Persian Parables

Ali Banisadr, We Haven’t Landed on Earth Yet, 2012. Oil on linen. H. 82 x W. 120 in. (208.3 x 304.8 cm) (Mohammed Afkhami Foundation. Photograph courtesy of Mohammed Afkhami Foundation)
The Afkhami collection, on view at the Asia Society in New York, is foundational for understanding the contemporary art of Iran.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE R ebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians is the new exhibition at the Asia Society on Park Avenue and 70th Street in Manhattan. It’s a strikingly good show of contemporary Iranian art assembled by Mohammed Afkhami, a young, well-born Iranian whose family’s fortune and art collection were wiped out after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. With his own fortune made from investing, a passion for art still intact, and good taste, Afkhami gives us quite a treat. Twenty-three artists are represented in many media. The Asia Society is a classy, welcoming place, so I knew I’d see a quality show displayed in

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