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Selected works of Shahpour Pouyan
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Past exhibitions at the gallery
Exhibitions outside the gallery

Shahpour Pouyan


Born in Iran, 1979.

Lives and works in New York and Tehran.


MFA, New Forms, Pratt Institute, NY, USA

MFA, Painting, Tehran University of Art, Tehran, Iran

Neoplatonism studies, Iranian Institute of Philosophy, Tehran, Iran

BFA, Painting, Art University, Tehran, Iran

Solo exhibitions

- After examining the logbook, the doctors assume they are dealing with the plague., Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris

- We owe this considerable land to the horizon line, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris

- History Travels at Different Speeds, Copperfield Gallery, London

- PTSD, LawrieShabibi Gallery, Dubai, UAE

- Full Metal Jacket, LawrieShabibi Gallery, Dubai, UAE

- The Hooves, Sixty Six Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

- Bana Bar In, Nar Gallery, Tehran, Iran
- XVA Gallery Bastakia, Dubai, UAE

- Towers, Ave Gallery, Tehran, Iran

Group exhibitions

- La Nuit était papier, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris
- The Moon: A Voyage Through Time , Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, Canada
- Exposition d’été, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Brussels
- Exposition estivale, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris
- Clapping with stones, curated by Sara Raza, Rubin Museum, New York, USA

- The New Minimalists , Abrons Art Center, New York, USA
- In the Fields of Empty Days : the intersection of past and present in Iranian art, LACMA, Los Angeles, USA
- Summer exhibition, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Brussels
- White Anxieties, WhiteBox, New York, USA
- Punk Orientalism , MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Canada

- Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians, Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, Canada
- Iranian Voices, Recent Acquisitions of Works on Paper, British Museum, London, UK
- Exposition d'été, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Brussels

- For an Image, Faster Than Light , Yinchuan Biennale, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Yinchuan, China
- Home Land , Fort Winfield Scott, San Francisco, USA

- The Jameel Prize 4 exhibition, Pera Museum, Istanbul, Turkey
- Recentring Modernism, Insights Sector, with Lawrie Shabibi, Art Basel Hong Kong, Hong Kong
- But Still Tomorrow Builds into My Face, Curated by Nat Muller, Lawrie Shabibi, Dubai, UAE
- Memory and Continuity: A Selection from the Huma Kabakci Collection, Pera Museum, Istanbul, Turkey
- Global/Local 1960-2015: Six Artists From Iran, Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York, New York, USA

 - Young Collectors, The Elgiz Museum, Istanbul, Turkey
 - The Tower of Babel Project, Deuxpiece, Basel, Switzerland
 - The Grand Cypher, Rush Gallery, NY, USA
- Whorled Explorations, Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi Island, India
- UNTITLED Art Fair, with Lawrie Shabibi and Copperfield, Miami Beach, Florida, USA,
- Traces, Lawrieshabibi, Dubai, UAE
- For Which it stands, The Lodge Gallery, NY, USA
- Chambres à Part VII: Dark to Light, Tower of London, London, England
- Art 13 London, Olympia Grand Hall, London, England
- ArtCycle Discovers: MFA Prize, Gallery Brooklyn, NY, USA
- Nearly Neutral, Barbara Walters Gallery, NY, USA
- Pulse Art Fair, Lawrieshabibi, Miami, USA
- Video-therapy, Session one: Recovery, Pratt Institute, NY, USA
- Dialogue: Shahpour Pouyan + Marwan Sahmarani, Art Basel, Volta8, Basel, Switzerland
- Pulse Art Fair, Lawrieshabibi, NewYork, USA
- Curate NYC Project, Rush Arts Gallery, NewYork, USA
- Domination, Hegemony and The Panopticon, Traffic, Dubai, UAE
- Artbeat Istanbul, Center Lutif Kirdar, Istanbul, Turkey
- Contemporary Sculpture and the Liability of Forms: The Expo 90, Tehran, Iran
- State Gallery of Fine Arts, Hyderabad, India
- Performance Box Curatorship, Mohsen Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran
- The Emerging Iranian Scene, The Running Horse Contemporary Art Space, Beirut, Lebanon
- Total Arts at The Courtyard, Dubai, UAE
- Sous Le Radar, JTM, Paris, France
- Under Radar Revelation, Sixty Six Gallery, Tehran, Iran
- 1389, Azad Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran
- “Baz in che shouresh ast,” Video Project, Silk Road Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran
- 1001 Colors, Canvas Gallery, New York, U.S.A.
- The 1st International Roaming Biennial of Tehran, themed Urban Jealousy, Magacin, MKM, Belgrade, Serbia
- Auto Portraits, Azad Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran
- Nar Gallery, Tehran, Iran
- Third International Digital Miniprinte Exhibition, Le Centre d’artistes Voix Visuelle, Ottawa, Canada
- 100 Paintings-100 Painters, Golestan Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran
- Tehran Art Expose, Tehran, Iran
- Tehran Art Colleges Students’ Paintings, Niavaran Culture house Gallery, Tehran, Iran
- Teachers and Students of Science and Culture University, Bahman Art and Culture House, Tehran, Iran


