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Museum in LA Showing Farhad Ahrarnia’s Khatam Works

Museum in LA Showing Farhad Ahrarnia’s Khatam WorksMuseum in LA Showing Farhad Ahrarnia’s Khatam Works

Los Angeles County Museum of Art has acquired an artwork of Farhad Ahrarnia for its permanent collection.  Named “The Caterpillar’s Endless Sigh,” it is a work of khatam (a Persian version of marquetry or inlaying) made in 2016 and inspired by the Russian Avant-grade artist, designer and architect El Lissitzky (1890-1941), Honaronline reported on its Persian website. Khatam is an art form for decorating surfaces with delicate pieces of wood, shell or metal in intricate geometric patterns.  “It’s the Sea Fused With the Sun”, another khatam work of the artist, also inspired by the Russian artist, was purchased in April by the Art Gallery of Western Australia in Perth. Ahrarnia, 47, is deeply influenced by the traditions of his hometown in Shiraz. His methodology consists of a variety of techniques such as embroidery, metalwork and mosaic.  LACMA is the largest art museum in the western US holding more than 150,000 works spanning the history of art from ancient times to the present. In recent years, the museum has been buying works of Iranian artists that are now on display.  Ahrarnia holds a degree in experimental and documentary film theory and practice from the Northern Media School, Sheffield Hallam University in the UK.


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