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Nicky NodjoumiThe New York Times Drawings 1996 – 1998

Holland Park
27.10.20 – 19.12.20
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Nicky NodjoumiThe New York Times Drawings 1996 – 1998

Holland Park
27.10.20 – 19.12.20
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Nicky NodjoumiThe New York Times Drawings 1996 – 1998

Holland Park
27.10.20 – 19.12.20
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Nicky NodjoumiThe New York Times Drawings 1996 – 1998

Holland Park
27.10.20 – 19.12.20
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Nicky NodjoumiThe New York Times Drawings 1996 – 1998

Holland Park
27.10.20 – 19.12.20
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Nicky NodjoumiThe New York Times Drawings 1996 – 1998

Holland Park
27.10.20 – 19.12.20
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Nicky NodjoumiThe New York Times Drawings 1996 – 1998

Holland Park
27.10.20 – 19.12.20
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Nicky NodjoumiThe New York Times Drawings 1996 – 1998

Holland Park
27.10.20 – 19.12.20
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Nicky NodjoumiThe New York Times Drawings 1996 – 1998

Holland Park
27.10.20 – 19.12.20
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Nicky NodjoumiThe New York Times Drawings 1996 – 1998

Holland Park
27.10.20 – 19.12.20
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Nicky NodjoumiThe New York Times Drawings 1996 – 1998

Holland Park
27.10.20 – 19.12.20
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Nicky NodjoumiThe New York Times Drawings 1996 – 1998

Holland Park
27.10.20 – 19.12.20
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Nicky NodjoumiThe New York Times Drawings 1996 – 1998

Holland Park
27.10.20 – 19.12.20
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Nicky NodjoumiThe New York Times Drawings 1996 – 1998

Holland Park
27.10.20 – 19.12.20
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Nicky NodjoumiThe New York Times Drawings 1996 – 1998

Holland Park
27.10.20 – 19.12.20
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Nicky NodjoumiThe New York Times Drawings 1996 – 1998

Holland Park
27.10.20 – 19.12.20
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Nicky NodjoumiThe New York Times Drawings 1996 – 1998

Holland Park
27.10.20 – 19.12.20
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Nicky NodjoumiThe New York Times Drawings 1996 – 1998

Holland Park
27.10.20 – 19.12.20
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Nicky NodjoumiThe New York Times Drawings 1996 – 1998

Holland Park
27.10.20 – 19.12.20
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Nicky NodjoumiThe New York Times Drawings 1996 – 1998

Holland Park
27.10.20 – 19.12.20
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Nicky NodjoumiThe New York Times Drawings 1996 – 1998

Holland Park
27.10.20 – 19.12.20
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Nicky NodjoumiThe New York Times Drawings 1996 – 1998

Holland Park
27.10.20 – 19.12.20
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Nicky NodjoumiThe New York Times Drawings 1996 – 1998

Holland Park
27.10.20 – 19.12.20
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Nicky NodjoumiThe New York Times Drawings 1996 – 1998

Taymour Grahne Projects is pleased to present 'The New York Times Drawings 1996 - 1998,' a solo exhibition by NYC-based artist Nicky Nodjoumi (b. 1942) of his iconic newspaper works from the 1990s. The show will open on October 27 (all day between 10am - 6pm) at our HOLLAND PARK space and will be the artist’s first London solo exhibition.

Nicky Nodjoumi

New York Times, Thursday, October 30, 1997

1997

Mixed media on newsprint

68 x 56 cm. / 26.8 x 22 in.

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Nicky Nodjoumi

New York Times, Monday, February 2, 1998

1998

Mixed media on newsprint

68 x 56 cm. / 26.8 x 22 in.

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Nicky Nodjoumi

New York Times, Monday, February 9, 1998

1998

Mixed Media on Newsprint

68 x 56 cm. / 26.8 x 22 in.

