By Rose Issa and Sheila Whitaker
Eleven essays by various contributors covering the history of Iranian cinema, and particularly the films of the 1990s.
By Talinn Grigor
In the first comprehensive look at Iranian art and visual culture since the 1979 revolution, Talinn Grigor investigates the official art sponsored by the Islamic Republic, the culture of avant-garde art created in the studio and its display in galleries and museums, and the art of the Iranian diaspora within Western art scenes. Divided into three parts—street, studio, and exile—the book argues that these different areas of artistic production cannot be understood independently, revealing how this art offers a mirror of the sociopolitical turmoil that has marked Iran’s recent history.
Exploring the world of galleries, museums, curators, and art critics, Grigor moves between subversive and daring art produced in private to propaganda art, martyrdom paraphernalia, and museum interiors. She examines the cross-pollination of kitsch and avant-garde, the art market, state censorship, the public-private domain, the political implications of art, and artistic identity in exile. Providing an astute analysis of the workings of artistic production in relation to the institutions of power in the Islamic Republic, this beautifully illustrated book is essential reading for anyone interested in Iranian history and contemporary art.
By Robert Hillenbrand and Firuza Abdullaeva
Iran’s rich cultural heritage has been shaped over centuries by its colorful and highly dramatic history. This impressive book, which assembles contributions by some of the world’s most eminent historians, art historians and other scholars of the Iranian world, explores the history of the country through the prism of Persian literature, art and culture. The result is a seminal work which illuminates important, yet largely neglected, aspects of Medieval and Early Modern Iran and the Middle East. Its scope, from the era of the Shahnameh to the period of the Mongols, Timurids, Safavids, Zands and Qajars, examines the interaction between mythology, history, historiography, poetry, painting and craftwork in the long narrative of the Persianate experience. As such, the book will be essential reading and a reference point for students and scholars of Iranian history, Persian literature and the arts of the Islamic World.
y Sheila Canby
The golden age of Persian art was the era of the Safavid dynasty. In this time of dynamic religious and political developments, painting and textiles achieved new heights of brilliance and opulence, and architecture flourished with the growth of cities. This resplendent volume provides a chronological history of the reign of each successive Safavid shah, including that of Shah ‘Abbas I, who came to the throne in 1588. He not only built grand mosques and palaces, but also welcomed foreign travelers-and their artistic influences to his court.
The superb illustrations complement a much-needed text by a leading scholar in the field. This volume is sure to become a standard reference on this sublime period in Persian painting, architecture, illuminated manuscripts, ceramics, metalwork, and other decorative arts.
By Shiva Balaghi and Lynn Gumpert
This book assesses modern Iranian visual cultural from the 1960’s and 1970’s and suggests that modern in Iran was a creative, complex and contested process. It examines the expression of Iranian modernity in a variety of media including painting and sculpture, photography, posters, and graphic arts. It highlights new modes of artistic production and the expanding scene in Iran: developments in Iranian art criticism, exhibition apparatus, education and patronage. The contributors also address changes in the iconography of Iranian art and the increasingly social role of the artist. This groundbreaking work demonstrates that the visual art serve as an important archival record of a critical period in Iranian history.
By Zahra Karimipour
Zahra Karimipour’s poetry paints a nostalgic picture of life in 1950s Boroujerd, a small town in the west of Iran. The realities of life in Boroujerd reveal a picture of a preindustrialized society, where life had not been touched by advanced machinery; life was simple, but vibrant. Karimipour’s memories of other places in Iran such as Tehran and the Caspian Sea are emotional accounts of her reflections on endearing memories. Her poem Oh, Caspian” shows her longing for the times she visited the Caspian Sea; her poem “Ah, Tehran” reveals her regret of losing a city to population explosion and urbanization.
By Shahruz Alborz
A collection of Poems in English with a smooth touch of Persian language and metaphors. A new experience of longing and being between places, people and dreams.
By Hamid Keshmirshekan
Renowned art historian Hamid Keshmirshekan explores contemporary art in Iran and considers the relationship between its cultural past, modernism, and the issue of contemporaneity with regard to cultural specificity.
By Salar Abdoh and Charlotte Noruzi
Salar Abdoh and Charlotte Noruzi explore graffiti and street art in contemporary Iran along with streets scenes depicting everyday life, especially in the bustling, angry metropolis that is Tehran.