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In the Fields of Empty Days: The Intersection of Past and Present in Iranian Art

- In the Fields of Empty Days explores the continuous and inescapable presence of the past in Iranian society. This notion is revealed in art and literature in which ancient kings and heroes are used in later contexts as paradigms of virtue or as objects of derision, while long-gone Shi'ite saints are evoked as champions of the poor and the oppressed. -Los Angeles County Museum of Art - 5/1/18

"Roots and Stones", a gift from Tony Cragg, unveiled at Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art

- "Roots and Stones", a huge abstract marble sculpture donated by British artist Tony Cragg, was unveiled in the courtyard of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art on Sunday April 29, 2018. The ceremony was attended by the Turner Prize-winner Cragg and a number of cultural officials and Iranian artists. - 4/29/18

Exhibition: No Man's Land - works by darvish

- Asia House is to host an exhibition comprising of film, painting and drawings by the Iranian-American artist, darvish. The exhibition will explore a notion of internal and external explorations of space, and pays homage to the Iranian farmer Darvish Khan Esfandiarpour (coincidentally sharing the same first name as the artist). - 4/12/18

Dance, Exhibition, Music, Visual art in New York: ON LOVE: The Art of Lines, Shapes & Symbols

- Four extraordinary artists with roots around the world will create large-scale calligraphic paintings on the windows of the Winter Garden around the poetic theme of love. Artists from Iran, Japan, India and the United States will use words, letters, shapes and symbols from their respective languages and alphabets to explore the linguistic and artistic connections to calligraphy. Over two weeks the artists will produce a magnificent temporary art installation which the public can watch as it's being crafted. - 3/31/18

CAMA Gallery of Iranian Art announce opening of London gallery on April 5th, 2018

- Following the success of their space in Tehran, CAMA Gallery, the new international market leaders in Modern and Contemporary Iranian art, have announced the opening of their London gallery on the 5th of April with an inaugural exhibition of 19 Contemporary Iranian artists. - 3/8/18

Louvre Museum Sponsors First Major Western Art Show In Tehran

- More than 50 artworks from the Louvre museum in Paris arrived at the National Museum of Iran on March 5 in the first major show by a Western museum in Iran's history. The 40-day show reflects France's determination to use cultural diplomacy as it seeks to rebuild ties with Iran that have been strained recently by a dispute over Iran's ballistic-missile development. - 3/6/18

Unearthing Memory, Recollecting Dust: An ongoing project by Maryam Ashrafi & Barbad Golshiri

- In late winter of 2002, Iranian social documentary photographer Maryam Ashrafi and Iranian artist and writer Barbad Golshiri, at the time unknown to each other, were waiting to hear from the well-known Iranian photojournalist and documentary maker Kaveh Golestan. Maryam was looking forward to meeting Kaveh and learning the scrupulous method of photojournalism he was renowned for, and Barbad was hoping to join him on a trip to war-torn Iraq. Both never heard back from him, as on 2nd of April 2003, while on assignment for the BBC, Golestan stepped on a landmine in Iraqi Kurdistan and was killed instantly. - 2/26/18

"Identity" art exhibit in Tehran spotlights acid attacks

- A collection of woodworks created on the theme of acid attacks is currently on display during an exhibition in Tehran. The exhibition entitled "Identity" opened at Ashiane-ye Mehr Gallery on Friday during a special ceremony, which was attended by the artists and several victims of acid attacks. - 2/26/18

Loneliness inspires "Doomed Bloom" photo collection by Iranian actress Niki Karimi

- Actress/director Niki Karimi has said that "a feeling of loneliness in a gloomy and unsafe world" has inspired her latest photo collection "Doomed Bloom" that is currently on display at a Tehran gallery. "This collection reflects the concerns I have had over the past few years and also illustrates the sad events my generation has experienced over these years," she said at the opening ceremony of her exhibition at Etemad Gallery on Friday. - 2/20/18

"Iranian Women's Movement Museum" inauguration: "From Evin With Love"

- In light of International Women's Day, the exhibition "From Evin, With Love" will open on March 9, 2018 in The Hague, Netherlands, presenting the handicrafts of Imprisoned Iranian women activists. The exhibition will run through April 6, 2018 and will feature a number of prominent Iranian and foreign speakers as well as a performance by Nasrin Hobby & Ensemble. - 2/9/18

