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 Taravat Talepasand

Dar Bast (Closed Door)

2015
enamel on 1977 Mercedes 230C
approx. 55.1 by 182.7 by 70.5 in. (ca. 140 by 464 by 179 cm)

 

 

 

 

 

Andarooni Birooni (Insider Outsider)

2015
egg tempera and gold leaf on linen
44 by 30 in.

 

 

 

Terror's Advocate

2011
graphite and pigment on paper
40 by 30 in. (101,6 by 76,2 cm)

 

 

 

 

Westoxicated

2015
egg tempera and gold leaf on linen
66 by 36 in.

 

 

 

 

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Taravat Talepasand was born 1979 of Iranian parents in Eugene, Oregon. She retained close family and artistic ties to Iran, Esfehan, where she was trained in the challenging discipline of Persian miniature painting. Paying close attention to the cultural taboos identified by distinctly different social groups, particularly those of gender, race and socioeconomic position, her work reflects the cross-pollination, or lack thereof, in our “modern” society.

Talepasand's works on paper and egg tempera paintings draw on realism to bring a focus on an acceptable beauty and its relationship with art history under the guise of traditional Persian painting. Her interest, however, is in painting a present which is of and intrinsically linked to the past, making it easily understood by the Iranian and inductive of assumption for the Westerner. “ Since I myself am considered a taboo in that I am a conglomerate of equal, yet irreconcilable cultural forces, my work challenges plebeian notions of acceptable behavior,” says the artist.

She holds an MFA from San Francisco Art Institute, a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, and was the recipient of a Richard C. Diebenkorn Fellowship in 2010.

Her work is in the permanent collections of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; the de Young Museum of Art, San Francisco; and the Orange County Museum of Art, Orange County, CA.

 

 

Khomeini

2015
egg tempera on linen
48 by 36 in.

 

 

 

 

Khomeini or Bust

2015
enamel and LSD on porcelain
25 by 12 by 17 in.

 

 

 

 

The Corrupt Minority

2015
graphite on paper
12 by 10 in.

private collection San Francisco, CA

 

 

 

 

Veiling the Feminine

2015
graphite on paper
40 by 30 in.

private collection Philadelphia, PA

 

 

 

LIONINOIL I

2015
Hash oil on paper
30 by 24 in.

 

 

 

 

LIONINOIL II

2015
Hash oil on paper
30 by 24 in.

 

 

 

 

Ceci Est Une Pipe

2015
egg tempera on linen
17 by 22 in.

 

 

 

 

Sanctioned I

2014
egg tempera on linen
32 by 26 in.

 

 

 

Sanctioned II

2014
graphite on paper
30 by 27 in.

 

 

 

Blasphemy II

2013
graphite and hash oil on paper
17 by 15 in.

private collection San Francisco, CA

 

 

 

 

Andarooni, Birooni, Lies and Man (Insider, Outsider, Lies and Man)

2011
egg tempera on linen
32 by 26 in.

 

 

 

 

Taravat Talepasand: 
Pathétique ITaravat Talepasand: Pathétique I Taravat Talepasand: 
Pathétique IITaravat Talepasand: Pathétique II Taravat Talepasand: 
Pathétique IIITaravat Talepasand: Pathétique III

 

Pathétique I

 

2012

pigment on silk, porcelain

wall piece 60 by 30 in., installed dims variable

 

Pathétique II

 

2012

pigment on silk, porcelain

wall piece 60 by 30 in., installed dims variable

 

Pathétique III

 

2012

pigment on silk, porcelain

wall piece 60 by 30 in., installed dims variable

     

 

 

Dokhtare Bahar (Girl of Spring)

2011
graphite and pigment on paper
42 by 32 in.

private collection Switzerland

 

 

 

 

Blasphemy 8

2013
LSD (12 hits) on Iranian currency
13 1/2 by 11 1/4 in.

 

 

 

 

Reprise de Justice (Presumption of Justice)

2011
egg tempera on linen
35 by 31 in.

private collection Arizona

 

 

 

Still Life: Half Sin

2011
egg tempera and gold leaf on linen
43 by 36 in.

 

 

 

 

Taravat Talepasand: 
"Hafez, September 9, 1978"Taravat Talepasand: "Hafez, September 9, 1978"

Hafez, September 9, 1978

2009

graphite on paper

40 by 30 in.

 

 

 

Suicide is painless, Dear

2008
egg tempera on linen
32 by 29 in.

