Personifying Iran in an Art of Dissent, Defiance and Desire

October 10, 2014 5:31 PM

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This commentary on aftists from Iran showing in New York was prompted by the exhibiion, PORTRAITS: REFLECTIONS BY EMERGING IRANIAN ARTISTS curated by Roya Khadjavi Heidari and Massoud Nader and on view from September 17 through 29, 2014 at the Rogue Space Chelsea, 508 West 26th St. New York, NY 10011. Although up for only two weeks, the exhibition and online catalogue represent a large contingent of Iranian artists now either living or visiting New York. The space promises to be a bridge for Western audiences to the contemporary artists perpetuating the vibrant culture a civilization known for millennia to have produced some of the world's most illustrious and lasting developments in art, literature and architecture over four millennia. View the online catalogue here.

If the artists pouring into New York from Iraq over the last decade are any indication, the period of rapprochement between the US and Iran has been ongoing long before the press came to notice. Of course, the reality is that, despite the recent thawing of relations, progress between the US and Iran...

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