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Nicky Nodjoumi

New York Times, Sunday, September 7, 1997

1997

Mixed Media on Newsprint

68 x 56 cm. / 26.8 x 22 in.

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Nicky Nodjoumi

New York Times, Thursday, January 15, 1998

1998

Mixed Media on Newsprint

68 x 56 cm. / 26.8 x 22 in.

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Nicky Nodjoumi

New York Times, Tuesday, February 3, 1998

1998

Mixed Media on Newsprint

68 x 56 cm. / 26.8 x 22 in.

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Nicky Nodjoumi

New York Times, Tuesday, January 28, 1997

1997

Mixed Media on Newsprint

68 x 56 cm. / 26.8 x 22 in.

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Nicky Nodjoumi

New York Times, Monday, September 16, 1996

1996

Mixed Media on Newsprint

68 x 56 cm. / 26.8 x 22 in.

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Nicky Nodjoumi

New York Times, Saturday, April 19, 1997

1997

Mixed Media on Newsprint

68 x 56 cm. / 26.8 x 22 in.

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Nicky Nodjoumi

New York Times, Saturday, June 15, 1996

1996

Mixed Media on Newsprint

68 x 56 cm. / 26.8 x 22 in.

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Nicky Nodjoumi

New York Times, Friday, August 16, 1996

1996

Mixed Media on Newsprint

68 x 56 cm. / 26.8 x 22 in.

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Nicky Nodjoumi

New York Times, Friday, December 12, 1997

1997

Mixed Media on Newsprint

68 x 56 cm. / 26.8 x 22 in.

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Nicky Nodjoumi

New York Times, Friday, June 12, 1998

1998

Mixed Media on Newsprint

68 x 56 cm. / 26.8 x 22 in.

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Nicky Nodjoumi

New York Times, Friday, June 6, 1997

1997

Mixed Media on Newsprint

68 x 56 cm. / 26.8 x 22 in.

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Nicky Nodjoumi

New York Times, Friday, January 16, 1998

1998

Mixed Media on Newsprint

68 x 56 cm. / 26.8 x 22 in.

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Nicky Nodjoumi

New York Times, Friday, March 14, 1997

1997

Mixed Media on Newsprint

68 x 56 cm. / 26.8 x 22 in.

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Nicky Nodjoumi

New York Times, Friday, September 19, 1997

1997

Mixed Media on Newsprint

68 x 56 cm. / 26.8 x 22 in.

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Nicky Nodjoumi

New York Times, Friday, August 29, 1997

1997

Mixed Media on Newsprint

68 x 56 cm. / 26.8 x 22 in.

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Nicky Nodjoumi

New York Times, Friday, January 23, 1998

1998

Mixed Media on Newsprint

68 x 56 cm. / 26.8 x 22 in.

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Nicky Nodjoumi

New York Times, Monday, July 1, 1996

1996

Mixed Media on Newsprint

68 x 56 cm. / 26.8 x 22 in.

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Nicky Nodjoumi

New York Times, Friday, January 30, 1998

1998

Mixed Media on Newsprint

68 x 56 cm. / 26.8 x 22 in.

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Nicky Nodjoumi

New York Times, Monday, December 9, 1996

1996

Mixed Media on Newsprint

68 x 56 cm. / 26.8 x 22 in.

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Nicky Nodjoumi

New York Times, Monday, February 16, 1998

1998

Mixed Media on Newsprint

68 x 56 cm. / 26.8 x 22 in.

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Nicky Nodjoumi

New York Times, Monday, June 16, 1997

1997

Mixed Media on Newsprint

68 x 56 cm. / 26.8 x 22 in.

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Nicky Nodjoumi

New York Times, Monday, January 19, 1998

1998

Mixed Media on Newsprint

68 x 56 cm. / 26.8 x 22 in.

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Nicky Nodjoumi

New York Times, Monday, July 29, 1996

1996

Mixed Media on Newsprint

68 x 56 cm. / 26.8 x 22 in.

