It’s been a decade already?!
A decade ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Parviz Tanavoli for the first time at the University of Oxford. I had begun my second year of researching my doctoral thesis on the foundational history of museums in developing markets with emphasis on Iran (1870’s-1930’s).
Tanavoli has been hailed one of the leading living artists to come of the Middle East. The 78 year-old sculptor has produced a fascinating body of work which has been collected by leading institutions around the world, including the British Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and Walker Art Center.
Most recently, the Davis Museum at the Wellesly College has organized an exhibition of Tanavoli’s work which promises to be, “the first comprehensive retrospective exhibition of the artist’s work to be mounted by a U.S museum.”