PanARMENIAN.Net – “Animating the Word: The Legacy of Iran’s Minority Calligraphic Traditions” will open on Wednesday, Dec 10 and run until Dec 30, ArtfixDaily reported.
While Persian calligraphy and artwork is more familiar to most audiences, there are other rich traditions of calligraphy in the minority cultures of Iran. These traditions have inspired a genre of contemporary art that incorporates the written languages and enriches the visual expression of these peoples.
For this exhibition, Tally Beck Contemporary will be exhibiting work by Ani Babaian (Armenian), Hannibal Alkhas (Assyrian), Solayman Sassoon (Jewish), Siamak Jamshidizadeh, Pooneh Oshidari, and Kourosh Vafadari (Zoroastrian).
Inspirational concept for this unique show of calligraphy from Iran comes from Richard N. Frye (1920–2014), the first holder of the Aga Khan Professorship in Iranian Studies at Harvard University. Richard Frye, an enthusiastic language learner, enjoyed rendering short Persian poems in his elegant hand. He also had a deep appreciation of minority languages of Iran and the Middle East, including those represented in this show as well as others written in modified forms of the Arabic alphabet. This show is dedicated to his memory.
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