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Contemporary art trends expo at Pardis Gallery

Financial Tribune- The painting and sculpture exhibition ‘Trends and Approaches in Contemporary Iranian Art’ is underway at Pardis Art Gallery in Tehran’s Mellat Cineplex until June 9.

The exhibit opened on May 11 and is an account of the contemporary trends in Iranian art, as seen in the works of the 40 participating artists who are between 30 and 50 years old, Iran Art reported.

It is an initiative by Mandegar Institute of Art and Culture based in Tehran. According to the institute manager, Zahra Golshan, “it was time to hold an exhibit to explore and analyze the development process of contemporary Iranian art.”

Each of the participating artists has reflected a different view. The event is a showcase of very diverse works brought together by curator Farnaz Mohammadi, gallery manager.

“It was difficult to represent all the contemporary approaches,” Mohammadi said. “In fact, no exhibit can claim to showcase all the contemporary aspects of Iranian art. Perhaps we’ve succeeded in offering a cross section of the artistic trends in Iran these days.”

“The exhibit is an effort to boost the economics of art. The featured artists are notable examples of those who, in spite of the declining art market, have been thriving. I chose the artists whose works were being sold at stable prices. But in later editions I will also invite other artists.”

Participants include painters Pouya Aryanpour, 46, Zahra Qiasi, 36, and Azadeh Razaqdoust, 38, as well as sculptors Nastaran Safaee, 34, Kourosh Golnari, 52, Negar Naderipour, 42, Mohammad Reza Yazdi, 31, and Qodratollah Aqeli, 49.

Painter, photographer and sketch artist Kayvan Asgari, 44; curator, painter and author Behnam Kamrani, 49; figurative painter and sketch artist Ahmad Morshedlou, 44; graphic designer, illustrator and author Maneli Manouchehri 43; jewelry maker and sculptor Banafsheh Hemmati, 43; and abstract painter Bita Vakili, 44, are among the others.

“We have placed the sculptures and paintings adjacent to one another. I find this arrangement pleasing… Some artists have created new works for the show, and some have brought their previous works,” she said.