Iranian Art

This collection database features Iranian works from the Grey Art Gallery, New York University Art Collection. The gallery, which opened to the public in 1975, was endowed by Abby Weed Grey, who also donated some 1,000 works of modern art that she acquired during her frequent travels in Asia and the Middle East. Mrs. Grey was especially supportive of Iranian art, which comprises one-fifth of her collection at NYU.

Reflections on the Abby Grey Collection
Lynn Gumpert, December 2008

Reflections on Works by Siah Armajani
in the Grey Art Gallery’s Collection

Shiva Balaghi, December 2008

Abby Weed Grey and Parviz Tanavoli
Shiva Balaghi, December 2008

Selected Bibliography
Caitlin McKenna, February 2012

Other resources:

The creation of this database of Iranian works from the New York University Art Collection, first published online in 2008, was generously supported by the American Institute of Iranian Studies. We thank The Violet Jabara Charitable Trust for making it possible to add extended texts on individual works and to compile the annotated bibliography in 2012.
We are grateful to Shiva Balaghi for spearheading the project and providing essential support and advice as well as artist interviews. At the Grey Art Gallery, we thank David Colosi, former Preparator, who sifted through, organized, and double-checked the catalogue entries and photographed many of the works. The extended texts and annotated bibliography were contributed by Caitlin McKenna, former Graduate Assistant at the Grey Art Gallery and IFA NYU M.A. ’11. She gratefully acknowledges Dr. Fereshteh Daftari for her insightful suggestions and edits; Dr. Layla S. Diba for her invaluable help in navigating source material and the Qajar period; Finbarr Barry Flood, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of the Humanities, Institute of Fine Arts and College of Arts and Sciences, New York University, for his thoughtful consideration at the outset of the project; and Priscilla Soucek, John L. Loeb Professor in the History of Art at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, for her kind assistance with questions relating to the Persian language and Safavid imagery. She also thanks Dr. Ladan Akbarnia for sharing hard-to-find source materials in the final stages of the project. The extended texts incorporate label copy from the exhibition “Between Word and Image: Modern Iranian Visual Culture,” which was on view at the Grey Art Gallery from September 18 to December 7, 2002.


Ahmadi, Mahmud

Armajani, Siah

Bakhshpour, Jamal

Diba, Kamran

Dowlatshahi, Bijan

Esfandiari, Ahmad

Farmanfarmaian, Monir Shahroudy

Ghandriz, Mansour

Golzari, Behrooz

Grigorian, Marcos

Javadipur, Mahmud

Kazemi, Hossein

Khatayi, Hossein

Kiureghian, Sumbat

Malek, Sirous

Momayez, Morteza

Mousavi (Khameneh), Mir-Hossein

Ovissi, Nasser

Pakbaz, Ru'in

Pilaram, Faramarz

Sadr, Behjat

Sepehri, Sohrab

Seyhoun, Masoumeh

Tabatabai, Jazeh

Tabrizi, Sadegh

Tavakoli, Esmail

Zenderoudi, Charles Hossein