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The Discovery of a New Style in Art  Abstract Romanticism

City Art will be hosting a special event honoring the life and work of Albert Boime, one of the greatest art historians of our time on December 3, 2006 at City Art Gallery, Van Nuys, CA.

This event will be attended by curators and board members from the most prominent museums around the globe including the Metropolitan Museum and the Louvre. Also in attendance will be foreign dignitaries as well as representatives of local and state government. Donít miss this unique opportunity to be among the first to bear witness to this new form of expression. This will truly be a historical occasion.

Have you ever spoken with someone that was among the first select few to hear the first rap or grunge music, to use the first model touchtone phone, or car with power steering? Probably not, because one has to be lucky enough to be at the right place at the right time to witness such events. If you do ever speak with such a person, what you invariably will notice is that they feel privileged to have been a part of such a historical occasion, and yet revolutionary trends in music and technology are commonplace, whereas in art they are truly once in a lifetime opportunities, if that. With the advent of television, it may not seem so amazing to us now, but imagine you were among those first few in the 1880ís who saw Seuratís first paintings which consisted solely of primary colored dots that came together to depict scenes that appeared to contain a multitude of colors and shades.

In his upcoming book Birth of Abstract Romanticism, Boime highlights the work of Mr. Khavarani, the innovative artist responsible for what promises to be a new movement that is bound to breathe new life and passion into the art world. By combining unique movements of color with a play of emotions, Khavarani creates a rare fusion of Romanticism with the abstract form.


Romanticism - emphasizes the personal, emotional and dramatic through the use of exotic, literary or historical subject matter.

Abstract - representation of a derived essential character having little visual reference to objects in nature. A style of painting in which nonrepresentational lines, colors, shapes, and forms replace accurate visual depiction of objects, landscape, and figures. The subjects are often stylized, blurred, repeated or broken down into basic forms so that they become unrecognizable. Intangible subjects such as thoughts, emotions, and time are often expressed in abstract art form.

Albert Boime was born in St. Louis Missouri,on March 17, 1933. He graduated from UCLA, with a B.A. degree in 1961, and subsequently received an M.A. degree from Columbia University in 1963, and his Ph.D., also from Columbia, in 1968. Professor Boime has been a UCLA faculty member since 1978, and currently teaches the Social History of Modern Art. He was recently recognized and honored in a special symposium for his unparalleled lifetime academic achievements. He continuously strives to broaden people's awareness of social justice issues in the context of visual culture and emphasizes the need for people to gain understanding by studying the artistic imagery in our visual environment.


Fellowships and Awards
Dean's Fellow Columbia, 1963-1964
Columbia Traveling Fellowship, 1964-1965
Kress Foundation Grant, 1965-1966
SUNY Research Fellowship, 1967
SUNY Research Fellowship, 1968
ACLS Fellowship, 1970-1971
Arthur Kingsley Porter Prize For best article in 1971 Art Bulletin, Jan. 1973
Art Historian in Residence, College of Creative Studies, UCSB, June 1973
National Endowment for Humanities Summer Grant, 1974
Guggenheim Fellowship, 1974-1975
SUNY Summer Fellowship, 1976
Visiting Clark Professor, Clark Art Institute, fall 1978
Rome Prize Fellowship, 1979-1980
Who's Who in America, 43rd and all subsequent Editions
Guggenheim Fellowship, 1984-1985
Regents Fellow, The Smithsonian Institution, 1988-1989, 1989-1990
The Myers Center Award for The Study of Human Rights in North America 1999


Exhibitions
Co-curator "The Macchiaioli: Painters of Italian Life, 1850-1900"
The Frederick S. Wight Art Gallery, University of California, Los Angeles, 1986

Honorary Appointments
Panel chairperson for annual conference of College Art Association, 1974
National Endowment for Humanities Judge for summer grants, 1975
The UCLA Bicentennial Organizing Committee, 1988-1989


EVENT DETAILS:
Cocktail Reception
December 3, 2006
5:00pm to 8:00pm
City Art Gallery
7733 Hayvenhurst Avenue
Van Nuys, CA 91406


ABOUT THE ARTIST
Mr. Khavarani was born into an artistic family in Iran in 1941. He started painting at the age of three and when he was twelve years old he began to study classical painting with the well-known artist, Reza Samimi.

Mr. Khavarani completed his education in 1966 from Tehran University with a
Master's degree in Architecture and a Ph.D. in Urban Design. His graduate work was done under the guidance of his mentor Master Houshang Seyhoun, the internationally renowned Iranian authority in art and architecture. Khavarani has won numerous architectural awards and recognitions in the U.S. and abroad.

His paintings are housed in many private art collections. Khavaraniís earlier pieces were influenced by his classical and formal training in artsand architecture. Since his recent encounters with the philosophy of Rumi and other great teachers, both the artist and his art have been transformed and his current paintings carry subtle mystical messages.

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