 

 

 

Taravat Talepasand: 
"A modestly dressed woman is a pearl in its shell"Taravat Talepasand: "A modestly dressed woman is a pearl in its shell"

A modestly dressed woman is a pearl in its shell

2008

graphite on paper
40 by 30 in.

 

 

 

Danger

2009
egg tempera and oil on linen
30 by 24 in.

 

 

 

 

Taravat Talepasand 
"Chloes: Norouz"Taravat Talepasand "Chloes: Norouz"

Chloes: Norouz

2008
egg tempera on wedge
size 39

 

 

 

Native Americans Beware of Native Influences

2008
egg tempera on panel
22 by 17 in.

 

 

God favors the Sacrificed

2007
graphite and watercolor on paper
30 by 27 in.

 

 

 

Welcome jihad

2007
egg tempera and gold leaf on panel
22 by 17 in.

 

 

 

Taravat Talepasand: 
"The Greenback 1"Taravat Talepasand: "The Greenback 1"

The Greenback 1

2009
graphite on archival pigment print

single edition, published by Electric Works, San Francisco

10.5 by 19.5 in.

 

 

Taravat Talepasand: 
"The Greenback 2"Taravat Talepasand: "The Greenback 2"

The Greenback 2

2009
graphite on archival pigment print

single edition, published by Electric Works, San Francisco

10.5 by 19.5 in.

 

 

TARAVAT TALEPASAND

 

BORN
1979 Eugene, OR

EDUCATION
2006 San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA, MFA, Painting
2001 Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, BFA, Illustration
2000 Athens School of Fine Art, Athens, Greece

 


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2015

Not an Arab Spring, beta pictoris gallery, Birmingham, AL

 

2012
Pathétique, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA


2011
The Corrupt Minority, Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston, MA


2010
Taravat Talepasand: Drawings, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA


2009
Situation Critical, Marx & Zavattero, San Francisco, CA
Hampah: Ala Ebtekar & Taravat Talepasand, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


2008
To the Martyrs! Plane Space, New York, NY


2007
Seeya and Sefeed, Heather Marx Gallery, San Francisco, CA


2004
New Works, Blackfish Gallery, Portland, OR



SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2012
Tessellation Make Up, Galerie Zilberman, Istanbul, Turkey
Nu Body, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Belles Comme Le Jour, Galerie Une, Zurich, Switzerland
FAX, San Francisco Arts Commision Gallery, San Francisco, CA


2011
Sea Change: 10th Anniversary Exhibition (part one), Marx & Zavattero, San Francisco, CA
Sea Change: 10th Anniversary Exhibition (part two), Marx & Zavattero, San Francisco, CA


2010
California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
I-Ran Home (In America), Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, Washington
Tehran-New York, Leila Taghainia-Milani Heller Gallery, New York, NY
Bad Moon Rising 5, UKS Gallery, Oslo, Norway
Chahar Ghesmat: Iranian Women Create, Akus Gallery, Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, CT
(curated by Afarin Rahmanifar and Elizabeth Peterson)


2009
I Want You To Want Me, Marx & Zavattero, San Francisco, CA
Bad Moon Rising 4, galerie sans titre, Brussels, Belgium (curated by Jan Van Woensel)
Femme on Femme, Cypress College Art Gallery, Cypress, CA (curated by Cari Marshall)


2008
Sexy Time: A Group Effort, Morgan Lehman, New York, NY
East of the West, SomArts, San Francisco, CA (curated by Taraneh Hemami & Anuradha Vikram)


2007
The Diane and Sandy Besser Collection, de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
Three on the Tree, Plane Space, New York, NY
Selections from New American Paintings: The MFA Annual, OSP Gallery, Boston, MA
GRAPHIC: New Bay Area Drawing, di Rosa Preserve, Napa, CA


2006
Cream from the Top, Arts Benicia, Benicia, CA


2005
Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA


2004
Murphy Cadogan Award, San Francisco Art Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Obsessive Patterns, Live Worms Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Ephemeral, Crucible Steel Gallery, San Francisco, CA


2003
Oregon Biennial, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR

 


HONORS AND AWARDS


2011 Emergency Assistance Grant, Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation
2010 Richard C. Diebenkorn Fellowship
2006 Irene Pijoan Memorial Painting Award
2005-06 New American Paintings: MFA Annual Competition
2005 Murphy Cadogan Scholarship
2004-05 San Francisco Art Institute, Merit Scholarship
2000 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship
1999-01 Rhode Island School of Design Merit Scholarship
1999 Guilford Handcraft



