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Agnieszka Pilat

Agnieszka Pilat (born 1983) is a Polish-American artist based in San Francisco. Pilat’s work, figurative on its surface is conceptual at its core. Her paintings are hard to classify: on one hand they are figurative and they display the qualities of an artist trained in the figurative, even classical tradition, but on the other hand they fit into the contemporary, post-modern narrative of art that de-emphasizes skill in favor of concept.

In her words:

“I don’t paint people. I paint time, which is a universal concept that can only be described through a visual metaphor. I’ve used portraiture to represent the idea of time and in turn have developed my own artistic lexicon.

The figures I use are meant to spark an emotional reaction in the viewer, adding to the meaning of my paintings in a way that cannot be matched by non-figurative or abstract work. I believe that portraiture is the strongest tool in visual work because it relates directly to the human experience.”

Website: Agnieszka Pilat Fine Art

Instagram: Agnieszka Pilat (@agnieszka_pilat)

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TMoCA Treasures

Tehran’s museum of contemporary art (TMoCA) is believed to have the finest collection of modern western art anywhere outside Europe and the US.

Iran’s unique hidden treasure was bought before the Islamic revolution, under the supervision of Farah Pahlavi, the former queen of Iran, who fled the country with the late shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi in 1979.

The 38-year reign of the shah, self-proclaimed kings of kings, came to an end after Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returned from exile to Tehran receiving a hero’s welcome and founded the Islamic republic.

The collection includes Pollock’s Mural on Indian Red Ground, considered to be one of his most important works and estimated to be worth more than $250m, as well as important pieces by Picasso, Van Gogh, Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec, Degas, Whistler and Marcel Duchamp.

There are even pieces by artists whom the former empress met in person, including the Russian-French painter Marc Chagall and the English sculptor Henry Moore. The collection is thought to be worth more than $2.5bn.

But the pieces have been stacked in the basement of Tehran’s Museum of Contemporary Art for more than 30 years, gathering dust in storage. Censors in Iran classed some as un-Islamic, pornographic or too gay, and they have never been shown in public. Others have been displayed only once or twice.

But now a number of the collection’s paintings are on show for the first time in Tehran as part of the museum’s Pop Art & Op Art exhibition.

Source: TMoCA Treasures

Street Art by YZ

YZ (pronounced as ‘eyes’), also known as Yseult Digan (b. 1975), is a French street artist known for her project Open Your Eyes, which gained her international acclaim. YZ’s art focuses on the problems that humanity faces in the context of modern metropolis.

Although she employs a vast number of techniques in her projects (she is a visual artist and a videographer), she is best known as a poster artist, creating her works on craft paper and putting them up on city walls. These posters are short-lived, which puts an emphasis on the fast pace of urban lifestyle and the swift changes it brings.

Website: YZ

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Murad Subay, The Banksy of Yemen, Fighting Against War

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Murad Subay, an artist originally from Dhamar, Yemen, moved to the capital Sana’a with his family in 1993. He now uses the walls of the city to paint about the war there.

“Art gives hope and expresses the situation people are living,” he said. “It is the voice of people. In war, all voices are voices of hatred and destruction. What we do is show that there are other voices people can listen to. In times of war, even the smallest voices may save lives. Yemenis are in need of every voice in the world to push for stopping the war. The worst thing in war is when hope is lost. I personally also paint to protect myself from becoming hopeless.”

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Website : Murad Subay

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Hossein Khosrojerdi, Iranian painter, sculptor and graphic designer

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Hossein Khosrojerdi is a leading Iranian artist and designer and a noted historical figure. He was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1957 and was educated at the Beaux Arts School of Tehran, receiving a diploma in 1975, and at the Fine Arts Faculty of Tehran University, from which he received a degree in 1985.

Khosrojerdi has been exhibited in numerous museums and has received numerous prizes and accolades, including the Grand Prize of the Sharjah Biennial in 2001.

Hossein Khosrojerdi was at the forefront of Iranian political activism in the 1970s and 1980s, and following the Iranian Revolution in 1979, he was designated the official artist of the newly established Islamic Republic.

Khosrojerdi’s canvases vacillate between the surreal and the expressive. He is amongst those of his generation in Iran who moved away from the Eastern focus on aesthetics in the arts. It is the concept behind his works which is Khosrojerdi’s mode of, and reason for, artistic expression. On many levels his art is philosophical, exploring the notions of thought, remorse, regret and introspection, and above all, the importance of humility and self awareness.

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