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Tehran Times Art Desk
TEHRAN -- The Shirin Gallery is hosting the second edition of the Iran sculpture expo that began Friday.
At the opening ceremony of the expo, renowned sculptor Parviz Tanavoli spoke briefly calling the event a “historic scene” and expressed his happiness over the number of sculptures on display.
The art of sculpture making has developed over the past 200 years, especially in recent decades in Iran, and this is an improvement for a country that has not had this kind of art for several centuries, he said.
He asked collectors to support the expo saying that young artists holding exhibitions need their help to continue their activities.
Then, Shirin Gallery director Shirin Partovi expressed her thanks to the supporters of the expo as well as to expo secretary Behdad Lahuti.
A total of 140 sculptures made from bronze, ceramics, glass and other materials created by 135 artists are on sale at the expo.
On the first day of the expo, 15 sculptures were purchased mostly by public visitors and a few gallery owners who bought artworks in advance.
“Public visitors bought artworks that are priced less than 5b rials (about 5000 $),” the secretary of the expo Behdad Lahuti told the Persian service of Fars News Agency.
He said that representatives from the Tehran Contemporary Museum of Arts, the Academy of Art and the Iranian Artists Forum visited the expo to evaluate prices.
The sculptors initially priced their artworks, after which prices were finalized by the gallery owners. We are looking forward for our principle customers, he added.
The price of the items ranged between wooden sculptures by Mohsen Vaziri-Moqaddam priced at 45b rials (about 4.5 m$) to bronze fruits that are being sold at 2.5m rials (250 $) per kilo, he said.
Lahuti also talked about the variety of artworks at the expo saying the tallest sculpture on display is about 2.8 m and the shortest is about 12cm.
Artworks created by renowned sculptors including Jazeh Tabatabaii, Farshid Mesqali, Yasamin Sinaii, Behdad Lahuti, Kambiz Sabri, Reza Yahyahii and Mohsen Vaziri-Moqaddam are on sale at the expo.
The expo runs until July 19 at the gallery located on 145 North Salimi St., off Andarzgu Blvd. in the Farmanieh neighborhood.
Photo: A group of art lovers visits the second edition of the Iranian sculpture expo at the Shirin Gallery on June 24, 2011. (Photo by Mehdi Tajrishi)