Iranian-American artist Shirin Neshat's dark kohl-lined eyes are immediately recognizable. The Hirshhorn Museum's retrospective in Washington, just steps from Congress, coincides with a diplomatic push to seal a nuclear deal with Iran that has revived interest in relations between Tehran and the West. The non-linear narrative of the exhibit provides a glimpse not just at Neshat's art and life, but also the trajectory of Iran in modern times, from the 1953 coup through the 1979 Islamic Revolution to the recent Green Movement. Although the self-described secular Muslim, insists her exile is "self-imposed," her work is so controversial in Iran that it has yet to be shown there publicly, and she has not returned since 1996.
19 October, 2016 Iraqi artist warns of ‘scenario of destruction’ Acclaimed Iraqi artist Dia Al-Azzawi, who exhibits almost 550 of his works in Qatar this week, says his country faces a bleak future and the assault on Mosul is "a scenario of destruction". "I am the cry, who will give voice to me?" showcases paintings, sculptures and drawings for the […]
15 September, 2016 Ai Weiwei: ‘One voice’ for refugees in new expo Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei Thursday unveiled thousands of mobile phone pictures of refugees at his newest exhibition, saying it aimed to speak with "one voice" for those who have fled to Europe's shores. It also includes sculptured marble lifebuoys and a marble surveillance […]
17 September, 2013 Insight: Brotherhood leaders liken Egypt jail cells to graves CAIRO (Reuters) - Murad Ali says he was put in a foul-smelling cell on death row, sleeping on a concrete floor, and denied light and human contact after his arrest in Egypt's crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood. "It was as dark as a grave," he wrote in a letter addressed to friends and […]
23 August, 2017 Netanyahu to Putin: Israel may act to curb Iran's clout in Syria By Denis Pinchuk SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday that Israel was prepared to act unilaterally to prevent an expanded Iranian military presence in Syria. Russia int...
29 May, 2012 Pollock painting back in Iran museum after customs row A multi-million-dollar painting by US artist Jackson Pollock was back in Tehran's Museum of Contemporary Arts on Tuesday after a row with Iran's customs service over unpaid debt was resolved, the state IRNA news agency reported.