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PHOTOS: Minimal landscapes of Iran

- Photographer Mohammad Moheimany has captured some very beautiful pictures from natural landscapes and surrounding environments of Iran in Landscape and Minimal styles. - 7/17/17

Sohrab Sepehri's painting breaks record at Tehran Art Auction

- An untitled work from Sohrab Sepehri's Tree Trunk series sold for 31 billion rials (over $800,000) at the Tehran Auction Friday evening, breaking a record at the annual sale of national contemporary art. A selection from the series that was sold for 30 billion rials last year held the record at the auction till now. - 7/10/17

Six Designs from Iran competing in 2017 World Architecture Festival in Berlin

- Six designs by Iranian architects have been shortlisted for awards at the 2017 World Architecture Festival, which will be held in Berlin from November 15 to 17. Pars Hospital in Rasht and a house named Three Views in Tehran, both completed at the New Wave Architecture Company, have been nominated in the Completed Buildings' category. In the Future Projects, the Tehran Mixed Use Complex in Tehran designed at the EAA Emre Arolat Architecture will compete... - 7/9/17

Trumpism Cartoon Contest: Iranian, Greek artists win the top prizes

- Hadi Asadi from Iran and Michael Kountouris from Greece have won the first prizes in two categories of the International Trumpism Cartoon and Caricature Contest. Asadi received the prize for his work in the caricature section and Kountouris was awarded for his creation in the cartoon category in a ceremony held at the Art Bureau in Tehran on Monday. - 7/5/17

Mojdeh Tabatabaei: Iran Contemporary Art Scene Grows Bigger At International Fairs

- Mojdeh Tabatabaei, the owner of Mojdeh Art Gallery, says it takes a lot of guts for Iranian galleries to take part in international art fairs as it makes no economic sense at all. Speaking to Honaronline, she says it takes a lot of energy and money to be part of the contemporary global art scene and keep the name of Iranian art alive. - 6/27/17

Golnaz Fathi's Solo Exhibition at AB43 CONTEMPORARY in Switzerland

- AB43 CONTEMPORARY is pleased to present the solo exhibiton "Traces of Yesterday" of new works by GOLNAZ FATHI, opening on August 26, 2017. GOLNAZ FATHI (born 1972 in Tehran, Iran) trained at the renowned Iranian Society of Calligraphy and went on to receive various awards for her work as a calligrapher. She then chose to embark on a much freer career in the fine arts and, in doing so, has developed her own unmistakable style. She is an internationally celebrated artist, who has succeeded in bridging the gap between traditional and contemporary culture as well as between Eastern and Western ways of life. - 6/26/17

Beyond the Ban: Exhibition Spotlights Major Iranian-American Artists

- Works by prominent Iranian-American artists were showcased to a packed house on June 14, the opening night of the "Beyond the Ban" art exhibition, a collaboration between the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) and the Susan Eley Fine Art gallery in New York City. - 6/21/17

Iranian Sculptor Parviz Tanavoli To Realize His "Lions" Dream

- Prominent sculptor Parviz Tanavoli, best known for his sculpture series "Heech", will display his collection "Lions" at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, making his dream of 50 years come true. - 6/20/17

Manijeh Mir-Emaidi, A Devotee of Iranian Art and Culture

- Sorrowfully, Manijeh Mir-Emadi (Naseri), painter, the founder and editor-in-chief of the first Iranian bilingual Art Magazine and Iranian Art Publishing left this world on 10 June 2017. Her main concern particularly in the past twenty years was to introduce Iranian Art and Artists to the world and lovingly devoted all she had in this path. -Roya Monajem - 6/13/17

Manijeh Mir-Emadi, Iranian artist and founder of Tavoos Art Magazine, has departed this world

- Sorrowfully, Manijeh Mir-Emadi (Naseri) painter, the founder and editor in chief of the first bilingual art magazine of Iran and Iranian Art Publishing left this world on the early hours of Saturday June 10, 2017. - 6/12/17

Iranian artist Alireza Pakdel wins Grand Prix at World Press Cartoon for "immigrants"

