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REVIEWS

NEW YORK

Asia Society Museum

Iran Modern

MOHAMMAD EHSAI, Untitled, 1974, Oil on canvas, 120 x 79 cm. 

Courtesy the artist and Asia Society, New York.


Ambitious in both subject and scope, “Iran Modern” was the first international exhibition to examine developments in Iranian art from the mid-20th century to the 1979 Revolution. Organized by Asia Society in New York, the show contended that Iran’s contributions to modernism were part of a global, interconnected art movement—that Iranian artists were actively shaping and interpreting modernism rather than merely rehashing a Western import. The…

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