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Iranian cartoonist wins top award at contest in Vianden, Luxembourg

- Iranian cartoonist Mohammad Habibi has won first prize at the 9th International Contest of Caricature and Cartoon in Vianden, Luxembourg. The theme of the contest was "My Home Is My Castle", which focused on refugees in the world. - 5/25/16

Posters on streets help to promote environmental culture: artist

- One of the most important steps needed to be taken towards having a better environment is to raise public awareness and artistic works ranging from films to paintings and graphic designs as a global language can set the scene for such accomplishment. -Maryam Qarehgozlou, Tehran Times - 5/23/16

Something Better: Musings on the legacy of the age-old Iranian art of escapism

- ...But when all is said and done, we know that we will always slip through those cracks and slide between those fingers; we, Iranians, of the burnt generation and golden years, of the centuries of darkness and silence, of the wine-drenched tongues of bards - Joobin Bekhrad, Reorient - 5/23/16

Tehran Billboards To Display Famous Artworks

- Over 2000 billboard ads will be replaced with images by Pablo Picasso, Rene Magritte and Henri Matisse and reproductions of traditional Persian miniatures, carpets, calligraphy and many more for ten days, turning the face of the city into a huge art gallery. - 5/17/16

Three Iranian projects competing for Aga Khan Award for Architecture

- Three Iranian projects were shortlisted with 16 other works from around the world for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture worth $1 million. The projects are the Manouchehri House in the central Iranian city of Kashan, the Tabiat Pedestrian Bridge and the 40 Knots House, both located in Tehran. - 5/16/16

Craft & Folk Art Museum and Farhang Foundation Announce Call For Submissions For Juried Exhibition Of Contemporary Photography And Video

- The Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) and Farhang Foundation announce a call for submissions for Focus Iran 2: Contemporary Photography and Video, the second biennial international juried exhibition of contemporary photography and video works relating to Iranian culture and heritage. - 5/6/16

Mea Culpa: Ideas of home, displacement, and migration converge in Ghazel's latest exhibition

- Ghazel, most commonly known by her first name alone, is an Iranian artist who has been living in France since the 1980s. She pursued a formal education in visual art, completing an MFA at the Ecole Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Nimes. The decades following her departure from her native Iran have been devoted to developing a language that addresses processes of rupture and the growth of a set of peripheral relationships between experiences in Iran and France. -Sayantan Mukhopadhyay, Reorient - 5/2/16

She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World

- This landmark exhibition of more than 80 photographs and a video installation challenges stereotypes surrounding the people, landscapes, and cultures of Iran and the Arab world. She Who Tells a Story refutes the conventional idea that Arab and Iranian women are oppressed or powerless, illuminating the fact that women are creating some of the most significant photographic work in the region today. - 4/16/16

How "Young Persian Artists" Heralds a New Wave of Iranian Art

- Mahsa Mergenthaler-Shamsaei is a shipping lawyer, living in Switzerland, who moonlights as the founder of Young Persian Artists (YPA). YPA is a platform to highlight young artists from Iran and to bring their work to the attention of art lovers and critics abroad. -Creators Project - 4/6/16

Three Iranian Women Use Art to Pierce Their Homeland's Veil

- As Edward Hopper's birthplace and primary residence until he was nearly 30, the Edward Hopper House Art Center promotes the idea that artists' roots have an enduring influence on their creative development. The center's current exhibition, "Where We Are Standing: Contemporary Women Artists From Iran," examines that concept through works by three artists who grew up in Iran and now live in North America. -NY Times - 3/19/16

10th Annual Persian Arts Festival in New York

- The Persian Arts Festival celebrates 10 years of showcasing the work of hundreds of Iranian American artists from around the world at the prestigious new Brooklyn venue, National Sawdust. - 3/18/16

Remembering Tomorrow

- This February marked a first for Shirley Elghanian & co. Over a decade since she established her nonprofit organisation, the Magic of Persia Foundation in 2004, she and her colleagues held an exhibition of contemporary Iranian art not in London or Los Angeles, but in Tehran. To top things off, they'll be holding their annual charity gala and auction this year in Dubai -Joobin Bekhrad, Reorient - 3/13/16

Universally Iranian: artists without borders - in pictures

- enerations of Iranian artists who have emigrated have struggled with a dualism. On one hand, they want to make art speaking to universal issues. On the other, the market may expect their work to reflect a homeland where they no longer live. -Matteo Lonardi, Guardian - 3/11/16

