Book on elites of Iranian modern art unveiled 

December 2, 2017

TEHRAN – The celebrated art expert Alireza Sami-Azar, who is also the director of the Tehran Auction, unveiled his book on a number of significant Iranian modern artists in Tehran on Friday.

The book “Birth of Iranian Modernism” has recently been released by Nazar Publications. 

Visual Arts Office director Majid Mollanoruzi and Nazar Publications director Mahmudreza Bahmanpur also attended a ceremony organized at the Fereshteh branch of the Book City Institute in Tehran to unveil the book.

Pointing to the shortage of theories on Iranian art, Sami-Azar said that modern art in Iran has presented great achievements over the past five decades and added the continuity in the attainments requires the reinforcement of theoretical knowledge.

“I have personally heard that art in Iran has been famous in the world but lacks good theoretical knowledge, and that the number of books reviewing art in Iran has been just a few,” he told the participants.

“This was the source of inspiration for me to write different articles, which gave birth to this book,” said Sami-Azar who was the former director of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art.

Bahman Mohasses, Hossein Kazemi, Masud Arabshahi and Abolasem Saeidi, are among the 15 artists introduced in the book.

Sami-Azar said that the book is not a history of art; rather, it directly reviews the artists and their works.

“I have some good reasons which indicate that the efforts for modernizing art in Iran have been fruitful and we can properly talk about the obvious modernism in the artworks,” he concluded.

Photo: Art expert Alireza Sami-Azar autographs a copy of his book “Birth of Iranian Modernism” at the Fereshteh branch of the Book City Institute in Tehran on December 1, 2017. (Honaronline/Mojtaba Arabzadeh)

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