Thursday, May 24, 2018

LACMA's Islamic art curator on her ambitious new exhibition on Iran

ARTNET NEWS
By Nilina Mason-Campbell
Afsoon, Shah and His Three Queens, from the series “Fairytale Icons” (2009). Collection of Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller © Afsoon, photo courtesy Leila Heller Gallery.
LOS ANGELES---The new exhibit “In the Fields of Empty Days: The Intersection of Past and Present in Iranian Art” is the culmination of four years of work by LACMA’s Islamic art curator, Linda Komaroff. Assembling some 125 works of art, from photography to painting,and from posters to political cartoons, the striking show explores an intriguing and scholarly theme: the creative use of anachronism within Iranian art, showing both how tradition animates the present and how reference to the past can be a vehicle for subversive commentary today. [More]

Los Angeles County Museum of Art: “In the Fields of Empty Days: The Intersection of Past and Present in Iranian Art” (Through September 9, 2018); 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA; (323)857-6010; lacma.org
Image: Siamak Filizadeh, Anis al-Dawla, 2014, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, purchased with funds provided by Kitzia and Richard Goodman through the 2016 Collectors Committee, © Siamak Filizadeh, photo © Museum Associates/LACMA