- Iranian artist Alireza Pakdel has won the Grand Prix of the World Press Cartoon, one of the world's largest and most prestigious annual press cartoon contests held in Lisbon, Portugal. He received the prize for his cartoon "Immigrants", which also won the first prize in the editorial section of the festival, the organizers announced on Saturday. - 6/12/17

Iranian artist Mehdi Mahdian wins prize at Finland's 2017 Poster Triennial

- Iranian artist Mehdi Mahdian won special prize and a certificate of honour at the 20th Lahti Poster Triennial in Finland. Mahdian won a special prize and certificate of honour for his poster "Epopee Reading, Rostam and Sohrab Dramatic Quote". - 6/11/17

Persian calligrapher renders love, beauty, history

- Majid Roohafza says his calligraphy represents more than art. It is a way to illustrate thousands of years of Persian history, literature and culture. "Rendition of Love," an exhibition of his work, will open Friday and run through July 2 at First Unitarian Church's Undercroft Gallery in Shadyside. -Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - 6/1/17

Iran's presidential election casts shadow over show organised by country's leading artist

- Parviz Tanavoli and the Lions of Iran, a long-planned exhibition in Tehran featuring works by the country's leading artist and artefacts from his personal collection alongside loans from the National Museum of Ancient Iran of objects depicting pre-Islamic lions, could travel abroad, Tanavoli hopes. -Art Newspaper - 5/12/17

Made in Iran, Born in America

- 'Made in Iran, born in America' - that's been your motto for quite some time now. How has Iran made you, despite having lived almost all of your life in the States? Taravat Talepasand: I have been harassed almost all of my life for not being Iranian, as I wasn't born in Iran. This surprised me, since as a child I had resented being Iranian only because I was growing up in a predominantly white, Republican, suburban, racist town in Portland. -Joobin Bekhrad, Reorient - 5/9/17

Beyond the Ban: Contemporary Iranian Art Exhibition in New York

- Beyond the Ban: Contemporary Iranian Art is a group exhibition showcasing the work of leading Iranian artists based in the United States, and featuring painting, photography, video and prints. Artists include Shirin Neshat, Nicky Nodjoumi, Nahid Hagigat, Shoja Azari, Hossein Fatemi, Sara Issakharian, Nazanin Noroozi and Raha Raissnia - 5/6/17

From chip shop to art gallery: Kazem Hakimi's photographs of his customers

- In East Oxford, where I grew up, Kaz has been a local celebrity since before I was born. Father of nine, grandfather of four and the friendliest man for many miles, he has fashioned an unlikely community hub out of the standing-room-only chippie on Iffley Road. -Independent - 5/3/17

PHOTOS: Magnificent tile-work at Mo'aven al-Molk shrine in Kermanshah, Iran

- The Takieh Mo'aven ol-Molk is Iran's finest Hosseinieh, a distinctively Shiite shrine where plays are acted out during the Islamic month of Moharram to commemorate the martyrdom in 680 of Imam Hossein at Karbala. Enter downstairs, through a courtyard and a domed central chamber decorated with grisly scenes from the Karbala battle. -Vahid Hoseini - 5/1/17

NEDLOOK: Classical Persian Artwork Meets Contemporary Jewelry

- Just inside the walls of every historic structure in Iran, the unique dazzling tile works sit like a supersize jewel box that you won't forget. Tile works have been one of the most important decorative feature of the Persian architecture since ancient times. Vibrant mosaic tiles lavishly decorate the interior and exterior walls of religious buildings, royal palaces, and residence of dignitaries. While different aspects of architecture are often related to discussions surrounding buildings, the rich details and patterns of Persian tilework served as the inspiration for the jewelry designer, Neda Khalafi. - 4/28/17

"In order to Create, One must First Destroy": An Interview with Parvaneh Etemadi

- According to Parvaneh Etemadi, she has acquired Bahman Mohassess' taste and Jalal Al-Ahmad's courage. She is Frank. Yet, frankness is just one of her personality. She challenges the current form of knowledge and cognition and expresses far-fetched concepts with new modules, which provokes positive and negative reactions to her approach. Last year, her name appeared on the 11th list of 500 artists of the world together with four other Iranian artists, Farhad Moshiri, Reza Derakhshani, Ali Banisadr and Shirin Neshat - 4/25/17

