Amir Shariat, an art collector, curator and advisor, is recognized for the antithetic taste he brings to exhibitions. The shows he contributes to often juxtapose contemporary works with the works of postmodern masters. Amir has been surrounded by art since birth, he is the son of an art dealer who specialized in classics by the old masters. He was continuously exposed to quintessential works dating from from the Renaissance through the 19th century, which undeniably influenced his passion for art. Later on in his own life, Amir would focus on collecting contemporary art, particularly works by lesser known artists. As time passed, his collection evolved into an assemblage that embodies the development of art from the late 20th century to the present day. Amir’s personal collection is representation of his dedication to art, which goes beyond monetary valuation.
Aside from collecting art, Amir also participates in the contemporary art discourse by curating exhibitions at galleries across Europe and the United States. His first show, entitled “Bass! How low can you go?” was held at Leila Heller Gallery in New York City, during the spring of 2013. The show included works by emerging artists like Anthony Pearson, Raphael Danke, and Sheree Hovsepian displayed next to the renegade works of Lucio Fontana, Robert Rauschenberg, and Andy Warhol. Amir organized this show to demonstrate the influence of an artist’s work on contemporary art. For example, Public Enemy’s hit “Bring the Noise” sampled the enigmatic sounds of James Brown, and later on “Bring the Noise” would be sampled by musical artists who were influenced by Public Enemy. Similar to musical sampling, visual artists will “sample” styles and techniques in their work to create fresh and original works.
Shortly after “Bass! How low can you go?” Amir joined ARNDT Berlin to help bring American artist Amir Nikravan to the abc berlin contemporary art fair. Following this, he curated the “Eye Know” group exhibition, a showcase of young Los Angeles and Vienna-based artists. Later on, Amir curated “TALKlikeSEX,” a show in New York City focused on works by original members of the Italian Zero movement, and the artists they have influenced. “I Know You Got Soul” featured the works of contemporary American artists at ARDNT Singapore. Amir is currently based out of Vienna.