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May 8: Bass! How Low Can You Go? Curated by Amir Shariat / 12 Midnight: A Multi-venue Installation by Reza Aramesh

Bass! How low can you go?
Curated by Amir Shariat

May 8 - June 1, 2013

Opening Reception
May 8, 6 - 8 pm
568 West 25th Street

Leila Heller is pleased to announce “Bass! How low can you go?,”a group show curated by internationally renowned collector Amir Shariat. Coinciding with the Frieze Art Fair, the exhibition will be on view from May 8 to June 1, 2013 and will include works by young artists Erica Baum, Raphael Danke, Rachel Lee Hovnanian, Sheree Hovsepian, Anthony Pearson, Gibb Slife, Italian masters Agostino Bonalumi, Enrico Castellani, Lucio Fontana, Dadamaino, Paolo Scheggi, as well as Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol.
Hip Hop artist Simon Harris’ 1989 Number One hit song “Bass (How low can you go?)” was based on a sample of Public Enemy’s foot-stomping, metal crunching 1987 song “Bring The Noise,” which, itself, was covered by notorious thrash metal band Anthrax in 1991. In Bass (How low can you go?)”, Simon screams “Turn it Up!” and “Yeah, Boy!”, each phrase sampled from Public Enemy’s legendary frontmen Chuck D and Flavor Flav. “Bring the Noise” remains one of the most sampled rap songs of all time.
Rap in a sense resembles contemporary art or even art at large. Musicians and contemporary artists mix, record, remix, sample, scratch, voice over and let the brushstrokes spin! The essence of hip-hop and rap is based on sampling older songs, with the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, being the number one sampled king of music. Contemporary art’s master kingpin is Andy Warhol and, also, to a large extent, the Italian Masters of the second half of the last century. “Mankind has become furious in the fast lane and art allows us to dream but also to reassess the reality of the world we live in,” says Shariat. “The same way that we delve back into history to better understand the present and predict the future, artists find inspiration in the works of previous generations.”

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Leila Heller Gallery Presents

12 Midnight

A Multi-venue Installation
of Works by Reza Aramesh

On view in New York City

Leila Heller is pleased to present 12 MIDNIGHT, the first US exhibition by London-based artist Reza Aramesh. Coinciding with Frieze Art Fair, 12 MIDNIGHT, is a multivenue sculpture installation, on view from May 8 to June 5, 2013 inside 5 of New York City’s most celebrated nightclubs. 
Reza Aramesh’s interdisciplinary practice begins as an investigation into relationships and mechanisms of power and violence, whilst examining the constructed meanings and values associated with them. Through the mediums of photography and sculpture, Aramesh combines emotive and haunting figures seemingly disconnected and alienated from their surroundings. He takes his viewers through a psychoanalytical journey to reevaluate history and to reexamine the human condition as entrapped within preconceived notions and cultural values. Aramesh’s photographs combine scenes from violent journalistic war photos and Baroque master paintings from the likes of Caravaggio and Velasquez, which are then re-staged using non-professional models. He carefully recreates these scenes in opulent, architecturally significant environments such as the Rodin Museum or the Palace of Versailles in France.

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Last Week on View:

Thus in silence in dreams' projections
Leila Heller Gallery, 568 West 25th Street
April 4 – May 4, 2013

It is it, and it is only now...
Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art, 37 West 57th Street
April 3 - May 8, 2013

Leila Heller Gallery  and Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art (ETNFA) are pleased to present two posthumous New York exhibitions celebrating the life and career of internationally renowned, recently deceased, Iranian artist Farideh Lashai (1944 – 2013). An extended version of Lashai’s work Rabbit in Wonderland, 2010, will be on view at Leila Heller Gallery from April 4 to May 4. On view, from April 3 to May 8, at ETNFA will be works such as El Amal, 2011-2012, Le Dejeuner au Park-e-Mellat, 2007-2011, among others. A joint-gallery catalogue, featuring an essay by Negar Azimi, Senior Editor of Bidoun magazine, will be published to accompany the exhibitions.

to view Press and Video Interview

Image: Farideh Lashai, I Come from the Land of Ideology (video still), 2010-2012

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Press Contact:
Ricky Lee, Communications Director
Ally Mintz, Ally@leilahellergallery.com
Leila Heller Gallery
568 West 25th Street
New York, NY 10001
(Tel) 212 249 7695

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