Art And Culture

Five Iranians at Singapore Art Stage

Ramin Shirdel often works with spatial and abstract properties of letters, words and symbols to create unusual sculptures, and among the five pieces selected for the public artworks program, is his 180-cm tall fiberglass sculpture ‘Yellow Joy’
‘White Love’  (L) and ‘Yellow Joy’ by Ramin Shirdel‘White Love’  (L) and ‘Yellow Joy’ by Ramin Shirdel

Works of five Iranian artists are on display at the 7th Art Stage Singapore, currently underway in the island city-state.

This year’s edition features 132 galleries from 27 countries and the Iranian artworks are presented by the Sophia Contemporary Gallery, London, which focuses on contemporary art of the Middle East and in particular Iran, alongside recent western art.

Painters Reza Derakshani, 64, Pooya Aryanpour, 46, Reza Baharvand, 40, Azadeh Razaghdoost, 36, and sculptor Ramin Shirdel, 35, are the artists from Iran who each have 9 works at the event, Honaronline reported.

A highlight of every edition of the fair is the artworks put on display in the open grounds. This year, among the 5 pieces selected for the public artworks program, there is a 180-cm tall fiberglass sculpture by Shirdel titled ‘Yellow Joy’.

Shirdel often works with spatial and abstract properties of letters, words and symbols to create unusual sculptures. His art has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Iran and abroad.

He is a multi-disciplinary artist who works in different mediums of art and an award-winning architect who has designed several local and international projects.

Founded by the Iranian gallery owner Lili Jassemi and two Russian gallerists Vassili Tsarenkov and Lali Margania, Sophia Contemporary Gallery opened in March 2016 and so far has held several exhibitions by Iran’s young and established artists.

Art Stage Singapore is the leading Asian art fair connecting the world to the best of Asian contemporary art. With a deep understanding of Asia’s dynamic visual arts scene, the event presents the diversity of contemporary art rising from the region.

Inaugurated on January 12, the fair will run through January 15. Besides the exhibiting section, it includes the Southeast Asian Forum, which comprises a series of lectures that explore topics such as the value of art and the art market.

The fair is part of Singapore Art Week, an annual round-up of visual arts events that runs till January 22.


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