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From Iranian Revolution to Pop Art: Farhad Moshiri's 'Go West' at The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh

Farhad Moshiri, Top of the World, 2011, Acrylic, Plastic pearls, Crystals, Glitter and Glaze on Canvas mounted on board, 168 x 250 x 10 cm
(Courtesy: The Third Line, Dubai)

Meet Iran's own Pop Artist! "Go West" at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh involves a selection of paintings and sculptures by Farhad Moshiri that have never been exhibited together, many of which are traveling to the United States for the very first time. The show, curated by José Carlos Diaz, The Warhol’s chief curator, highlights the evolution of Farhad Moshiri as both a painter and a sculptor, the first Middle Eastern artist to have a contemporary work, i.e. Eshgh (2007), auctioned for more than $1 million at a Bonhams sale in Dubai.

The Third Line Gallery, Dubai announces Farhad Moshiri's first major solo exhibition in the USA. Born in 1963 in the Iranian city of Shiraz, Moshiri lived a significant time of his formative years in America during the Iranian Revolution and returned to Iran several years later as a young adult and artist. This exhibition "Go West" comprises a large number of bodies of work created over decades by Farhad Moshiri. It explores his unique and varied subject matter, the clever use of language, and wide usage of materials and methods. He transforms mundane materials such as plastic pearls, glass beads, acrylic paint, crystals, and machine-made Persian rugs into intricate artworks. He also explores in detail contemporary Iran’s traditions as well as its historic isolationism, and also acknowledges the strong appeal and overarching influence of Western culture in his homeland. 

The exhibition is on view through January 14, 2018, at The Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212, USA.

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Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek of the exhibition.