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Tehran's Election Time Art Report (I)

By Syma Sayyah, Tehran


Life here in Tehran has been anything but normal in the past few weeks. But despite all the surprises and excitement of the recent election (including the fact that on a couple of occasions during the campaign we were unable to get home until dawn as all routes to our house were blocked by excited young and old who had found an excuse to leave their homes and join the crowds), a lot of events went on as normal.  This included many art exhibitions around town. And here I shall share details of a couple of events that I visited at the time. I have put these events into two short reports. And here is the first one.


Artist Mohamand Sharifi Tehrani


Mohamand Sharifi Tehrani is a young artist whom I first met at a party a few months ago where there were many works of Iranian modern artists on the walls. I was so pleasantly surprised that he knew the works and the painters so well.  We had a very lively discussion about art and artists in Iran. It was later that I learned that he was a painter who had studied art properly and was knowledgeable about artists, their styles and art movements.



When I went to see his show at the Abtin gallery (, Telephone 2017761) on Election Day, I was impressed once again with his know-how.  Black, gold and white colors have a great role in his works, and he uses other colors with hesitation, often just enough to make a point. I am sure he is a painter whose work I shall follow to see his progress and the changes in his work.  I liked most, although not all, of the works at this exhibition.  I have included a few samples for you so you can decide for yourself.



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