Art News // 05 September 2014

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Lawrie Shabibi gallery in Dubai will host Act & Application, a group exhibition that brings together six contemporary artists from around the world: Ra di Martino, littlewhitehead, Arthur Prior, David Rickard, Darren Harvey-Regan and Iranian artist, Setareh Shahbazi from September 15 to October 29, 2014.

Here’s a little background on Shabazi:

Iranian Setareh Shahbazi’s starting point for her projects is photographs: family photos, film stills, postcards, magazine clippings and more. In her series Spectral Days, Shahbazi revisits family photos she stumbled upon from her visit to Tehran in 2009, conjuring up memories of her family’s exile from Iran following the revolution. With a healthy disregard for the sanctity of photography as a mirror of reality, she breaks down the images using digital manipulation. Blending, dissolving and over-painting the images to further decontextualize her subjects she engages our imagination in read infinite possible narratives.

The exhibition will run until 29 October 2014.


Tehran’s Niavaran Cultural and Historical Complex is hosting an exhibition of paintings by the Qajar era painter Mohammad Ghaffari (1847-1940), known as Kamalolmolk, at the Sahebqaranieh Palace.

The exhibition displays 30 works by Kamalolmolk, who served as a court painter during the reign of Qajar king Nasser ad-Din Shah.

In this busiest period of Kamal-ol-Molk’s artistic life, he created over 170 paintings. Unfortunately, most of these paintings have either been destroyed or taken abroad.

The works he created in this period indicate his desire to discover the laws of oil painting. He advanced so much that he even acquired laws of perspective by himself and applied them to his works. His mastery in the delicate use of a brush was well as bright and lively colors distinguished him from his contemporaries.

The exhibition runs until September 24th.