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Tehran Art Scene: Golnar Tabibzadeh and Mansour Tabibzadeh

By Syma Sayyah and Paul Sanford, Tehran

We know of a few fathers and daughters who both are artists. Last month we went to the famous Khaneh Honarmandan (Artists' Forum) and saw the work of Mr. Mansour Tabibzadeh which we found very interesting. His sculptures from large pieces of wood are very distinguished and captivating without being beautiful at first. There were several faces and some animals including horses and a half body of a human male.

We did not have a chance to meet him there but we learned that he teaches art at Tehran universities and privately as well. He has taken part in about fifty exhibitions in Iran and abroad. His work is without doubt very strong but not pleasant to the eye and even though one appreciates the quality and intensity of the works on display they are not the sort of works that finds a ready place in people's home and most offices.

There is a sense of darkness about the works that we saw, but the wooden faces, for both of us, were truly wonderful works. At the exhibition we met his daughter Golnar who told us about her forthcoming exhibition.

About a month later we went to see the work of Golnar Tabibzadeh, at the Mah art gallery in Golestan Street, North Africa () in a group exhibition. We liked her work, even though some we thought was not of the same high quality and varied. We later learned that about the same time she had a solo exhibition at another gallery which unfortunately we missed.

The works that at Mah gallery we saw were very intense and capturing. Those that we liked very much were more of a human rather than a women's side with one exception which we would have loved to have bought, but someone had already bought it. Most of her paintings were sold out.

Father and daughter style and work are completely different and we wish them both all the best and look forward to their future exhibitions. We have some photos for you so you can draw your own conclusions.

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