Call For Submissions: Iranian Mural Competition

- Farhang Foundation is calling on aspiring and veteran artists to submit original designs that conceptualize aspects of Iranian culture. Eligible designs will be considered as the central artwork featured on a series of murals in prominent areas of Los Angeles. - 3/6/16

Shirazeh Houshiary: STPI to present new works for artist's first solo show in Southeast Asia

- STPI is proud to present "The River is Within Us", the first solo exhibition of UK-based artist Shirazeh Houshiary in Southeast Asia. She is known for her multimedia installations like Breath, a collateral event at the 55th Venice Biennale (2013), as well as the 2008 East Window for St Martins in the Fields in London. - 2/15/16

Initials B.B.

- How the man who signs 'B.B.' plans to shake up the contemporary Iranian art scene -- Sassan Behnam Bakhtiar told me about his plans to show not only his neighbours in the glitzy Riviera, but the world at large, what he called the 'real Iran'. -Joobin Bekhrad, Reorient - 2/15/16

Farhang Foundation Announces the Winners of the 2016 Nowruz Competitions

- Preparations for Farhang's 8th Annual Nowruz (the Iranian New Year) Celebrations at LACMA are underway as the Foundation selects the winning submissions from this year's Nowruz Multimedia Program and Nowruz Street Banner Competitions. - 2/3/16

Babel Tower spins to reflect Iran's desert landscape

- Iranian artist Shirin Abedinirad and Italian interaction designer Gugo Torelli created the Babel Tower as an interactive installation that offers a contemporary interpretation of the mythical structure. -dezeen - 2/2/16

Iranian Artists and Sculptors to prepare Tehran for Spring Equinox

- In preparation for the Persian New Year and the arrival of spring, the municipality of Tehran has organized a cultural event entitled "Baharestan" where artists and sculptors are invited to submit proposals for the installation of artwork throughout the city. - 2/2/16

An Iranian Artist's Politically Charged Paintings Inspired by Persian Miniatures

- Global/Local 1960-2015: Six Artists from Iran, opening today at New York University's Grey Art Gallery, draws upon an impressive collection of more than 200 Iranian artworks founder Abby Weed Grey began to amass more than 50 years ago. The show includes 90 works, from painting to mixed-media installation, and is the first major museum exhibition in the US to include pioneering Iranian modernists and emerging artists working in Tehran and abroad. -Alison Nastasi, Flavorwire - 1/13/16

12 Street Artists Transforming The Walls Of Iran

- "Graffiti is an absolute crime," street artist CK1, face obscured by a black-and-white geometric mask, explains in the trailer for "Mutiny of Colours." The documentary, still in progress and currently raising funds on IndieGogo, follows Iranian street artists spreading freedom, expression and love through visually striking and politically charged graphic imagery. -Priscilla Frank, Huffington Post - 12/24/15

Iranian 'Embassy' Opens in Jerusalem, Without a Diplomat in Sight

- Group of Israeli artists creates space to spotlight Persian culture and recall the strong ties between the two countries that were cut by the Iranian revolution. -Haaretz - 12/23/15

Inside the studios of Iran's artists

- Italian photographer Matteo Lonardi headed to Tehran to learn about the country away from the news headlines and through its artists: We chose Iran as a place to look at through its artists. We felt that media's relationship to Iran had been based on stereotypes and one-dimensional portrayals. -Matteo Lonardi, Guardian - 12/20/15

Iran takes back purchased artworks from US after nearly 40 years

- Iran has taken back over a dozen pieces of American art pieces purchased nearly 40 years ago but blocked for export due to a rupture in bilateral relations since Iran's Islamic Revolution. - 12/19/15

Hidden For Decades, Pollocks, Rothkos And More Go On Display In Iran

- The Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art has a new exhibition and the lineup of artists is stunning: Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Rauschenberg, just to name a few. -NPR - 12/2/15

Art show stressing children as main victims of Syrian war opens in Tehran

- The Aylan International Cartoon and Illustration Exhibition opened at Iran's House of Cartoon in Tehran on Sunday evening in order to draw international attention to children as the main victims of the war in Syria. - 11/30/15

Director of Christie's Middle East denies Arab dealers' reluctance to purchase Iranian artworks

- Arabs have been among the big buyers of Iranian artworks since May 2006, when Christie's held its first auction in the Middle East in Dubai, Michael Jeha told the Persian service of Honaronline, a Persian art news website, in an interview published on Sunday. - 11/30/15

