Islamic Art Now, Part 2: Contemporary Art of the Middle East

Ahmanson Building, floor 4
January 24, 2016–October 23, 2016
Newsha Tavakolian photograph "Untitled", of an Iranian woman wearing all black and bright red boxing gloves, standing in the middle of a deserted road with Tehran in the distance.

In recent years, the parameters of Islamic art have expanded to include contemporary works by artists from or with roots in the Middle East. Drawing inspiration from their own cultural traditions, these artists use techniques and incorporate imagery and ideas from earlier periods.

Ten years ago, LACMA began to acquire such work within the context of its holdings of Islamic art, understanding that the ultimate success and relevance of this collection lie in building creative links between the past, present, and future. Islamic Art Now, a two-part exhibition, marks the first major installations of LACMA’s collection of contemporary art of the Middle East.

As the second of a two-part program, this exhibition features approximately 31 works by artists from Iran, the Arab world, Turkey, Azerbaijan, and Northwest Africa, including Shoja Azari, Lulwah Al Homoud, Burhan Doǧançay, Fereydoun Ave, Sherin Guirguis, Newsha Tavakolian, Shadi Ghadirian, Hassan Hajjaj, Ahmed Mater, and Faig Ahmed, among others.

This exhibition is included in General Admission.
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Image: Newsha Tavakolian, Untitled, from the series Listen, 2011, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, purchased with funds provided by the Farhang Foundation, Fine Arts Council, and an anonymous donor, © Newsha Tavakolian


Whoever Obeys Allah, He Will Make For Him a Way Out
Nasser Al Salem
Tehran Azadi Stadium- National Championship of Iranian Body Builders
Abbas Kowsari
Untitled (Shubbak V)
Sherin Guirguis
Rostam II returns at age of 30 having been brought up abroad
Siamak Filizadeh

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