Azar 21 1398 - December 12 2019
'The Other Apartment' Offers a Portal Between the U.S. and Iran

What if you could be transported into another person's lived experience just by visiting their home? Two artists -one in Pittsburgh, one in Tehran- are putting this idea to the test with The Other Apartment, an ambitious installation that uses the intimacy of one person's home to bridge the vast geographic, cultural, and political divides between the United States and Iran. -Laura Feinstein, Citylab 12/2/19

Photos: Iranian sculptors, international fellows doing their best at Tehran symposium

A number of Iranian and foreign sculptors are doing their best to create monumental artifacts in the 9th Tehran International Sculpture Symposium, which started on November in Tehran's Abbasabad district. Winners will be announced during a special ceremony on November 26, just one day after the end of the symposium. -Babak Borzouyeh 11/15/19

Shirin Neshat: a stare that challenges us to look away

Shirin Neshat confronts certain views of Islam with her Women of Allah series. As it goes on show in LA, Kelly Grovier takes a look at the Iranian artist's arresting images. -Kelly Grovier, BBC 11/5/19

Iranian Women Artists Showcased in Upcoming Exhibit Curated by Shirin Neshat

The Center for Human Rights in Iran is honored to announce an upcoming exhibition of thirteen contemporary Iranian women artists in New York City, curated by the internationally acclaimed artist Shireen Neshat. The show, A Bridge Between You and Everything features nearly 100 works-paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography and video-by both established and emerging artists, who began working after Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution. The exhibition is organized by the Center. 10/15/19

My Iran Exhibition at Smithsonian in Washington, DC: Six Women Photographers

The artists featured in My Iran: Six Women Photographers explore the complexities of life within and outside their home country. From the dynamism of the street to the quiet corners of distant memories, the works highlight various ways in which artists use photography to respond to personal and political realities. 7/30/19

Iran ponders legal action against authors of "Iran Modern: The Empress of Art"

Iran's Visual Arts Office director Hadi Mozaffari said on Monday that the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance is considering taking legal action against the writers of "Iran Modern: The Empress of Art" published in New York last September. 7/26/19

"Wooden Memory" Project: Kerman's dried-out trees come to life again

A group of sculptors has been commissioned by the Kerman Municipality to transform dried-out trees situated in the courtyard of Kerman's Mathematics Park and National Library into sculptures in an art project titled "Wooden Memory". 7/25/19

Meet the illustrator of The Phoenix of Persia!

We interviewed Amin Hassanzadeh Sharif, illustrator of the gorgeous new picture book The Phoenix of Persia! Find out what he had to say! -Tiny Owl 6/1/19

Tehran exhibit hosts retrospective of veteran locksmith Hossein Shams

Tens of traditional-looking locks by Hossein Shams were exhibited at the headquarters of the Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization in Tehran as a retrospective of the 71-year-old Iranian locksmith. Works by Shams, who has 62 years of experience in this field, have been put on show at 52 national or international exhibitions, CHTN reported on Tuesday. -Tehran Times 5/23/19

Venice Biennial Exhibits Works Of Iranian Artist Reza Lavassani

Italy's Venice Biennial has opened its doors to a new, selected artwork by 57-year-old Iranian contemporary artist Reza Lavassani. Tehran-born and based, Lavassani practices on various media. He began working on the installation Life in 2012 and worked on the piece for more than three years. Through a deliberate choice of papier-mache, the artist underlines the literal and symbolic significance of recycling. The piece is a lyric narrative of life's splendor and glory and an emblematic visualization of the passage of time. 5/2/19

Distinguished Iranian Artist Monir Farmanfarmaian Passes Away

Iranian artist Monir Farmanfarmaian has passed away at the age of 97, according to ISNA news agency. A versatile artist Monir participated in the Iran Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 1958, 1964, and 1966. She also had solo exhibitions in New York and Paris during her distinguished​ career. -Radio Farda 4/22/19

Iranian sculptor Masoud Akhavanjam presents two new sculptures in the Giardini Marinaressa alongside 2019 Venice Biennale

Iranian sculptor Masoud Akhavanjam will exhibit two large scale, stainless steel sculptures, as part of the GAA Foundation's PERSONAL STRUCTURES - open borders exhibition, in the context of the 2019 Venice Biennale. The sculptures, Dilemma of Man and Metamorphosis will be exhibited publicly in Venice's waterfront park, Giardini Marinaressa from 5 May to 29 November 2019. Akhavanjam's industrial yet delicate forms draw on philosophy, contemporary socio-political issues and Persian mythology, so that within each work a didactic tale is contained. Both works contain three visible figures, melded seemingly effortlessly into each other. 4/20/19

PHOTOS: Amol adorned with giant colored eggs ahead of Persian New Year Norooz

Iranian citities are abuzz with excitement in the countdown to the Persian New Year, Norooz which coincides with beginning of spring. Norooz is a festive occasion for Iranians and other countries in the region. To mark the new year, visual artists have decorated some of Iranian cities with large colored eggs. These photos show artists in the city of Amol painting their eggs with various new year themes. -Majid Nikjou 3/18/19

Iranian Students Win Award At The "Architecture At Zero" Competition In U.S.

