Adeela Suleman and Abdullah M. I. Syed at Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts

Adeela Suleman and Abdullah M. I. Syed at Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts

I DON’T WANT TO BE THERE WHEN IT HAPPENS | November 4 - December 24, 2017

11/08/2017

Aicon Gallery congratulates Adeela Suleman and Abdullah M. I. Syed on their participation in the exhibition I Don't Want to be There When It Happens, at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA). In response to the 70th anniversary of the Partition of Colonial India (14 August 1947), this exhibition features artists from both Pakistan and India whose evocative practices convey the profound existential unease of our age, either directly or indirectly. They unravel the present time, dealing with the legacy of history, as well as foretelling the future.

Abdullah M. I. Syed wins Australia's 2017 Carstairs Prize

Abdullah M. I. Syed wins Australia's 2017 Carstairs Prize

10/26/2017

Aicon Gallery is proud to congratulate Abullah M. I. Syed on winning  Australia's 2017 Carstairs Prize. The Carstairs Prize offers $3,000 assistance to a mid-career Australian artist to present a socially engaged art project that embraces participatory and collaborative experiences. The aim of the funding is to bring participants into active dialogue with the artist in order to involve audiences beyond the art community.

Abdullah M. I. Syed Perorming at Asia Contemporary Art Week

Abdullah M. I. Syed Perorming at Asia Contemporary Art Week

Field Meeting Take 5: Thinking Projects - October 14 - 15, 2017

We are delighted to announce the participation of Abdullah M. I. Syed in Asia Contemporary Art Week's 2017 Field Meeting Take 5: Thinking Projects. An annual signature program of ACAW, Field Meeting is a two-day exclusive forum for arts professionals dedicated to newly conceived performances, lecture-performances, and lively discussions. Syed will be staging a new experiential performance work titled Flesh and Blood.

Abdullah M. I. Syed - Finalist for Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize

Abdullah M. I. Syed - Finalist for Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize

Moneyscape III

08/28/2017

Aicon Gallery is delighted to congratulate Abdullah M. I. Syed on being nominated as a finalist for the 2017 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize. An exhibition featuring finalists' work will be held from October 14 through November 5, 2017. 'Moneyscape III' uses hand cut and assembled money to recall his childhood memories of experiencing the world through images on banknotes. 

Adeela Suleman at Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich

Adeela Suleman at Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich

Don't Despair | Acquisitions & Speaking Engagement

07/12/2017

Aicon Gallery is delighted to announce the acquisition of two seminal video works by Adeela Suleman by Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich. The acquisition will be accompanied by a discussion with the artist at the museum on Thursday, July 20th at 6:30pm in the Ernst von Siemens-Auditorium. The acquired work Don't Despair, Even Over the Fact that You Don't Despair was featured in Suleman's exhibition Not Everyone's Heaven held at Aicon Gallery in June, 2017.

Adeela Suleman at Gaasbeek Castle, Brussels

Adeela Suleman at Gaasbeek Castle, Brussels

The Artist / Knight | Group Exhibition

06/29/2017

Aicon Gallery is delighted to congratulate Adeela Suleman on her participation in The Artist / Knight, a group exhibition at Gaasbeek Castle, Brussels. The Artist/Knight is an exhibition with and about artists imbued with the spirit of chivalry and who bring the knight to life in countless incarnations, ranging from gentle irony to unbounded passion. The exhibition runs from July 11th through November 5th and features artists such Marina Abramovic, Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst, Barbara Kruger, Jonathan Meese, and Yoko Ono, among many others.

Anila Quayyum Agha at Asia Society

Anila Quayyum Agha at Asia Society

Lucid Dreams and Distant Visions: South Asian Art in the Diaspora

06/16/2017

We are delighted to annouce the participation of Anila Quayyum Agha in the Asia Society's upcoming exhibition Lucid Dreams and Distant Visions: South Asian Art in the Diaspora. Anila will be exhibiting her work Crossing Boundaries alonside an absolutely phenomenal group of diaspora artists including Aicon friends Jaishri Abichandani, Rina Banerjee, Khalil Chishtee, Ruby Chishti, Naeem Mohaiemen, Kanishka Raja, Jaret Vadera, and many more!

