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Xerxes Art Xerxes Art was the first gallery outside of the Middle East to solely exhibit the contemporary visual arts of Iran and of the World of Islam, and remains the only mainstream gallery outside of the Middle East to focus solely on the contemporary visual arts of the World of Islam including those of Afghanistan, the Arab World, Bangladesh, Iran, Pakistan and Turkey.  Xerxes represents a noted roster of artists, works mainly in the primary market and concentrates on solo or themed exhibitions by both established and emerging artists. In addition, Xerxes offers art advisory and curatorial services to private, corporate and institutional collections and collectors.  Xerxes' mission is primarily cultural, as opposed to purely commercial, and as such the gallery uses the entirety of its proceeds and funds to promote the contemporary visual arts of the World of Islam in prominent international fora.
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Preview - DUBAI - March
NMArt Gallery and Xerxes Art
Al Serkal Cultural Foundation 
Heritage House, Bastakiya, Dubai
10 March -16 April

DUBAI. Curated by Maliha Bhutto Rahimtoola, Nyla Qayoom Noorani and Xerxes Art, 
Common Threads: Contemporary Art From Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iran and Pakistan showcases the similarities and differences of the art from a populace which shares the commonality of ethnicity, linguistic roots
and religion.

Artists : Afsoon, Ali Adjalli, Anila Quayyum Agha, Jamal Ahmed, Imran Channa, Nizakat Ali Depar, Simeen Farhat, Zahid Farooqui, Abdul Jabbar Gul, Mahmoud Kalari, Hossein Khosrojerdi, Emaan Mahmud, Ali Rahbar, Aqsa Shakil, Zolaykha Sherzad, Sheenkai Stanikzai, Amjad Ali Talpur, Rahim Walizada and Amer Youssof.
Aishwary Rai
Emel Sayin
Indira G
Nancy Ajram
Mohammed Abdel Wahab
Queen Noor
“How do we define an icon? How do we decide who is worthy of being chosen as an icon?  For my Icons of the 4 Corners I went back to my youth and to the openness  and innocence of the late 60's and 70's, when all seemed possible and when Western style progress and modernity were considered positive forces, and when those who started it all were looked up to by the rest of us. Without addressing the politics of past or present, I am trying to praise the freedoms of expression that were blossoming during those times. From musicians and pop stars to industrialists and politicians, those who started this path at that time and those who continue with it now, deserve to hold their corners.  From Iran to the Arab World, from India to Turkey, the movement continues. In this series of icons I have chosen some of the most outstanding personalities of these decades and hope to always keep them and their deeds in the limelight.”

November 2010

About NMArt Gallery
NMart Gallery was founded by Pakistan born and Dubai based Nyla Qayoom Noorani and Maliha Bhutto Rahimtoola. NMArt focuses on the promotion of South Asian art by both emerging artists and established masters. NMArt have arranged private viewings for a wide variety of clients as well as having organized large exhibitions of South Asian Contemporary Art, including curating exhibitions of the works of Sadequain, Raja Changez, Tariq Jawed, Mansoor Aye, Mashkoor Raza, Hajra Mansoor and Shahid Rassam. NMArt offers art advisory services and has placed rare modern masterpieces, and contemporary works, in prominent private, public and institutional collections.

About Al Serkal Cultural Foundation - Heritage House
Al Serkal Cultural Foundation is a Dubai based non profit organisation founded and endowed by the Al Serkal family and by Ahmad Al Serkal. The Foundation’s objectives are to preserve and promote Emirati art, culture and heritage, and also to introduce international art and culture to the Emirates. Heritage House, one of the largest and most architecturally significant structures in Bastakiya’s Heritage Village, is part of the Foundation and hosts many of the Foundation’s events and exhibitions.

Bastakiya is an old residential area in Dubai, and is named after the residents of the area, most of whom were originally emigrants from the Bastak area of Iran. Al Bastakiya lies within the Dubai Creek area of Bur Dubai and its restored buildings with their tall wind towers, narrow roads and gypsum adorned embellishments and carpentry are all reminiscent of old Dubai .

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