Pomegranate Galley Circa 2008 - 2012


For a number of years this was the online presence for the Pomegranate Gallery.
The selectively edited content is from the site's 2007 - 2012 archived pages.

The current website for the gallery is found at: http://pomegranategallery.com/

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday through Saturday 11:30am - 5:30pm
July and August by appointment only
Closed on Yom Kippur, The Jewish New Year, Thansgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day

ABOUT THE GALLERY

Pomegranate Gallery was established by the modernist sculptor, Oded Halahmy, a thirty-five-year resident of SoHo. Halahmy — whose large abstract sculptures are in numerous museums including the Guggenheim, the Hirschhorn, and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem — felt compelled to open a gallery that would introduce Americans to the serious artistic initiatives from the Middle East. He observes that Americans are not only becoming increasingly international in their art collecting, but hopes that his gallery focusing on works from his native Iraq will the serve as a cultural ambassador to awaken American consciousness of Baghdad’s leading role in fine arts from the Arab world. In fact, Baghdad has historically been viewed as the cultural capitol of the Middle East and primary innovator in the fine arts. “As an artist born in Baghdad, it is very exciting for me to bring works by the leading contemporary Iraqi artists to New York City,” says Halahmy. “Some of these artists continue to survive in Baghdad while others have escaped to Jordan. These exhibitions are a testament that the creative spirit never dies, despite dire conditions.”

The Pomegranate Gallery is supported in part by the Oded Halahmy Foundation for the Arts, a 501(c)(3) non-profit cultural organization created to fund artistic expressions that promote a greater cultural understanding of the Middle East, thereby fostering peace and hope around the world.

The Gallery Space is avialable for special events

133 Greene Street
NY, NY 10012
212.260.4014

 

Archive of Gallery Events and Exhibitions

  Contemporary Iraqi Art Auction
Fundraiser at the Pomegranate Gallery

Friday, November 18, 2011

The Iraqi Student Project's New York City Chapter will host an art auction fundraiser at the Pomegranate Gallery in SoHo, owned by renowned Iraqi sculptor Oded Halahmy. The auction features exceptional contemporary Iraqi art for every taste and budget in the form of sculpture, decorative objects, paintings, and mixed media. Guests are welcome to enjoy and bid on the artwork in a silent auction format from 6:45 to 9:30pm, with a bar, Middle Eastern food, and music curated by Alwan for the Arts.
Featured artists can be view in this video on the ISP-NYC website.Proceedings from art sales will be given evenly to the Iraqi Student Project and The Oded Halahmy Foundation for the Arts. Payment accepted for artwork is cash or check only. Shipping is free for all pieces.

It is the hope that through the funds raised at this exciting event, the Iraqi Student Project will be able to provide adequate financial support for exceptional Iraqi college students sponsored by the ISP program. 
Featured Artists of the Evening:
Oded Halahmy / Hayder Ali / Shakir Al-Alousi / Amal Alwan / Thamir Dawood / Mohammed Al-Hamdany / Ismail Khayat / Hassan Massoudy / Esam Pasha / Naziha Rashid / Qasim Sabti /  Elly Simmons

  Thamer Dawood
Shakir Al-Alousi
Pulse from Mesopotamia

October 22nd, 2011
Thamer Dawood was born in Iraq, the country which invented writing, where signs converted from voice to a picture and became later the foundation of human thinking…
Shakir Al-Alousi’s journey is framed with simplicity and depth. His paintings take you to a journey above the clouds with enchanting creatures straight from the Arabian Nights.
  "If It Be Your Will"
Peace, Love, Eros & the Blues

Works on Canvas, Paper and Collage by San Francisco Bay Area Artist Elly Simmons
October 13 - 20, 2011
....an internationally exhibited artist, is well-known for her dual commitments to
art and to activism. She has created numerous posters for political and cultural groups
over the past twenty five years, while primarily working as a painter and collage artist,
and in collaboration with different master printers, mosaic artists, muralists and tapestry artists. Her work is in museum collections around the country
  REMEMBERING BAGHDAD
An Evening of Iraqi Music, with Yair Dalal, Omar Bashir & Erez Mounk