"Secrets of Eternity" uncovered at Tehran's Silk Road gallery

- "The Secrets of Eternity", a multimedia exhibition inspired by the poetry of Persian classical poet Omar Khayyam (1048-1131), opened Friday at Tehran's Silk Road Gallery. Filmmakers, actors, painters and illustrators including Abbas Kiarostami, Mohammad Ehsai, Farshid Mesqali, Pariyoush Ganji, Farah Osuli, Ebrahim Haqiqi, Reza Kianian and Shadi Qadirian have displayed their collections of artworks in the exhibit. - 11/29/15

Far From Home: Between Heaven and Earth - Video, Installation, and Performance by Minoosh Zomorodinia

- Minoosh Zomorodinia is an Iranian photographer, performer, and video artist. In her exhibition at Gallery Route One, Zomorodinia presents her on-going exploration and investigation of the 'Self' in the artist's cultural and political struggles as a Muslim woman living in the United States today. The artist will perform briefly before the reception and before the closing night. - 11/27/15

Tehran gallery exhibits street art by Iranian, international artists

- Tehran has held an exhibition of works by Iranian and international graffiti artists in Dena Art Gallery. 'Different Strokes of Tehran' exhibits works by 15 artists, including Sandra Chevrier (Canada), Otto Schade (Chile), Ernest Zacharevic (Lithuania), Madc (Germany), Cept (UK), Canvaz (Ireland), Cart1 (Spain), Icy and Sot (Iran), Martin Whatson (Norway), Beejoir (UK), Nafir (Iran), and Levalet (France). - 11/27/15

Iranian cartoonists and artists draw for France

- Here is a selection of cartoons and drawings by Iranian cartoonists, artists and the press expressing sympathy with the people of France after the Friday's terrorist attacks by the Islamic State in Paris that killed 129 people and injured another 352. - 11/15/15

Freedom: A Shared Dream - Historic Sculpture Commissioned by Farhang Foundation Selects Winning Design

- Farhang Foundation announced today that Cecil Balmond, OBE, has been selected as the winner of Freedom: A Shared Dream, an international art competition to create a urban art/sculptural landmark in honor of the ideals of Cyrus the Great who ruled the ancient Persian Empire 2,600 years ago and championed the principles of religious diversity and personal freedom for all. - 11/13/15

Iran exhibits selection of works by cartoonist Derambakhsh

- Iran's House of Cartoon has exhibited a selection of works by veteran artist and cartoonist Kambiz Derambakhsh. The event dubbed '40 Years, 40 Cartoons' showcases a selection of most successful works created by Derambakhsh over the past 40 years. - 10/30/15

Berlin museum to show contemporary art from Iran's collection

- On his latest trip to Iran, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier visited the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art and mediated a deal to exhibit a part of its collection in Berlin. The collection is estimated to have a value of $2.5 billion. - 10/26/15

The Davis Museum At Wellesley College Showcases Multimedia Masterpiece Of Famed Iranian Artist Farideh Lashai

- Davis Museum at Wellesley College presents Farideh Lashai: Only a Shadow, an exhibition that centers around Farideh Lashai's renowned 2012-13 multi-media installation, When I Count, There Are Only You...But When I Look, There Is Only a Shadow. For this series, Lashai meticulously recreated 80 of the 82 etchings from Francisco Goya's famous Los Desastres de la Guerra series, which articulates the cruelties of warfare as both historically specific and timelessly universal. - 10/12/15

The Artist Sculpting Kurdish Identity in an Iranian City

- Hadi Ziaoddinni, a painstaking visual chronicler of Kurdish life and culture, now labors in the same building that the lady wordsmith (reputed to be the first female historian in the Middle East) likely wrote her celebrated histories and poems, in a mixture of Howrami Kurdish and Persian. Ziaoddinni's choice of subject matter is not coincidental. -Kirsten O'Regan, Hyperallergic - 10/9/15

Photos: German Artist Philipp Geist's "Gate Of Words" Light Up Tehran's Azadi Square

- German artist Philipp Geist's light installation entitled "Gate of Words" pours down colored words of love, peace and freedom on Tehran's Azadi Tower for three days from October 3 to 5. The shining words, in English, German and Persian, move with the live music on the walls of the tower, the German artist said during a press conference held at the tower last Wednesday. - 10/5/15

