artist
Nicky Nodjoumi
biography

Brooklyn-based artist Nicky Nodjoumi was born in Kermanshah, Iran in 1942. Earning a Bachelor’s degree in art from Tehran University of Fine Arts before relocating to the United States in the late 1960s, Nodjoumi received his Master’s degree in Fine Arts from The City College of New York in 1974. Returning to Tehran to join the faculty of his alma mater, Nodjoumi joined his politically galvanized students in their criticism of the Shah’s regime, designing political posters inspired by the revolutionary spirit sweeping the country, only to be exiled once more in the aftermath of the revolution.

 

This political engagement has continued to the present day. His nuanced figurative paintings engage in political discourse with a light, satirical touch, layering his personal heritage and lived experiences in Iran and the United States into scenes that resonate beyond specific historical contexts or geographical boundaries. Nodjoumi’s works are conceived of as theatrical stages, where compositions of figures both serious and ridiculous, in the words of Phong Bui, “house meanings without irony, narratives without stories, humor without morality, above all creating a space that heightens the awareness of old and new history.” Serious in subject matter and witty in execution, these rich and diverse characters enliven Nodjoumi’s narratives and allude to collective experiences underpinned by socio-political struggles, articulating the full spectrum of feelings from aggression to victimhood.

Nicky Nodjoumi's works are in several prominent institutional collections worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the British Museum in London, Guggenheim Museum in Abu Dhabi, the DePaul Art Museum in Chicago, and the National Museum of Cuba.  In 2014, Nicky had a solo exhibition at the Cleveland Institute of Art titled The Accident. The artist lives and works in Brooklyn.

past exhibitions
past exhibition
28 June - 17 August 2016
past exhibition
26 January - 5 March 2016
press
Press
Dear Friends and Readers,
4 March 2016
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What Art Can Teach Us about This Year’s Biggest News Stories That a Newspaper Can’t
22 December 2015
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Asian Art at EXPO Chicago 2015
30 September 2015
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Tehran auction shifts millions of pounds worth of art in spite of sanctions
1 June 2015
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Galleries - Top Ten Exhibitions of 2014
January 2014
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A Conversation with Artist Nicky Nodjoumi
25 October 2013
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Review: Nicky Nodjoumi
18 October 2013
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Art in exile: From Tehran to Brooklyn
12 October 2013
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The Personal and The Historical
October 2013
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Review: Asia Society
23 September 2013
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Highlights from Canvas Guide: New York
September - October 2013
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A Dawn Interrupted
17 September 2013
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The Art Market: All eyes on the Andy Index
14 September 2013
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Tribeca's New Mideast Gallery
12 - 30 September 2013
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26 Questions for Anti-Patriarchal Painter Nicky Nodjoumi
3 September 2013
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Nicky Nodjoumi: A Life in Three Dimensions
September - October 2013
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Taymour Grahne's Global Landscape
September 2013
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Asia Society to Present Modern Iranian Art
28 July 2013
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Taymour Grahne Gallery to open its doors in New York with exhibition of work by Nicky Nodjoumi
24 July 2013
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In Conversation: Nicky Nodjoumi with Phong Bui
November 2010
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The Tale of Two Cities
November-December 2010
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Political Art on Show
March 2010
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Art in Review: Iran Inside Out
23 July 2009
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Iran: A Defiant Self-Portrait
19 June 2009
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Profile: Politically Charged
May-June 2009
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Review: Nicky Nodjoimi at Priscka Juschka Fine Art
March 2009
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Review: Nicky Nodjoumi
1-7 February 2006
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Review: Nicky Nodjoumi at Stefan Stux
April 2002
news
Gallery News
30 June 2016

Artnet News includes Taymour Grahne Gallery's "A Verdant Summer" as part of the "9 Must-See Summer 2016 Group Gallery Shows."

 

 

Gallery News
27 June 2016

Ryan Steadman of the New York Observer includes "A Verdant Summer" as "10 Things to Do In New York's Art World Before July 1."

 

"An array of masterful artworks by a group of spectacular mid-career artists. Whitney Bedford, Holly Coulis and Hannah Whitaker are just a few of the names that will be bringing the heat for this exhibit."

Artist News
The Brooklyn Rail reviews Nicky Nodjoumi's "You and Me"
6 April 2016

Yasaman Alipour of The Brooklyn Rail reviews Nicky Nodjoumi's recent solo exhibition.

 

"Inside the anti-iconic culture of his native Iran, Nodjoumi’s practice is daring and bold because of his figurative approach; abroad, he is recognized as the Iranian counterpart of contemporary artists contemplating Social Realism. Whether it is read through Iran’s complex history or from a global humanistic perspective, Nodjoumi’s work evokes the abyss of modern socio-politics."

Artist News
17 February – 31 May 2015

Nicky Nodjoumi's recently acquired ink drawing, Study of Inspector's Scrutiny (2012) is featured in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's upcoming exhibition, Bazm and Razm: Feast and Fight in Persian Art. 

Artist News
Canvas Magazine features Museum Acquisitions of 2014
January - February 2015

Canvas Magazine highlights museum acquisitions of 2014, including Taymour Grahne Gallery artists Tarek Al-Ghoussein and Nicky Nodjoumi.

Museum Exhibition
28 March - 3 May 2014

The Accident: Recent Work by Nicky Nodjoumi will introduce Cleveland art lovers to this internationally acclaimed New York-based artist with eight large-scale paintings and ink-on-paper drawings and two public presentations by the artist.

Artist News
January 2014

Nicky Nodjoumi's Chasing the Butterfly at Taymour Grahne Gallery included in ArtAsiaPacific's Top 10 shows of 2013. 

Artist News
18 October 2013

Holland Cotter of the New York Times reviews Nicky Nodjoumi's Chasing the Butterfly and Other Recent Paintings at Taymour Grahne Gallery on view through Saturday October 19, 2013. 

Artist News
23 September 2013

New Yorker's art review highlights Nicky Nodjoumi's works at the Asia Society through January 5. 

Gallery News
7 September 2013

Photographs from the gallery's opening night, courtesy of Billy Farrell Agency, NY.