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ESSAYS

PERSPECTIVE

Where Historical?

by REBECCA CLOSE

Nasrin Tabatabai and Babak Afrassiabi explore the equivocal relationships between modernity and contemporary art

NASRIN TABATABAI and BABAK AFRASSIABI, Seep, 2012, still from two-channel installation. 

Copyright the artists. Courtesy Barcelona Museum of Art.

In 1931, the American expert in Persian art, Arthur Upham Pope, curated “The International Exhibition of Persian Art” at the Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, London. According to its catalog, the exhibition treated the public to “the finest examples of all the arts of Persia from the earliest times to the present.” The…

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