Contemporary Iranian Art
Fig. 1. Contemporary Iranian Art. Courtesy of Saqi Books, 2013.

Saqi Books published a book titled "Contemporary Iranian Art: New Perspectives" written by Hamid Keshmirshekan.

Publication Data

Keshmirshekan, Hamid. Contemporary Iranian Art: New Perspectives. Saqi Books, 2013. ISBN: 9780863567216.


Complex, innovative and thought-provoking, Iranian art in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries offers fresh insight into a culture and society that have been much misunderstood in the West and elsewhere.

In this new, comprehensive study, Hamid Keshmirshekan considers the dynamics at play for Iranian artists as they confront their cultural past as well as issues of contemporaneity and cultural specificity.

He contends that the twentieth century in particular proved a crucial period in the art and culture of Iran; it was then that the legacies of tradition and modernism came under critical review, and artistic concerns revealed themselves as indivisible from ideological ones.

Contemporary Iranian Art includes major work by acclaimed Iranian artists such as Mahmoud Bakhshi, Shadi Ghadirian, Barbad Golshiri, Marcos Grigorian, Farhad Moshiri, Shirin Neshat, Sohrab Sepehri, Mitra Tabrizian, Parviz Tanavoli and Charles Hossein Zenderoudi.

About the Author

Hamid Keshmirshekan is an art historian, critic and Visiting Fellow at the Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford and Editor-in-Chief of the bilingual quarterly, Art Tomorrow. His other works include Amidst Shadow and Light: Contemporary Iranian Art and Artists.

To order the book online visit the Saqi Books website.