University of Chicago publishing Palangi’s collections on war
Tehran Times Art Desk
TEHRAN – Iranian artist Naser Palangi, known for his series of murals in Khorramshahr, said that the University of Chicago is publishing his collections on war.
Palangi, who is famous for his series of wall murals of Khorramshahr Congregational Mosque featuring (1980-1989) Iran-Iraq war, is holding his first solo exhibit after his return from Australia.
His exhibit opened on Wednesday at the gallery of Tehran’s Mellat Cinema Complex, where veteran artist Parviz Kalantari and former curators of Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art Alireza Sami-Azar and Habibollah Sadeqi took part, the Persian service of MNA reported on Friday.
The current exhibit portrays the present atmosphere in Iran containing photo media, collage and several more, “I entered the world of contemporary art. The photo collage works were first noticed by the (deceased) Masumeh Seyhun, curator of Seyhun Gallery. Some of the works also found their ways into the British Museum,” Palangi said.
Critic Sami-Azar regarded works by Palangi as a combination of artworks with two layers. “The first layer contains a figure and a character and the second layer is a traditional element.
“Despite the current works, a kind of desperate feeling and impression are also observed in his works. We can see a kind of surprise or confusion for lost values in Palangi’s work,” he said.
“In these types of works, an artist is not creating a new work, but symbols and forms. These types of works mostly invite the viewers to ponder, this is what modern art is looking for, to make people think,” he added.
The artworks will be for sale and part of the proceeds will be dedicated to Tehran’s Mahak Society to raise funds for children in Iran suffering from cancer.