Anila Quayyum Agha Receives the 2017 Marjorie Schiele Prize at the Cincinnati Art Museum.

Anila Quayyum Agha Receives the 2017 Marjorie Schiele Prize at the Cincinnati Art Museum.

06/12/2017

Aicon Gallery is delighted to announce that Anila Quayyum Agha has been named the recipient of Cincinnati Art Museum’s 2017 Schiele Prize. This prize honors the legacy of Marjorie Schiele, a Cincinnati artist whose generous bequest of the Hanke-Schiele Fund makes this award possible. Agha’s All the Flowers are for Me (Red) is the first purchase with the museum’s new Alice Bimel Endowment for Asian Art.

Anila Quayyum Agha at the Cincinnati Art Museum

Anila Quayyum Agha at the Cincinnati Art Museum

All the Flowers Are for Me

06/01/2017

We are thrilled to announce the exhibition All the Flowers Are for Me by Anila Quayyum Agha at the Cincinnati Art Museum. The exhibition will feature Agha's iconic floating installation All the Flowers Are for Me (Red) along with a selection of works on paper. The exhibition will be on view from June 17th through October 15th, 2017.

Saad Qureshi at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Saad Qureshi at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park

05/27/2017

We are delighted to offer our congratulations to artist and friend Saad Qureshi on his participation in the exhibition “Tread Softly” at Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s 40th anniversary. The exhibition will run from the May 27th through September 3rd.

Abir Karmakar wins first Asia Arts Future Award in India

Abir Karmakar wins first Asia Arts Future Award in India

01/27/2017

Aicon Gallery is proud to congratulate artist and long-time friend Abir Karmakar on being awarded the first Asia Arts Future Award present in India by the Asia Society. “This is Asia’s moment,” says Boon Hui Tan, Vice President of Global Arts and Cultural Programs at Asia Society and Director of Asia Society Museum in New York. “Asia Society’s Asian Arts Awards India affirms that places of extraordinary artistic creativity are occurring all over the Asia region. South Asia is one of those regions where the encounter between millennium deep civilizations and the global contemporary is nurturing exciting new forms of artistic practice. As a global initiative, this event in India builds on the original awards platform in Hong Kong to give a more diverse picture of Asian art in the contemporary moment.”

Abdullah M. I. Syed at Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts 2017

Abdullah M. I. Syed at Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts 2017

12/15/2016

Aicon Gallery is proud to share the news that Abdullah M. I. Syed will be presenting Flying Buck Exchange, a performance over three days, as part of the inaugural Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts (Asia TOPA), taking place in Melbourne, Australia from February 13 through March 6, 2017. Syed’s tongue-in-cheek turn of phrase, Bucking, will see him consuming, distributing and exchanging currency, in this case, in the form of the fabled US dollar bills.

Anila Quayyum Agha | Walking with My Mother's Shadow

Anila Quayyum Agha | Walking with My Mother's Shadow

Exhibition Catalog: October 20 - December 3, 2016

Rasheed Araeen at the 57th Venice Biennale and Documenta 17

Rasheed Araeen at the 57th Venice Biennale and Documenta 17

11/01/2016

We are thrilled to announce the participation of Rasheed Araeen in the 57th Edition of the Venice Biennale, which runs from May 13 through November 26, 2017. Additionally, we are pleased to announce his participation in Documenta 14 in Athens, Greece from April 8 through July 16, 2017, and Kassel, Germany from June 10 to September 17. The projects will lead up to the opening of his major Retrospective at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, the Netherlands, which will run from December 2, 2017 to April 8, 2018.

