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Tehran Art Scene: Ali Akbar Sadeghi, A Great Artist with Intriguing Originality

By Syma Sayyah, Tehran

Life, for me, is a serious process of learning and once one has left stages of acquiring material things and the domain of having, it is indeed a pleasure to find out and to discover something new, even if it is about someone or something that you knew before. Recently I had such a lovely encounter; it was a person's work that I discovered. Mr. Ali Akbar Sadeghi is one of the most well known and established Iranian artists and has been active for nearly forty years. He is considered one of the old school artists in Iran and has been pushing forward his own frontiers throughout his artistic life.

Some say that he is Iran's true Dali. His strong works and the color that he uses as well as the strong imagination which portrays itself on the canvas may well justify this. His latest paintings and objects, which were exhibited at the Golestan gallery, were back to his better domains for me at least as I find them more original and real with deep strong feeling, these images are serious surrealist works. We see nails covering parts of the pictures faces in different proportions.

I was only familiar with the other kind of Sadeghi's work, more gentle watercolors which, good they may be, but we have so many artists doing the same, and for me they lacked serious originality from such highly esteemed an artist. Fortunately, it seems that Mr. Sadeghi has gone back to his old style of abrasive portrayal of historical figures with bitter strong use of color. One wonders whether to smile at the cunning and intriguing imagery or be scared off by the harshness and his work; well known for their cutting edge.

Even though we did not see much blood on the pictures in the exhibition, one felt it and the strong sense of menace which seemed to steam from the works with deep passion, even though less deep than his past similar works. They were indeed very strong works and meant to make a statement. For me the diminished hope and fear of life after all hope gone was by far stronger than the sensational surrealist cynicism of our time. The works were colorful and good, yet I would find it very hard to hang them in a room I lived in everyday, even if I could ever afford one of them. For many like me the prices with an average of 5.5 million Toman (about US$ 6,000) were rather high, this made them quite out of reach of most visitors who may have wished to buy them rather than just look at them. I could only wish that good galleries like Golestan would encourage well known artists like Mr. Sadeghi to make large high-quality prints of the works on display so that we could have these posters of our favorite works instead the unreachable original ones .

I would like to add that recently the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art supported and staged an exhibition of his as well as three other well known artists throughout the city galleries. I have a few links for you and a few pictures that I took from his exhibition.

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