Abbas Kiarostami

1940 · Iran

Artist biography

Abbas Kiarostami is an established artist, who originates from Iran, like other famous artists such as Nader Ahriman, Shahpour Pouyan, Shabahang Tayyari, Rokni Haerizadeh, and Pouran Jinchi. Abbas Kiarostami was born in 1940.


Two galleries around the world represent and exhibit Abbas Kiarostami's work, which are Rossi & Rossi | London in the United Kingdom and Noire Gallery in Italy.

Abbas Kiarostami in private collections

On Artland Abbas Kiarostami's works can be found in the following collection: Franco Broccardi which, for instance, also has works by other prominent and critically acclaimed artists including Won Sou-Yeol, Tora Aghabayova, and Marie Kølbæk Iversen.

Further Biographical Context for Abbas Kiarostami

Abbas Kiarostami was born in 1940 and was predominantly inspired by the 1960s. In the art world, a multitude of powerful changes were also taking place. Pop Art, adopting the culture of mass media through the artworks of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Tom Wesselmann, was gradually breaking down the foundations on which the creation and reception of art were built. Drawing from the imagery of popular culture and mass consumerism, the Pop Artists refuted the authority of highbrow art and created a ground-breaking movement, while Minimalism, simultaneously appearing, was rejecting any form of emotional manifestation and focused on art’s theoretical aspect – aspiring to pure visual responses. Simplicity and an emptiness of emotions were key concepts in the highly influential movement of Minimalism, embodied by artists such as Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Agnes Martin. Bored of the gestural elements of Abstract Expressionism, Minimalist artists focused on delivering artworks mainly gathering polished, pure lines and geometrical elements. The very first blossoming of Conceptualism was highly influenced by the purity of Minimalism but went further in rejecting all pre-existing conceptions inherent to art, similarly to what Pop Artists were trying to achieve by uplifting popular culture to the status of high art. Several schools of philosophy profoundly influenced creatives, Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti were artists heavily seduced by the ideas of Existentialism, who achieved worldwide success through their depiction of the human form and the anguish often associated with the human condition. globally, an important number of art movements resonated with the radical changes of the 1960s, often prone to their own regional distinctions. In Italy, Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni created Spatialism, while in Germany, the Zero group adopted similar ideas under the leadership of Günther Uecker.

Abbas Kiarostami

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