NOWRUZANE: An Exchange & Celebration of the Persian New Year with Iranian, Italian and CPC Artists

- This touring exhibition is a collaboration between Chav Printmaking Studio (Iran), Milano Printmakers Associazione Culturale (Milan) and Chicago Printmakers Collaborative. The exhibit features over 130 mini prints by 96 CPC, Italian and Iranian printmakers. Multiples of these works are currently traveling and being exhibited together at the Chav Printmaking Studio in Tehran, as well as in Mashhad, Kermanshah and Kerman in Iran, at IL Fogilo - 74b Gallery in Milan, Italy and at the Sagene Kunstsmie in Oslo, Norway. - 3/30/17

Haji Firuz: New painting collection by Shohreh Ghanbari

- Painter Shohreh Ghanbari's new collection "Haji Firuz" shows the venerable harbinger of Norooz in a gloomy mood despite the philosophy of the occasion. Clad in a bright red costume, Haji Firuz with his face covered with soot is seen playing his tambourine on the streets to tell people that the New Year is coming and the springtime celebration is near. - 3/21/17

Persian Arts Festival: 11th Annual Norooz Celebration at National Sawdust in New York

- The Persian Arts Festival celebrates 11 years of showcasing the work of hundreds of Iranian American artists from around the world at the prestigious new Brooklyn venue, National Sawdust in New York. The 11th Annual Persian Arts Festival will feature multiple art forms including short films curated by west coast's Noor Iranian Film Festival, family-friendly performances of Fictionville Studio's shadow puppet masterpiece, "Zahhak, The Legend of the Serpent King", a panel discussion featuring Iranian American artists and scholars,... - 3/17/17

Exhibition in Berlin: "Ctesiphon and the Persian Sources of Islamic Art"

- Islamic Art Museum in Berlin has organized an exhibition to show the Persian sources of the Islamic art. The exhibition mainly displays the Persian artifacts which have been found by German and American archaeologists in late 1920s and early 1930s in Ctesiphon; the capital of Sasanid Persia. - 3/14/17

Photos: Qajar painting "Line for Salute" restored

- "The Line for Salute", a painting by the Qajar-era artist and architect Abdollah Khan, has been restored by a team of Iranian experts. The painting, which depicts a long queue of the royals and elites waiting to salute Qajar king Fath'Ali Shah, was unveiled for the first time after its restoration at the Negarestan Garden Museum in Tehran last Saturday. - 3/9/17

Banafsheh Hemati's brickwork jewelry wins at International Art and Design Competition

- Inspired by the tiled-worked minaret of Damghan Tarikhaneh Mosque which dates back to the Sassanid era (7000 years ago), Banafsheh Hemamti's necklace has won the 3rd place award in the jewelry section of Italy's 2017 International Art and Design Competition. - 3/3/17

Iranian-American merges 2 worlds at Waynesboro show

- Elyana Javaheri said she started finding collages as a source of refuge. Twelve years ago, Javaheri moved to the United States from Tehran, Iran, to pursue her education at Virginia Tech. Now a landscape architect, she had originally intended on pursuing a career in law, but found herself interested in urban planning. As a child, she was fascinated by the big city life of Tehran. -NewsLeader - 3/2/17

PHOTOS: Rahim Mowlaeian's "Unveiling The Essence of the Body" at Seyhoun Art Gallery in Tehran

- A painting exhibition entitled "Unveiling The Essence of the Body" by Rahim Mowlaeian was unveiled at Seyhoun Art Gallery on February 17. The exhibition will wrap up on March 1. - 2/21/17

Iranian Culture Minister confirms his role in cancellation of Tehran art show in Berlin

- Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Reza Salehi-Amiri said on Tuesday that he was behind the cancellation of the exhibition of Western artworks from the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art (TMCA) in Berlin. He made the remarks in his first press conference since last November when he was appointed to the position. - 2/15/17

New U.S. travel restrictions leave Iranian woman in L.A. museum show in artistic limbo