SELECTED COLLECTIONS


Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, de Young Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA
Orange County Museum of Art, Orange County, CA

 


INTERVIEWS AND MEDIA


2010
Pearls on the Ocean Floor, Director Robert Adanto
Voices of America, Persian News Network interview by Monaliza Noormohammadi

 


SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY


2011
Sarrah Zadeh, "Taravat Talepasand," Zan Magazine, NOV/DEC, Issue No. 1, p.61-63
Cate McQuaid, "Remaking History by Themselves," Boston Globe, May 11
Gabrielle Selz, "The Outsider Insider: New Work by Taravat Talepasand," Huffington Pos Arts, May 
Ahreeman X, "A Neo Traditional Artistic Social Statement," www.iranpoliticsclub.net, May
Sanaz Khalaj-Santos, "The Corrupt Minority," www.persianesque.com 


2010
Moeini, Noushin, “Taravat Talepasand’s images: Crossing Cultures in search of identity,” Javanan International Weekly Magazine, April, p. 36
Kluth, Mary Anne, “Situation Critical,” artpractical.com February, The Painting Issue #8
Eisenhart, Mary, “Don’t Miss: Situation Critical,” San Francisco Chronicle (96 Hours section), January 7, p. 13
Sanaz Khalaj-Santos, "Pushing Boundaries," www.persianesque.com 


2009
Huston, Johnny Ray, “Weekly Picks,” San Francisco Bay Guardian, December 16, p. 16-17
Granade, Rives, “Talepasand’s ‘Situation Critical,’” examiner.com, January
Melendez, Franklin, “Behind the veil,” San Francisco Magazine, December, p. 37, 40
Harouni, Shadi, “Ala Ebtekar & Taravat Talepasand: Hampah,” The, June, p. 38
Selz, Gabrielle, “Taravat Talepasand: In Her Own Image,” Art Papers, March/April, p. 22-25
Amirsadeghi, Hossein (Editor), Different Sames: New Perspectives in Contemporary Iranian Art, Trans Globe Publishing Limited, London, U.K.


2008
Zevitas, Steven T. (Editor), New American Paintings, The Open Studios Press, Boston MA; Number 79, Dec. 2008/Jan. 2009, p. 152-155
Turner, Cherie Louise, “Young at Art: 15 Artists Under 35,” art ltd., May, p. 59
Junker, Howard (Editor), “That Fateful, Faithful Cup of Wine” (reproduction), ZYZZYVA, Spring, Vol. XXIV No. 1, p. 54
Goodin, Analisa, “Taravat Talepasand,” Alarm, Winter, p. 76-79


2007
Van Proyen, Mark, “Taravat Talepasand at Heather Marx,” Art in America, December, p. 169
Che, Julia, “Taravat Talepasand: You Liberal Iranian,” Metro.Pop, Issue 32, p. 57
Zevitas, Steven T. (Editor), New American Paintings: Special Edition, The Open Studios Press, Boston MA; Number 70, July, p. 188 & back cover
Weiss, Nina, “Golden Girl: Taravat Talepasand Shines on the Outside,” 7x7 Magazine, May, p. 71
Ross, Michael, “Taravat Talepasand @ Heather Marx Gallery,” whitehotmagazine.com, May, WM Issue #3
Nataraj, Nirmala, “Iran So Far Away,” SF Weekly (Night & Day section), May 2, p. 23
Melendez, Franklin, “Taravat Talepasand: The Golden Road,” Planet, Spring Issue 15, p. 017


2006
Binshtock, Avital, “Art School Confidential,” Lifescapes, November, p. 64
Turner, Cherie Louise, “‘Cream’ at Arts Benicia,” Artweek, October, p. 25
Meeker, Cheryl, “SFAI MFA Graduation Exhibition,” stretcher.org, West Coast, May 27
Van Proyen, Mark, Catalogue Essay, MFA Graduate Exhibition, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA


2005
New American Paintings, MFA Annual Catalogue


2003
Oregon Biennial Catalogue, Portland Art Museum, Portland, ORSpeer, Richard, “Bi-Furious,” Willamette Week, July 2
“A Question of Commitment,” The Oregonian, June 29
“Oregon Biennial Sticks to Traditional Fields, Omits Web-based Work,” The Oregonian, March 12
“2003 Oregon Biennial,” Portland Mercury


2002
New American Painters, Pacific Coast Edition No. 43