Life Is Beautiful: A Look At Farhad Moshiri’s Book Launch And Exhibition

BY Harper's Bazaar Arabia / Mar 21 2016 / 20:00 PM

Alserkal Avenue played host to a pop-up exhibition of works by the Iranian artist in celebration of the first monograph of his work

Life Is Beautiful: A Look At Farhad Moshiri’s Book Launch And Exhibition

Farhad Moshiri. Top of the World. 2011. Acrylic, plastic pearls, crystals, glitter and glaze on canvas mounted on board. 168 x 250 x 10 cm

Life Is Beautiful: A Look At Farhad Moshiri’s Book Launch And Exhibition

Farhad Moshiri. I Love You Until Eternity. 2007-2008. Acrylic, crystals, glitter and glaze on canvas, mounted on board. 180 x 260 cm

Life Is Beautiful: A Look At Farhad Moshiri’s Book Launch And Exhibition

A timeline of Farhad Moshiri’s iconic jars running parallel to his main practice over a span of 20 years

Life Is Beautiful: A Look At Farhad Moshiri’s Book Launch And Exhibition
Seeing Things Photography
Farhad Moshiri signing books during the launch of his monograph
Life Is Beautiful: A Look At Farhad Moshiri’s Book Launch And Exhibition
Shirley Elghanian chats with Ebrahim Melamed
Life Is Beautiful: A Look At Farhad Moshiri’s Book Launch And Exhibition
Salem Bin Dasmal
Life Is Beautiful: A Look At Farhad Moshiri’s Book Launch And Exhibition
Alserkal Avenue’s Fiza Akram
Life Is Beautiful: A Look At Farhad Moshiri’s Book Launch And Exhibition
Vassilis Oikonomopoulos, Dina Nasser-Khadivi and Farah Rahim Ismail
Life Is Beautiful: A Look At Farhad Moshiri’s Book Launch And Exhibition
Mariam Al Askari, Omar Kholeif and Hannah Feldman
Life Is Beautiful: A Look At Farhad Moshiri’s Book Launch And Exhibition
Ruchika Khazaei
Life Is Beautiful: A Look At Farhad Moshiri’s Book Launch And Exhibition
Tina and Ebrahim Melamed
Life Is Beautiful: A Look At Farhad Moshiri’s Book Launch And Exhibition
Michael Jeha and Hanan Worrell
Life Is Beautiful: A Look At Farhad Moshiri’s Book Launch And Exhibition
Lyne Kaddoura

On March 18, pivotal members of the art world community gathered together in Alserkal Avenue to celebrate the launch of the first major monograph devoted to contemporary Iranian artist Farhad Moshiri. Published by Skira, this stunning double-volume hardcover tome is the brainchild of Dina Nasser-Khadivi. The book serves as the first consolidated critical review of Moshiri’s work that demonstrates through a series of in-depth essays and illustrations the comprehensiveness of the artist’s oeuvre. The book spans the last 20 years of Moshiri’s work presenting a look at his admiration for the ironic hybrids between contemporary and historical Iranian symbolism as well as his exploration of present-day society through an unforgettable Pop Art aesthetic. Also included are works that have never been published before as well as critical essays by Negar Azimi, Dr. Maryam Ekhtiar of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Aram Moshayedi from the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles and Vassilis Oikonomopoulos from the TATE Modern.

Edited by Dina Nasser-Khadivi and Farah Rahim Ismail. Farhad Moshiri is available for purchase at Rizzoli and Skira. - Rebecca Anne Proctor