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Metaphor and Allegory in Tanavoli’s Art.

The Artist as the Unifying Principle in a Fragmented Universe.

Availability: Forthcoming
Published: 2021
Page #: xviii + 100
Size: 8.5 x 10
ISBN: 978-1568593562
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Quick Overview

This book’s intent is to forge a closer connection between the aesthetical and theoretical aspects of Parviz Tanavoli’s sculptures. So far, and understandably so, the aesthetic of his art has been at the forefront of most studies. Yet, the philosophical implications and assertions of his work have been less emphasized. The significance of Tanavoli’s sculptures are multifaceted and this phenomenon is engendered by the unique manner which he relates the past to the present; essence to experience, and emotion to rationality. The study of metaphor and allegory and the role of the artist in a fragmented universe aims to communicate a few philosophical values embodied in his philosophically multi-pronged forms and creations. Tanavoli’s “Heech” series is one example of how his work unveils the depth-structures in the transcendental plays of language and the physical reality of forms. The scope of Tanavoli’s fertile creative imagination and its relation to the role of the artist within the frames of sacrifice, individuality, nationalism and universal responsibility have been the focus of this book.

About the Artist:
Parviz Tanavoli studied art at the Brera Academy of Milan. He has lectured at the Tehran College of Decorative Arts and at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. From 1961 to 1978 he was the head of Sculpture Department at the University of Tehran. He presently lives both in Tehran, and Vancouver. Mr. Tanavoli is an internationally known artist with solo exhibitions at major western museums in Austria, Italy, Germany, Britain and the United States. His art has been displayed and is held , to name a few museums, at the Bristish Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Minneapolis Museum of Art, the Royal Scottish Museum.

Mr. Tanavoli is also the author of numerous books and catalogues on Iranian art and holds an extensive collection of Iranian folk art.

author

Abbas Daneshvari

Professor Abbas Daneshvari is the former Chair of the Department of Art and a Professor of Art History at California State University, Los Angeles. His publications cover various aspects of Islamic art's iconography as attested by his books "Animal Symbolism in Warqa wa Gulshah" (Oxford University Press), "Medieval Tomb Towers of Iran" (Mazda Publishers), "Of Serpents and Dragons in Islamic Art: An Iconographical Study" (Mazda Publishers) and many articles on the iconography of Islamic art. Professor Daneshvari is the editor of "Essays in Islamic Art and Architecture in Honor of Katharina Otto Dorn" (Undena Publications) and the editor of volumes 17 and 18 of Arthur Upham Pope's magnum opus, "A Survey of Persian Art" (Mazda Publishers). He is also the author of a forthcoming book on contemporary Iranian art.

Preface

List of Illustrations


The Artist as the Unifying Principle in a Fragmented Universe

Of Metaphor and Allegory

The Allegory of Unity

Heech : Of Essence and Existence

The Walls of Tanavoli: A Case of Pure Interiority

The Walls of Iran

Persian Text

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