Deborah Lauter writes at length for Artnet Magazine on the Asia Now Art Fair’s new location, its highlights, the Fair’s reception following the Covid-19 hiatus. She gives her review a wider scope by mentioning the Russian occupation of Ukraine and the "Woman, Life, Freedom" uprising in Iran. The article quotes Alexandra Fain, Asian Now's founder, “We really wanted to put an accent on the independence of Iran, women’s liberty, and allow for strong political gestures by certain Iranian artists, who proposed installations”. The article also reviews the +2 presentation – how the gallery changed its programme to reflect the socio-political developments within Iran – showing a 2006 documentary film on Behjat Sadr (1924-2009), a modernist Iranian female artist and academic. Directed by Mitra Farahani, in this documentary Sadr talks about her life and her stuggles within the country. By placing painting directly on the surface of the work and removing paint with a knife countless times, Sadr arrived at the familiar visual structure in her paintings. For more information click here.
October 21, 2022