Eight must-see exhibitions to see during Frieze Los Angeles
Amir H. Fallah’s No Gods No Masters (2020), which features in the Fowler Museum’s show; the Tehran-born artist draws on the diasporic Iranian American experience
Courtesy of Shulamit Nazarian
Amir H. Fallah: The Fallacy of Borders
Fowler Museum, until 14 May
Los-Angeles based artist Amir H. Fallah has always taken the “more-is-more” approach to painting. “I really just try to cram everything in there that I can,” he says. It stands to reason, then, that his first institutional solo exhibition in the city feels like a love letter to maximalism itself, a meditation on the electric noise of an increasingly interconnected age. Born in Tehran at the height of the Islamic Revolution, Fallah mines the diasporic Iranian American experience through the spirit of remix, drawing on traditions as disparate as 17th-century Flemish still-lifes and graffiti to achieve a vibrant depth of meaning in his work. According to curator Amy Landau, the director of interpretation and education at the Fowler Museum, Fallah “narrates from trauma and celebration, as well as his roles as a husband, father and confidant, which lends a deeply humane aspect to his social critique”.