Chervine (Iran), New York, 2021, pigment print photograph, 60 x 80 cm, Courtesy of Esther Woerdehoff Gallery
The sudden emergence of a regional contemporary art market on the other
side of the Persian Gulf, following the establishment of auction
houses, naturally immediately affected the Iranian art scene, in a
positive way. However, unlike the Arab countries, and as far back in
time as we go, art has always been a part of Persian DNA, much to the
chagrin of those actors involved in the revolution.
Hamid Ajami (Iran), acrylic on canvas, 150×150 cm, 1387 (1 of 2), Courtesy of Shirin Art Gallery
Hamid Ajami (Iran), 2008, acrylic on canvas, 150×150 cm, Courtesy of Shirin Art Gallery
Collecting art has always been a favorite activity of the Iranian elite following the use of the shah’s court, since the 19th century and many Western collectors invested in regional art in the early 20th century. The
first exhibition of Middle Eastern art was held in Tehran in 1975!
The art market has existed in Iran for a long time. The place is
renowned for its liveliness and quality, to the point that production
continues to develop strongly there.
Soraya Sharghi (Iran), Anomoly, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 140 x 157 cm, Courtesy of Leila Heller Gallery
The embargo, compartmentalization and sanctions against revolutionary Iran are the main obstacle to the notoriety and international development of
this rich and peaceful artistic scene. Despite the harshness of the
regime, Iran’s art production and market are growing steadily. The city
of Tehran alone has more than 200 galleries (most of which have opened
in the last ten years), with more than 100 vernissages and events every
month. In Iran, art flows endlessly.
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