Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery
39 East 78th Street, Suite 301, New York, NY
Specializing in Middle Eastern and Iranian Art
Why did you decide to open a gallery?
I studied art history at Brown University, and then went on to participate in Sotheby's works of art program in London, and graduated with a Masters in Art History and Museum Management from George Washington University. After working at the Hirshhorn and Guggenheim Museums in the late '70s, I worked as the curator of an investment bank for two years. As I was friends with a number of emerging artists at the time, and traveled in the social circles of artists Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, I decided to open my first gallery on Madison Avenue in 1982. I showed a number of emerging international artists, giving one man shows to artists dan Witz, ton Woodruff, YZ Kami, Benjamin Lira, and Christopher Makos. I also had group shows curated by important art world figures, including a show "Cali-Graffiti", curated by Jeffrey Deitch, which paired calligraphists, such as Charles Hossein Zenderoudi, with luminary artists Twombly, Tobey, Torres-Garcia, Michaux, and Masson. I have since continued to exhibit both emerging and established international contemporary artists, including Middle Easter and Iranian art. Photo credit: Lana Kurtz Photography
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