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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

Remembering the Life and Work of Behjat Sadr, One of Iran's Foremost Modern Painters

- This 234-page illustrated book published by Zaman in France (in English and in French), Behjat Sadr, Traces, edited by Morad Montazami and Narmine Sadeq, presents the life and art of Behjat Sadr, Iran's first female painter of international renown (1924-2009). -Fariba Amini - 11/28/14

Tehran art exhibit reflects "Three Views" of female artists

- Paintings reflecting different issues by three female artists are on display in an exhibit entitled "Three Views" at Tehran's Boom Gallery. Created by , the collection highlights war in Kobani, the rush of modern life, as well as images of Persian gardens, the gallery announced in a press release on Sunday. - 11/24/14

French Order of Academic Palms awarded to Lili Golestan

- Iranian translator Lili Golestan, who is also the curator of Tehran's Golestan Gallery, received France's Order of Academic Palms during a ceremony at the Embassy of France in the Iranian capital on Monday November 17, 2014. - 11/20/14

Unnatural Selection: Installation by Pantea Karimi and Amber Stucke

- The Mohr Gallery in Finn Center presents UNNATURAL SELECTION, an installation exhibition by artists Pantea Karimi and Amber Stucke. The exhibition will be on display from October 27, 2014 through December 7, 2014. There will be an opening reception with the artists on Friday, November 7 from 6pm - 8pm. - 10/27/14

France to award Legion of Honor to Iranian cartoonist Kambiz Derambakhsh

- Iranian cartoonist Kambiz Derambakhsh will be decorated with a Legion of Honor medal, Derambakhsh told the Persian service of ISNA on Friday. He will receive the Chevalier of the Legion of Honor during a ceremony that will be held at the Embassy of France in Tehran on Sunday. - 10/25/14

Iranian artists gather at Tehran center to present "Art for Humanity"

- The exhibition "Art for Humanity" displaying works by 100 artists to help the United Nations World Food Program fight hunger in the world was inaugurated at Tehran's Niavaran Cultural Center on Friday. - 10/19/14

Most art forms in Iran are illegal. Artists shirk the law by going underground

- Tehran is the seat where most of Iran's artistic community resides and hopes to one day thrive, despite the tremendous censorship restrictions regarding who can perform and under which circumstances. Navigating these restrictions has become an art form itself, while social media sites (at least those that are allowed) are continuously monitored. -Nicole Crowder, Washington Post - 10/17/14

Iranian artists to commemorate World Food Day

- Over 100 Iranian artists will showcase their artworks in an exhibition at Tehran's Niavaran Cultural Center to commemorate World Food Day on October 16. The week-long exhibit has been arranged to help the United Nations World Food Program fight hunger among children in the famine stricken regions of the world - 10/9/14

Museum Cleansing Targets Work of Iranian Sculptor, Parviz Tanavoli

- Tehran Municipality has announced that it is looking at "cleansing" its museums, and there is some concern among Iranian artists that the city is considering auctioning off the works of prominent sculptor Parviz Tanavoli. - 9/30/14

To The Bone: A Solo Painting Exhibition by Leila Ghandchi

- Leila Ghandchi is not a feminist activist, however she is ready to saddle up her Unicorn and confront the dominating powers in quest for a sliver of joy. This is the buzz of a young confident generation of female Iranian artists who will not easily surrender their individuality and are not ready to be the sacrificial lamb. - 9/28/14

Traditional elements shine in Iran's modern art

- Gizella Varga-Sinai's artwork doesn't simply boast beauty, it recites poetry in volumes. Her "Kallehpaz" -- one of the hundreds of paintings reflecting her love of Iran, Persian culture and everyday life -- has found a permanent home at the George Pompidou Cultural Center in Paris. -Mehrnaz Samimi, Al-Monitor - 9/11/14

International Symposium of Contemporary Sculpture (Padideh) announces winners

- The International Symposium of Contemporary Sculpture (Padideh) announced winners in Mashhad on Sunday evening. Thirty-two sculptors from Iran, China, South Korea, Germany and Serbia created works at the symposium, which opened in the northeastern Iranian city on September 15. - 9/9/14

Necklaces inspired by Persian literature on display at Golestan Gallery

- A collection of hand-made sets of necklaces, inspired by tales from classical Persian literature, is on display at Tehran's Golestan Gallery. "I study ancient Persian tales such as Haft Peykar and Mantiq at-Tayr a lot and my works are mostly inspired by these stories, besides my personal thoughts and experience," designer Reyhaneh Raei told Honaronline on Sunday. - 9/2/14

Fifi Howls from Happiness: A Documentary on Iranian Artist Bahman Mohassess

- Mitra Farahani's lyrical documentary explores the enigma of provocative artist Bahman Mohassess, the so-called "Persian Picasso," whose acclaimed paintings and sculptures dominated pre-revolutionary Iran. Irreverent and uncompromising, a gay man in a hostile world, Mohassess had a conflicted relationship with his homeland-revered by elites in the art scene and praised as a national icon, only to be censored later by an oppressive regime. - 8/19/14

Iranian expat Hossein Khosrojerdi 'Redefining Home; Tara Gallery in Santa Monica

- Los Angeles Art Spotlight: Acclaimed Iranian expatriate Hossein Khosrojerdi will show his work on Saturday, September 13th, 2014 at the Tara Gallery in Santa Monica,with a reception from 6:00 - 9:00 pm. -Monsters and Critics - 8/15/14

