10/11/2010 09:13 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Echoes in Blue: Contemporary Iranian Paintings

WHO: Ten Iranian artists living and working in Iran today: Shahriar Ahmadi, Mostafa Darehbaghi, Mohammad Eskandari, Golnaz Fathi, Hossein Khorsrojerdi, Ghasem Mohammadi, Ahmad Morshedloo, Fereydoon Omidi, Bita Vakili, Amirhossein Zanajni WHAT: Echoes in Blue: An Exhibition of Contemporary Iranian Paintings from Tehran WHEN: October 16-November 14 WHERE: James Gray Gallery at Bergamot Station 2525 Michigan Avenue, #D4 Santa Monica, CA 90404, USA WHY:

Echoes in Blue was organized to provide the American audience with a thought-provoking view of life within the boundaries of the Islamic Republic of Iran. While the Iranian government requires that artists refrain from topics like religion and politics, Echoes in Blue clearly reflects the life struggles that exist in the long-lasting revolutionary state. The title is from a poem by the renowned Iranian woman poet Forough Farrokhzad (1935-1967) in which she reminisces about the echoes of blue in Isfahan, a world famous Iranian city with hundreds of historic structures, built primarily in blues tile. The poem, like the exhibition, is a reflection of Iranian culture. Echoes in Blue was curated by Iranian-born Homa Taraji, in association with Dr. Alireza Sami Azar, former director of Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art and a consultant to Christie's.

(From: James Gray Gallery)