FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Farhang Foundation Presents
Iranian-American Artist KAMRAN KHAVARANI
A five week exhibition of Abstract Romanticism;
art inspired by the Persian mystic, Rumi
LOS ANGELES, CA, May 3, 2010-UPDATED 5/12/10 – Farhang Foundation is proud to introduce the art of Iranian-American artist Kamran Khavarani, in a month-long exhibition, from May 14 to June 17, 2010 at a private gallery located at 1020 Westwood Boulevard in Los Angeles, CA.
Khavarani has been credited by art historians with creating a new movement in art known as Abstract Romanticism that may influence the history of art.
"Khavarani's beautiful paintings, rooted in Persian mysticism, are an ideal way to present our culture in a way that benefits the community at large," said Bita Milanian, executive director of Farhang Foundation. "After all, paintings such as these do not need translation and their beauty inspires awe in the viewer, automatically creating an appreciation for the ideas on which they are based."
Khavarani's paintings will be the centerpiece of this 35-day exhibit, sponsored by Farhang Foundation, which will also include a lecture by art historian, Professor Roshan Hubbard, on Abstract Romanticism, the genre of painting which was coined by her. Professor Boime writes in his book: "A word about the stylistic label "Abstract Romanticism" coined by Roshan Hubbard, an old and close friend of the artist who graduated from the same program in fine arts at Tehran University. Her kindred background, knowledge of Khavarani's training and personal experience as an artist prepared her to bestow the appropriate aesthetic title on Khavarani’s novel efforts.".
In 2005, when reviewing Khavarani's paintings, renowned UCLA art historian, Professor Albert Boime said, "We may define his unusual approach as Abstract Romanticism, bringing emotion and beauty into the here and now with an intense energy and spontaneity that manifests fulfillment of joy in the eternal present... In this way, Khavarani resurrects the romantic idea of the possibility of an art that can change the world."
Khavarani's art has also been the subject of a 2008 book by Professor Boime - entitled The Birth of Abstract Romanticism - Art for A New Humanity - Rumi and the Paintings of Kamran Khavarani. Copies of this book will be available at the exhibition for viewing, as well as for purchase.
And this year, during a special gathering of members of the Congress in officially recognizing the Iranian New Year in March 2010, one of his pieces named The Bird of Freedom was dedicated to the spirit of Thomas Jefferson, which will be installed at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. A copy of this piece will be on display for viewing at the exhibition.
Farhang Foundation is delighted to invite the whole community to experience this unique artist and be one of the first to witness the beauty of Abstract Romanticism.
For further details about this program, please visit www.farhang.org.
Media inquiries are welcome.
About Kamran Khavarani
Kamran Khavarani was born in Tehran, Iran in 1941 into an artistic family. At a young age, he began studying classical painting with the noted artist, Reza Samimi. While completing his graduate work, Khavarani was mentored by the internationally renowned authority in art and architecture, Master Hooshang Seyhoun. In 1966, Khavarani graduated from Tehran University, where he received a Masters degree in Architecture and a Ph.D. in Urban Design. His architectural works have been recognized with numerous awards, and his artworks have been housed in many private art collections. His earlier paintings were influenced by his classical and formal training in arts and architecture. Since his recent encounters with the philosophy of Rumi, Khavarani has created a rare fusion of styles, now referred to as Abstract Romanticism. For more information, visit www.khavarani.com
About Farhang Foundation
Farhang Foundation is a non-religious, non-political and not-for-profit foundation established in 2008 to celebrate and promote Iranian art, culture and heritage for the benefit of the community at large. The foundation supports academic activities in Southern California by funding university programs, publications and conferences. The foundation also supports cultural programs such as celebration of Nowruz and Mehregan, theater, dance performances, films screenings and poetry reading in Southern California. Farhang Foundation, in cooperation with various cultural and academic institutions plans major programs and exhibitions about Iran and its culture. For more info visit: www.farhang.org.