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New Painting by Shiva Ahmadi at Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery

Shiva Ahmadi - "Hocus-Pocus", 2009 - Mixed media on aqua board, 40 x 60 in. (101.6 x 152.4 cm.) Photo: Courtesy Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery, New York

NEW YORK, NY.- An exhibition of new paintings and
sculpture by Shiva Ahmadi will be on view from February 4 through 27 February,
2010, at  Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller (LTMH) Gallery.
Ahmadi has
created a dynamic visual language inspired by Persian miniatures and Islamic art
and architecture that she uses to explore social and political issues affecting
both the Middle East and the West. Shiva Ahmadi: Reinventing the Poetics of Myth
examines issues of capitalism and the glory of oil in the Middle East and as
well as the dependency of the West on oil. To call attention to these issues,
Ahmadi often paints on panels shaped like oil barrels or actual oil barrels,
which become transformed into objects of beauty.