While MoMA has received accolades for its rehang in protest of the so-called Muslim ban, the issue brings up many questions about the work that never gets shown and why.
In an unprecedented gesture, the museum has replaced works in its permanent collection galleries with eight by artists from Muslim-majority nations named in Trump’s executive order.
Iranian sculptor Parviz Tanavoli, whose passport border officials confiscated last week at Tehran’s international airport, says he faces accusations of “disturbing the public peace” with his artworks.
Authorities in Iran have confiscated the passport of prominent Iranian artist Parviz Tanavoli, who suspects he is being targeted for featuring an image of a woman on the cover of his new book.
Felix Gonzalez-Torres once made the argument that all art is political, even an artist’s choice to focus on the purely aesthetic.
Asia Society’s Iran Modern is a must-see exploration of a period little known in the West but infinitely interesting for its non-Western responses to modernity, its embrace of the developing world, the prevalence of prominent female artists at a time when the same wasn’t true most elsewhere, and its pushing of boundaries in an era where its experiments in culture could be seen as cutting edge.