Saturday, May 1st, 2010, 7:00 p.m.
Yair Dalal, born in 1955; is a composer, violinist, oud player and singer; he is probably the most prolific Israeli ethnic musician and plays an important role in shaping the global world music scene. Omar Bashir is the son of late influential oud player Munir Bashir (1930-1997), Bashir has taught choir singing and music theory for the music department at Baghdad's University of Sciences. Master Percussionist Erez Mounk plays Middle Eastern percussion such as the darbuka, rikk, and various frame drums. He performs and records in Israel, Europe, the United States and Japan.
  SWEET DATES IN BASRA
A new novel by Jessica Jiji

Book signing and Reception,with live Middle Eastern music
ThursdayApril 29th, 2010
“In this story of love and search for identity,Jessica Jiji succeeds fully in capturing passions, depth of feeling, and strong relationships beyond ethnic and religious differences.”
– Naim Kattan, author of Farewell Babylon
  WHITE MASKS
Elias Khoury’s remarkable novel of the Lebanese civil war

Book signing and Reception
Thursday, April 15th, 2010
“No Lebanese writer has been more successful than Khoury in telling the story of Lebanon…Khoury is one of the most innovative novelists in the Arab world.”
Washington Post Book World
  Iraqi Mosaic: New Works by Iraqi Artists
March 7th through March 28th, 2009
Iraqi Mosaic will feature paintings and silkscreens by Thamer Dawood...born in Baghdad 1966, received his diploma from the Fine Arts Institute in Baghdad in 1986...practiced the art of painting,...with deep understanding of colors and lines, and also his knowledge of the history of general art, particularly contemporary Iraqi plastic modern art.
  Shoot an Iraqi: Art, Life and Resistance Under the Gun
December 12, 7:00 pm, Presentation and book signing with Wafaa Bilal
Bilal lived alone in a prison cell-sized room in the line of fire of a remote-controlled paintball gun and a camera that connected him to internet viewers around the world.
  UNSEENAMERICA: Arab Women in Brooklyn
A project of Bread and Roses 1199SEIU
September 10th, 2008 / Performance and Exhibition
Heather Raffo, playwright and actress, will read from her play "Nine Parts of Desire."
Begun as a 12 week photography workshop taught as part of UNSEENAMERICA, a nation-wide, community-based arts and social justice program. Run by Bread and Roses, a 29-year old organization dedicated to bringing cultural experiences to the disenfranchised, the program transforms ordinary people into artists with cameras, encouraging them to document and describe their worlds through photography and original texts.
  IMAGE ‘N WORDS
SARÉ - Oils and Etchings
NORA ARMANI - Poems and Scribblings

September 6th and 7th, 2008 / Performance and Exhibition
One paints, the other writes; one comes from Armenia, the other from the Diaspora (Egypt); one designs sets, the other acts. They meet in 1991 on the set of the first independent feature film to be shot in Armenia following the country’s independence after break up of the Soviet Union. Their meeting generates a first collaboration in 1993 at the Gallerie Les Cents in Paris where they are both living at the time and experiencing rootless-ness while searching for their ‘selves’. One searched through shapes and colors, the other with letters and punctuations.
  Oil on Landscape:
Art From Wartime Contemporaries of Baghdad

May 24th through June 21st, 2008
The scope of the exhibition includes works on Iraqi refugees, the children of war, genocide, and an Iraqi perspective on Shock and Awe.
Artists include; Mohammed [Hussein] al Hamdany, Khudayer al Shakarji, Sadik Jaffar, Ahmed Nousaife, Sat’aar Darweesh
  PIECE PROCESS: EVERY WALL SHALL FALL
March 1 - 29th, 2008
These artists, both Israeli and Palestinian, Jewish and Arab, men and women, are committed to exhibiting together in order to explore the Israel-Palestine conflict and the possibility of peace.
Participating artists include Granite Amit, Doris Bittar, Rajie Cook, Abdelali Dahrouch, Joyce Dallal, Hanah Diab, Michele Feder-Nadoff, John Halaka,
Kanaan Kanaan, John Pitman-Weber, Jenny Polak and Amie Potsic.
  My Roof in Ruins, I Drown in Light:
Recent paintings by Osama Khatlan

