Lebanese-Finnish Art Dealer Taymour Grahne Launches A Nomadic Art Platform

BY Rebecca Anne Proctor / May 31 2018 / 18:39 PM

New York-based artist GaHee Park presents a new body of work in London for the art dealer’s new platform, writes Rebecca Anne Proctor

Lebanese-Finnish Art Dealer Taymour Grahne Launches A Nomadic Art Platform
Courtesy of Taymour Grahne
GaHee Park. 'Valentine’s Dinner'. 2018. Oil on canvas. 152.4x152.4cm.

It’s been nearly one year since Taymour Grahne closed his eponymous space in Tribeca, New York to focus on art advising. The art collector, born in London to Lebanese and Finnish parents, was known for his diverse roster of mid-career and emerging artists with roots in the Middle East. He saw works by names such as Lamia Joreige, Hassan Hajjaj, and Nicky Nodjoumi placed in the permanent collections of institutions such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the British Museum and LACMA, expanding the visibility for Middle Eastern artists abroad. Grahne is now back on the scene inaugurating a new nomadic exhibition platform dedicated to the showcase of emerging artists through solo and group shows in alternating spaces and places.

Taymour Grahne

Smoking Room

“I decided to open a nomadic gallery because I don’t feel the need to have shows on view 12 months a year,” says the dealer. “There are so many galleries and so many exhibitions out there, so much information—the art world has become oversaturated. People are overwhelmed. I think it’s time to adapt to this new environment. That environment requires more fluidity.” All of Grahne’s gallery-related information has been archived into his new site where he offers contemporary art advisory services from his London base. “The main difference is that I don’t have a fixed space,” he adds. “Taymour Grahne Exhibitions has a represented artist roster, at least four solo and group shows each year. I will also be participating in a few select art fairs.”  As part of his new set up, Grahne also advises a specific group of collectors, many of whom are new to collecting. “Sometimes I have people looking to build a collection, and sometimes someone is looking to find that one key work, it depends on the person.”

Taymour Grahne

Still Life With Flowers And Apricots

On 24 May in a space in London’s Battersea Square, Grahne inaugurated his new nomadic platform with a show of works by New York-based artist GaHee Park. Depicted in a vibrant and warm colour palette, the artist’s new body of work sees a continuation of her abstract figures placed in largely domestic scenes. Theatrical and psychologically charged, layers of meaning can be found in each of GaHee’s paintings whereby she wages an ongoing exploration into the tensions between our public and private selves. Titled Every Day Was Yesterday, the works portray framed spaces suspended in trompe l’œil compositions where mirrors, windows, and paintings within paintings appear akin to portals into another dimension. “I have been following GaHee Park’s work for the past couple of years, after first seeing her work at the James Cohan’s 2016 group show Intimisms,” says Grahne.

GaHee’s alluring fictional characters offer a taste of what will come at Taymour Grahne. “My programme is focused on an international roster of emerging and underrepresented artists. A lot of the artists I work with are based in New York, which is a natural development since I spent the last seven years there. I also work with artists from Los Angeles, the American Midwest, and I look forward to working with artists from across the world,” says the dealer. Grahne’s upcoming programme includes a solo show for New York-based artist Maia Cruz Palileo in late September; a three-person show, including artists Dani Orchard and Lindsay M Burke, in November; and in 2019, solos for Nadia Ayari, Nicky Nodjoumi, and Matthew F Fisher. 

Every Day Was Yesterday GaHee Park runs until 13 June at 9B Battersea Square, London.