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Mehdi Ghadyanloo

March 17–April 23, 2022
976 Madison Avenue, New York

Installation view Artwork © Mehdi Ghadyanloo. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Mehdi Ghadyanloo. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Mehdi Ghadyanloo. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Mehdi Ghadyanloo. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Mehdi Ghadyanloo. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Mehdi Ghadyanloo. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Mehdi Ghadyanloo. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Mehdi Ghadyanloo. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Mehdi Ghadyanloo. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Mehdi Ghadyanloo. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Mehdi Ghadyanloo. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Mehdi Ghadyanloo. Photo: Rob McKeever

Works Exhibited

Mehdi Ghadyanloo, The Unreachable Beauties, 2022 Acrylic on canvas, 70 ⅞ × 98 ½ inches (180 × 250 cm)© Mehdi Ghadyanloo. Photo: Farzaneh Ghadyanloo

Mehdi Ghadyanloo, The Unreachable Beauties, 2022

Acrylic on canvas, 70 ⅞ × 98 ½ inches (180 × 250 cm)
© Mehdi Ghadyanloo. Photo: Farzaneh Ghadyanloo

Mehdi Ghadyanloo, The Bridge, 2022 Acrylic and oil on canvas, 92 ½ × 45 ¼ inches (235 × 115 cm)© Mehdi Ghadyanloo Photo: Farzaneh Ghadyanloo

Mehdi Ghadyanloo, The Bridge, 2022

Acrylic and oil on canvas, 92 ½ × 45 ¼ inches (235 × 115 cm)
© Mehdi Ghadyanloo Photo: Farzaneh Ghadyanloo

Mehdi Ghadyanloo, The Innocentness, 2022 Acrylic and oil on canvas, 55 ⅛ × 55 ⅛ inches (140 × 140 cm)© Mehdi Ghadyanloo. Photo: Farzaneh Ghadyanloo

Mehdi Ghadyanloo, The Innocentness, 2022

Acrylic and oil on canvas, 55 ⅛ × 55 ⅛ inches (140 × 140 cm)
© Mehdi Ghadyanloo. Photo: Farzaneh Ghadyanloo

Mehdi Ghadyanloo, A Blinking Memory, 2022 Watercolor on paper, 16 ⅛ × 19 ¾ inches (41 × 50 cm)© Mehdi Ghadyanloo. Photo: Farzaneh Ghadyanloo

Mehdi Ghadyanloo, A Blinking Memory, 2022

Watercolor on paper, 16 ⅛ × 19 ¾ inches (41 × 50 cm)
© Mehdi Ghadyanloo. Photo: Farzaneh Ghadyanloo

Mehdi Ghadyanloo, The Lost Trojan, 2022 Acrylic and oil on canvas, 55 ⅛ × 55 ⅛ inches (140 × 140 cm)© Mehdi Ghadyanloo. Photo: Farzaneh Ghadyanloo

Mehdi Ghadyanloo, The Lost Trojan, 2022

Acrylic and oil on canvas, 55 ⅛ × 55 ⅛ inches (140 × 140 cm)
© Mehdi Ghadyanloo. Photo: Farzaneh Ghadyanloo

Mehdi Ghadyanloo, The Sunbathing Monster, 2022 Acrylic and oil on canvas, 78 ¾ × 39 ⅜ inches (200 × 100 cm)© Mehdi Ghadyanloo. Photo: Farzaneh Ghadyanloo

Mehdi Ghadyanloo, The Sunbathing Monster, 2022

Acrylic and oil on canvas, 78 ¾ × 39 ⅜ inches (200 × 100 cm)
© Mehdi Ghadyanloo. Photo: Farzaneh Ghadyanloo

Mehdi Ghadyanloo, The Untold Story, 2022 Acrylic and oil on canvas, 92 ½ × 45 ¼ inches (235 × 115 cm)© Mehdi Ghadyanloo. Photo: Farzaneh Ghadyanloo

Mehdi Ghadyanloo, The Untold Story, 2022

Acrylic and oil on canvas, 92 ½ × 45 ¼ inches (235 × 115 cm)
© Mehdi Ghadyanloo. Photo: Farzaneh Ghadyanloo

Mehdi Ghadyanloo, The Memory of the Future, 2022 Acrylic and oil on canvas, 92 ½ × 47 ¼ inches (235 × 120 cm)© Mehdi Ghadyanloo. Photo: Farzaneh Ghadyanloo

Mehdi Ghadyanloo, The Memory of the Future, 2022

Acrylic and oil on canvas, 92 ½ × 47 ¼ inches (235 × 120 cm)
© Mehdi Ghadyanloo. Photo: Farzaneh Ghadyanloo

Mehdi Ghadyanloo, The Love Song, 2022 Acrylic and oil on canvas, 92 ½ × 47 ¼ inches (235 × 120 cm)© Mehdi Ghadyanloo. Photo: Farzaneh Ghadyanloo

Mehdi Ghadyanloo, The Love Song, 2022

Acrylic and oil on canvas, 92 ½ × 47 ¼ inches (235 × 120 cm)
© Mehdi Ghadyanloo. Photo: Farzaneh Ghadyanloo

Mehdi Ghadyanloo, Rainbow Talks, 2020 Acrylic on canvas, 59 ⅛ × 78 ¾ inches (150 × 200 cm)© Mehdi Ghadyanloo. Photo: Rob McKeever

Mehdi Ghadyanloo, Rainbow Talks, 2020

Acrylic on canvas, 59 ⅛ × 78 ¾ inches (150 × 200 cm)
© Mehdi Ghadyanloo. Photo: Rob McKeever

About

Gagosian is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings by Mehdi Ghadyanloo in New York. Opening on March 17, this is the gallery’s first solo presentation of his work.

Ghadyanloo’s works envision a fictive architecture of playground slides, tubes, and ladders situated in shallow, walled spaces and lit from above by ocular skylights. Meticulously painted in acrylic and oil, their rounded forms are defined by dramatic chiaroscuro that represents the reflectivity, translucency, and opacity of polished steel, plastic, and other materials. The enigmatic paintings convey Ghadyanloo’s fascination with perspectival construction and illumination, and prompt metaphysical interpretations.

From Iran, Ghadyanloo established a public art practice by completing more than a hundred expansive trompe l’oeil murals on buildings throughout Tehran from 2004 through 2011. In 2016, he became the first artist since 1979 to be officially commissioned in both Iran and the United States with the completion of his Spaces of Hope mural at the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston. In 2019, he painted Finding Hope, a mural triptych for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Building on the illusionism of his murals and their intensity of focus, Ghadyanloo’s dramatic works on canvas differ from them in their format, scale, and mode of address, bringing existential themes to the fore.

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