Curious about Iran's art scene? Here are 3 videos that'll take you up close

- Iran has a rich history of painters, artists, and calligraphers. Unfortunately, the Iranian art scene receives little attention - but not because of a lack of contemporary Iranian artists. In fact, the situation is quite the opposite: there are Iranian artists active in almost all categories of art, from contemporary and street art to classical Islamic art. -Frida Lundgren, Your Middle East - 10/4/15

Iranian designer chosen for one of a kind project: Eco Desert Retreat in UAE

- Baharash Architecture were recently tasked to design a luxury desert eco-retreat for one of Emirate's highest profile individuals. The eco retreat which is located in Liwa, in southern region of UAE, is designed to be in harmony with the pristine and untouched desert-scape. - 9/21/15

Looking Back At The Shiraz Arts Festival

- There is something surreal about finding a piece of history in a room - specifically in a confined space on the first floor of London's Whitechapel Gallery next to the reading room. The exhibition is entitled: A Utopian Stage: Festival of Arts Shiraz-Persepolis. -Cyrus Kadivar - 9/4/15

Imprisoned Iranian Cartoonist Grateful for International Courage Award

- Jailed artist Atena Farghadani has expressed gratitude upon hearing she was awarded the 2015 Courage in Cartooning Award by the Cartoonists Rights Network International (CRNI), her father said after visiting her at Evin Prison on August 16, 2015. - 8/26/15

EXHIBITION: Newsha Tavakolian - Blank Pages of an Iranian Photo Album

- "The family photo album is the showcase for my generation. The yellowed albums and pictures of smiling children dressed up in their best clothes are testament to our hopes and dreams, but they end in blank pages and the moment when our parents stopped taking our pictures (...) - 8/21/15

Iran's top sculptor Parviz Tanavoli to dedicate work to Zimbabwe's Cecil

- Iranian sculptor Parviz Tanavoli has announced his plans to dedicate one of his latest works in his Lion series to a lion killed in Zimbabwe in July in order to take part in the international outcry over the death of the animal. - 8/4/15

Post Box public sculpture latest to be stolen in Tehran

- Another bronze sculpture on public display in the streets of Tehran has been stolen. The Shargh daily reports that on Monday July 20, the 120-kg bronze sculpture entitled Post Box was stolen. The sculpture, which depicts a child dropping a letter into a mailbox, was installed in front of the Postal Museum in Tehran on Imam Khomeini (Sepah) Street. - 7/24/15

Call for Submissions: 2016 Nowruz Banner Contest

- Farhang Foundation is calling on aspiring and veteran graphic artists to submit original designs that conceptualize Nowruz (the Iranian New Year) or some other aspect of Iranian culture. Eligible designs will be considered as the central artwork featured on street banners and other marketing material that will proudly promote Farhang's 8th Annual Nowruz Celebration at LACMA throughout prominent boulevards of Los Angeles in March 2016. - 7/13/15

The Arts in Iran Are Defying Conservatism

- The arts and cultural activity in Iran today have greatly expanded from the time of the Revolution of 1978-79. Many aspects of the arts challenge conservative religious authorities, but they are flourishing nonetheless to the great appreciation of the Iranian public. -William O. Beeman, Huffington Post - 7/10/15

San Francisco Docunight to screen "Going Up the Stairs" and "Behjat Sadr" on July 1st

- Every last Wednesday of every month, Docunight screens a documentary about, around, or in Iran, or made by Iranians. In collaboration with several local organizations and groups, the screenings will take place on the same night across several cities in North America. - 6/25/15

Shirin Neshat wins Farhang Heritage 2015

- Farhang Foundation is honored to announce that the recipient of the 2015 Farhang Heritage Award is Shirin Neshat. The Iranian-born artist will be recognized for her "enrichment of society through her extraordinary artistic contributions to the world" at the 5th Annual Farhang Foundation Fundraising Gala on November 7, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. - 6/24/15

Tehran gallery holds "Mourning for Trees of Vali-e Asr Avenue"

- An exhibition underway at Tehran's Jinus Gallery explores an environmental catastrophe by displaying 60 photos of the dried out stumps of cut down plane trees that once adorned both sides of Vali-e Asr Avenue, the longest street of the city. The photos are from Hassan Qadyani's collection "Mourning for Trees of Vali-e Asr Avenue". - 6/11/15

Sohrab Sepehri's painting sold for $845K at 4th Tehran Art Auction

- The fourth Tehran Auction has broken the all-time record of Iran's art auctions thanks to the sale of a painting by Iranian renowned poet Sohrab Sepehri for over $845,000, which brought the total revenue of the sales to over $6.4 million. - 6/1/15

