Dr Alireza Sami Azar – Tehran Auction

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we’re joined by Dr Alireza Sami Azar, a former head of Tehran’s Museum of Contemporary Art and head of Tehran Auction, launched in 2012 as a private initiative to introduce Iranian art to art collectors and a global audience.

First, Alireza talks about the establishment of Tehran Auction and how it has helped develop a domestic art market in Iran. Then, Alireza speculates to what extent the lifting of sanctions on Iran will lead to more international buyers for Iranian art. Also, he describes the art schools, gallery structure and museums in Tehran and how similar or different they are than those in the US and Europe. Lastly, Alireza identifies some of the most prominent and emerging Iranian artists that are featured most prominently at Tehran Auction.