Following the gallery's acclaimed exhibitions of Modern British and Latin American Art in 2010, this autumn Austin / Desmond Fine Art is delighted to present a solo exhibition of one of the most influential and pioneering artists of the Middle East: Parviz Tanavoli, the internationally recognized artist and Iran's first significant modern sculptor.
This exhibition, his first solo show in Britain since 1960, distinguishes him as one of the finest draughtsmen of his talented generation - almost the last to benefit from a Western Education. He graduated with honours in 1959 at the Accademia Di Belle Arti Di Brera, Milan under the sculptor Marino Marini. The selection of work on display features over thirty-five pieces including ceramics, fiberglass and bronze sculptures, paired with contemporary drawings, emphasising his abiding and joyful love for Persian architecture, culture and poetry.
The exhibition is drawn entirely from the artist's collection and features a number of works never seen before. He has taken part in several international group exhibitions and is one of the most popular artists at auctions. His work The Wall (Oh Persepolis) set an unbroken world auction record of 2.8 million dollars, for the sale of a work by a Middle Eastern artist at Christies Dubai, 30 April 2008.
To mark this event, Tanavoli will participate in an artist debate held at The British Museum on 22nd September 2011, organised with the help of The British Museum and Iran Heritage Foundation.
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