کامران دیبا در این آثار کیفیت جهان.وطنی آثارش را حفظ کرده و اصراری بر نمایش ملیت یا تکیه بر مسایل کشوری ندارد، چنان که دراین سال.ها نیز به شیوه.ای جهان وطن زیسته است. او اخبار را قلب تپندۀ جهان و پیونددهندۀ مردمان روی کره زمین می.داند، اما در این مجموعه بر هیچ شیوۀ خاصی از خبررسانی، مسئلۀ بی.طرفی یا موضع.گیری، یا کنترل اذهان مردم از طریق رسانه.ها تمرکز نکرده است. با وجود درونمایه.ای چون روزنامه و اخبار جهانی، او ماهیت کارهایش را سیاسی نمی.داند و به هنر سیاسی اعتقاد ندارد چون سیاست گذرا است. به.نظر می.رسد قالب روزنامه، تنها به صورت الگویی حاضر-آماده برای خلق نقاشی به کار رفته است. حتی سیر تحول فرمالیستی نقاشی غرب در هرچه انتزاعی.تر شدن این مجموعه نیز بازتاب یافته است. در اخیرترین مجموعه، طرح.ها بسیار ساده.تر شده.اند. جای اجرای هایپررئالیستی پیشین را طراحی.ها و دِسَن.های خلاصه. گرفته است. گمانه.زدن در مورد موضوع و درونمایه.ها دشوارتر و اشاره.ها کلی.تر و موجزترند. رمزگان رنگی و درونمایه.هایی چون جنگ، تبلیغات، پروپاگاندای رهبران سیاسی، خانه و کار، سینما را می.توان تشخیص داد که با رنگ.های اصلی روی زمینه سفید بوم نقش بسته.اند.
کامران دیبا با بندهای متعددی به تاریخ هنر ایران گره خورده است. تاثیر عمیق او در برهه.ای از تاریخ، نه محوشدنی است و نه از یادرفتنی. سیر خلق هنری او هم، به.طرق مختلف، فراز و نشیب هنر معاصر ایران را بازمی.تاباند.
هلیا دارابی- شهریور 1393
Kamran Diba’s cosmopolitan view of the world is reflected in recent paintings. There is no focus on local or national issues in choosing the themes and narratives. He assumes the news to be the “heart beat of human activity on earth, without it the indication of life on the earth seizes to exist”. He does not, however, focus on issues like various modes and approaches in news broadcasting, objectivity or lack of it, taking stance, and mind control through media. Regardless of the content of “global news”, he does not consider his work as being political. He believes that unlike artistic creation, politics is an issue of transient nature. The newspaper format is seemingly used as a ready-made template for painting. Even an echo of Formalist developments in Western art history might be traced in the general tendency of these series of paintings towards abstraction. In the present show the drawings have become much more simple and geometric. The previous realistic renderings have been replaced by abbreviated, geometric drawings. It is more difficult to guess about the themes and narratives, and the references have become more laconic. Major news events such as war, economy, politics and so on, are coded in pure, primary colours on the white canvas ground.
Kamran Diba’s ties to Iranian Art history are multiple and intense and his profound effect on the formative years of Iranian modern art movement is undeniable. In the same way, the course of his artistic practice strongly reflects the ups and downs of Iranian contemporary Art.
Helia Darabi- September 2014
Overview and HistoryTehran is the capital of Iran and the largest city in the Middle East, with a population of fifteen million people living under the peaks of the Alborz mountain range.Although archaeological evidence places human activity around Tehran back into the years 6000BC, the city was not mentioned in any writings until much later, in the thirteenth century. It's a relatively new city by Iranian standards.But Tehran was a well-known village in the ninth century. It grew rapidly when its neighboring city, Rhages, was destroyed by Mongolian raiders. Many people fled to Tehran.In the seventeenth century Tehran became home to the rulers of the Safavid Dynasty. This is the period when the wall around the city was first constructed. Tehran became the capital of Iran in 1795 and amazingly fast growth followed over the next two hundred years.The recent history of Tehran saw construction of apartment complexes and wide avenues in place of the old Persian gardens, to the detriment of the city's cultural history.The city at present is laid out in two general parts. Northern Tehran is more cosmopolitan and expensive, southern Tehran is cheaper and gets the name "downtown."Getting ThereMehrabad airport is the original one which is currently in the process of being replaced by Imam Khomeini International Airport. The new one is farther away from the city but it now receives all the international traffic, so allow an extra hour to get there or back.TransportationTehran driving can be a wild free-for-all like some South American cities, so get ready for shared taxis, confusing bus routes and a brand new shiny metro system to make it all better. To be fair, there is a great highway system here.The metro has four lines, tickets cost 2000IR, and they have segregated cars. The women-only carriages are the last two at the end, FYI.Taxis come in two flavors, shared and private. Private taxis are more expensive but easier to manage for the visiting traveler. Tehran has a mean rush hour starting at seven AM and lasting until 8PM in its evening version. Solution? Motorcycle taxis! They cut through the traffic and any spare nerves you might have left.People and CultureMore than sixty percent of Tehranis were born outside of the city, making it as ethnically and linguistically diverse as the country itself. Tehran is the most secular and liberal city in Iran and as such it attracts students from all over the country.Things to do, RecommendationsTake the metro to the Tehran Bazaar at the stop "Panzda Gordad". There you can find anything and everything -- shoes, clothes, food, gold, machines and more. Just for the sight of it alone you should take a trip there.If you like being outside, go to Darband and drink tea in a traditional setting. Tehranis love a good picnic and there are plenty of parks to enjoy. Try Mellat park on a friday (fridays are public holidays), or maybe Park Daneshjou, Saaii or Jamshidieh.Remember to go upstairs and have a look around, always always always! The Azadi Tower should fit the bill; it was constructed to commemorate the 2500th anniversary of the Persian Empire.Tehran is also full of museums such as:the Contemporary Art Museumthe Abghine Musuem (glass works)the 19th century Golestan Royal Palace museumthe museum of carpets (!!!)Reza Abbasi Museum of extraordinary miniaturesand most stunning of all,the Crown Jewels Museum which holds the largest pink diamond in the world and many other jaw-dropping jewels.Text by Steve Smith.