Monday, December 17, 2018

London-Based Star Artist Afshin Naghouni Finds Inspiration in the Female Form

By Tara Biglari As you turn the corner into a dark alleyway near the Ladbroke Grove underground station in West London, a lit space comes into sight. It’s the studio of Afshin Naghouni, a visual...

New York Prosecutors Return Ancient Persian Artifact Worth $1.2 Million to Iran

A twice-stolen ancient Persian artifact worth an estimated $1.2 million is back in Tehran’s national museum after a New York court ordered its return to Iran. The limestone bas-relief of a Persian soldier with shield and...

Iranian Pioneer of Modernism Behjat Sadr Gets Show at London’s Mosaic Rooms

The first UK exhibition dedicated to one of Iran’s pioneer modernist painters opened this weekend at London’s Mosaic Rooms. The show brings together a selection of masterpieces never seen before in the UK.  Sadr played...

Ashkan Layegh Becomes First Iranian to Win Royal Academy of Music Scholarship

Ashkan Layegh, a 20-year-old musical prodigy, has won a full scholarship to study piano and composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He is believed to be the first Iranian-born musician to...

British-Iranian R&B Artist Farrah Releases Hot Debut Track: Interview

By Natasha Phillips  British-Iranian singer Farrah Shekarchi-Khanghahi is making waves in the U.K. with her debut single, which offers a candid look at the music industry and her journey as an artist. Going by the stage...

Iranian Theater Manager, Director Detained After Release of Play Teaser

Saeed Asadi, the manager of the City Theater of Tehran, and Maryam Kazemi, the director of a musical adaptation of William Shakespeare’s comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” have been arrested by security agents after...

Tehran Museum to Put on Major Show of Works by Warhol, Rothko, Duchamp

A major exhibition is due to open in February at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art (TMoCA). Organized by Dutch architect and curator Mattijs Visser, "Portrait, Still Life, Landscape" comes after the unsuccessful attempt...

Sotheby’s Hosts Mideastern Art Show Inspired by Kahlil Gibran

By Tara Biglari Earlier this month, crowds of attendees, young and old, gathered at the plush premises of Sotheby’s London to view the works of 38 acclaimed Middle Eastern contemporary artists. The weeklong exhibition, titled ‘Kahlil...

Representing Iranian Identity: Artist Fatemeh Takht Keshian Exhibits in Manchester Library

By Tara Biglari Fatemeh Takht Keshian is an Iranian-born artist living in the U.K. Her latest series is currently on display at the Alexandria Library in Manchester, the U.K. Takht Keshian's work aims to shed light...

Artist Abbas Akhavan Creates Work for Toronto Power Plant

A site-specific installation by the Iranian-born, Toronto-based artist Abbas Akhavan has opened at the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery — a former industrial facility — in Toronto. It will be on view until September...