An Iranian team from University of Science and Technology has gained a citation award at The 2019 International Architecture at Zero competition in the US. Students of 'the School of Architecture and Environmental Design' of the Iranian university claimed third place by winning the Citation Award along with three other teams from the US and one from Poland. 3/10/19

Iranian photographer Jalal Shamsazaran wins Environmental Vision Award at Pictures of the Year Competition

Iranian photographer Jalal Shamsazaran has won the Environmental Vision Award at the 76th Pictures of the Year International Competition (ROY) in the U.S. Shamsazaran received the award for his collection "The Wind Will Take Us Away", which covers the ongoing drought and mismanagement of the crisis in Iran's southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan, the organizers announced last week. 2/24/19

Meybod celebrates becoming world city for Zilou

On Monday, Meybod celebrated becoming a world city for Zilou, a traditional type of floor covering commonly woven across the central Iranian city and its outskirts. The oasis city won the WCC-APR status last October after a delegation of international experts probed the in-house expertise which has been passed down generations to generations. 2/19/19

Five Iranian named among 50 influential architects from Middle East in 2019

Five Iranians have been named among the 50 most influential architects of the Middle East in 2019, according to a list published by the Middle East Architect (MEA) magazine. The magazine named Mohammad Khavarian, Kourosh Hajizadeh, Amir-Hossein Hajizadeh, Farshad Mehdizadeh and Arash G Tehrani as Iran's influential architects in the Middle East region. 1/23/19

Focus Iran 3 : Contemporary Photography and Video

Organized in collaboration with Farhang Foundation, Focus Iran 3 (at Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles) is the third exhibition in this juried biennial series that features photography and video works that relate to Iranian culture. 1/9/19

Aga Khan Museum in Toronto hosts an Exhibition of Persian Art in Qajar Era

The Toronto-based Aga Khan Museum has launched an exhibition of Persian art in Qajar era. The exhibition brings together rare paintings, lacquerware, lithographed manuscripts, photographs, musical instruments, and textiles from a host of prominent international and national collections. 12/24/18

PHOTOS: The 6th Biennale of Urban Sculptures Exhibition in Tehran

The sixth Biennale of Urban Sculptures Exhibition is underway at Saba Cultural and Art Institute in the Iranian capital Tehran until 26 December. -Mehran Riazi, Mehr 12/13/18

The $3bn art collection hidden in vaults

A new book reveals a collection bought by the wife of the Shah of Iran in the 1970s. Alastair Sooke talks to Farah Pahlavi, who was known as the Jackie Kennedy of the Middle East, about works by the likes of Bacon, Warhol and Picasso stored in the vaults of a Tehran museum. -Alastair Sooke, BBC 12/11/18

Persian Arts Festival 2018: November 30th in Brooklyn, New York

A mystical way to ring in the holiday season as well as Yalda (the winter solstice), the evening will begin with Persian poetry curated by Roger Sedarat and special guests, and then launch into the main event, Aida Shahghasemi with a full band. 11/16/18

Iranian architects receive nominations at 2018 MEA Awards

Twenty-one designs and architects from Iran are among the nominees for the 2018 Middle East Architect Awards, which were announced by the organizers last week. Golshahr Mosque and Plaza by Arash G. Tehrani, Floating Island by Kamran Heirati Architects, and Persian Tehran Garden by Hooman Balazadeh and Mohammad Khavarian have been nominated for the award in the Concept Design of the Year category. -Tehran Times 11/5/18

Iranian artist Tara Behbahani says her new paintings dig up moments of happiness from heart of history

Tara Behbahani has said that the paintings in her new collection "Passing through Imagination" dig up depictions of moments of happiness from the heart of history. The collection, which depicts women on images of beautiful Persian tiles, is on display in an exhibition at Tehran's Golestan Gallery. 10/10/18

Recipient of 11th Bita Prize for Persian Arts: Parissa

We are very pleased to announce the recipient of the 11th Bita Prize for Persian Arts is the acclaimed singer Parissa, for a life dedicated to preserving the best of Iranian classical music and elevating the role of women in this tradition. 10/2/18

2019 Nowruz Banner Contest Call for Submissions

Farhang Foundation is calling on aspiring and established graphic artists to submit original designs that conceptualize Nowruz (the Iranian New Year) commemorating Farhang's 11th annual celebration of Nowruz in Los Angeles. 9/14/18

Migrant: Photo Essay by Alain Trouilly

In my library I have an old Russian Camera. It is an old gift my father gave me when I graduated from high school. Thus, began my lifelong passion for photography. On a shelf nearby is a book written by my father curiously titled: "Migrants in transit". The book chronicles the 1939 exodus of the people of Lorraine (a French province on the German border) fleeing the invading German Army. The story is told through the eyes of an 11-year-old child. His eyes. 8/2/18

Iranian Artists Exhibition in Los Angeles: Only the morning bird treasures the flower garden

The group exhibition Only the morning bird treasures the flower garden, which takes its title from a poem by 14th century Persian poet Hafiz, includes photographs, videos, and other works by more than twenty Iranian artists on the theme of flowers. Co-curated by artist Mehraneh Atashi and Sohrab Mohebbi, the exhibition was originally conceived by Atashi while working in Tehran in 2009, after she was instructed to photograph flowers, rather than take self portraits that address social matters. 7/18/18

A bridge between past and present: The contemporary art of Iran

"The visual identification between the sovereign, often himself not a Persian, and earlier Iranian kings was deliberate and significant, used to validate the ruling elite," writes Linda Komaroff in In the Fields of Empty Days, the catalogue she edited to accompany an exhibition of the same name that opened in May at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. -Michael Abatemarco, Santa Fe New Mexican 7/6/18

PHOTOS: Skillful women engaged in embroidery in Kerman, Iran

The skill of crafting embroideries with geometric patterns and vivid colors has passed down from generation to generation in Kerman, southwestern Iran. Many women are engaged in this craft which helps supplement their household's income. -Sare Tajalli 6/19/18

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

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