NYC Premier - BBC Four's Treasures of the Indus | Pakistan Unveiled

NYC Premier - BBC Four's Treasures of the Indus | Pakistan Unveiled

By Sona Dutta, Curator of South Asian Art, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA

10/19/2016

We are delighted to announce the New York premier of the first installment of BBC Four's documentary series Treasures of the Indus - Pakistan Unveiled, hosted by Sona Dutta, on Friday, October 21, 2016 at 6pm. The screening is held in conjunction with the first major New York exhibition by Anila Quayyum Agha, Walking with My Mother's Shadow

Anila Quayyum Agha Speaking at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)

Anila Quayyum Agha Speaking at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)

10/11/2016

Join Pakistani-American artist Anila Quayyum Agha and Holly Shen, BAM’s Curator of Visual Arts, Staurday, October 22nd at 4pm, for a conversation coinciding with Agha’s solo exhibition at Aicon Gallery, Walking with My Mother’s Shadow. Agha will discuss her monumental hanging sculpture All the Flowers are for Me, on view in the BAM Fisher lobby, adjacent to the Wendy’s Subway Reading Room. Originally installed as part of BAM’s 2016 Winter/Spring exhibition Arch of My Eye’s Orbit, curated by Hrag Vartanian, Agha’s installation has been extended after overwhelmingly positive response from BAM audiences.

Adeela Suleman at the Singapore Biennale 2016

Adeela Suleman at the Singapore Biennale 2016

09/27/2016

We are thrilled to announce the participation of Adeela Suleman in the 2016 edition of the Singapore Biennale, An Atlas of Mirrors, which runs from October 27, 2016 through February 26, 2017. Suleman's recent work has centered around hand-beaten steel reliefs, rendered in the hammered metalworking tradition of Islamic art, depicting beheaded figures engaged in violent, but also absurd, scenes of armed conflict. Her latest solo exhibition with Aicon Gallery New York, Towards the End, took place in 2014.

Rasheed Araeen at the Van Abbe Museum, Netherlands

Rasheed Araeen at the Van Abbe Museum, Netherlands

Rasheed Araeen: A Retrospective

09/24/2016

We are delighted to announce that a special exhibition showcasing the full retrospective of the works of Rasheed Araeen will be held at the Van Abbe Museum in Eindhoven, Netherlands from December 2, 2017 through April 8, 2018. The exhibition will showcase 60 years of Araeen's works, including significant institutional and private loans, selections that form the artist’s archives, and works realized specifically for the exhibition

Abir Karmakar at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016

Abir Karmakar at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016

09/24/2016

We are delighted to announce the participation of Abir Karmakar in the 2016 edition of the prestigious Kochi-Muziris Biennale, which runs from December 12, 2016 through March 29, 2017. Studying the traditions of oil painting and its varying forms of spatial construction, Karmakar's photorealistic canvas and trompe-l’œil-esque paintings dramatise the space between perception and interpretation. His latest solo exhibition with Aicon Gallery New York, Uncanny Space, took place in 2015.

Saad Qureshi | Places for Nova

Saad Qureshi | Places for Nova

Major Public Installation Commissioned for Nova, Victoria, London

09/21/2016

Aicon Gallery is delighted to offer our warmest congratulations to artist and friend Saad Qureshi on being commissioned by NOVA to create a major new site-specific public installation for the district of Victoria in Central London. The project launches on November 22, 2016 and "looks at the portability of landscapes, and the human mind as a vehicle that allows places to travel, to be carried in the memory from one location to another,” Qureshi explains.

Salman Toor at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016

Salman Toor at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016

09/21/2016

We are delighted to announce the participation of Salman Toor in the 2016 edition of the prestigious Kochi-Muziris Biennale, which runs from December 12, 2016 through March 29, 2017. Toor's work, installed in the Aspinwall section of the Biennale, will consist of a large installation of works on canvas both inspired by and presented alongside his multi-media collaboration with exiled Pakistani poet Hasan Mujtaba, which was born of the artist's 2015 exhibition Resident Alien at Aicon Gallery, New York.