Artist Shirin Neshat Captures Iran's Sharp Contrasts In Black And White

- Shirin Neshat, the most famous contemporary artist to come from Iran, is playing with her rambunctious Labrador puppy in her airy Manhattan apartment. "Ashi, Ashi, come here!" she calls. The puppy is black. Neshat's apartment is white - white floors, white bookshelves and a long, white leather couch. -Neda Ulaby, NPR - 5/19/15

Iranian-American Artist Farrin Rahimi at Silicon Valley Open Studios

- Every creation is a journey. Along that road, you will feel, you will think, you will go up and down and even will go to the point of forgetting it all. But that will never change the existence of the original seed. So it might go away, but eventually will come back if you are not done with it in any form. - 5/17/15

Tehran swaps 'death to America' billboards for Picasso and Matisse

- Tehran's billboards are usually a place for commercials about the latest gadgets, household items and cheese-flavoured crisps. They also display portraits of martyrs from the eight-year war with Iraq in the 1980s, quotes from religious figures and the now less frequent "death to America" posters. -Saeed Kamali Dehghan, Guardian - 5/8/15

Tehran's Nature Bridge wins Architizer A+Awards

- The global architectural award program The Architizer A+Awards has selected Iran's Tabiat (Nature) Bridge as one of the winners in +Engineering category. Tabiat Bridge was designed in order to improve access for pedestrians between two public parks, which are divided by highways. - 4/25/15

Iranian Artist Parviz Tanavoli's 'Heech Garden' Exhibit Mixes Old With New

- It has been 39 years since Parviz Tanavoli, one of Iran's most well-known contemporary artists, held a solo exhibit in the United States. Today, the creator of "Heech" (the Persian word for naught or nothing) walks around ruminating his memories in the "garden of his naughts" at the Davis Museum in Massachusetts. -Sara Dehghan, VOA - 4/17/15

Father Of Modern Iranian Sculpture Gets First US Show In Nearly 40 Years

- With his head of silver hair and stylish black blazer, Iranian artist Parviz Tanavoli looks younger than his 77 years. He's been called the father of modern Iranian sculpture, but he hasn't had a major museum show in the U.S. in almost four decades. -Andrea Shea, NPR - 4/10/15

Iranian artworks shine at Dubai Christie's auction

- Iranian artworks shone once again at the Dubai Christie's auction of Modern and Contemporary Arab, Iranian and Turkish Art held on March 18. "Zahra's Image", a mirror mosaic work made in 2009 by Iranian artist Monir Farmanfarmaian that sold for $395,000, was among the highlights of the auction, Christie's announced on its website. - 4/5/15

Portrait of a Nation: From the harems of the Qajars to the Iran-Iraq War - a history of photography in Iran

- The emergence of photography in Iran dates back to the mid-19th century, shortly after its invention in Europe in 1839. There have been academic debates regarding the exact date, but according to the remarkable collection of historic photographs in the Golestan Palace in Tehran, the very first photographic images taken in Iran can be dated between 1839 and 1842. -Sanaz Jamloo - 3/30/15

An anthology of the final decade: exploring Iran's past through art

- A series of exhibitions from curator Vali Mahlouji examine the 'lost decades' of pre-revolutionary Iran. -Natasha Morris, Guardian - 3/22/15

Monir Farmanfarmaian's work leads Christie's auction in Dubai

- "Zahra's Image", a mirror mosaic work made in 2009 by Iranian artist Monir Farmanfarmaian, leads Dubai Christie's auction of Modern and Contemporary Arab, Iranian and Turkish Art on March 18, 2015. The mirror mosaic, a reverse-glass painting and plaster on wood in aluminum, is the highest-priced item at the auction with the estimated price of $350,000 to 500,000, Christie's has announced on its website. - 3/13/15

Italian artist finishes first at Kish sculpture symposium

- Italian sculptor Alessio Ranaldi won first prize at the 1st Kish International Sculpture Symposium, the organizers announced on Monday. Earlier in October 2014, Ranaldi also won first prize at the Sixth Tehran International Sculpture Symposium. - 3/6/15

Exhibition at Stanford: She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World

- A major new exhibition at the Cantor Arts Center, She Who Tells a Story, presents the pioneering work of 12 leading women photographers from Iran and the Arab world. The artists explore identity, narrative, representation, and war in daily life, inviting a broader understanding of the Middle East than what Westerners glean through media reports. - 2/20/15