Cornell University Herbert F. Jonhson Museum Of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Department of Islamic Art, New York, USA
The Farjam collection, Dubai, UAE
Zoroastrian Cultural Institute, Paris, France
Fereydon Ave, Tehran, Iran
Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Iran
Houston Fine Arts Museum, Houston, TX
British Museum, London


Elizabeth Sutton, Exposition – Shahpour Pouyan expose pour la première fois à Paris, IDBOOX, 11 mars 2017
Robin Gerson, Le monde artistique de l’Iran perce à Paris, LA VIE DES ARTS, 10 mars 2017
Interview :Shahpour Pouyan, DREAMIDEAMACHINE, 09 mars 2017
Shahpour Pouyan | We owe this considerable land to the horizon line, ARTSHEBDOMEDIAS, 13 février 2017
Philippe Régnier, Le monde (de l’art) frappé par le décret anti-immigration de Donald Trump, QDA, 3 Février 2017
Rachel Donadio, Visa Ban Leaves Artists in Limbo, and Institutions Perplexed, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 29 janvier 2017
NYC-ARTS Profile: Shahpour Pouyan, NYC-Arts, ( 27 janvier 2017

Gabrielle Gopinath, Home land Security at the Presidio, SFAQ, 15 Décembre 2016
Martine Robert, L’iran, Vivier de talents artistiques, L’OEIL, Décembre 2016
Amei Wallach, Awaiting Armageddon, ART IN AMERICA, novembre 2016
Kevin Jones, Shahpour Pouyan Teheran days, ARTASIAPACIFIC, septembre-octobre 2015
Anna Wallace Thompson, “Global/Local 1960-2015: Six Artists from Iran”, ARTFORUM, 20 mars 2016
Livia Alexander, Tracing Tradition in a Survey of Six Iranian Artists, HYPERALLERGIC, 18 mars 2016
Holland Cotter, Six artists from Iran at Grey Art Gallery, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 16 janvier 2016

Parviz Tanavoli, Global/local 1960-2015 : six artists from Iran, ARTASIAPACIFIC, Juin 2015
Dale Berning Sawa, Unfamiliar Territory : artists navigate the complexities of the refugee crises, THE GUARDIAN, 28 septembre 2015
Rob Sharp, How the Global refugee Crisis Is Impacting and Influencing Artists, ARTSY, 5 novembre 2015

Amy Kisch, “Climbing Jacob’s Ladder,” Fine Art Magazine, December
Kevin Jones, “PTSD SHAHPOUR POUYAN,” Flash Art, May 4
Bharti Lakwani, “PTSD Review,” Harpers Bazaar, May 1
Anna Seaman, “SHAHPOUR POUYAN AT LS,” The National, March 31
Radio Report and Conversation between Murtaza Vali and Lee Xie, In Book of Lee Program, March 31

Jyoti Kalsi, “Traces of Humans,” Gulf News, July 4
Danna Lorch, “A Scientist And A Philosopher,” Danna Writes, July 2
Shahrouz Nazari, “Drown without water,” Tandis Maggazin, September 14
Paddy Johnson, “ArtCycle Discovers Prize,” Art Fag City, January 30

Ali Bakhtiari, “Path and Glory,” Contemporary Practices, November 1
Amy Sutcliffe, “Power Play,” Art In The City, May 24
Jyoti Kalsi, “Allegory of Authority,” Gulf News, May 13
Charlie R Neyra, “Full Metal Jacket,” Khaleej Times, April 29
Jason Rezaian, “Inside Iran: The Art of Resistance,” Global Post, April 19
Ali Bakhtiari, “One to Watch,” Canvas Guide, April 16
Chandana Khan, “An Art Bonanza,” Deccan Chronicle, March 7
Ingo Arend, “It’s All About Change,” Nafas Art Magazine, February

Bavand Behpour, “Matn va Tasvir,”, November
Joelle Zebouni, “L’Art sous l’ombrelle des Mollahs,” Femme Magazine, October 10
Daniel Barney, “Iranian artists portray life under regime”, The Christian Science Monitor, September 28


Shortlisted for the Jameel Prize 4, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
Awarded the Civitella Ranieri Fellowship for Visual Arts, Umbria, Italy

Residency program, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, Manhattan, USA

ArtCycle Prize, Finalist and Second Award, Gallery Brooklyn, US

Pegasus Art Foundation residency and work shop in Rock art Gallery, Hyderabad, India

Recipient of a Tehran Contemporary Museum of Art’s grant of residence at International
Cite Des Arts, Paris, France