Negar Azimi

Negar Azimi

December 2016

A GOOD OLD-FASHIONED KERFUFFLE erupted last May when the English critic Jonathan Jones, in a pithy and cantankerous screed in The Guardian, categorically dismissed an exhibition of works by the late Indian artist Bhupen Khakhar at Tate Modern… READ ON

IN PRINT December 2016 [TOC]

“Emily Jacir: Europa”

September 2015

Curated by Omar Kholeif and Habda Rashid For almost two decades, Emily Jacir’s works have served as enigmatic, stirring, and sometimes uncomfortable visual totems of the Palestinian situation. The general surreality of the Israeli occupation… READ ON


Sharjah Biennial 12

January 2015

FEW BIENNIALS anywhere in the world are quite as site-specific as Sharjah’s. That term! It’s sprinkled like gold dust on just about any well-meaning press release, as if to imbue an exhibition with both purpose and originality. And yet … READ ON

IN PRINT January 2015 [TOC]

“Unedited History: Iran 1960–2014”

October 2014

IN ONE OF THE CORNERS of “Unedited History: Iran 1960–2014,” a sprawling exhibition that opened this past May at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, an installation of five screens flickered. At its center was a 1973 film called … READ ON

IN PRINT October 2014 [TOC]

“Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian: Infinite Possibility”

September 2014

Curated by Suzanne Cotter Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian once traded Andy Warhol, for several of his sketches,a tiny ball she’d made from intricately cut shards of mirrored glass. Farmanfarmaian would move back to her native Tehran in 1957,… READ ON


Burning Questions

Negar Azimi on Fifi Howls from Happiness

August 2014

FRENHOFER, C’EST MOI, Paul Cézanne was said to have said about the principal character in “Le Chef-d’oeuvre inconnu” (The Unknown Masterpiece), a short story by Honoré de Balzac from the year 1831. In the little-known tale, two younger artists,… READ ON


“Unedited History: Iran 1960–2014”

May 2014

Curated by Catherine David, Morad Montazami, Odile Burluraux, Narmine Sadeg, Vali Mahlouji It seems to be Iran’s modern moment. On the heels of the Asia Society’s well-received “Iran Modern” exhibition this past fall in New York, this survey… READ ON


“Etel Adnan: Art is One of the Roads to Paradise”

January 2014

Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist There are few lives that have charted the dislocations, tectonic shifts, passions, and innumerable heartbreaks of the modern Arab world more thoroughly than Etel Adnan. Born in Beirut in 1925 to a Greek mother … READ ON


Negar Azimi

September 2013

ONE OF THE WORKS IN THIS YEAR’S IRAQI PAVILION features a simple ink caricature of two men scrambling to capture a falling missile with what appears to be a stretcher. It is absurd and heartbreaking, and in many ways it perfectly captures … READ ON

IN PRINT September 2013 [TOC]

Deep Six

Negar Azimi on Beatrice Gibson’s The Tiger’s Mind

January 2013

“She might have said, we were looking for a revolution in language. That would have been typical of her. I would have said, more like loitering in its suburbs. He would have interjected, could a comma really save the world?” -The Author  “I… READ ON