March 15, 2016 by Ozana Plemenitash Global/Local 1960–2015: Six Artists from Iran is currently on view at the Grey Art Gallery, New York University’s fine arts museum. As the title suggests, this stunning exhibition brings together six modern and contemporary artists working with their local Persian traditions in Iran as well as internationally, broadening the […]
If Chohreh Feyzdjou’s works seem obscure at a first glance, their titles do not offer much clarification: the darkened and aged appearance of her Series betray their name’s allusion to the world of consumer capitalism, where we are constantly overwhelmed by the glare of tirelessly renewed commodities. This impression is all the more acute in Série E, 1989–93, where pieces of canvas and paper are rolled around horizontal bars on a scaffold so large that it just barely fits into the space where it is displayed at the Grey Art Gallery.
By Caitlin McKenna, February 2012 Along with the acclaim won by individual Iranian artists over the past decade, modern and contemporary art from Iran has recently garnered significant attention in the international art world. Although exhibitions and survey texts often group Iran with Arabic-speaking countries in the Middle East, Iranian art has also been the […]
By Shiva Balaghi, December 2008 “People moving along Tehran’s Pahlavi Avenue (now renamed Vali-‘Asr Avenue) in 1960,” recalled Parviz Tanavoli, “would have seen a gigantic sculpture on the balcony of one of the apartments that overlooked the street. Constructed from scrap metal, this assemblage depicted a man embracing a deer. The deer’s antlers were made […]
By Shiva Balaghi, December 2008 A textured black background merges into two abstract spheres—one layered in cold hues of blue and white, the other in warm hues of ochre and brown—evoking a night sky that contains within it the celestial bodies. Closer inspection of the surface of Siah Armajani’s painting Prayer for the Sun (1962) reveals […]
How did a self-described “dyed-in-the-wool Midwesterner” residing in St. Paul, Minnesota, come to donate over two hundred works of modern Iranian art to New York University (NYU)? Indeed, this group of works—part of The Abby Weed Grey Collection of Modern Asian and Middle Eastern Art at the Grey Art Gallery—constitutes the largest public holding of […]