Iranian artist Sadeq Tabrizi dies at 79 in London

- Sadeq Tabrizi, a pioneer of calligraphic-painting in Iran, has died in London. He was 79. Tabrizi was suffering from liver cancer, several Persian news websites announced on Wednesday. - 2/1/18

"Berlin's Youngest Art Dealer" Anahita Sadighi Revitalizes Asian Art

- The Berlin based gallery was founded in 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. The main themes are: Japanese Woodblock Prints, Chinese Furniture, East Asian Ceramics, Buddhist Art, Carpets and Textiles and Islamic Art. 'My aim is to liberate far eastern cultures from their negative and controversial reputation and to awaken again the mesmerisation for the oriental', says Anahita Sadighi. - 1/25/18

Tehran Art Auction 2018 sells out 120 mind-melting lots, signals flourishing market

- The 8th edition of Tehran Auction contemporary art sale broke a new record on Friday, January 12, signalling a flourishing market for contemporary Iranian art. The winter sale built on the success of its spring - 14.952 billion tomans to be exact, or over $3 million. Parsian Hotel was host to the 8th edition of Tehran Auction where the best of Iranian art ranging from established and emerging artists were introduced to art collectors and global audience. All the 120 modern and classical artworks sold out! - 1/14/18

Inspiring fashion designs add glamor to Tehran's Golestan Palace

- There is a common ground between the design elements involved in both architecture and fashion and many fashion designers around the world are inspired by architecture in their works. Now some young fashion designers in Iran display their designs inspired by the Golestan Palace at the venue during an exhibition. - 12/31/17

"Technologies of the Image: Art in 19th-Century Iran"; an Exhibition at Harvard Art Museums

- The Harvard Art Museums in Massachusetts hosts an exhibition entitled "Technologies of the Image: Art in 19th-Century Iran". The exhibition presents various aspects of Persian art in Qajar era. The Harvard Art Museum in a press release states: "This exhibition brings together four principal art forms-lacquer, lithography, photography, and painting and drawing on paper-to explore their separate and intertwined histories, contexts of production, and means of dissemination across sectors of society ranging from the courtly elite to the citizenry at large. - 12/22/17

Iran's first museum for a female artist honours nonagenarian

- The 93-year-old doyenne of Iranian art, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, has donated more than 50 of her works to a new museum dedicated to her oeuvre in Tehran. The Monir Museum, which opens tomorrow (15 December) in a 19th-century former palace and gardens, is the first institution in Iran devoted to a single female artist. -The Art Newspaper - 12/14/17

Online exhibit "Collapse" raising funds for Kermanshah quake victims

- Iranian painter and graphic designer Behzad Shishegaran has launched an online exhibition entitled "Collapse" on Instagram, Telegram and Facebook to raise funds for the victims of the devastating earthquake that hit Kermanshah region in western Iran last month. - 12/11/17

Iranian Photo-Journalist Shahrokh Hatami Dies At Age 89

- Famed Iranian photo-journalist Shahrokh Hatami, who begin his career as a journalist for an Iranian newspaper, has died in France at age 89. Hatami's partner, actress Francine Carpon, told the AFP news agency on November 25 that he died from "pulmonary insufficiency at Auxi-le-Chateau" in northern France. - 11/26/17

Outspoken Daughter Of Slain Iranian Dissidents Going On Trial For 'Spreading Propaganda'

- The murders of Parastou Forouhar's parents were pinned on Iran's Intelligence Ministry. Now, the same ministry is going after the artist for speaking out about their deaths and her alleged ties by extension to a scandal over an activist who was photographed drinking wine. Forouhar will go on trial on November 25, three days after the 19th anniversary of the deaths of her parents, Dariush and Parvaneh Forouhar. The two political activists and dissidents were stabbed to death in their Tehran home in November 1998 in a killing that officials later blamed on rogue intelligence agents, despite suggestions otherwise. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 11/22/17

Parastou Forouhar: Iran's Intelligence Ministry Filed Charges Against Me Based on a Photograph

