Abbas Daneshvari

Dr. Abbas Danesvari
College of Arts and Letters
Department of Art
Office Location: FA 355
Phone: 4019 Email: [email protected]

Dr. Abbas Daneshvari

Professor of Art History
Chair, Department of Art (2009-2013)
California State University, Los Angeles


Ph.D. UCLA-Art History
M.A.  University of Massachusetts, Amherst
B.S.   California State University, Hayward


Professor of Art History, California State University, Los Angeles (1982-Present)
Fulbright Scholar, Cairo, Egypt (1981-1982)
Assistant Professor, University of California, Berkeley (1979-1981)



2017         Abbas Daneshvari, editor, Essays on Contemporary Iranian Photography, Mazda, Costa Mesa.

2016         Abbas Daneshvari, The Sculptures of Parviz Tanavoli, M. Publishers, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, January 2016.

2014       Abbas Daneshvari, Amazingly Original: Contemporary Iranian Art at Crossroads, New Art, Mazda Publishers.

2011       Abbas  Daneshvari    Of Serpents and Dragons in Islamic Art, An Iconographical Study, Persian Heritage Series / Mazda Publishers.

2006       Abbas Daneshvari,  editor,  A Survey of Persian Art, vol. XVII, Ashiya  Publishers/Mazda.                                                                                         

2005       Abbas Daneshvari and Jay Gluck, editors.  A Survey of Persian Art, vol. XVIII,  Ashiya Publishers/ Mazda .

1986        Abbas Daneshvari   Animal Symbolism in Warqa wa Gulshah, Oxford  University  Press.

1986        Abbas Daneshvari   Medieval Tomb Towers of Iran: An Iconographical Study, Undena/Mazda.

1982        Abbas Daneshvari, editor. Essays in Islamic Art and Architecture in Honor of   Professor Katharina Otto-Dorn. Undena Publications.    

BOOKS FORTHCOMING (completed manuscripts submitted to publishers):

2017         Abbas Daneshvari, Transformations in the Image of the Shepherd Sun-King in Early Islamic Art, forthcoming, University of Edinburgh Press.


2015         Sabzi

2011         Abbas Daneshvari, “The Continuum,” Catalogue Essay for Luis Bermudez’s Exhibition of Myth, Place and Identity, At the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts in Ojai. Ojai, November 20th, 2010- January 16th, 2011.

2011         Abbas Daneshvari, “The End of Purity,” Catalogue Essay for  Mahmood Sabzi’s Exhibition of The End of Purity at Tarrahan Azad Gallery, Tehran, September of 2011. Reprinted in Art Tomorrow, V. 6, Winter of 2012.

2011,       Abbas Daneshvari,The Pales and Forts of Mystery,” Catalogue Essay for Sadegh Tirafkan’s Exhibition of 0611, at  the  Etemad Gallery. Dubai, Nov. 2011.

2011        Abbas Daneshvari, “Always in Our Thoughts,” Catalogue Essay for Sadegh Tirafkan’s Always in Our Thoughts at the Los Angeles County’s Museum of Art’s Exhibition of The Gift of Sultans. Also available at

2011       Abbas Daneshvari,  “The Triumph of Dance,” Catalogue Essay for Setareh Feylizadeh Exhibition of Setareh’s Retrospective at Dehli’s New Gallery, Dehli, India.

2002       Cecilia Miguez

1999       Abbas Daneshvari, The Vigil of a Winter’s Moon: The Paintings of Babak Emanuel, Delju Art Publications.

1998       Abbas Daneshvari, The Paintings of Mahmud Sabzi, Collectors Editions.

1998       Abbas Daneshvari      Hessam Abrishami: A Retrospective, Collectors Editions.

1998       Abbas Daneshvari     The Sakazaki Collection of Stewart Moskowitz Paintings. 1989-1996. 

1989      Abbas Daneshvari      The Incadescence of Terror: The Paintings of Akbar Behkalam,  Mazda.

1987      Abbas Daneshvari       The Mezotint Montages of Michael Pedroni, California State University, Los Angeles.

1986      Abbas Daneshvari      Llyn Foulkes, Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

1985      Abbas Daneshvari      The David Nellis Collection, Loma Linda University.

1977      Abbas Daneshvari      Islamic Art at the Malone Gallery, Loyola Marymount University


2017         Abbas Daneshvari, “The Iconography of the Chahr-Taq in Medieval Islamic Archtecture,” edited by Rober Hillenbrand, University of Edinburgh Press, forthcoming.

2016        Abbas Daneshvari,  “Altruism and the Art of Koorosh Shishegaran” edited H. Keshmirsekan, Saqi Publishers, London.

2015        Abbas Daneshvari, “Metaphor and Allegory in Tanavoli’s Art: The Artist as the Unifying Principle in a Fragmented Universe,” The Art of Tanavoli, Dubai, 2016.

2014       Abbas Daneshvari, “Deconstruction and the Contemporary Arts of Iran,” in Regional vis-à-vis Global Discourses, Contemporary Art from the Middle East, Proceedings of a Conference at School of Orientl and African Studies, University of London, July 2013, edited by Hamid Keshmirshekan, I. B. Tauris, London, 2014.

2014       Abbas Daneshvari, “Gardens of Iran and Iraq in the Ninth and the Tenth Centuries,”   Festschrift in Honour of Shahryar Adle, Forthcoming.

