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Parviz Tanavoli
Lisa Fischman, Shiva Balaghi; Hossein Amirsadeghi, contrib.; Maryam Homayoun Eisler, contrib.; Parviz Tanavoli, contrib.

2015 • 170 pp. 189 color illus. 9 x 12 1/4"
Art - Single Artist / Museum Catalog / Sculpture

$55.00 Hardcover, 978-0-9858249-3-8

“Steeped in Persian culture both high and low, Tanavoli is an unashamedly poetic, philosophical artist.”—Sebastian Smee, Boston Globe

The first U.S. publication on the “father of modern Iranian sculpture” in nearly forty years, accompanying his 2015 retrospective exhibition at the Davis Museum at Wellesley College

Parviz Tanavoli is published on the groundbreaking occasion of the artist’s first solo exhibition at a U.S. museum in nearly forty years, and his first career retrospective outside of Iran. Critically acclaimed and widely acknowledged as the “father of modern Iranian sculpture,” Tanavoli’s trajectory has spanned east and west as he has innovated ambitiously across media. Best known as a sculptor, his expansive oeuvre also includes painting, printmaking, ceramics, rugs, and jewelry. As well, he is a highly regarded teacher, collector, scholar, and poet. This exhibition shares the breadth and richness of his work from the 1950s to the present.

The exhibition is “a groundbreaking retrospective featuring 175 works by Parviz Tanavoli, one of Iran’s most well-known contemporary artists,” says NPR. Parviz Tanavoli has, according to Sotheby’s “exploded on the global media scene . . . Tanavoli is, after all, the father of modern art and sculpture in Iran.” The exhibition has garnered articles in the Financial Times, the New York Times, Harpers Bazaar, The Guardian, the Boston Globe, China Post, and dozens of other publications, and offers a rare opportunity to view the work of a man that the Middle East Monitor refers to as “Iran’s most celebrated visual artist.”

This book will appeal to general audiences interested in the arts, particularly those interested in sculpture, as well as collectors, connoisseurs and aficionados, students and educators, and curators and museum professionals invested in modern and contemporary arts of the Middle East, particularly of Iran.

Reviews / Endorsements

“Parviz Tanavoli has become a legendary figure through a prolific career as artist, scholar and teacher. Iran’s first significant modern sculptor, he works in a style distinctly his own, undeniably modern, and entirely Iranian.”—The Guardian

“[Parviz Tanavoli’s] inquisitiveness is endearing.”—Gareth Harris, The Financial Times

“[Parviz Tanavoli] is definitely the pride of the Middle Eastern art scene.”—Ali Khadra, Canvas

LISA FISCHMAN has held the position as Ruth Gordon Shapiro ’37 Director and Chief Curator of the Davis Museum at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Mass. since 2010. Fischman has curated and organized scores of exhibitions, and her career has included major grant support, numerous commissions, and many publications—among them, A Generous Medium: Photography at Wellesley 1972-2012 and Jenny Schmid: The Vistas of Gender Utopia. SHIVA BALAGHI is a visiting scholar of art history at Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island. For the past two decades, she has been writing on and teaching about contemporary Middle Eastern visual culture. HOSSEIN AMIRSADEGHI is a London-based writer, publisher, editor, and former documentary filmmaker. MARYAM HOMAYOUN EISLER is a London-based editor, collector, and philanthropist.

Tue, 15 May 2018 13:34:17 -0500