Tanavoli stands near one of his sculptures called “Heech on Chair” at the Davis Museum on the campus of Wellesley College.
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Famed Iranian sculptor Parviz Tanavoli said Sunday he has been barred from leaving the country without explanation while trying to travel to Britain.One of Iran's best-known living artists, Tanavoli is associated with the Saqqakhaneh artistic movement, which began in the '60s and draws on traditional Persian and Shiite folk themes.In February last year, he was in the Boston area for his first solo retrospective in the U.S.Despite his international acclaim, Tanavoli has faced difficulties with Iranian authorities before.Authorities confiscated 57 pieces of his artwork more than a decade ago. Several artists, poets, journalists and activists have been detained in Iran since the government of relative moderate President Hassan Rouhani reached a nuclear deal with world powers last year.
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