February 2 - 23rd, 2008
"The expression of experience becomes possible with an organic link to disclose the values of color, line, form and material that create a total human understanding. A spectator is to be believed. I want to think that my paintings contain a clear reflection of the overriding human passions that unfold with increasing assurance."
  OFFERING RECONCILIATION
135 Israeli and Palestinian artists received clay bowls under the theme of "Offering Reconciliation."
October 4th –18th, 2007
From this point forth they each embarked on a personal path, to each their own interpretation and narrative of reconciliation and all the values that stem from it - coexistence, pain, loss, rift and fusion. Each artist presents his own unique reconciliation piece as a means of hope.
The exhibit was conceived and organized by The Parents Circle – Families Forum, an organization of Israeli and Palestinian bereaved families working for reconciliation and peace.
  BABYLONINAN WOMEN
Four Californian Artists with Roots in Iraq

Curated by and includes artist Lidia Shaddow, with Halla Ayla, Joyce Dallal and Doris Bittar.
September 6th through September 27th, 2007
“This exhibition grew from a personal search for artistic representation of the Arab culture in Los Angeles, separate from the news and the negative stigma that resonates from the word ‘Arab’. A view that focused on the beauty and the richness of that and echoes my upbringing. Being born to an Iraqi father in Israel of the early sixties was not something to be proud of, however, my Babylonian roots were not even an issue upon emigrating to America. Between shame and denial of ones cultural identity lays a strong need to reunite with it. In the search for that familiar voice I found these three exceptional artists.” - Curator
Contemporary Iraqi Art - 2007 Spring / Summer Exhibition
Hana Mal-Allah
Ismail Khayat
Qasim Sabti
Mohammed Al Shammarey
Hayder Ali
Nazar Yahya
Naziha Rashid
Amar Dawod
Esam Pasha
Ghassam Ghayeb
Farah Nosh
Oded Halahmy
  IRAQ: Contemporary Viewpoints
November 7th through December 9th, 2006
The artists represented offer assorted portrayals of life in Iraq, ranging from fond memories represented in painting and sculpture to contemporary photography that addresses the reality of life in a state of chaos.
Farah Nosh / Canada
Yuri Kozyrev / Russia
Tyler Hicks / Sao Paulo, Brazil
Naziha Rashid / Baghdad, Iraq
Osama Khatlan / Diwaniya, Iraq
Ismail Khayat / Kurdistan (Mountainous region of Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and Syria)
Oded Halahmy / Baghdad, Iraq / Israel / Canada / New York
  The Anfal Memory Series: A series of masks created by Ismail Khayat
September 9th through October 21st, 2006
This will be Ismail Khayat’s first solo exhibition in the United States. With the Anfal Memory series, Ismail Khayat, the former head of Kurdistan’s Art Department of the Ministry of Culture Art, honors the 182,000 Kurds who were killed by order of Saddam Hussein. Painted in watercolor and India ink, the masks are boldly expressive and colorful, yet stand as memorials created by an artist who escaped the terrible genocide.
Khayat was born in Khanaken, Kurdistan in 1944, and has been a member of the Iraqi Artist Association since 1965 and the Iraqi Artist Syndicate since 1970. After teaching art in Sulaymania ..... read more....
  Summer Group Show: Iraqi Art Today
June 14 to September 4, 2006
The exhibiting artists have not only survived wars and years of oppression, but their art reflects the irrepressible spirit of rebirth and the resilience of the creative spirit. Largely abstract, these paintings stand as tactile and visible testament to the most admirable traits of resilience and rebirth. Although none of the artists display an overtly political message, independent exhibition curator Peter Hastings Falk says that viewers will discover an underlying social edginess at the soul of what is largely sophisticated abstraction.
Artists: Ghassan Muhsin, Hana Malallah, Esam Pasha, Mohammed Al-Shammarey, Hayder Ali, Qasim Sabt, Ghassan Gayeb, Nazar Yahya, Delair Shaker
  The Pomegranate Gallery presents Safaafir
Friday, June 16th, 2006 7:00 p.m.
The Pomegranate Gallery and the Foundation for the Arts are proud to present a performance by Safaafir in celebration of their first CD release, featuring:
Amir El Saffar: santur and vocals
Dena El Saffar: joza, violin and vocals
Tim Moore: percussion and vocals
Johnny Farraj: riqq and vocals
  Samuel Shimon reads from “An Iraqi in Paris”
May 25th, 2006
The Pomegranate Gallery hosts a book signing and reading by the Iraqi poet,novelist and journalist, Samuel Shimon.
  Out of Iraq: Meditations on the Homeland
Curated by Leila Kubba
May 11 through June 8, 2006
  Location / Dislocation: Contemporary Work with Middle Eastern Roots
March 30th through May 6th, 2006
Curated by Karen Shasha
  Yair Dalal in Baghdad-Yaffo-New York, A Musical Journey
Saturday April 8, 2006 at 7:00 p.m
 