Words Take Flight in Persian Calligraphy at Sackler Gallery

- During a prolific 200-year period in the 14th-16th centuries, four master calligraphers invented one of the most aesthetically refined forms of Persian culture: nasta'liq, a type of calligraphy so beautiful that for the first time the expressive form of the words eclipsed their meaning. "Nasta'liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy," opening Sept. 13 at the Smithsonian's Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, displays 20 rarely seen masterworks... - 8/14/14

Iran's Banksy: 'The walls in my city are the canvas for my paintings'

- Interview: Street artist Black Hand tells the Guardian how Banksy has inspired a new set of graffiti on Tehran walls -Saeed Kamali Dehghan - 8/7/14

NY's Rogue Space Gallery Presents "Portraits: Reflections by Emerging Iranian Artists"

- A groundbreaking group show which will further shed light on, and explore, Iran's contemporary art scene by showcasing work by over 20 young Iranian artists who were raised, educated, and born there. The exhibition will be on view from September 17 to September 22, 2014 - 8/4/14

2014 Art of Science Competition Winners: Photos

- "Watermark," from postdoctoral researcher Sara Sadr, was this year's first-place winner. The pattern in the image was created by water moving back and forth on the Atlantic coast. - 8/4/14

Iran's washing up liquid protest

- A striking piece of graffiti in the heart of Iran's capital Tehran has been widely shared on social media. It shows a woman holding up a "World Cup" in the shape of a washing up liquid bottle. What does it mean and why has it struck a chord? -BBC - 7/15/14

FREEDOM: A SHARED DREAM - International Jury Announcement

- Farhang Foundation announces its collaboration with an esteemed panel of jurors for the international urban art competition to design a site-specific artwork that commemorates the concepts of religious diversity and freedom as human rights as inspired by the ideals of Cyrus the Great. - 7/3/14

Dollmaker to display works inspired by characters of Iranian folk tales

- Works by Bibi Haazer Omidvari, an 88-year-old self-taught Iranian doll maker, is on display in an exhibition at the Iranian Artists Forum (IAF) in Tehran. Bibi Haazer, who lives in the southern Iranian city of Shiraz, creates her works based on characters from Iranian folk tales. - 7/1/14

Iranian artists come together to support World Food Programme

- 100 prominent Iranian artists have donated artworks to support the United Nations World Food Programme in its fight against hunger. The collection will be exhibited on World Food Day in October 2014 and will be displayed for a week before being sold to raise funds for WFP activities in Iran. - 6/19/14

Call for Submissions: 2015 Nowruz Banner Contest

- Eligible designs will be considered as the central artwork featured on street banners that will proudly promote Farhang's 7th Annual Nowruz (Iranian New Year) Celebration at LACMA throughout prominent boulevards in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley in March 2015. - 6/19/14

The Fetish of Staring at Iran's Women

- took a series of photographs of myself in 2007 that show me sitting on the toilet, weighing myself, and shaving my legs in the bath. I shot them as an angry response to an encounter with a gallery owner in London's artsy Brick Lane... -Haleh Anvari, NY Times - 6/16/14

Artist Amani's Angels

- Amani's angels, in all their colours and forms, are laden with the rich folklore, mythology, and imagery of his native Iran. From the winged disc of the Farvahar, to the angelic deities (Yazatas) featured prominently in Zoroastrianism and pre-Islamic Iran, winged beings and the concept of angels itself - thought to have originated in Iran - have played a central role in the Iranian psyche for centuries. - 6/12/14

2014 Tehran Auction grosses over $4 million

- The 3rd Tehran Auction sold out all the 90 lots on offer during its annual sale at the Parsian Azadi Hotel on Friday evening, grossing over 132 billion rials (over $4 million). Sohrab Sepehri's untitled painting from his Tree Trunk series sold for 18 billion rials (about $550,000), setting a new auction record for an Iranian painting, the Tehran Auction reported on Saturday. - 6/1/14

Art exhibit to review two centuries of Iranian culture of marriage

- An art exhibition, which will open at Tehran's Naqsh-e Jahan Gallery on Friday, will review the Iranian culture of marriage from the Qajar period (1783-1924) to the modern era. Eleven tableaus created by the combination of paintings by Pegah Vaalizadeh and copper works by Shahram Moslemi will be put on display at the exhibition entitled "Ashes on Lovers". - 5/15/14

An Artistic Glimpse Into Exiled Iranians' Nostalgia for the Homeland

- Many Iranians living in the diaspora are faced with nostalgia for a home country that they cannot return to because of the threat of persecution. Iranian-Canadian photographer Saman Aghvami attempted to capture that feeling in a photo exhibit called "I'm Not There" for Toronto's Contact Photography Festival. -Mahsa Alimardani, Global Voices - 5/14/14

The Elements: The Paintings of Mehri Yazdani

- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library is showcasing paintings by Mehri Yazdani, an Iranian-American Artist. This is the first time that Mehri Yazdani is exhibiting her work in Silicon Valley, a great opportunity for the community to know an award-winning artist and to observe her remarkable paintings. - 5/13/14
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