Tehran galleries hold Sirak Melkonian's Paintings Retrospective

- Two galleries in Tehran are holding a retrospective of painter Sirak Melkonian in a joint project. A collection of paintings created over the past 70 years by the 85-year-old artist are on display at the Aria and Ab Anbar galleries. Born in 1930 in Arak, Melkonian was the winner of the first prize for the Paris Biennial in 1959 and has held many exhibitions in Iran, France, Canada and the United States. - 2/4/15

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian: Infinite Possibility. Mirror Works and Drawings

- Guggenheim Museum, New York (March 13-June 3) -- This is the first U.S. museum exhibition of mirror works and drawings by Iranian artist Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian (b. Qazvin, Iran, 1924). Considered in relation to the Guggenheim's historical commitment to abstraction, this presentation examines the artist's rich body of work in its own right and as part of a transnational perspective on artistic production and its reception. - 2/3/15

American photojournalist to complete her collection of photos on Iran

- U.S. photojournalist Randy Hope Goodman has come back to Iran to take photos of Iranian citizens and their daily lives to complete her collection of photos on Iran taken over 30 years ago. - 2/2/15

Event in Los Angeles: "Iranian Photography: Past and Present"

- Join Kaveh Baghdadchi, photographer and editor-in-chief of (Iran's most popular photography site) for a discussion about the history of photography in Iran, from the arrival of the camera in the Royal Court to present day. - 1/30/15

A Portal Between Tehran and NYC: Open For Conversation

- Without a doubt, the lack of diplomatic relations between the US and Iran creates a serious hurdle for Iranians and Americans to meet one another. But artists in NYC and Tehran launched a project, known as Portals, that solves that problem. - 1/25/15

Poet of Persia

- For one with knowledge of Parviz Tanavoli's status as one of the most important and highest-grossing contemporary Iranian artists, it is difficult, to say the least, to match the man in the flesh with his grandiose reputation. -Joobin Bekhrad, Reorient - 1/25/15

Winners of 9th National Biennial of Persian Painting announced

- The participants competed in the five categories of illumination, tash'ir, a form of simple illumination decorated with tiny disordered patterns, gol-o-morgh, a unique style of Persian painting featuring bird and floral motifs in different colors, drawing and Persian painting. - 1/5/15

Freer and Sackler Galleries to Release Complete Digitized Collection Jan. 1, 2015

- The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian's museums of Asian art, will release their entire collections online Jan. 1, 2015, providing unprecedented access to one of the world's most important holdings of Asian and American art. The vast majority of the 40,000 artworks have never before been seen by the public, and more than 90 percent of the images will be in high resolution and without copyright restrictions for noncommercial use. - 12/22/14

Finalists Announced for 'Freedom: A Shared Dream' Competition

- Farhang Foundation is pleased to announce that five finalists have been selected for Freedom: A Shared Dream, an international urban art competition inspired by Cyrus the Great, who ruled the ancient Persian Empire 2,600 years ago and championed the principles of religious diversity and personal freedom for all. - 12/17/14

Tehran's Ovissi gallery exhibits works by three American painters

- An exhibition displaying works by three U.S. abstract painters are currently underway at Tehran's Ovissi Gallery. Thirteen works by Sheila Rice, Fernando DeOliviera and Brian Xavier will be on display until December 17 at the exhibit. - 12/15/14

Photos: The Art Of Turquoise Inlaying

- Isfahan, Iran - Turquoise inlaying is a kind of handicraft made by implanting small pieces of turquoise stone in mosaic fashion on the surface of the dishes, ornaments and decorative objects with copper, brass, silver or bronze bases. -Alie Sa'adatpour - 12/6/14

Focus Iran: Contemporary Photography and Video Exhibition in Los Angeles

- The Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) and Farhang Foundation present Focus Iran: Contemporary Photography and Video. This juried exhibition features photography and video works from artists around the world who have documented contemporary, intimate life relating to Iran and the Iranian diaspora. The exhibition will be on view at CAFAM from January 25 through May 3, 2015. - 12/5/14

The allure and enduring legacy of Persian Nasta'liq calligraphy

- When the famed calligrapher Mir Emad was murdered at the Safavid court in 1615 - perhaps on account of artistic rivalry or perhaps because of his religious affiliations - an important chapter in the history of the calligraphic script known as nasta'liq came to a close. -Kevin Schwartz, Reorient - 12/2/14
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