Amir H. Fallah at The Third Line Gallery
'The Collected' exhibit, from December 11 – January 23
The Third Line gallery in Dubai is welcoming back Iranian artist Amir H. Fallah with his third solo show in the Emirate, The Collected, which investigates the complex relationship between patronage and art making, collector and artist, and the dynamics of the creative process in today's art world. In his new body of work, Amir explores classical and renaissance portraiture traditions employing a critical approach by subverting the mechanisms of control.
Return Of A King, The Throne Of The Queen, 2013 - Detail
The Giant From The North And The Beauty From The East, 2013
Fallah visited collectors' residences in Dubai more than a year ago and staged the portraits by gathering various material belongings from within their homes as markers of their identity, particularly gravitating toward those mundane objects that seem loaded with sentimental meaning – a worn afghan, an idiosyncratic plant, a figurine or running shoes.
Rays of Eternal Union, 2013 - Detail
The Drum Beat From The East, 2013 - Detail
All the paintings in the show are pre-sold, commissioned portraits, where Fallah exercised complete artistic authority according to his own interpretation. The process involved initial collaboration with the commissioner, a performance component in the staging, and the element of surprise in the reveal of the works to the patrons for the first time during the show preview on December 10, at The Third Line based in Dubai's Al Quoz district.
The Prince of Pret a Porter, 2013 - Detail
Meditations On Future Relics, 2013 - Detail