Art And Culture

70 Years of Landscape Art

A total of 170 works by 76 artists of different generations are on show. The oldest work of the collection is by painter Ali Asghar Petgar, created in 1946
A painting by Ali Asghar Petgar A painting by Ali Asghar Petgar

Niavaran Cultural Center in Tehran is holding a review on 70 years of landscape art in Iran. ‘Landscape Up Close’ is the title of the event, organized in the form of an exhibition, Honaronline reported.

Slated for October 6-27, the exhibit features 170 works by 76 landscape artists, selected by curator of the event, painter, sculptor and art researcher Rozita Sharaf-Jahan, 55.

The exhibit is organized under the auspices of Iran Painters Association based in Tehran. It looks back at the past 70 years and highlights a diversified selection of artworks including paintings, drawings, photographs and videos.

Works by different generations of artists are featured. The oldest work of the collection is by painter Ali Asghar Petgar (1913-1992), created in 1946.

Other than Petgar, there are two pre-modernist painters whose works are   hung at the exhibit: Ali Mohammad Heydarian (1896-1990) and painter and sculptor Ali Akbar Sanati (1916-2006).

Then there are works by those who pioneered modernism in Iran, and also those who lived and worked in the flourishing period of modern art. They are painter, sketch artist and sculptor Mohsen Vaziri Moqadam, 93; painter, graphic designer, illustrator and print artist Mahmoud Javadipour (1920-2012); painters Ahmad Esfandyari (1922-2013) and Behjat Sadr (1924-2009); as well as celebrated poet and painter Sohrab Sepehri (1928-1980).

Iranian-American painter and poet Monouchehr Yektai, 94; Iranian Armenian visual artist Marcos Grigorian (1925-2007); Paris-based painter Abolqasem Saeedi, 91; and painter and graphic designer Kourosh Shishegaran, 72 are among other participating artists.

The exhibition also includes landscape works by the latest generation of artists and shows visitors how artists’ approaches have transformed during the seven decades.

Iran Painters Association says the exhibit is a great opportunity for art researchers, critics, artists and students to enjoy such review on wide range of artworks.

‘Landscape Up Close’ is organized with the support of, and in collaboration with, artists, gallery owners and collectors.

The artworks are published in a book that was unveiled at the opening ceremony on Friday evening. Visiting hours on the following days are 10 am-8 pm.

Niavaran Cultural Center is located at the northern tip of Pasdaran Street, across Niavaran Park.

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