Rasheed Araeen at Haus Der Kunst, Munich

Rasheed Araeen at Haus Der Kunst, Munich

Postwar: Art Between the Pacific and the Atlantic, 1945–1965

09/10/2016

We are excited to announce the inclusion of Rasheed Araeen in the upcoming exhibition Postwar: Art Between the Pacific and the Atlantic, 1945 - 1965, on view at Haus de Kunst, Munich, Germany from October 14, 2016 through March 26, 2017. Alongside Araeen's works My First Sculpture (1959) and Burning Bicycle Tires (1959-61), the exhibition features the work of Joseph Beuys, Robert Rauschenberg and many others. "The exhibition examines the vibrant and turbulent postwar period as a global phenomenon for the first time in recent exhibition history. In eight dramatic chapters, the exhibition guides visitors through the first 20 years following the end of World War II..."

Rasheed Araeen Speaking at The Guggenheim New York

Rasheed Araeen Speaking at The Guggenheim New York

But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa | April 29 - October 5, 2016

09/09/2016

We are pleased to annouce that Rasheed Araeen will be speaking at the Guggenheim New York on Friday Sept. 23, 2016 at 2pm as part of the museum's seires of lectures (De)Coupling as Discourse on the Global South, taking place concurrent with the exhibition But a Storm is Blowing from Paradise, on view until October 5, 2016. The discussion, organized by Sara Raza, will explore "the autonomous rise of contemporary art in the Global South, this two-day symposium traces aesthetic and contextual change to identify an elastic discourse around global visual culture."

Rasheed Araeen to Open New Major Solo Exhibition in New York

Rasheed Araeen to Open New Major Solo Exhibition in New York

Geometry and Symmetry | New Works by Rasheed Araeen - Opens September 20th at Aicon New York

09/01/2016

Aicon Gallery New York is proud to announce Geometry and Symmetry | New Works by Rasheed Araeen, a major new exhibition by the London-based, Pakistani-born artist. A pioneering artist and voice for alternative and Non-Western interpretations of Minimalist and Conceptual art in the 1960s and 70s, Araeen’s work in this exhibition spans his oeuvre from his beginnings in Pakistan and London to the present day. 

Rasheed Araeen on Display at Tate Modern, London

Rasheed Araeen on Display at Tate Modern, London

Between Object and Architecture | On Permanent View

07/15/2016

We are delighted to announce that Rasheed Araeen's work Lovers (1968) is now on permanent view in the exhibition Between Object and Architecture at the Tate Modern in London. The exhibition, on display in Switch House, Level 2, West, explores the ongoing dialog between Contemporary Art and Architecture, and between materials and space. Araeen's Lovers is joined in the West Room by work from artists such as Carl Andre, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Yayoi Kusama, and many others. Lovers was acquired by the Tate in 2011, joining the works 3Y + 3B (1969), Rang Baranga (1969), Bismullah (1988), and Zero to Infinity (1968 - 2007) in their permanent collection.

Rasheed Araeen - Recent Institutional Acquisitions

Rasheed Araeen - Recent Institutional Acquisitions

07/01/2016

Aicon Gallery is proud to announce the most recent set of insitutional acquistions by artist Rasheed Araeen. Since Araeen's last solo exhibition, Minimalism Then and Now, held at Aicon Gallery in May, 2015, we are delighted to have placed his work with the following collections. The Guggenheim, Abu Dhabi - Chakras (1969-70), The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY - Pehli Si Muhabut (1971/2015), The Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi - Rang Baranga II (1969/2014), The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York - Chaar Yaar II (1968), and The Art Institute of Chicago, IL - Punj Neelay (1970).

