IRANIAN ART TODAY - July 17 - 24, 2008

Aydin Aghdashloo, Reza Bassiri, Khosrow Bayat, Bahram Dabiri, Mohammad Ehsaei Babak Etminani, Mohammad Javadipour, Sirak Melkonian, Gholamhossein Nami and Nasser Ovissi
Opening Reception: July 17

Iranian artists are playing a growing important role in today’s art world. The "Iranian Art Today" is an exhibition of contemporary art by internationally acclaimed Iranian artists who live in Iran as well as those living abroad. The diverse group of artists represented in this exhibition presents a vibrant, challenging and powerful collection of artworks in painting, sculpture, photography, and graphic arts. The unity between the artists in this exhibition is their engagement in the cultural dialogue of place and identity as well as past and present.

The exhibition not only brings together important examples of outstanding works by a group of leading contemporary artists living inside Iran, but it also examines how they reconnect through their works with the generation of the artists who live abroad.

Including the entire spectra of artists or styles was not possible owing to limitations; yet this exhibition presents a unique opportunity for viewing a selection of Iranian modern and contemporary art and to understand its ongoing link with centuries of tradition.