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Nicky Nodjoumi

New York Times, Monday, January 26, 1998

1998

Mixed Media on Newsprint

68 x 56 cm. / 26.8 x 22 in.

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Nicky Nodjoumi

New York Times, Saturday, August 19, 1996

1996

Mixed Media on Newsprint

68 x 56 cm. / 26.8 x 22 in.

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Nicky Nodjoumi

New York Times, Saturday, April 6, 1996

1996

Mixed Media on Newsprint

68 x 56 cm. / 26.8 x 22 in.

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Nicky Nodjoumi

New York Times, Saturday, January 25, 1997

1997

Mixed Media on Newsprint

68 x 56 cm. / 26.8 x 22 in.

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Nicky Nodjoumi

New York Times, Sunday, August 11, 1996

1996

Mixed Media on Newsprint

68 x 56 cm. / 26.8 x 22 in.

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Nicky Nodjoumi

New York Times, Sunday, September 21, 1997

1997

Mixed Media on Newsprint

68 x 56 cm. / 26.8 x 22 in.

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Nicky Nodjoumi

New York Times, Sunday, February 22, 1998

1998

Mixed Media on Newsprint

68 x 56 cm. / 26.8 x 22 in.

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Nicky Nodjoumi

New York Times, Thursday, January 1, 1998

1998

Mixed Media on Newsprint

68 x 56 cm. / 26.8 x 22 in.

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Nicky Nodjoumi

New York Times, Thursday, January 22, 1998

1998

Mixed Media on Newsprint

68 x 56 cm. / 26.8 x 22 in.

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Nicky Nodjoumi

New York Times, Thursday, February 12, 1998

1998

Mixed Media on Newsprint

68 x 56 cm. / 26.8 x 22 in.

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Nicky Nodjoumi

New York Times, Tuesday, December 2, 1997

1997

Mixed Media on Newsprint

68 x 56 cm. / 26.8 x 22 in.

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Nicky Nodjoumi

New York Times, Tuesday, May 9, 1996

1996

Mixed Media on Newsprint

68 x 56 cm. / 26.8 x 22 in.

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Nicky Nodjoumi

New York Times, Thursday, January 29, 1998

1998

Mixed Media on Newsprint

68 x 56 cm. / 26.8 x 22 in.

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Nicky Nodjoumi

New York Times, Tuesday, January 20, 1998

1998

Mixed Media on Newsprint

68 x 56 cm. / 26.8 x 22 in.

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Nicky Nodjoumi

New York Times, Tuesday, May 20, 1997

1997

Mixed Media on Newsprint

68 x 56 cm. / 26.8 x 22 in.

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Nicky Nodjoumi

New York Times, Wednesday, February 4, 1998

1998

Mixed Media on Newsprint

68 x 56 cm. / 26.8 x 22 in.

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Nicky Nodjoumi

New York Times, Wednesday, June 19, 1996

1996

Mixed Media on Newsprint

68 x 56 cm. / 26.8 x 22 in.

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Nicky Nodjoumi

New York Times, Wednesday, June 19, 1996

1996

Mixed Media on Newsprint

68 x 56 cm. / 26.8 x 22 in.

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Nicky Nodjoumi

New York Times, Tuesday, January 27, 1998

1998

Mixed Media on Newsprint

68 x 56 cm. / 26.8 x 22 in.

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Nicky Nodjoumi

New York Times, Wednesday, May 7, 1997

1997

Mixed Media on Newsprint

68 x 56 cm. / 26.8 x 22 in.

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Nicky Nodjoumi

New York Times, Wednesday, January 28, 1998

1998

Mixed Media on Newsprint

68 x 56 cm. / 26.8 x 22 in.

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Nicky Nodjoumi

New York Times, Wednesday, May 28, 1997

1997

Mixed Media on Newsprint

68 x 56 cm. / 26.8 x 22 in.