- A languid visual poem called "Our Persian Garden," the work has only gained in resonance following President Trump's executive order to temporarily prohibit citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S. Oversaturated with light and featuring a soundscape of wind and rushing water, "Our Persian Garden" speaks to feelings of dislocation and alienation that Alaei Novin and other Iranian immigrants have long felt in the U.S., she says. -Los Angeles Times - 2/10/17

Winner of Farhang's annual Nowruz banner competition announced

- Each year, Farhang Foundation, through its Nowruz Banner Competition, reaches out to a global community of artists, illustrators, and graphic designers, enlisting their talents to create and submit original designs that capture the essence of Nowruz. During the weeks leading to Farhang's annual Nowruz celebration, the winning design is featured on large street banners in prominent areas of Los Angeles announcing the event. - 2/2/17

PHOTOS: Fajr International Festival of Visual Arts at Tehran Museum

- The 9th edition of the Fajr International Festival of Visual Arts opened at Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art on Sunday. The ceremony started with honoring those active in promoting the festival through the past year including news agencies, publications, and cultural offices. - 1/27/17

Photos: "Iran through my Eyes" Art Exhibition at Tehran's Vali Art Gallery

- A painting art exhibition titiled "Iran through my Eyes" by Thai artist "Pai" Saiklang Maier-Horbut is currently in progress at Tehran's Vali Art Gallery and will run till January 31, 2017. - 1/26/17

Interview with Loris Tjeknavorian: A Country That's Got It All Is Still Poor without Art

- Loris Tjeknavorian is one of the most prominent composers and conductors, one of the most celebrated cultural figures in Iran and Armenia. Born on 13 October, 1937 in Borujerd, Loris Tjeknovarian is also one of the leading conductors of his generation. He has led international orchestras throughout the world: in Austria, UK, US, Canada, Hungary, Copenhagen, Iran, Finland, Russia, Armenia, Thailand, Hong Kong, South Africa and Denmark. - 1/18/17

Iranian Voices

- A small section in the middle of the lower ground floor of the British Museum has a beautiful red carpet laid out, and surrounding walls adorned with a selection of recent acquisitions of works on paper by Iranian artists from both inside and outside Iran. The works -- collages, drawings, artist books, and photographs -- fill three glass cases standing on both sides of the carpet. -Lizzy Vartanian Collier, Reorient - 1/18/17

PHOTOS: The 1st Tehran Jewelry Exhibition of Contemporary Art

- The 1st Tehran jewelry Exhibition of Contemporary Art opened in Aria gallery on January 6 and will run until January 24. - 1/14/17

Two Iranian Graphic Designers Win Awards At New York Contest

- Two Iranian graphic designers have won awards at a graphic competition in New York. Mehdi Mahdian's poster titles 'Scope Of Meaning' and Touraj Saberivand's poster titled 'Freedom of Language' received awards in the poster section of "Graphis 2017," held in New York. - 1/12/17

DEEP OATH: Painting exhibition by Narenj Kazemi

- If it is bread that you seek, you will have bread \ If it is the soul you seek, you will find the soul \ If you understand this secret, \ you know you are that which you seek - 1/9/17

PHOTOS: Iranian-Armenian Contemporary Art Exhibition "Solidarity" opens in Tehran

- An Exhibition of Armenian Pioneer artists titled Meeting (Didar) opened on January 6, 2017 at Maryam Art Gallery in Tehran. The exhibition, held with the cooperation of Ardak Manoukian Museum, is to honor the influence of Armenian artists on Iranian contemporary art. - 1/7/17

Photos: Sculptor Qodratollah Aqeli's new exhibit criticizes social behavior

- "The Peculiarity of Creatures", an exhibition of sculptures by Qodratollah Aqeli, has criticized the daily social behavior of people. The exhibit, which opened in Tehran's Sareban Gallery on Friday, showcases a collection of about twenty busts and sculptures. - 1/2/17

