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  • Feb 02, 2018

Iranian Gallerists Sentenced to Prison

Aun Gallery is Tehran’s first privately owned contemporary art space. Courtesy Cyrus Vafadari.

Aun Gallery was established in 2009 and was Tehran’s first privately owned contemporary art space. The gallery’s programming included around ten exhibitions per year, showcasing works by painter and silkscreen printer Khosrow Hassanzadeh, installation artist Mahmoud Bakhshi, as well as sculptor and public art practitioner Sahand Hesamiyan, among others. The gallery has been shuttered since its owners’ arrest.

Aside from being an art dealer who is well respected in the Iranian capital, Vafadari belongs to a prominent family that is known for their charitable work. In particular, an endowment from the family supports the Firoozgar Hospital in Tehran.

Brady Ng is the reviews editor of ArtAsiaPacific.

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