Twice a year, Teer Art creates a space connecting local galleries, art collectors, curators, artists, industry professionals and visitors of all stripes. This year the fair aims to create an appealing atmosphere for some of Iran’s most active art galleries to put contemporary Iranian art works on display for art collectors and enthusiasts alike.
The galleries participating in this virtual edition, which will also be present in the physical version of the Art Fair in October 2020, consist of the following: 009821 Projects, Aria Gallery, Art Center, Assar Art Gallery, Azad Art Gallery, Bavan Gallery, Dastan Galley, Delgosha Gallery, Elahe Gallery, Emrooz Gallery, Homa Art Gallery, Hoor Art Gallery, INJA Gallery, Iranshahr Art Gallery, Mohsen Gallery, Shirin Gallery, Silk Road Gallery and Vali Art Gallery.
009821 Projects is presenting works by artists Reza Abedini, Mojtaba Amini, Mahmoud Bakhshi, Shadi Ghadirian, Ali Nassir and Farah Ossouli.
Nassir is an artist who values the culture of his country, which becomes more important for him with the passage of time. This is why his colours are rooted in Iran, in an aesthetic maturity that is based on Iranian aesthetics. The effect of the brilliant colours in the paintings and the vertical organisation of subjects in Nassir’s work becomes surprisingly clear in a direct comparison. Despite this, it is the history of western art that provides him with the substance of his work. It continuously poses questions and challenges to him and provides him with artistic subject matters. It is thus that in the hidden layers of these mysterious pieces, with their amazing, unique colours, where objects shine like gems, he searches for the deepest meanings of humanity. – Ursula Prinz.
Bavan Gallery is presenting works by artists Elham Etemadi, Niloofar Fallahfar, Payam Qelichy, Sanam Sayehafkan, Tarlan Tabar and Mahsa Tehrani.
A labyrinth is a place to lose and to get lost, the only law of the labyrinth is an accident. Sayehafkan by studying the postmodern works of world literature, founds common approaches toward the structure of the labyrinth. She tried to study the solid geometry and the ultimate coherence between unpredictable and chaotic events. The disorientation of her used elements with the imaginary retrogressive time in an ever-expanding circular labyrinth – in which we remember the future and know nothing of the past – is an indefinable thing that begins with an eternal loss and grief and ends with a quest in vain to escape the pain of living in the frigidity of collaged spaces, which shows the futility of her designed world.
Delgosha Gallery is presenting works by artists Niaz Babatabar, Zabihullah Mohammady, Soheil Mokhtar, Zahra Nouri Zonouz, Mostafa Sarabi and Reza Shafahi.
Niaz Babatabar explores the territory somewhere between her apparently impressionist brush strokes and a tangible emotional state. Her heroic imagery (centered composition) and surrealistic leaps make the images waver somewhere between dream and reality. Her palette moves from cheery, almost warm colours to muted gray ones. She terminates the narrative in her paintings and makes us play it backward. A dream of the new past which is possible.
INJA Gallery is representing a solo presentation of works by the Iranian pioneer of modern abstraction Mohsen Vaziri Moghaddam in collaboration with the Vaziri Moghaddam foundation. Artworks including prints and paintings selected from 50s and 80s which are showing for the first time. Painting are selected among some of his landscapes mostly done in Europe and prints belongs to Form and Shapes series – 1959.
Below is one of the four prints which is dated 2017 and signed and numbered by the artist. Form and Shapes series was created in the late of 50s while he was in Rome and before his Sand series. He achieved this special of method throughout a 3 years of working on abstraction. In 2017 he came back to this series by crating a series of Lithographs.
This painting belongs to the late 50s (1958) when he was living in Rome and studying the academic period although he already had a BA from Art University in Tehran, Iran. Going from the reality to the abstract was started from this period. In the 60s he was so focused on Sand series which is one his important works.
Mohsen Gallery is presenting works by artists Amir-Hossein Bayani, Behrang Samadzadegan, Sasan Abri, Mehrdad Afsari, Mojtaba Amini, Daryoush Gharahzad, Amir-Nasr Kamgooyan, Seyed Mohamad Mosavat and Amir-Hossein Zanjani.
In his Tear in Town series, Mojtaba Amini has adopted an ironic approach. He has manipulated a number of masked protestors’ images from around the world that he has found on the internet, taken them out of their original contexts, which is of course the streets of the city, and translated them onto the coarse surface of the sandpaper. Cities can become the heart of joys and angers of the citizens as well as their public interactions and confrontations. Tear in Town is a reconstruction of urban protests in the absence of the city.
Silk Road Gallery is presenting works by artists Maryam Firuzi, Babak Kazemi and Ebrahim Norouzi.
Concealment of the human body has always been a significant consideration in societies from the dawn of civilisation up to the technological age. The objectivity involved in this issue becomes problematic. My feeling is, being forced to conceal myself is not natural. I wish nature had done his work in the first place and had covered me with its elements.
The narrative of a dream is a story of internal mood and state. A story of life, and of facing the outside world through the inside. The result is two worlds: the world of dreams and the world of reality. A dream that is so closely tied to the internal reality that it tends to show up every moment, everywhere. Time and place and the mind are woven together and make a world that nobody else can see: your very own world, a colourful world, with colorful ideas, a world so distant from external realities. And there is the real world, which is neither white nor black, and is only black and white, that you have to understand and live with.
The above descriptions are sourced from the galleries.
Teer Art Fair 2020 is on view until the 7th of August.