Modernism in Iran

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian
Don’t muddy the water, 1979
Glass, paint, ink
30.5 cm x 30.5 cm
Collection of Houman M. Sarshar

Photo by Rachel Topham Photography
Modernism in Iran

Installation shot. From left to right:

Mansour Ghandriz
Untitled, 1960
Oil on canvas
98.5 cm x 63.5 cm
Collection of Houman M. Sarshar

Parviz Tanavoli
Here no one opens any gates, 1970
Bronze
59 cm x 58.5 cm x 8 cm
Collection of the Artist



Photo by Rachel Topham Photography
Modernism in Iran

Mansour Ghandriz
Untitled, 1960
Oil on canvas
98.5 cm x 63.5 cm
Collection of Houman M. Sarshar

Photo by Rachel Topham Photography
Modernism in Iran

Installation shot. From left to right:

Bahman Mohasses
Untitled, 1966
Oil on canvas
4 cm x 63 cm
Collection of Houman M. Sarshar

Mohammad Ehsaei
Eshgh, 1988 - present
Oil on canvas
108 cm x 108 cm
Collection of the Artist

Mohammad Ehsaei
Eternal Alphabeth Series (Allah), 1968 - 2009
Oil on board
14 cm x 84 cm
Private Collection

Faramarz Pilaram
Untitled, 1975
Oil on canvas
70 cm x 99 cm
Private Collection

Faramarz Pilaram
Untitled, 1975
Oil on canvas
70 cm x 99 cm
Private Collection

Photo by Rachel Topham Photography
Modernism in Iran

Mohsen Vaziri-Moghadam
Ritmo Continuo (Hakat-e modām), 1963
Mixed media
82 cm x 35.5 cm
Collection of Houman M. Sarshar

Photo by Rachel Topham Photography
Modernism in Iran

Installation shot. From left to right:

Behjat Sadr
Siyah o Sefid, 1961
Acrylic on linen
156 cm x 32.5 cm
Collection of Houman M. Sarshar

Mohsen Vaziri-Moghadam
Ritmo Continuo (Hakat-e modām), 1963
Mixed media
82 cm x 35.5 cm
Collection of Houman M. Sarshar

Mohsen Vaziri-Moghadam
Untitled, 1968
Mixed media
110 cm x 170 cm
Collection of Houman M. Sarshar

Bahman Mohasses
Untitled, 1967
Oil on board
70 cm x 46 cm
Collection of Houman M. Sarshar

Photo by Rachel Topham Photography
Modernism in Iran

Mohsen Vaziri-Moghadam
Untitled, 1968
Mixed media
110 cm x 170 cm
Collection of Houman M. Sarshar

Photo by Rachel Topham Photography
Modernism in Iran

Installation shot. From left to right:

Mohammad Ehsaei
Eternal Alphabeth Series (Allah), 1968 - 2009
Oil on board
14 cm x 84 cm
Private Collection

Faramarz Pilaram
Untitled, 1975
Oil on canvas
70 cm x 99 cm
Private Collection

Faramarz Pilaram
Untitled, 1975
Oil on canvas
70 cm x 99 cm
Private Collection

Faramarz Pilaram
Untitled, 1970
Oil on canvas
153.5 cm x 41.5 cm
Private Collection

Photo by Rachel Topham Photography
Modernism in Iran

Installation shot. From left to right:

Farideh Lashai
Ceramic Vase, 1960
Ceramic
25.5 cm x 7 cm
Collection of Houman M. Sarshar

Farideh Lashai
Ceramic Vase, 1960
Ceramic
30.5 cm x 7.5 cm
Collection of Houman M. Sarshar

Farideh Lashai
Ceramic Vase, 1960
Ceramic
30.5 cm x 8.5 cm
Collection of Houman M. Sarshar

Sirak Melkonian
Untitled, 1978
Oil on canvas
60 cm x 70 cm
Collection of the Artist

Sirak Melkonian
Untitled, 1977
Oil on canvas
99 cm x 69 cm
Collection of the Artist

Photo by Rachel Topham Photography

January 26 - May 5, 2018

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 25, 7 - 9pm

Griffin Art Projects is honoured to present Modernism in Iran: 1958 – 1978, curated by Pantea Haghighi and drawn from private collections across the continent. With significant works from influential artists of this period, this exhibition brings a contemporary lens to an important period of experimentation and innovation.

Modernism in Iran: 1958 – 1978 features works by Mohammad Ehsai, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Mansour Ghandriz, Farideh Lashai, Sirak Melkonian, Bahman Mohasses, Faramarz Pilaram, Behjat Sadr, Parviz Tanavoli, Mohsen Vaziri-Moghaddam, and Charles Hossein Zenderoudi, who played pivotal roles in defining and establishing Iranian aesthetics during the cultural renaissance of the latter twentieth century. Their work exemplifies this important period in Iran’s history, signaling the beginning of a widespread adoption of diverse approaches to defining contemporary Iranian identity.

Iranian cultural practices underwent a transformation during this period, which resulted in a bifurcation of art production expressing a national artistic identity on the one hand, and one heavily influenced by “Westernization” on the other. Artists reconceived of folk culture and Persian traditional motifs amidst increasing global consciousness and technological development, forging a link between heritage and progress. This is exemplified by a neo-traditional movement pioneered by such artists as Mansour Ghandriz, Parviz Tanavoli, Mohammad Ehsai, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Faramarz Pilaram and Charles Hossein Zenderoudi. Meanwhile, artists including Bahman Mohasses, Farideh Lashai, Sirak Melkonian, Behjat Sadr, and Mohsen Vaziri-Moghaddam incorporated Western influences, drawing links to their contemporaries in Europe and North America.