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Artist Talk: A Conversation with Parviz Tanavoli

Source: ASIA Society, NY

Parviz Tanavoli, one of Iran's foremost artists, will be speaking with Melissa Chiu about his journey as Iran's first significant modern sculptor. A central figure in the formation of the Saqqakhaneh School - a neo-traditional style of art that derives inspiration from Iranian folk art and culture - Tanavoli has created works in bronze, ceramic, fiberglass and scrap metal.

Tanavoli will discuss his early years as an artist, later as head of the sculpture department at Tehran University and his passion about Iran's artistic heritage and craftsmanship, including rugs, locks and metalwork.

27 February 2012 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
725 Park Avenue, New York, NY (Directions)
$10 members; $12 students and seniors; $15 non-members

Can't make it to this program? Tune into the live video webcast on at 6:30 pm ET. Online viewers are encouraged to send their questions to before and during the program.

Foremost Iranian artist, Parviz Tanavoli, was a founder member of Saqqakhaneh a term coined for an artistic movement which began in 1960s Iran and which sought to integrate popular symbols of Shi'a culture in art,a spiritual Pop Art as it has been described. He has long been inspired by the word Heech - meaning nothing - which has created in numerous and ever more ambitious forms. It has been said that the word symbolizes for him both an ambivalence towards the past and a sense of meaningless or dissolution with an inadequate present. The letter forms are in the traditional Persian script nasta'liq while the cage alludes to the Saqqakhaneh itself, a ceremonial public structure constructed in memory of thirsty Shi'a martyrs at Kerbela which gave its name to the movement. (Source: Dr. Venetia Porter, Curator of the Islamic Arts Division, the British Museum)

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