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Iranian Artists Abroad: Q+A with Shaqayeq Arabi

Iranian Artists Abroad: Q+A with Shaqayeq Arabi

Rolled Canvases series, 2010 by Shaqayeq Arabi

Shaqayeq Arabi is a painter, sculptor and installation artist with a career spanning over two decades.

Born in Tehran, she  studied graphic design at Al Zahra University, eventually moving to Paris, where she earned her MFA at the Sorbonne.

Today Arabi has a studio in Dubai where she lives and works. Read the full story

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Art Exhibit at the V&A: Jameel Prize 2011

Art Exhibit at the V&A: Jameel Prize 2011

 

Negotiating the Space for Possible Coexistences No. 2, 2009 by Babak Golkar

At this year’s Art Dubai, the V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum) announced the shortlist for the Jameel Prize 2011.

Ten artists and designers have been shortlisted for this year’s prize, which is awarded every two years.

Amongst them are five Iranian artists: Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Bita Ghezelayagh, Babak Golkar, Hadieh Shafie, and Soody Sharifi.

Almost 200 nominations for the Jameel Prize 2011 were received, from countries as diverse as the United States, Spain, Nigeria, Egypt and Pakistan. A panel of judges, chaired by V&A Director, Sir Mark Jones, selected the shortlist of ten artists and designers. Mark Jones said: “ The quality of the work shortlisted for this year’s Jameel Prize is outstanding. The output of the finalists is very varied, reflecting the richness and diversity of the Islamic traditions that inspired them. The work shows how complex and eloquent the art and design inspired by this tradition has become.” Read the full story

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Arash + Kelly: Seventy Pound Note and Lord of the Flies

Arash + Kelly: Seventy Pound Note and Lord of the Flies

UK-based industrial design team, Arash + Kelly debut two new pieces: the Seventy Pound Note piece and the Lord of the Flies fly swatter.

And with all the Quantitive Easing going on, it seems the £50 note is about to get a run for its money, being the head of the clan.

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Simeen Farhat: Charmed, Frenzied and Mad

Simeen Farhat: Charmed, Frenzied and Mad

L to R: Masnavi in Black, Masnavi in Red--Enamel on Wood

As the first gallery in Europe to focus on contemporary visual arts from Iran, London-based Xerxes Art presents Iranian artist Simeen Farhat.

Simeen Farhat is an internationally renowned artist and academic who challenges popular perceptions in the West through her multimedia works. Read the full story

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Art for Everyone: Interview with Iranian Artist Farzad Kohan

Art for Everyone: Interview with Iranian Artist Farzad Kohan

Lost Art original piece in Washington, DC--Photo: RJS

Recently we had the pleasure of meeting prominent (and tireless) Iranian-American artist, Farzad Kohan…And uncontrollably, he’s managed to turn us into a collector, curator, fan, and friend.

“Art is the purest vehicle of the human expression: When all else fails we communicate our emotions, our ideals, our hopes and dreams through our art.” Quips Kohan, whose ability to connect on an-almost spiritual level with his audience, still fascinates us. Read the full story

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Art Exhibit in New York: LTMH Gallery Presents ILLUMINATIONS (After Arthur Rimbaud)

Art Exhibit in New York: LTMH Gallery Presents ILLUMINATIONS (After Arthur Rimbaud)

Orientalism 2010 by Leila Pazooki--Photo Courtesy of Leila Pazooki

New York–ILLUMINATIONS (After Arthur Rimbaud) an exhibition of sculpture, video and installation by 16 well-known and emerging artists who work with light, will be on view at Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller (LTMH) Gallery from September 15 through October 15, 2010.

Inspired by a collection of poetry entitled Illuminations by Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891), the exhibition is curated by Ashok Adicéam, an independent curator and art advisor. (A fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by Adicéam will accompany the exhibition.)

Creating a revealing dialogue between artists living and working in the East and West, ILLUMINATIONS (After Arthur Rimbaud) highlights the strength of light to bind different cultures together.

As Rimbaud wrote, “…the soul for the soul, summing up everything, perfumes and sounds and colors.”

While a number of the artists are inspired by neon lighting, Iranian artist Leila Pazooki, uses blue neon tubes to sculpt a Persian word in Orientalism, 2010.

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