  From Baghdad to New York: Part II of the Iraqi Phoenix Group
Tuesday, February 28th through Tuesday, March 26th, 2006.
  The Pomegranate Gallery presents a book signing party for Hadani Ditmars’ new book, Dancing In The No-Fly Zone: A Woman’s Journey Through Iraq
Friday, February 3, 2006 at 6:30 pm.
  From Baghdad to New York: Part I of the Iraqi Phoenix Group
The Art Gallery as Cultural Ambassador: America’s First View of Artists from Baghdad
The first gallery in America to specialize in works by artists of the Middle East will open January 19th in SoHo at the Pomegranate Gallery
Thursday, January 19th through February 22nd, 2006

 

DONATION OF ARTWORK

CITY SPRING, 1981 Bronze Cast
H 23 W 15 D 6 1/2 inches (58 x 38 x 16 cm)
Sculpture No. 136 (ED 9)

The Pomegranate Gallery currently represents a number of artists who wish to donate their work to eligible non-profit organizations and museums. Our goal is to enhance the collections of established organizations with these donations while also finding appropriate public venues and collections for these exceptional works of art.

The works seen here are currently Available for Donation to Museums & Non-Profit Organizations.

 



 

ARTISTS

 

HASSAN MASSOUDY

Hassan Massoudy was born in Iraq in 1944, and at the age of seventeen, he began working with calligraphers in Baghdad for eight years. In June 1969, he attended Fine Arts School in Paris, France and has lived there ever since.

Massoudy's creations came out from the meeting of the past and present, Eastern art and Western art, and tradition and modernity. He has perpetuated the tradition of calligraphy craft while also as breaking tradition at the same time. Massoudy simplifies lines, tending to purer lines and adding color. In his work, Massoudy introduces signs, letters, words and sentences, at times borrowing from famous poets and great writers like Schiller or Khalil Gibran.

Massoudy explains how poetry becomes calligraphy:

I count the straight letters then the curves so as to be able to create a rhythm by composing them.
I dream about those letters.
I imagine the word in different styles of calligraphy.
I sketch a felines, transforming the letters, I move them around, adjust them.

The line, as a dynamic force, and in its adequate relation with the meaning of words, must reflect two things: on the one hand strength and rigor, on the other abandon and grace. The line's aspect must suggest a direction: a pushing or pulling gesture, quick or slow, heavy or light, calm or bursting fort.

Calligraphy is like all the other arts, the expression of happiness and suffering go side by side. Do and undo, and grow through each experience.

 

 



NAZIHA RASHID

Naziha Rashid was born in 1932 in Baghdad, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Arabic language and literature. She earned a diploma in drawing and painting at the fine art institute in Baghdad in 1955. In 1963, she received NDD (National Diploma Design scholarship in painting) at Chelsea School of Art in London, England. She also earned a Master’s Degree in creative arts at the University of Maryland in 1967. Naziha has worked as a college professor and as a consultant for exhibitions sponsored by Islamic Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), office of the Arab League, Rabat, Morocco, 1990-94. She has been settled in New York since 1994, and has retired and devoted herself to her passion, which is art.

