New exhibition on Paul Anthony Harford confirms an extraordinary talent almost forgotten in the history of British post-war art
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The use of repetition and adaptation as a way of bringing new life to familiar images in Persian arts
An Underline video, exploring the world of Iranian artist Shadi Ghadirian in her own words
Sophisticated transformations of mundane materials to create thought-provoking critiques of social stereotypes concerning women
The Medicinal Herbs Garden Museum is a striking example of giving fresh vitality to the old Persian garden.
Amidst the disappearance of ancient monuments and a mood of global instability, sculptor Simin Ekrami invests her work with a sense of history
Underline takes a closer look, to discover the surprising details to be found in the eye-catching designs by artist Sanaz Mazinani.
On the occasion of a recent exhibition at Asia House in London, Underline spoke to the artist darvish about ‘cosmic gymnastics’, history and learning to see from a new perspective
Photographer Maryam Zandi talks to Underline about the development of her artistic career and responding creatively to changing circumstances.
On Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, whose exquisitely crafted glass works take a playful approach to the traditional.
Over the past two decades, Shirana Shahbazi has used ordinary objects as a way to re-engage with art history and traditional notions of genre
Known for exploring everyday socio-political themes in the context of conceptual art, Neda Razavipour reflects on the guiding ideas underlying her varied work to date
Does the growing prominence of women within the field of architecture in Iran signal a step change in social and professional attitudes?
Underline reviews a recent London exhibition of paintings by Iranian artist Sassan Behnam-Bakhtiar.
Art collector Abby Weed Grey’s deep attachment to Persian painting and sculpture led her to make a lifetime’s commitment to sharing Iran’s artistic riches with an international audience
By The photographic work of Kaveh Golestan, newly acquired by Tate Modern in London, captures a little-seen aspect of life in Tehran in the 1970s
Now in its 17th year, the Me’mar Award for architecture has firmly established itself as the most competitive annual event amongst professional architects working in Iran today
A recent retrospective exhibition of work by the British sculptor Tony Cragg showcased his remarkably expressive interplays between natural and industrial elements
Artist Ali Mahboubi Soufiani tells Underline about his transformative use of materials from everyday life and why he questions the idea of the ‘traditional’ in Iranian art
The V&A’s exhibition of lacquerware from around the world shows the emergence of exquisite decorative arts from the 2nd century BCE onwards, and highlights unique qualities of Iranian craft.
Hossein Hejrat, Iranian architect, who participated in the IAS 2014, has written about his experience collaborating with British Architects to propose development plans in Poplar, London.
An overview of contemporary Iranian architecture, its status and formative factors, with references to key figures and works (Part One)
More than half of the world are now city dwellers. Key urban challenges include housing and providing basic needs. How can cities reinvent themselves to deal with the problem of scarce land?
Invisible Tehran[s] is an educational project run by Rojia Forouhar and Amirhossein Taheri. The main idea of the project is to study the tension/relation between Architecture and Literature.
Mohammad Ghazali, whether subtly or explicitly, insists on not remaining faithful and confined to what his camera captures. This is also evident in his new collection entitled “Dredge”.
This essay, with emphasis on different notions of temporality, gives a brief account of Harun Farocki’s video-installation.
Last season a series of works by Iranian artist Raana Farnoud were exhibited at Tehran’s Emkan gallery. This short note attempts to point out some of the questions that her works present.
Jareh Das, art researcher and curator, writes about her journey to Tehran and the challenges in Iranian contemporary art criticism.
The most outstanding features in works of Raissnia may be the relations she develops between history of modern art and the golden age of cinema by using urban images.
London-based curator Leyla Fakhr sees the production of Monir as a woman’s admiration towards another. We had a talk with her about this experience.
Alireza Rezaei Aghdam looks at Shahrokh Meskoob on describing Mahmoud Khan Malek o'Shoara, who writes, “despite his attachment to tradition, he was a revolutionary innovative".
Alireza Ahmadi Saei: An exhibition of paintings by one of Iran's first-generation modern artists in Tehran. For decades Saidi has been creating gardens of colour on the canvass...
Navid PourMohammadreza: On Bahman Kiarostami’s Archival Film Project on the history of and stories around the ocean liner 'Rafaello' on the Persian Gulf through the revolution.
Ashkan Salehi: Sarang Baktash's exhibition at Aran Art Gallery in Tehran is like a black and white movie that in the last scene suddenly turns into colour. Read more about the exhibition...
Following the exhibition of prints and paintings by Afshin Chizari in ‘O’ gallery in Tehran, Milad Houshmandzadeh, a Tehran-based writer and photographer, interviews the artist.
Behzad Nejadghanbar: Artists and art lovers who spend the holidays in Tehran can visit the only exhibition of the city open these days at Lajevardi collection.
Etemad Gallery in Tehran exhibited works by young Iranian artist Shabahang Tayyari in October 2014. In this review Mahan Moalemi takes us on a walk through the exhibition.
Iman Afsarian: an analytical history of Iran’s visual arts developments during the presidencies of Khatami and Ahmadinejad with a closer look at the impact of global markets on Iranian art
Mahan Moalemi: On Reza Aramesh's first solo exhibition in Tehran at Ab/Anbar Gallery, January 2015
Marjan Zahedi: A review of the fourth generation of Iranian graphic designers and the artistic and institutional influences that restructured graphic design in post-war Iran.
Zeinab Mohammadi: A look at the exhibitions, artists and new galleries of autumn 2014 and the visual arts boom in Tehran
Iman Afsarian: An analytical history of Iran’s art developments during the presidencies of Khatami and Ahmadinejad
Majid Akhgar: A Note on Nazgol Ansarinia's "Fabrications", AUN Gallery, September-October 2014
Ruyin Pakbaz: Discussing the ‘new’ or contemporary art of Iran from the viewpoint of the relationship between this art and the overall social and cultural conditions of Iran today.
by Mehran Mohajer - This article aims to provide a brief account of Iran’s photography after the 1979 revolution.
Mohammad Mansour Hashemi: Few points about Iranian Art in the Contemporary World
Behzad Nejadghdghanbar: After entering the long and wide Aryana gallery, amidst crowd of visitors, first I see Manouchehr Motabar, strolling with hands clenched together, quiet, modest ...
Majid Akhgar: A Review of “underground”, an Exhibition by Siamak Filizadeh