Volume. 11960

Works by self-taught artists on display at IAF galleries
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TEHRAN – All the galleries of the Iranian Artists Forum (IAF) are exhibiting works by a group of self-taught artists.
A total of 800 works by 65 artists have been showcased at the galleries until April 18, the forum announced on its website.
A number of officials including the Director of the Iranian National Committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) Ahmad Mohit-Tabatabii, art researcher Ardeshir Salehpur, and Tehran City Council Chairman Ahmad Masjed-Jamei visited the exhibit, which opened last week.
Masjed-Jamei who visited the exhibit on Sunday, expressed his regards to the organizers of the exhibit and hoped for a better situation to support the self-taught artists.
“These types of exhibits reflect the art and culture of the country, while they can help their creators make livings through their handmade artworks,” he said.
Iranian land artist Ahmad Nadalian, who promotes cultural activities in Hormoz, proposed that Masjed-Jamei purchase the works being shown for use later as gifts to other organizations and foundations.
Moreover, filmmaker Khosro Sinaii and his artist wife, the Iran-based Hungarian artist Gizella Varga Sinaii, visited the exhibit.
According to Sinaii, self-taught artists are fortunate individuals since they know many points that are not taught in academic classes.
What a self-taught artist creates is quiet interest for the visitors, for they can learn more about the spirit and abilities of a self-taught artist, he added. 
Gizella also agreed that the self-taught artists usually cannot present their works without the help of others, so they need to be supported.
Several workshops including dying beautiful patterns with henna on hands and arms by females from the Persian Gulf Island of Hormoz have also been arranged on the side section of the show in the forum located on Musavi St. and Taleqani Ave.

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