Persian contemporary art scene is a burgeoning and vibrant melting pot where the traditional Persian colours meet European aesthetics. In fact, art in Iran has become one of the most important ways to express and Iranian art has reached the state of being luxury works.
Most of the works by Iranian contemporary artists fetch a lot of money at big auction houses like Sotheby’s and Christie’s. This time around, Bonhams May 11th Modern & Contemporary art sale would feature an entire section entirely devoted to Iranian Contemporary art. Farhad Moshiri, Afshin Pirhashemi and Reza Derakshani are some of the contemporary artists that would be featured.
Moreover, one could also find works by founders of modern Iranian art, Parviz Tanavoli and Marcos Grigorian. Iranian art combines bright colours with historical allegories, and Persian art is now one of the hottest things to be bought in the art world. There are paintings which depict life during the Qajar period and Afshin Pirhashemi’s photorealistic paintings bring the sultry and sensual side of Iranian art. These are the most important works of art to be auctioned off:
1137 Farhad Moshiri (Iran, born 1963) S19R, 2005 57 5/16 x 76in (145.5 x 193cm) (est. $60,000 – 80,000)
1148 Reza Derakshani (Iran, born 1952) Blue Hunting, 2009 (triptych) each panel 70 7/8 x 59in (180 x 150cm) unframed (est. $50,000 – 70,000)
1154 Reza Derakshani (Iran, born 1952) Mirror of Time, 2009 76 3/4 x 35 7/16in (195 x 90cm) unframed (est. $18,000 – 25,000)
1155A Parviz Tanavoli (Iran, born 1937) Heech, overall dimensions 35 13/16 x 16 1/8 x 13in (91 x 41 x 33cm) (est. $12,000 – 18,000)