The village woman is the central figure in her paintings, and everything else – the trees, the natural environment, the built environment – supports her presence. She is not just an afterthought or an ornament but rather of central importance in life. Beauty graces her seated figure or while at work. She depict her in different aspects, both happy and sad, and as a mother. Folkloric symbols are also prevalent in her work: a full moon, a crescent moon, a hand, a bird, tribal tattoos…

I feel a great nostalgia for my dear country where I grew up, which has been ravaged by wars and is still caught in the grip of struggle and destruction. I seek refuge in painting villages and the countryside, which are steeped in folklore, beautiful old traditions, and a kind of security so different from the current state of affairs. It is a vision of hope I want to make real through the power of art, through paintings that depict the village and as daily life in a style that subjects reality to my personal creativity. My colors include earthy tones like ochre, red, burnt amber, and brown. I also use the colors of the dawn and the heat of the sun… I strive in my work to create a world that is beautiful and full of love, hope, and optimism that revolves around happiness and security no matter how difficult or ugly conditions become around the world.

 



 

ODED HALAHMY

The strength of Halahmy’s talent is apparent in his strong, lyrical sculptures. Each of his moving pieces, the bronze leaping out in unexpected directions, pays homage to his Iraqi roots and to his life, of which he has spent the last 35 years in New York City.

It was in his native Baghdad where Halahmy, at an early age, began making paintings and sculptures. His father, an affluent goldsmith, fully supported his artistic endeavors. His love of bronze stems from watching his father fashion beautiful objects in gold and silver. Halahmy first sculpted in clay and wood, but later began working with cast bronze, the material and process that excites and challenges him to this day.

My art work and every other aspect of my life have been influenced by my first homeland, Iraq. It is the land of milk and honey that I remember from my childhood; My Baghdad is the most beautiful place on earth.

Baghdad was the start of an artistic and geographical journey that has been integral to his life and work. Halahmy and his family were part of the large exodus of Iraqi Jewry to emigrate to Israel in 1951. In 1966, Halahmy was admitted to St. Martin’s School of Art in London, where his classmates included artists Richard Long and Gilbert & George. This was a period characterized by a spirit of camaraderie and inspiring artistic vitality. Halahmy was exposed to the influential faculty at St. Martin’s, including his studies under Anthony Caro and Phillip King, both important advocates of modern sculpture.

In 1968, Halahmy moved to Canada to accept a teaching position at the Ontario College of Art, Toronto. Having visited New York City on several occasions, Halahmy moved there in 1971, finding an art scene both charged and electrifying. In 1974, the U.S. Government, recognizing Halahmy’s talent, invited him to exhibit his works as part of the Bicentennial Celebration held in the Federal Plaza in Lower Manhattan.

Halahmy’s sculptures are part of several important collections, including the Guggenheim, New York, the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C., and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, as well as other public and private collections worldwide.

Halahmy’s lyrical abstract sculptures reference his native landscape and reflect the hieratic qualities of Mesopotamian sculpture. The works dance, while making reference to palm trees, gates, pomegranates and the moon. Halahmy sees these as universal symbols – the palm representing righteousness and growth and the pomegranate symbolizing love and fertility.

In his works these elements are transformed to immediately recognizable signs – the pomegranate is a sphere topped with a crown, the palm tree an upright slab topped with gently swaying leaves. These forms are interwoven with other elements, which suggest architectural fragments, vases, groves of trees and crests of mountains.

 



 

Specialties

We exhibit Iraqi art and rent the gallery as a venue on a limited term basis dependent on the event.

Rental specs:
* Prime SoHo location on the ground floor
* Great subway access for the B, D, F, R, 6, C, E, 5, 6
* 18 ft. monumental, high loft ceilings
* Cast-iron architecture with a open, airy floor plan and wood floors
* Historical building well kept
* 3,000 sq./ft.
* Rate varies from $2200-4200 dependent on days desired and duration of event
* Event can not last past 10 p.m.
* Gallery venue is ideal for a wide range of events: corporate, holiday parties, private parties, film shoots, fashion shows, receptions, product launches, pop-up events, poetry readings, book openings and live music.

History

Established in 2006.

The Pomegranate Gallery is supported in part by the Oded Halahmy Foundation for the Arts, a 501(c)(3) non-profit cultural organization created to fund artistic expressions that promote a greater cultural understanding of the Middle East, thereby fostering peace and hope around the world.

The Oded Halahmy Foundation For The Arts, Inc. is a non-profit cultural organization created to fund original artistic expression of peace and hope in the Middle-East. The Foundation is hosted by the Pomegranate Gallery in Soho, New York, which has hosted numerous cultural activities serving to foster appreciation of Middle Eastern artists and generate hope for the region's peaceful future.

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