His pedagogical imperative is the training and
stimulation of the mind to independent thought through exposure to the visual
products of inventive human beings unafraid of unrestricted openness to
experience. He believes that an understanding of imagery will show that we are
not yet too fallen and depraved to be able to reform the world in the name of
suffering humanity. In Albert Boime’s own words written for the preface of his
latest book on the “Birth of Abstract Romanticism”:
“By examining the political forces that motivated the art makers and finders, and revealing the hidden mainsprings in visual production, I truly believed that I was contributing to the emancipation of thought, at least in one small corner of the minds of my students and readers. Thus art history became my raison d’être, a vehicle for enhancing the lives of my fellow citizens, while at the same time bringing about a nanno-change toward social justice in society.”
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
Co-curator "The Macchiaioli: Painters of Italian Life, 1850-1900"
The Frederick S. Wight Art Gallery, University of California, Los Angeles, 1986
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
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 such as: ‘California Building Official’s highest award of excellence’ for single family residence, the design award for ‘The White House’ in Savyon, Tel Aviv, and the design for the ‘City Theatre of Tehran’ which was an international competition. His paintings are housed in many private art collections.
His earlier paintings were influenced by his classical and formal training in arts and 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.
By combining unique movements of color with a play of emotions, Mr. Khavarani creates a rare fusion of Romanticism with the abstraction.
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