The recent exhibit at the Asia Society called IRAN MODERN really touched me on a personal level. The exhibit shows more than 100 works of art by 26 pre-revolution artists, many of them friends of my Aunt Farideh Gohari. My Aunt Farideh was on the vanguard of the Iranian Arts movement and one of the founding members of the Iranian Television System and one of its executives until the revolution in 1979. As a young girl I was in awe of this courageous woman that had achieved so much in her life time not in the west but in Iran. My Aunt passed from cancer several years ago after a long battle that started right after the revolution in Iran. She will always be my role model as she truly reached for the stars and introduced me as a young girl to the creative forces of art and how a piece of art could be interpreted in so many facets by the onlooker. These artists showed me how powerful their images are and how in pre-revolution IRAN in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s these artists were head of the region in their freedom of expression and modernity. For me personally this exhibit was homage to my Aunt.
The exhibit runs through January 5, 2014 at the Asia Society at 725 Park Avenue (at 70th Street) New York NY and it is a must if you are in the New York City area. I am OBSESSED with this exhibit because it moved my soul!