PHOTOS: Tehran 6th Artwork Auction Fetches 3 Million Dollars

- The 6th Tehran Auction of artwork, held on December 24th, hosted 120 works of 112 illustrators and painters. The highest sold works belonged to Reza Derakhshani, Hossein Zendehroudi, Kourosh Shishegaran, Monir Farmanfarmaian, Farideh Lashai, Bahman Mohasses, Manouchehr Yektaei, and Farhad Moshiri, along with other works of diverse names. - 12/27/16

Global Nomadic Art Project wraps up in Tehran museum

- The Global Nomadic Art Project, which began in the coastal village of Salakh on Qeshm Island on December 5, wrapped up at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art on Sunday, December 18, 2016. TThe seventh edition of the project began in South Korea and moved to India and South Africa, and later continued in Iran. - 12/20/16

PHOTOS: "Maktab Shiraz" Art Exhibition by Shamseddin Ghazi

- Artistic Principles: a) Belief in the use of the symbols and native elements and the national and religious ones and combining them with contemporary golbal artistic principles. b) Studying the form and content of traditional Iranian art, and comparing them with the contemporary art. c) Reconstructing and rebuilding the Iranian myth and the national symbols throughout all eras in Iran (before and after Islam) and updating them in the Contemporary Art. - 12/10/16

Iran stops sending artworks to German, Italian shows

- Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Reza Salehi-Amiri has said that Iran's plan to loan a collection of Western artworks from the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art (TMCA) has been halted. Earlier in September, the plan to loan the collection to Germany and Italy faced opposition from Iranian art experts and gallery owners. - 11/23/16

Stairway to Heaven: Iranian Artist's Mural Turns Heads

- Seen by thousands of eyes a day at one of Boston's busiest intersections, the giant outdoor mural by Iranian artist Mehdi Ghadyanloo is a stunning expression of optimism he hopes can lead to better understanding between his homeland and the United States. -AP - 11/21/16

Pars Generation+ holds Arts & Culture Mixer in San Francisco

- Pars Generation+ hosted a lively Art & Culture Mixer on Election Night 2016 at the Cambria Gallery in San Francisco. As young professionals and community leaders networked, they viewed the "Iran Unveiled" Photography Exhibit, as well as works by renowned Persian artist Elham Ashrafi and street artist Keyvan Shovir (a.k.a "CK1"). Persian cuisine by Apple, Inc.'s own Chef Naz Afarin Mahini and Komaaj Catering was served, while Election 2016 results were viewed on a monitor. - 11/12/16

Pars Equality Center's New Pars Generation+ Program Hosts Election Day ART & CULTURE MIXER at the Cambria Gallery in San Francisco

- On Tuesday, November 8, 2016, Pars Equality Center (PEC)--the leading non-profit organization providing social, legal and community services to the Iranian-American community--presents an event by Pars Generation+, the new program for supporting and connecting the next generation (ages 21-40) of Iranian Americans. - 11/8/16

Thousands of artists appeal to Iranian President for tackling air pollution

- More than 5,700 Iranian artists issued an appeal to President Hassan Rouhani urging him to take serious measures to address air pollution in the country. The supreme council of the Iranian Artists Forum, comprising photographers, graphic designers, painters, sculptors, calligraphers, potters, and actors signed a letter to the president asking for immediate measures to minimize air pollution - 11/7/16

Iranian architects win 'Aga Khan' Award for Tabiat (Nature) Bridge

- Iranian architect Leila Araghian and Alireza Behzadi won the UAE's prestigious Aga Khan Award for Tabiat (Nature) Pedestrian Bridge that connect two parks separated by a highway in northern Tehran. - 11/2/16

Iranian-American Tackles Big Brother with Performance Art

- Advocacy, coupled with an interrogation of her cultural heritage, is at the soul of Persian-American artist Amy Khoshbin's video and performance art. She's currently in residence at Mana Contemporary, as part of Mana BSMT, the museum's collaborative hub supporting emerging artists, where her performative installation The Myth of Layla is on view through November 12. -Creators Project - 10/31/16

TMCA to loan artworks for Italian show despite domestic opposition

- The Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art (TMCA) announced on Wednesday that it will loan a selection of its Western artworks for a show at Rome's MAXXI Museum despite opposition from Iranian artists and art experts. - 10/28/16