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Nicky Nodjoumi

New York Times, Friday, January 9, 1998

1998

Mixed Media on Newsprint

68 x 56 cm. / 26.8 x 22 in.

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Nicky Nodjoumi

New York Times, Friday, October 24, 1997

1997

Mixed media on newsprint

68 x 56 cm. / 26.8 x 22 in.

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Nicky Nodjoumi’s works have been acquired by prominent museum collections worldwide, including: the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the British Museum in London, LACMA in Los Angeles, the Guggenheim in Abu Dhabi, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, among others. In 2014, Nicky had a solo exhibition at the Cleveland Institute of Art titled ‘The Accident,’ and in 2019 a solo exhibition at the Kansas City Art Institute, titled ‘The Long Day.’ The artist lives and works in Brooklyn. His shows have been reviewed by major publications, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Brooklyn Rail, and the Boston Review, among others.

‘As the early light streams through the windows of his Brooklyn studio, Nicky Nodjoumi sips coffee and reads the morning papers. After some moments of deep reflection on the news of the day, he’ll reach for his brushes and drawing pencils and begin sketching directly on the newspaper. This has been his longstanding morning ritual, and the drawings have become a visual journal of sorts.

In a way, his newspaper sketches form an archive of Nodjoumi’s artistic process. They help reveal the way Nodjoumi connects politics to aesthetics and form with content. They reflect echoes of diverse of art historical references – from illuminated Persian manuscripts to Picasso, from medieval Chinese paintings to surrealism, from erotica to political graffiti. The sketches illustrate the way ideas percolate in his mind and become transformed to imagery. The spontaneous gestural works offer insight into ways Nodjoumi has re-imagined figuration into an artistic form distinctly his own.

In the 1960s, Nodjoumi studied art at the University of Tehran. There the training was largely mimetic, the emphasis on representational painting. In the early 1970s, he studied for his MFA at the City College of New York. At the time, the focus was on minimalism and abstraction. Neither modality suited the artist. For Nodjoumi, creative expression was intrinsically connected to his activism. He followed his own path, experimenting with composition and form, with color and imagery. He pushed the boundaries of figural painting in his search to manifest the relationship between art and politics, between the artist and society. That connection is more immediate, more visceral in his newspaper sketches.

Only in recent years has Nodjoumi publicly shown this body of work. For years, one could only see them during visits to his artist studio. They began as a private exercise, a manifestation of his ongoing engagement with social, political, and philosophical concerns. He uses the sketches to grapple with his thoughts, to find a visual language to express them onto the canvas. Some are portraits of friends and family, some are pictures of political figures based on press photos in the newspapers, others are allegorical representations social conditions he’s been reading about in the news. The exhibition at Taymour Grahne Projects in London features a rare Nodjoumi self-portrait.

Some of these images mark a passing moment, an ethereal trace of a fleeting thought that came and went. Other figures in the newspaper sketches reappear, redrawn again and again until they became incorporated into one of Nodjoumi’s large-scale paintings or ink drawings. His triptych Masterpiece (2012), for example, was inspired by a photograph of a theatrical performance he saw in a newspaper. Two men in suits are engaged in a fistfight while another stands to the side, quietly reading a book. In the background, the artist has drawn Rostam on his horse Rakhsh engaged in battle, imagery inspired by a lithographed illustration from the Persian epic, Shahnameh. The artwork is a rumination on the insipid role of violence in society, and it helps illustrate the ways his newspaper sketches become foundations for his larger artworks.

Underlying all of Nodjoumi’s artworks are fundamental social concerns—the struggle for justice, a resistance to political repression, and an insistence on human dignity. The newspaper drawings offer glimpses into his imagination and his artistic process—the way he thinks through ideas, plays with allegory, uses visual juxtaposition. Collectively, they offer a vivid window onto the creativity of one of the most consequential artists of our generation.'

- Shiva Balaghi, PhD is a cultural historian. Her writing and curation focuses on the arts of the Middle East.