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Iranian artist Parviz Tanavoli has built a successful career around the concept of nothing. Tanavoli creates sculptures of the word "heech," which means "nothing" in Persian. Tanavoli's first solo retrospective in the U.S. opened this week at Wellesley College's Davis Museum outside Boston and runs through June 7 .The exhibit comprises 175 pieces – including sculptures, paintings, jewelry and ceramics – from his more than five decades as a contemporary artist.Some of hiss 3-D heech sculptures echo works by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Jeff Koons, all of whom made the jump from the art world into mainstream American culture with their vibrant pop art.Because of the U.S. embargo against Iran, many of Tanavoli's early works still in his home country could not be included.Tanavoli studied art in Italy.
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