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Nicky Nodjoumi

Informed and shaped by both the political issues of his native country Iran and the aspiration to make art with great universal appeal, Nicky Nodjoumi came to New York during the height of the Vietnam war in 1969 to search for synthesis. It was amidst his student years at the New School of Social Research, New York University. and City College of New York, while participating in the Iranian Student Association, that the crisis that catalyzed a reassessment of the form and content in his work began.

In this conversation with Phong Bui Nodjoumi talks candidly about his struggle as an artist as well as his political convictions that persist in this new body of work at Prishka C. Juschka Fine Art. (October 28 – December 30, 2010) A transcript of the conversation is published in the November 2010 edition of the Brooklyn Rail. (58 minutes)


Off The Rail


Artist, critic, curator, teacher and newspaperman Phong Bui is now taking his insatiable talent to the airwaves. A man with a voracious appetite for all things artistic, social and cultural, Phong's work has been shown at such galleries at Pierogi, Sarah Bowen Gallery, Wooster Art Space and the Brooklyn Museum of Art, winning him numerous awards and grants from the American Academy of Letters, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the National Academy, among others. He is a curatorial adviser at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center and has taught at such institutions as Columbia University, Bard College and the School of Visual Arts. He used the money from his first sold painting to create the venerable arts, culture and politics journal The Brooklyn Rail and the publishing press The Brooklyn Rail/Black Square Editions. He is an unstoppable force of unyielding curiosity.

Here Phong interviews artists, curators, booksellers and anyone else he finds notable and interesting on the cultural landscape. Follow his lead; it's always proved impeccable.