- Iran's Intelligence Ministry pressed charges against activist Parastou Forouhar based on a photo of one of her artworks that created a stir on social media, she told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on November 13, 2017. - 11/17/17

First U.S. Solo Show For Iranian Farhad Moshiri Sparkles At The Warhol

- When visitors enter the second-floor gallery space of the Andy Warhol Museum on Pittsburgh's North Side, they're met with cartoon cowboys in red bandanas, saloon brawls and underwater painters that shimmer right off the wall. But there's more than meets the eye in Go West, the first solo show in the U.S. for popular Iranian artist Farhad Moshiri. -Virginia Alvino Young, NPR - 11/8/17

Photos: Sculptor Parviz Tanavoli and students reunite at Tehran's Boom gallery

- A collection of 21 works by prominent sculptor Parviz Tanavoli as well as works by four of his students from the Niavaran Atelier are on view at Tehran's Boom Gallery in an exhibit titled "Parviz Tanavoli and the Niavaran Atelier". - 11/6/17

Tony Cragg's huge marble sculpture to embellish Tehran museum's courtyard

- A huge marble sculpture designed by Tony Cragg is being created by a group of Iranian artists under the supervision of the British sculptor in the courtyard of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art. The artwork is scheduled to be unveiled within the next month during a special ceremony, which will be attended by Cragg. - 10/23/17

Iran's blooming art scene: A bubble of hope

- A gallery opening in northern Tehran and a typical scene: silk scarves barely clinging to the backs of women's heads, young hipsters, gentlemen in that most unrevolutionary of items, the tie. Trendy, wealthy and in their element, the packed crowd edges around abstract sculptures, somewhat grotesque portraits and looped cartoons by US-based Iranian artist Pouya Afshar - 10/3/17

Installation of the First Iranian Design Mural in Los Angeles!

- Farhang Foundation is proud to announce the first winning design installation of the its Iranian Mural Design Competition in collaboration with Beautify Earth. In 2016, Farhang Foundation joined forces with Beautify Earth to launch an international mural design competition open to artists worldwide. The competition invited artists to submit design concepts that conceptualize different and unique aspects of Iranian culture. The finalist designs would then be installed as public murals throughout the city of Los Angeles as part of the beautification of Los Angeles with Iranian art. - 9/21/17

Iranian artist returns award over disrespect at Italy's visa section in Tehran

- Iranian graphic designer Turaj Saberivand has returned the A' Design Award that he won at an Italian contest in May after he failed to get a visa for Italy to attend the award ceremony of the event due to disrespect in the visa section of the Italian Embassy in Tehran. - 9/11/17

PHOTOS: Tehran sculpture biennial opens after six years

- The seventh edition of the Tehran Contemporary Sculpture Biennial opened at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art (TMCA) on Tuesday after a six-year hiatus. "Art biennials are the beating hearts of the artists' community in each society," the secretary of the biennial, Kurosh Golnari, said during an opening ceremony, which was attended by TMCA director Ali-Mohammad Zare' and groups artists and art aficionados. - 9/8/17

Focus Iran: Contemporary Photography and Video Competition

- Farhang Foundation in collaboration with local museums and galleries, presents FOCUS IRAN: Contemporary Photography and Video, a biennial juried exhibition of contemporary photography and video works relating to Iranian culture or heritage. This year's winning submissions will be exhibited in Los Angeles and Irvine. - 8/21/17

Critics & Criticism: Reflections on Iranian Contemporary Art

- The aim of this panel discussion (September 4, 2017 in London) is to facilitate a critical reflection on the contemporary Iranian art scene and the issues surrounding its criticism. The conversation will include looking at what the challenges are in practising contemporary art in Iran, how it is discussed both inside and outside the country, as well as what the role of art criticism is in contemporary practices in Iran. - 8/14/17

Artist traces goats' place in history of Iranian culture

- The Paris-based Iranian painter Raheleh Roshandel intends to familiarize visitors to her new collection "Iranian Goats" with the place of the animal in the history of Iranian culture. Twenty works from the series that features goats in Iranian mythology, nomad life and some other fields were put on display in an exhibition at Tehran's Shokuh Gallery in mid-July. - 8/1/17

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



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