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Koorosh Shishegaran
The Art of Altruism
Edited by: Hamid Keshmirshekan Contributions by: Hamid Dabashi Contributions by: Abbas Daneshvari
9780863561986 Hardcover, Cloth over boards English General Trade ART / Middle Eastern Mar 24, 2017
$104.95 CAD
Active 9.38 x 11.75 x 0 in 312 pages 300 color illustrations Saqi Books

Born in Qazvin, Iran, in 1944, Koorosh Shishegaran is considered one of the most expressive and emotive artists of the contemporary Iranian art movement.

In a career spanning six decades, he has established himself as an artist of great discipline, social awareness and manual skill, working in a wide array of different media, from graphic design to painting, photography and furniture design.

Drawing inspiration from Iranian visual culture, Shishegaran is best known for his scribble line abstract paintings (Khat-khatis). These dynamic colourful lines, depicting the contemporary human condition, enabled the artist to find a style and language expressive of the modern era.

With contributions from leading experts in the field and featuring over 300 colour plates,Koorosh Shishegaran: The Art of Altruism brings together the life and works of the artist for the first time, showcasing his various artistic phases and outlining his progressive approach to art-making and distribution.

About Koorosh Shishegaran

Koorosh Shishegaran (b. 1944) received a BA in Interior Design from the Tehran Faculty of Decorative Arts in 1973. He has since participated widely in solo and group exhibitions around the world, including Art Dubai (2015); Shirin Gallery, Tehran (2015); Unedited History. Iran 1960–2014, at MAXXI, Rome (2015) and Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (2014); Opera Gallery, London (2012); Beijing Biennial (2003); Barbican Centre, London (2001); Meridian Center exhibitions in the United States (2001–03).

Koorosh Shishegaran (b. 1944) received a BA in Interior Design from the Tehran Faculty of Decorative Arts in 1973. He has since participated widely in solo and group exhibitions around the world, including Art Dubai (2015); Shirin Gallery, Tehran (2015); Unedited History. Iran 1960–2014, at MAXXI, Rome (2015) and Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (2014); Opera Gallery, London (2012); Beijing Biennial (2003); Barbican Centre, London (2001); Meridian Center exhibitions in the United States (2001–03).

Hamid Keshmirshekan: Hamid Keshmirshekan is a research associate at LMEI, SOAS, University of London and Head of History of Art Department at the Advanced Research Institute, Iranian Academy of Arts. He is editor-in-chief of the bilingual quarterly, Art Tomorrow. His publications include Contemporary Iranian Art: New Perspectives (2013).

Hamid Dabashi: Hamid Dabashi is Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He is a founding member of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, as well as a founding member of the Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia University.
Abbas Daneshvari: Abbas Daneshvari is Professor of Art History at California State University, Los Angeles. He is the author and editor of various books about Persian art, including Amazingly Original: Contemporary Iranian Art at a Crossroads (2014).

David Galloway: David Galloway is a curator, academic, novelist and journalist. A graduate of Harvard University, he was the founding curator of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art and is emeritus professor at the Ruhr University Bochum. He has contributed to over 100 books on the subject of art and design.

Alireza Sami Azar: Alireza Sami Azar received his PhD in Architecture from UCE University, England. He was Head of the Art Research Department, Tehran University from 1997 to 2004, Head of the Iranian Centre of Visual Arts and the Director of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art from 1998 to 2005.

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