Iranian contemporary artists are very active, committed and link tradition and modernity. The market is booming despite the current political turmoil.
In 2021, six of the 40 galleries at Asia Now were from Tehran. Artprice has analyzed Iranian artists’ sales trends: Christie's 2008 Dubai auctions seem to have kicked off a new era with $30 million in sales. Since then, the market has grown significantly, despite ups and downs. The Wall, a 1975 work by sculptor Parviz Tanavoli (born 1937), holds the record for an Iranian artist: it fetched $2.8 M at the aforementioned Christie’s auction. The name of poet and painter Sohrab Sepehri (1928–1980) appears four times in the ten highest bids for paintings sold in Tehran between 2015 and 2018.