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A view of the previous round of the exhibit
A view of the previous round of the exhibit

‘100 Works, 100 Artists’ to Mark Silver Jubilee

Since its founding the event has offered quality works and has also focused on the economics of art. Over a quarter century, it has been able to introduce new buyers to the art community

‘100 Works, 100 Artists’ to Mark Silver Jubilee

The 25th edition of the exhibition ‘100 Works, 100 Artists’, displaying contemporary artworks, will open at Tehran’s Golestan Gallery on July 21.
Launched in 1992, it is the oldest visual arts event of the private sector. This year it will showcase works by 257 artists, each presenting one piece, Honaronline reported.
The silver jubilee event will host various forms of art including painting, sculpture and calligraphy. Gallery director Lili Golestan says the works will be offered at different prices as previous years to suit all possible budgets.
It has been customary in the history of the exhibit that when an artist’s piece is sold another artwork by the same artist quickly replaces it. So, every day visitors can see new works on display.
Since its founding the event has offered quality works and has also focused on the economics of art. Over a quarter century, it has been able to introduce new buyers to the art community.
There are plenty of art lovers who are now contributing to the economics of art by purchasing works of their favorite artists.
Lili founded Golestan Gallery in 1988 and since then has tried to help make it easy for people to buy art, support new talent and young artists and take strong steps to expand the horizons of art.
On what led to the birth of the exhibit, Lili said, “some years after the gallery was founded, I noticed there are foreign tourists  coming to Iran every summer who want to buy paintings,” but there was no place to present such works. “So I decided to organize a summer exhibit so that those interested can purchase artworks,” she added.
The first edition of ‘100 Works, 100 Artists’ was held with exactly one hundred artists in 1992. “It was well received by the people and as the works were priced reasonably we had a good sale. This encouraged me to continue the event and every year the number of artists wanting to present their works at the event increased. Up until this year it reached 257 artists, whose artworks have taken up all the possible space of the gallery,” the director said.
The exhibit will close August 16.  The gallery is located at No. 34, Kamasaei St., Darrus neighborhood.

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