Abdullah M. I. Syed Exhibition at Fairfield City Museum & Gallery, Sydney

Abdullah M. I. Syed Exhibition at Fairfield City Museum & Gallery, Sydney

Substitute: The Untold Narrative of a Mother and Son | June 4 - August 6, 2016

06/04/2016

Aicon gallery is proud to congratulate artist Abdullah M. I. Syed on his exhibition Substitute: The Untold Narrative of a Mother and Son, running at the Fairfield City Museum & Gallery in Sydney, Australia from June 4 - August 6, 2016. The exhibition is the culmination of a six month long artist residency Syed undertook at the Fairfield City Museum & Gallery from 2015-2016, and "investigates ideas of memory, intimacy, migration and gender role attitudes in a complex narrative that weaves together the personal, the familial and the historical through photographic digital prints, sculptural works, drawings, video and installation, as well as an outreach project engaging members of the Sydney community and beyond."

Rasheed Araeen at Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Rasheed Araeen at Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Defining Sculpture | June 18 - October 9, 2016

06/01/2016

We are pleased to announce that Rasheed Araeen's work will be on view in the exhibition Defining Sculpture at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York. The exhibition, which centers around the question of "What sculpture is and is not" runs from June 18 - October 9, 2016, and is comprised of work from the museum's permanent collection, featuring artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, Claes Oldenburg, Tara Donovan, and many others. Araeen's work was acquired by the museum for their permanent collection in Spring of 2015.

Nadia Kaabi-Linke and Mohammed Kazem at the Guggenheim Museum, New York

Nadia Kaabi-Linke and Mohammed Kazem at the Guggenheim Museum, New York

But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa | April 29 - October 5, 2016

04/28/2016

Aicon Gallery congratulates artists Nadia Kaabi-Linke and Mohammed Kazem on their participation in the Guggenheim New York's first major survey of art from North Africa and the Middle East, But a Storm is Blowing from Paradise, running from April 29 - October 5, 2016. We are honored to be showing both artists, concurrent with the Guggenheim, in our exhibition Between Structure and Matter: Other Minimal Futures, on view from May 26 - July 2, 2016. The Guggenheim exhibition "through painting, drawing, sculpture, installation and video...presents a spectrum of artistic voices and critical concerns from a rapidly evolving region."

Anila Quayyum Agha Featured at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), New York

Anila Quayyum Agha Featured at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), New York

The Arch of My Eye's Orbit | February 25 - October 22, 2016

02/25/2016

We are excited to announce the participation of Anila Quayyum Agha in The Arch of My Eye's Orbit, a major exhibition curated by Hrag Vartanian, installed throughout the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York. Alongside Agha, the ehxbition features the work of Kamrooz Aram, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, and Slavs and Tatars. "Reflecting on the cosmopolitan nature of cities and their interplay of light, language, symbols, and networks. The Arch of My Eye’s Orbit (a title derived from a verse by the 14th-century Persian poet Hāfez) thematically points to a connection between architecture and the act of seeing. The exhibition uses the frame of the city and its architecture to explore and uncover the visual and physical space between ancient and modern, past and present."

Rachid Koraichi at the 2016 Marrakech Biennale

Rachid Koraichi at the 2016 Marrakech Biennale

Not New Now | February 24 - August 5, 2016

02/24/2016

Aicon Gallery congratulates artist Rachid Koraichi on his participation in the 2016 Marrakech Biennale, Not New Now, running from Feburary 24 - August 5, 2016. During the Biennale's run, we are honored to be hosting the first major showing of Koraichi's work in New York, in collaboration with October Gallery, London, with the exhibition Rachid Koraichi | Love Side by Side with the Soul, on view from March 3 - April 16, 2016.

Hyperallergic Review

Hyperallergic Review

Rekha Rodwittiya | The Rituals of Memory: Personal Folklores and Other Tales

02/18/2016

"Rekha Rodwittiya’s iconic female figures loom large. An amalgamation of Indian classical and tribal images, Rodwittiya’s asexual goddesses evade easy categorization. Currently in her solo exhibition Rituals of Memory at Aicon Gallery, they command an uncanny presence and beg scrutiny."http://hyperallergic.com/276736/talismanic-and-tenacious-goddesses-that-resist-femininity/

