LA Times: Iranian artists inspired by adversity

A Los Angeles Times article discussing Iranian artists and their impact on the Middle Eastern art scene. It goes on to discuss their relationship with their homeland, and introduces several famous Iranian artists.

“Hassanzadeh, 46, is among the most successful of a new crop of artists in Iran who seamlessly meld East and West, even as they breezily blend Iran’s traditions, both hokey and classical, religious and secular, and its recent history, especially the traumas of the 1980s Iran-Iraq war, into the idioms of high art.

Although they’ve made a modest splash on the international circuit, they choose to remain in their homeland to feed off its ancient inspirations despite the challenges, including a new rule that requires artists to send photos of their works to the Ministry of Islamic Culture and Guidance for clearance before sending them abroad. This work is being noticed; for instance, a show of new work by 30 Iranian artists recently opened at Los Angeles’ Morono Kiang gallery and is running simultaneously with a show of the artists’ work at Tehran’s Aaran Gallery.” (taken from article below)

Check out the article below:

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-ca-iran-artists-20110327,0,4729127,full.story

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