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A Talk by Aydin Aghdashloo about Contemporary Iranian Visual Arts

Organized by: Samuel Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture
Date and Time: July 9, 2016 - 4:00 PM
Location: Humanities Gateway (HG) 1030, University of California, Irvine

Event Details

Please join us on Saturday, July 9, 4-6 pm in UC Irvine's Humanities Gateway 1030 for a talk by the renowned Iranian artist, Aydin Aghdashloo titled "Audience, Marketplace and Economy: Iranian Visual Arts 1951-2016".

Aydin Aghdashloo (born October 30, 1940) is an Iranian painter, author, art critic, art historian and graphic designer. He currently lives in Tehran, Iran, and lectures in different Iranian Universities.


Like any other professional painter, I started painting in my youth. Those were years of hardship and perseverance, years of ambitious hopes, which seemed far out of reach but which, having enriched my understanding, had already fulfilled their prom ise Anything more than that would have been beyond my just desserts.

I learned to paint on my own, but when I detected a trace of skill and expertise somewhere or in someone, I would humbly take leave to learn more: I studied oil painting with Tigran Basil, and watercolor and gouache with Biuk Ahmary - to whom, in recognition of this debt, I dedicated my exhibition years later.

Gradually, over the years, I learned the tricks and the fundamentals of gilding calligraphy, miniature and painting flowers-and-birds. Through mending old, damaged calligraphies that I would buy inexpensively, restoring them through hours of precise work to their days of intact glory, I became a gilder and a miniaturist.

In those youthful days, I would study the reproductions of European masters' work in wonder, and try to paint as well as them. The further the quality of my work seemed from theirs, the greater became my desire to rank alongside them. And so I became a skillful copyist, and at the age of fourteen sold my first commissioned work... (read more)

  • This talk is in PERSIAN.
  • This event is free and open to the public.
  • Seating is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • This event is sponsored by Farhang Foundation and UC Irvine's Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture.

Samuel Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture
University of California, Irvine
1st Floor Humanities Gateway
Irvine, CA 92697-3370
(949) 824-3638

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