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Exhibition of Iranian paintings receives warm welcome in New York

An exhibition of modern paintings by contemporary Iranian artists that opened in New York on Saturday received an exceptionally warm welcome by New York art enthusiasts on its first day, IRNA reported.

One of the organizers of the artistic event, held at New York's National Arts Club (NYNAC), Homa Taraji, told IRNA, "Some 500 New York art fans attended the opening ceremony of the all-Iranian artistic event, one of whose spectacular achievements for Iran so far has been the 1993 Gold Medal of the NYNAC for Iran's Museum of Contemporary Arts, the sponsor of the event."

She added, "the head of NYNAC, Aldon James, said during his opening ceremony address that amid the quite chaotic current world conditions, arts are the best key toward broadening the nations' dialogue, and the governments' ties."

Taraji further elaborated, "although the works presented at the present exhibition are all modern paintings by contemporary artists, the forms, colors and atmosphere they imply is thoroughly Iranian." he added, "in selection of the collection presented here we tried our best to choose those works that have both an Iranian identity, and are presentable and appreciated at any international artistic event."

Ms. Taraji said, "although the United States is going through an economic recession, the American public has welcomed the event wholeheartedly and a good number of works have been sold during the first day of the exhibition, although they will be delivered to their new owners on April 29, the closing ceremony day."

Fifty modern paintings by contemporary Iranian artists are on display at NYNAC currently and the event has meanwhile attracted the attention of some US mass media.

So far New York State's NY1 TV, the Wall Street Journal and the Associated Press (AP) have covered the event, each form a particular point of view, including the troubled US-Iran relations.

Among the artists whose works are put on display in New York is the internationally renowned Masoud Arabsahi, whose works have so far been presented at 53 national and international art exhibitions.

Arabshahi has won several plaques of honor, medals and trophies for his art so far.

There are also paintings by Khosrow Dastjerdi, whose works have so far been presented at two exclusive exhibitions in Iran, and 18 international art fairs. He, too, has been awarded some awards at the national and international levels.

The other Iranian artists whose works are put on display at NYNAC include Shila Dowlatabadi, Ya'qoub Emadian, Shahla Ea'temadi, Golnaz Fat'hi, Mina Qazvivni, Farideh Lashaie, Manouchehr Mo'tabar, Rezvan Sadeqzadeh, Kourosh Shishegaran and Shideh Tamy.

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