The Tehran art scene is waking up and some galleries have opened once again after the long new year break. The first exhibition that I visited was the Golestan gallery, which was the first gallery in Tehran to open on Fridays so those who wished to see the show on opening night did not have to endure the awful Tehran terrific. This innovation was soon followed by many other leading art galleries in Tehran.
The first show this year was the intense and deeply red works of a young lady painter at Golestan Gallery, 42 Kamasaie St, Darrous, Tel. 22541589. She loves red as a colour and looks for excitement in the future, which I found most positive. Yet she seemed quite peaceful and at ease with herself. She is Ms Azadeh Razaghdoost who has studied painting at university and was taught by Mr Salimi, Mr Farshid Malekie and Mr. Nasr, whom she told me had the most influence on her.
Azadeh comes from a very professional family. Her father is a retired colonel and her mother was a teacher. She is married to Shahriyar Ahmadi whose works are entirely different to hers. Her aim in life is to live and learn, and she believes that you must get your feet wet in order to enjoy the feeling. Her exhibition work was influenced by the poems of a French poet. She told me that her works represent the senses that she felt when she read those poems. Although the subjects of the painting, flowers, are very gentle, the paintings are very harsh in nature.
When I asked her about the size of her work, she told me that she knew she was going to have her show at Golestan gallery that is why she did not do them all in a large format which is her favourite size. (I did not tell her that as an art lover I have great problems storing my large paintings in a good, safe place let alone hanging them all to view at the same time but then I know no good would have come even if I had mentioned this!). I found the exhibition rather raw and although some of the works were quite intense, generally speaking, I wish her good luck and hope to see some better works in her next exhibition.
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