email: /^([a-zA-Z0-9_\.\-])+\@(([a-zA-Z0-9\-])+\. if (prefix == undefined) { Nada Shabout is Professor and Director of Contemporary Arab and Muslim Cultural Studies Institute at the University of North Texas. }, 'slideOutDown': 'slideOutUp' ); } if (!expirationMinutes) { if (generalSettings.loadFontAwesome) { $modal.addClass( $modal.hasClass('slideInUp') ? $modal.show(); Photo: Leah Sandals. A selection of Parviz Tanavoli’s jewelry collection at the “Oh Nightingale” exhibition at West Vancouver Art Museum. } // ------------------------------------------------------------------- ctx.customSerializer(); Parviz Tanavoli at the Davis Museum at Wellesley College, curated by Lisa Fischman and Shiva Balaghi, offers more than 175 objects from the artist’s expansive oeuvre. The Davis Museum in the Wellesley College of the United States will be holding a retrospective of celebrated Iranian sculptor Parviz Tanavoli in an exhibition opening on February 10. if (!o[this.name].push) { }); Critically acclaimed and widely acknowledged as the “father of modern Iranian sculpture,” Tanavoli’s trajectory has spanned east and west as he has innovated ambitiously across media. // ------------------------------------------------------------------- d.setTime(d.getTime() + (expMinutes*60*1000)); head.appendChild(link); .fail(function(jqXHR, textStatus){ 175 works by Parviz Tanavoli – long since hailed as the “father of modern Iranian sculpture” – is currently on display at the Davis Museum at Wellesley College. Report this profile; About. + '<\/form>' callback: function() { Parviz Tanavoli is a contemporary Iranian artist, best known for his bronze sculptures combining the semiotics of Arabic language with the formal language of abstract sculpture. Vassilis Oikonomopoulos is Assistant Curator of International Art Collections at Tate Modern. var initOuibounce = setInterval(function() { //position at bottom of screen Please try again later.' // Handler for close signup button }); The artist treats the calligraphic script for “heech,” the Farsi word for “nothing” or “nothingness” to multiple expressions in three dimensions and variable materials—from delicate jewelry to polished bronze and hi-gloss fiberglass sculpture. googletag.pubads().setTargeting("width", w), googletag.pubads().setTargeting("height", h), 1 == isnewsletter && googletag.pubads().setTargeting("isfirstpage", ['Y', pagetypeforce] ) 1937, Tehran) is one of Iran’s foremost artists, considered as the country’s first significant modern sculptor. Eileen Kinsella, April 1: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014, Dir. Mailing List Sign up for our mailing list Earlier this year, following a dispute between the artist and the city of Tehran, authorities raided his home. Three of Tanavoli’s sculptures — Poet in Love, 2009; Big Heech, 2014; and Tanavoli’s most recent work, Horizontal Lovers, 2016 — are now in display in the Aga Khan Park. Parviz Tanavoli's massive stainless-steel Big Heech—at 12.5 feet tall, one of the Iranian-Canadian artist's biggest heeches ever—is on view on the grounds of Toronto's Aga Khan Museum until April 2017. appendNewsletterSignup(); if (prefix == undefined) { An artist–fabricator, teacher and collector, he was born in 1937 and lives and works between Iran and Canada. The concept of heech, as Tanavoli explains, is abstract, philosophical, and celebratory; he says,  "Heech is not nothing. By visiting our website or transacting with us, you agree to this. Tanavoli sought his aesthetic in the 'bones' of his culture, its folklore, mythology and traditions. function loadJQuery() { + ' @media (max-width: 1199px){ #ouibounce-modal .description {font-size:13px !important;} }' After 27 years in Canada, a public-art breakthrough. // FUNCTIONS Learn about the artist and find an in-depth biography, exhibitions, original artworks, the latest news, and sold auction prices. + '