"Khavarani's beautiful paintings, rooted in Persian mysticism, are an ideal way to present our culture in a way that benefits the community at large," said Bita Milanian, executive director of Farhang Foundation. "After all, paintings such as these do not need translation and their beauty inspires awe in the viewer, automatically creating an appreciation for the ideas on which they are based."
Khavarani's paintings will be the centerpiece of this 35-day exhibit, sponsored by Farhang Foundation, which will also include a lecture by art historian, Dr. Roshan Hubbard, on Abstract Romanticism the genre Khavarani has been credited with creating.
In 2005, when reviewing Khavarani's paintings,
renowned UCLA art historian, Professor Albert Boime said, "We may define his
unusual approach as Abstract
Romanticism, bringing emotion and beauty into the here and now with an
intense energy and spontaneity that manifests fulfillment of joy in the eternal
present... In this way, Khavarani resurrects the romantic idea of the
possibility of an art that can change the world."
Khavarani's art has also been the subject of a 2008 book by Professor Boime - entitled The Birth of Abstract Romanticism - Art for A New Humanity - Rumi and the Paintings of Kamran Khavarani. Copies of this book will be available at the exhibition for viewing, as well as for purchase.
And this year, during a special gathering of members of the Congress in officially recognizing the Iranian New Year in March 2010, one of his pieces named The Bird of Freedom was dedicated to the spirit of Thomas Jefferson, which will be installed at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. A copy of this piece will be on display for viewing at the exhibition.
Farhang Foundation is delighted to invite the whole community to experience this unique artist and be one of the first to witness the beauty of Abstract Romanticism.
For further details about this program, please visit www.farhang.org.
Media inquiries are welcome.
About Kamran Khavarani
Kamran Khavarani was born in Tehran, Iran in 1941 into an artistic family. At a young age, he began studying classical painting with the noted artist, Reza Samimi. While completing his graduate work, Khavarani was mentored by the internationally renowned authority in art and architecture, Master Hooshang Seyhoun. In 1966, Khavarani graduated from Tehran University, where he received a Masters degree in Architecture and a Ph.D. in Urban Design. His architectural works have been recognized with numerous awards, and his artworks have been housed in many private art collections. His earlier paintings were influenced by his classical and formal training in arts and architecture. Since his recent encounters with the philosophy of Rumi, Khavarani has created a rare fusion of styles, now referred to as Abstract Romanticism. www.khavarani.com
About Farhang Foundation
Farhang Foundation is a non-religious, non-political and not-for-profit foundation established in 2008 to celebrate the art and culture of Iranian-Americans in its widest extent. The foundation supports academic activities in Southern California by funding university programs, publications and conferences. The foundation also supports cultural programs such as celebration of Nowruz and Mehregan, theater, dance performances, films screenings and poetry reading in Southern California. Farhang Foundation, in cooperation with various cultural and academic institutions plans major programs and exhibitions about Iran and its culture. www.farhang.org
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