Publishing Comprehensive Book on Contemporary Iranian Art

Sunday, June 14, 2015 - 14:03

The book “Contemporary Iranian Art: Roots, Modern Perspectives” was introduced during a ceremony with the presence of the sculptor Parviz Tanavoli and art critic Alireza Sami-Azar at the Mah-e Mehr Art Institute on Friday, Tehran Times reported.

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Tanavoli praised Keshmirshekan for publication of the book in this ceremony and stated, “The author has provided the readers with a comprehensive research on contemporary Iranian Art.”

Tanavoli clarified: “The author begins with contemporary art since the time of the reign of Qajar king Nasser ad-Din Shah (1831–1896) when European art was formed in Iran. It reaches Kamalolmolk (the Qajar era painter Mohammad Ghaffari) as well as his students, and continues to modern art which is no more than 70 years old”.

Sami-Azar next added that although all the activities carried out on contemporary art, a complete theoretical and analytical research work was missing and this book has a particular position in Contemporary Art of Iran.

He also continued: “This book contains three important sections, first of which focuses on Saqqakhaneh Movement, an artistic movement that began in Iran during the 1960s. The second reviews the art created after (1979) Islamic Revolution, and the third is a deep analysis of modern contemporary art”

Sami-Azar also noted that the book focuses on Iranian artists living out of the country, “Iranian natives might hold other nationalities, but do not ignore their roots. These artists are part of the roaring rivers of Iranian art.”

Collecting sources was the major problem that they faced, Keshmirshekan added.

Hamid Keshmirshekan is an art historian, critic and a visiting fellow at the Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford and also the editor-in-chief of the bilingual quarterly ‘Art Tomorrow’. His other works include “Amidst Shadow and Light: Contemporary Iranian Art and Artists”, and “Contemporary Iranian Art: New Perspectives”.

Photo: Copies of “Contemporary Iranian Art: Roots, Modern Perspectives” are on display at the unveiling ceremony of the book at the Mah-e Mehr Art Institute on June 12, 2015. (Honaronline/Hossein Musavifaraz)

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