Anila Quayyum Agha on Display at Peabody Essex Museum, Salem MA

Anila Quayyum Agha on Display at Peabody Essex Museum, Salem MA

Intersections | February 6 - October 16, 2016

02/06/2016

We are proud to announce the first exhibition of Anila Quayyum Agha's iconic work Intersections in a major East Coast meseum. Agha's work will be on view at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA, the only U.S. museum with a permanent display of Contemporary South Asian Art, from February 6 - October 16, 2016. "Intersections: Anila Quayyum Agha is an immersive single room installation that bathes the visitor in a geometric array of light and shadow. Inspired by traditional Islamic architectural motifs, Pakistani-American artist Anila Quayyum Agha's laser-cut steel lantern conjures the design of the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain, a historic site of cross-cultural intersection where a thousand years ago Islamic and Western cultures thrived in coexistence.

Rekha Rodwittiya | The Rituals of Memory: Personal Folklores and Other Tales

Rekha Rodwittiya | The Rituals of Memory: Personal Folklores and Other Tales

Exhibition Catalog: February 4 - February, 27, 2016

The American Bazaar

The American Bazaar

Rekha Rodwittiya | The Rituals of Memory: Personal Folklores and Other Tales

02/04/2016

"Prominent Baroda-based feminist artist Rekha Rodwittiya, who is the founder of The Collective Studio Baroda, is back here after two decades with a major exhibition at the Aicon Gallery, ‘The Rituals of Memory: Personal Folklores and Other Tales’, which runs from Feb. 4 through Feb. 27th."

Boston Globe Feature

Boston Globe Feature

Anila Quayyum Agha at the Peabody Essex Museum

01/30/2016

Adeel uz Zafar | Monomania

Adeel uz Zafar | Monomania

Exhibition Catalog: December 10, 2015 - January 23, 2016

International Gallerie Profile

International Gallerie Profile

Salman Toor | Resident Alien

12/01/2015

"New York City has facilitated my cobbling together of seemingly divergent understandings of developing societies seething in turmoil, along with the microcosms of cultures like Brooklyn’s art scene. Since I left Lahore, my work has developed in more abstract directions in order to host and superimpose imagined narratives and homelands in which personal and global concerns intersect.”

Salman Toor | Resident Alien

Salman Toor | Resident Alien

Exhibition Catalog: October 28 - December 5, 2015

Husain at Hundred

Husain at Hundred

Exhibition Catalog: September 17 - October 24, 2015

Abir Karmakar | Uncanny Space

Abir Karmakar | Uncanny Space

Exhibition Catalog: July 23 - September 12, 2015

Rsheed Araeen | Minimalism Then and Now

Rsheed Araeen | Minimalism Then and Now

Exhibition Catalog: May 7 - June 13, 2015

Semblance of Order

Semblance of Order

Exhibition Catalog: December 11, 2014 - January 31, 2015

Featuring Roohi Ahmed, Michael Kempson, Ben Rak, Abdullah M. I. Syed, and Adeel uz Zafar

In the Remains | Recent Work by Saad Qureshi

In the Remains | Recent Work by Saad Qureshi

Exhibition Catalog: October 24 - November 30, 2013

Rati Chakravyuh | A Film by Ashish Avikunthak

Rati Chakravyuh | A Film by Ashish Avikunthak

Exhibition Catalog: October 22 - November 1, 2014

Asian Art News Feature

Asian Art News Feature

Debnajan Roy | The Altar of Convenience

01/15/2014

"Alternately playfully irreverent and hauntingly solemn, these sculptures all ultimately speak to the ongoing social and ecological crises that continue to unfold not only in increasingly commodifying consumer societies such as India and China but on a global scale."

Reflections + Transformations | Recent Work by Sharmistha Ray

Reflections + Transformations | Recent Work by Sharmistha Ray

Exhibition Catalog: October 24 - November 30, 2013

Brut Nama (The Chronicles of Brut) | Recent Work by Abdullah M. I. Syed

Brut Nama (The Chronicles of Brut) | Recent Work by Abdullah M. I. Syed

Exhibition Catalog: July 18 - August 31,2013