Arts and Science, Daytona Beach, Florida, USA

    2002 Group Exhibition, Golestan Gallery, Tehran, Iran

    2002 Group Exhibition, Don O’Melveny Gallery, Los Angles, USA

    2002 New Art from Iran, Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, Texas, USA

    2002 New Art from Iran, Queen Library Gallery, Jamaica, New York, USA

    2001 Group Exhibition, La Maison du Livre, Brussels, Belgium

    2001 Group Exhibition, Hôtel de Ville de Saint-Gilles, Saint-Gilles, Belgium

    2001 Group Exhibition, Golestan Gallery, Tehran, Iran

    2001 Group Exhibition, Courtyard Gallery, Dubai, UAE

    2001 Group Exhibition, Meridian International Centre, Washington DC, USA

    2000 Group Exhibition, Azteca Gallery, Madrid, Spain

    2000 Group Exhibition, Seyhoon Gallery, Tehran, Iran

    1998 Group Exhibition, Seyhoon Gallery, Tehran, Iran

    1997 1st Islamic World Calligraphy Festival, Museum of Contemporary art, Tehran, Iran

    1997 Group Exhibition, Seyhoon Gallery, Tehran, Iran

    1996 Calligraphy Exhibition, Reza Abbassi Museum, Tehran, Iran

    1996 Calligraphy Exhibition, Seyhoon Gallery, Tehran, Iran

    1995 Exhibition of Art University Students, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, Iran

    1994 Exhibition for Iranian Women Painters, Turkey

    1993 2nd Painting and Miniature Exhibition, Tehran Exhibition Centre, Tehran, Iran

    1993 2nd Tehran Contemporary Painting Biennial, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, Iran