Sculptures of Persepolis #1

This work’s title refers to the ancient ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire (c. 550–330 BCE), which is located northeast of the city of Shiraz in the Fars Province in Iran. A partially ruined monumental complex of royal palaces and other buildings, Persepolis was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. Here Tanavoli plays […]

Abstract IV, 1961

In Abstract IV, seen here, and Abstract III (G1975.27), Sadr covered the paper in thick brushstrokes of black paint and then scraped it away with her palette knife, shaping forms and textures that crisscross the surface vertically and horizontally. Splatters of red paint underscore the spontaneity of her technique, which, while appearing visually simple, emanated […]