Pillars – Iran (1882-1989)

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Pillars – Iran (1882-1989)

Acrylic and paper on canvas
48 × 24 × 1 1/2 in. (121.92 × 60.96 × 3.81 cm)
Gift of Guy and Ann Roberts, New York, courtesy Kravets Wehby Gallery, New York (M.2017.224)
Not currently on public view

Curator Notes

Pillars—Iran (1882–1989) is composed of painted pre-Islamic architectural elements and Islamic patterns paired with collaged portraits of seminal figures in Iran’s recent history, including Mohammad Reza Shah, Mohammad Mossadeq, and Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. The result is a distorted two-dimensional pillar, an eclectic and unstable monument to Iran’s turbulent history, which continues to define present-day Iran.


  • Komaroff, Linda. In the Fields of Empty Days: The Intersection of Past and Present in Iranian Art. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Munich; New York: DelMonico Books-Prestel, 2018.