Iranian Designs Shine at 2A Asia Architecture Award

- Eight designs produced by Iranian architects are among the winners in different categories at the 2A Asia Architecture Award 2016 (2AAA 2016) in Vienna, the organizers announced last week. - 10/24/16

Retracing a Utopian Stage: Festival of Arts, Shiraz-Persepolis

- From an unassuming corner of the Bergen Assembly, the international art triennial currently taking place in this small Norwegian city, reverberates an acoustic collage of percussion and a series of dramatic vocal crescendos. The source is a multi-screen, immersive projection of archival footage from the Festival of Arts, Shiraz-Persepolis. -Nafas Art Magazine - 10/22/16

Painting by Iranian artist Hossein Zenderudi sells for over $300K at Christie's in Dubai

- "De Chaque Cote, Les Etoiles Fusent" ("On Each Side the Stars Fuse"), a painting by Iranian artist Hossein Zenderudi was sold for $ 307,500 at Christie's Dubai sales of Modern and Contemporary Art on October 18. - 10/21/16

Surreal Mural By Iranian Artist Mehdi Ghadyanloo Materializes On The Greenway

- Each fall, a new mural materializes on the towering facade of the transportation building that sits on the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Dewey Square. This year the wall is being painted by Mehdi Ghadyanloo, a 35-year-old Iranian artist known for creating more than 100 surreal public works of art in Tehran. The Greenway mural is his first in the U.S. -WBUR-FM, Boston - 10/20/16

Know Your Street Art: In Memory Of

- The three women in the Clarion Alley mural In Memory Of are familiar to anyone steeped in Iranian literary history. Simin Daneshvar, Simin Behbahani, and Forough Farrokhzad are iconic figures in Iran, known for their poetry and fiction. -Jonathan Curiel, San Francisco Weekly - 10/13/16

Ashura in "Coffee House" Paintings

- Coffee-house painting is an Iranian narrative painting style with epical, religious and festive themes emerging during the Constitution Movement (1906) on the basis of Iranian folklore, epical and religious art traditions. Created by self-taught painters, the influence of Classical Persian Miniature painting and to some extent European Naturalism of the time appear as the sources of inspiration of this genre of painting. -Tavoos magazine - 10/13/16

Los Angeles museum to showcase works by Iranian artist Ali-Akbar Sadeqi

- Works by the 79-year-old painter, book illustrator, animator and sculptor, Ali-Akbar Sadeqi will be put on display in an exhibition, which is scheduled to open to the public at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) on October 23. - 10/5/16

Iran Unveiled: The Street Photography Collective That Shows the Softer Side of Iran

- Iran Unveiled, an artist collective made up of nine Iranian photographers in their 20's and early 30's, aims to show a side of Iran that's often missing from its portrayals in Western media by inviting its viewers on a walk through Iran, one photograph at a time. -narratively - 9/30/16

Iran: The Calligraphic Challenge

- Mehdi Saeedi turns words into art. The Iranian graphic artist has transformed Farsi script into posters, paintings, and other works. He has taken a traditional form, calligraphy, and made something even more startling and beautiful from it. -John Feffer, LobeLog - 9/24/16

PHOTOS: The 4th "Art For Peace" Festival at Iranian Artists' Forum in Tehran

- The fourth term of "Art for Peace" Festival opened at Iranian Artist Forum on 15 September 2016. 140 artists are exhibiting their works in painting, photography, Sculpture, installation, video art, music and performance at various galleries of Iranian House of Artists. - 9/19/16

Group Photo Exhibition in Berkeley, California: Iran Unveiled

- A unique photo project, curated by San Francisco local Mahya Jaberiansari, and co-curated by local artist Arash Shirinbab. The collection allows you to experience the country up close and personal, through the lens of 9 Iranian photographers residing in Iran and America. - 9/15/16

PHOTOS: In Memory of September 11 Victims

- The following photographs were captured by Mahshid Modares, an Iranian/American visual artist residing in California, in 2005 (at Ground Zero, New York). The artist states: "People's comments and photographs posted on the fences were equally impressive and vivid. I could feel the sorrow and indignation in every word and every object left in the site. I felt they each deserve to become an art piece to become immortal." - 9/11/16

