BerlinAshkan Sahihi: The New York Years
The MCLAUGHLIN Gallery announces the representation of Mr. Ashkan Sahihi and presents his first solo exhibition with the gallery. THE NEW YORK YEARS will also be available as a book from MCLAUGHLIN.
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In 40 atmospheric and intimate photographic portraits, Sahihi shows icons from art and culture in his personal life in New York City and captures special moments of contemplation, reflection and conversation outside of his public life.
In addition to contemporary art greats such as Cindy Sherman, Jeff Koons and Frank Stella, Sahihi has portrayed various actors such as Dennis Hopper and Willem Dafoe, celebrated authors and thinkers such as Paul Auster and Siri Hustvedt and legendary musicians such as John Cage, Solange, Philip Glass, Curtis Mayfield and the Wu-Tang clan.
Sahihi allows us to see the person behind the face, often famous, sometimes as close as a family member. The selected photographs of some of the greatest personalities of the thriving New York cultural scene of the 1980s and 1990s come from Sahihi’s extensive archive which is being exhibited for the first time. His portraits illuminate cultural attitudes and shape the collective perception of New York City as an international cultural capital that we all admire as a place that offers the freedom to transcend creative boundaries – and the boundaries of the arts.
Ashkan Sahihi, born in Tehran, Iran, in 1963, lived and worked in New York from 1987 to 2014. As an internationally renowned photographer, he captures the intimacy and sacred silence of a moment in his portraits. His work has been shown internationally in several solo exhibitions, e.g. at MoMA PS1, New York; Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York; Voies Off Arles Photo Festival, Arles; as well as in several group exhibitions, e.g. in MACRO Testaccio, Rome and Akademie der Künste, Berlin and published in magazines such as New York Times Magazine, New Yorker and Vogue. Ashkan Sahihi lives and works in Berlin today.
Photo © Werner Huthmacher