A new book introducing 426 Iranian modern artists written by art critic Javad Mojabi under the title “Ninety Years of Innovation in Iran’s Visual Art” was introduced during a ceremony held at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art on Monday.
The two-volume book published by Peykareh Publications was unveiled in the presence of a large number of artists and critics, including Mehdi Hosseini and researcher of visual art Marjan Tajeddini, Persian media reported on Tuesday. Artist Hosseini pointed to the first documents written on the history of art in Iran during the 15th century and said that the book “Golestan-e Honor” (Ahmad Monshi Qomi) contains more comprehensive information on the artists of those years.
Golestan-e Honar gives valuable information about calligraphers and painters and the history of the art of bookmaking in Persia during the Safavid era ((16th century).
“Writing such a book (by Mojabi) is a great sacrifice since documenting historical topics is of great importance. The other point is that Mojabi has skillfully selected those artists, which he has named as the most influential modern artists, to introduce in his book,” he added.
He said the new book consists of two sections, the first of which refers to the history of art and the second introduces modern artists. For her part, Tajeddini also said that the new book familiarizes the readers with the historical events of visual arts in Iran and significant and influential artists such as (painter and sculptor) Abolhassan Khan Seddiqi (1894-1995). She added, “The good thing about this book is that the writer himself is also from the generation of artists mentioned in the book and he oﬀers an appropriate judgment”.
“Cultural historiography has always reached us with a delay, but there is hope that now that contemporary art continues with a faster rhythm, contemporary historiography will also move with the same rhythm,” she explained.
Mojabi, who was the last to speak, said that the book is a personal narration of the history of art and that a team of researchers or a private institute is needed to conduct more accurate research. He said that his book is useful for researchers, students of art, and all artists in the visual arts, adding, “Our artists rarely go to see each other and this book can be a great help”. “In this book, I chose artists who have been active for four or five decades and whose works have been accepted by the professional artists of the society. Also, Iranian and foreign artists have paid due attention to the book,” he concluded.
Photo: Art critic Javad Mojabi speaks during the Arash Sultan Ali.” The traveling Iranian classic poet seeking the truth their homes and travel to distant places throughout history, including going on pilgrimage to Mecca and visiting religious sites, ge ng in the centers of knowledge for learning, meeting the great mystics, and visiting the wonders of the world as well as some other factors like ge ng acquainted with the thoughts and beliefs of other peoples and nations, various government missions, escaping the threats and circumstances and inappropriate location.
Meanwhile, travelers with insight wrote their views “Cultural historiography has always reached us with a delay, but there is hope that now that contemporary art continues with a faster rhythm, contemporary historiography will also move with the same rhythm, the unveiling ceremony of his book “Ninety Years of Innovation in Iran’s Visual Art” the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art on June 13, 2016.
Source: Honar online, Gatha Ziatabari