Running Toward Dreams: A touring exhibition, including Iranian and American young artists

- The University of Arkansas Student Gallery, sUgAR is featuring Running Toward Dreams, curated by Maryam Amirvaghefi and Ziba Rajabi, from September 1st to 25th. This is a touring exhibition, including Iranian and American young artists. The exhibition first showed in Tehran, Iran. - 9/8/16

Filmmaker Tahmineh Milani tries her hand at photography

- An exhibition of photos by Tahmineh Milani, the director of "Ceasefire" psychodrama, opened at Tehran's Aryana Gallery on Saturday. A number of actors and artists attended the opening ceremony, which was concurrent with the 56th birth anniversary of the director, who is also a graduate of architecture - 9/6/16

Anahita Sadighi, Berlin's youngest gallery owner, revitalises Asian art

- The Berlin based gallery was founded in summer 2015 by Anahita Sadighi. Located in the western district of Berlin close to Savigny Platz, the gallery features antique arts of East Asia and the Middle East. 'My aim is to liberate far eastern cultures from their negative and controversial reputation and to awaken again the mesmerisation for the oriental', says Sadighi. - 8/22/16

Call for Submissions: 2017 Nowruz Banner Contest

- Farhang Foundation is calling on aspiring and veteran graphic artists to submit original designs that conceptualize Nowruz (the Iranian New Year) commemorating Farhang's annual celebration of Nowruz in Los Angeles. - 8/1/16

Iranian posters exhibit offers a glimpse into the visual language developed to bypass censorship

- The works integrate the clean minimalism that characterizes contemporary art with the complexity that informs Persian typography. -Naama Riba, Haaretz - 7/28/16

Atena Farghadani: Iranian cartoonist opens up about her captivity

- In her first interview to Western media since winning her release, Atena Farghadani talks about the horrific conditions behind bars in Iran and how she plans to continue producing political art, even if that means going to prison again -Independent - 7/21/16

Legal Expert Expresses Outrage over Charges against Renowned Iranian Artist Parviz Tanavoli

- Charging the prominent Iranian artist Parviz Tanavoli, who also holds Canadian citizenship, with "disturbing public opinion and spreading falsehoods" is "shocking," an expert on the Iranian legal system told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 7/14/16

Prominent Iranian Sculptor Accused Of 'Disturbing Public Peace'

- Prominent Iranian sculptor Parviz Tanavoli, who was recently banned from leaving the country, says he's been accused by the police of "disturbing public peace" and "spreading lies." Tanavoli spoke to the semiofficial ILNA news agency after visiting Iran's special court for culture and media. "They told me my sculptures are examples of disturbing the public peace and spreading lies," Tanavoli said on July 10. - 7/11/16

What lies above: Stunning photographs reveal the beautiful ceilings in Iran's mosques, bazaars and public baths

- French photographer Eric Lafforgue has travelled Iran capturing pictures of the country's elaborately tiled ceilings. The images show in intricate detail how heavily mathematics and geometry featured in Islamic architecture. Many experts believe the most exquisite and delicate architecture ever created can be found in Iran -Daily Mail - 7/5/16

Iranian-Canadian sculptor says he's been barred from leaving Iran

- A renowned Iranian-Canadian sculptor who is considered a rock star among his peers says he has been barred from leaving Iran. Parviz Tanavoli, who divides his time between B.C.'s Horseshoe Bay and Tehran, said he was about to board a flight to London from Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport on Saturday when he had his passport confiscated and was told he could not leave.-Globe and Mail - 7/5/16

My Lions and the Lions of Iran: Lecture by Parviz Tanavoli

- For thousands of years the lion played an important role in the identity of Iran and as an iconic symbol of the country, but sadly the lion is now extinct in Iran. This talk will preview an exhibition due to open at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tehran in March 2017 entitled 'The Lion in Iran and the Art of Parviz Tanavoli'. - 6/29/16

A Talk by Aydin Aghdashloo about Contemporary Iranian Visual Arts

- 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". - 6/29/16



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