Love Is Not Everything

Starts: Mon, 14 March 2011, 10:00 a.m.

Ends: Wed, 15 June 2011, 08:00 a.m.

LOVE IS NOT EVERYTHING marks the first worldwide retrospective of Farhad Moshiri’s impressive career to date.  Renowned for his hybrid work fusing traditional Iranian art forms with those of Western culture, Farhad Moshiri’s art is as daring as it is diverse.  

The exhibition will showcase seminal pieces from throughout the artist’s career, from the traditional jars covered in pop song lyrics that propelled him to fame, to his arresting ‘cake paintings’ and glittering canvases bejeweled with sequins.  All the works on view are drawn exclusively from The Farjam Collection.  A supporter and patron of the artist for many years, Farhad Farjam’s collection includes a wide range of works that span Moshiri’s diverse oeuvre.

“I have always greatly admired the work of pioneering artists such as Picasso, Miro, Dali, Warhol, and Jeff Koons. These artists have marked art history for their fresh and unique styles. Farhad Moshiri’s art has also fascinated me for its breadth and depth from the moment I discovered it. Since then, Farhad has never ceased to amaze me with each and every one of his new works. It is now my great pleasure to share my passion for his art with the public by unveiling this groundbreaking retrospective,” said Farhad Farjam, founder of the Farjam Collection

Farhad Moshiri studied Fine Arts and filmmaking at California Institute of the Arts, graduating in 1984.  His first works experimented with various artistic mediums, including installations, video art and painting.  Having returned to Tehran in 1991, he rose to international acclaim with his series of monumental jar paintings, followed by highly textured works incorporating both calligraphy and numerical abdjad; an ancient Arabic clerical code. 

Since then, Moshiri has become increasingly bold in his use of materials, making paintings that are both textured and sculptural.   An example of this daring use of media is Neighbourhood Butcher, 2009, featured in this retrospective, in which the artist uses acrylic knives to outline the profile of a man. 

Exploring themes in Iranian popular culture, Farhad Moshiri’s works focus on the clash between tradition and modernity, a duality which becomes a platform for making witty statements about the socio-political realities of the Middle East.  LOVE IS NOT EVERYTHING takes viewers on an exhilarating journey into the curious world of Farhad Moshiri.  

The opening of LOVE IS NOT EVERYTHING will take place on Monday 14th March, at 6pm.

On Monday 2 May, from 7-9pm there will be a special interactive event as part of Art Nights @ Gate Village.  This will be directly inspired by the cake paintings in the exhibition that is guaranteed to leave your taste for art fulfilled.


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Created by: Amy Sutcliffe
on: March 13, 2011
at 7:09 p.m.