2014       Abbas Daneshvari, “Joseph Beuys and Nietzsche’s Overman,” submitted to Colloquim on Modernism,  , held at California State University, Los Angeles, 2015.

2011      Abbas Daneshvari, “Parviz Tanavoli: Of Existential Purity and Sophistication,” Art Tomorrow, V. 5, Summer of 2011, pp. 179-186.

2011     Abbas Daneshvari, “Koroush Shishegaran: Dionysian Energies,” Art Tomorrow, V. 3, Winter of 2011, pp. 166-178

2010     Abbas Daneshvari, “Massoud Arabshahi: Life in Forms,” Art Tomorrow, V. 1, Spring of 2010, pp. 174-181.

2007     Abbas Daneshvari, “From Mashu to Qaf,” Studies In Honor of Geza Fehervari, edited by Barbara Brend and Patti Baker, London.

2005      Abbas Daneshvari      “Cup, branch, bird and Fish: The Image of the Ruler in Early Islam,” Studies in Honor of Robert Hillenbrand, edited by Bernard  O’Kane, University of Edinburgh, 2004.

2005     Abbas Daneshvari, “Inscriptions on Persian Pottery,” A Survey of Persian Art, vol. XVIII, ed. Abbas Daneshvari, Mazda/Ashiya Publishers.

1998     Abbas Daneshvari       “Simulations and Dissimulations in Postmodern Architecture, The Case of Los Angeles: Chaos and the  Mythopoeic Mind,” Cities, October 98. London.

1997      Abbas Daneshvari     “Ardabil,” Dictionary of Art.

1997      Abbas Daneshvari     “Ardistan,” Dictionary of Art.

1997      Abbas Daneshvari     “Kirman,” Dictionary of Art.

1997      Abbas Daneshvari      “Tehran I: History and Culture,” Dictionary of Art.

1997      Abbas Daneshvari      “Tehran II: The Arts,” Dictionary of Art.

1997      Abbas Daneshvari      “Varamin,” Dictionary of Art.

1997      Abbas Daneshvari      “ Nayin,” Dictionary of Art.

1997      Abbas Daneshvari      “Woodwork in Iran and Central Asia before 1250,” Dictionary of Art.

1997     Abbas Daneshvari       “Gunbad-i Qabus,” Dictionary of Art.

1994     Abbas Daneshvari       “The Iconography of the Dragon in the Cult of the Saints in  Islam,” Manifestations of Sainthood in Islam. G. Smith, editor. Isis Press, Istanbul.

1994     Abbas Daneshvari       “Symbolism of the Peacock in Medieval Islamic Art,” The Art  of the Seljuqs in Iran and Anatolia, Robert Hillenbrand, editor. Mazda.

1992     Abbas Daneshvari       “Borj, ” Encyclopedia Iranica. Columbia University.

1982     Abbas Daneshvari       “Symbolism of the Rabbit in the Manuscript of Warqa wa  Gulshah.” Essays  in Islamic Art and Architecture,  Abbas Daneshvari, editor. Undena.


1986     Abbas Daneshvari         “A Review of Muqarnas,Int. Journal of Middle Eastern Studies. 18/3

1980     Abbas Daneshvari         “A Review of A. Welch’s Paintings for the Shah,JAOS.

BOOKS PUBLISHED UNDER MY EDITORSHIP (Editor in Chief of Islamic Art and Architecture at Mazda Publishers)

2000     Hani Hamza                 The Northern Cemetery of Cairo, Mazda/American University of Cairo.

2004     Robert Mason,             Shine Like the Sun,  Lustre-Painted and Associated Pottery from the Medieval Middle East, Royal Ontario Museum/Mazda.

2004     Eva Baer                       The Human Figure in Islamic Art. Mazda.

1999      Stephen Blake, Half the World: The Social Architecture of Safavid Iran, Royal Ontario Museum/Mazda.

1996     Lisa Golombek, Tamerlane’s Tableware: Ceramic Arts of 15th and 16th  Century Iran, Royal Ontario Museum/ Mazda.

1994     Robert Hillenbrand, The Art of the Seljuqs in Iran and Anatolia, Mazda.

1989     Rachel Milestein, Miniature Painting in Ottoman Baghdad, Mazda.

1987     Bernard O’Kane, Timurid Architecture in Khurassan,  Getty/Mazda

Lectures (since 2004, only major institutions are cited):

2017    UCLA, “Metaphysical Subversions in Contemporary Iranian Art.”

2016     St. Andrews University, St. Andrews, Scotland, “The Iconography of the Chahr-Taq in Medieval Muslim Architecture.”

2013     Brunei Gallery, SOAS, University of London, “Deconstruction and the Contemporary Arts of Iran.”

2012     Kunst University, Linz Austria, “Deconstruction and the Contemporary Arts of Iran.”

2010      August 2010, University of Tehran, Department of Music and Ethnomusicology, “Music in the Art of the Great Seljuks of Iran.”

2010      December 9th, Intelligence Squared, “Animal Rights and Veganism,” Heather Mills, Peter Singer and Abbas Daneshvari debated three Professors of Oxford University on the issues related to animal rights and a vegan diet. Chelsea Town Hall, London

2009      July 1st, Moghaddam Museum of Art, Tehran, “How to Identify Seljuk and Il-Khanid Potteries.”

2008     June 30th, Tehran Archeological Museum, “Identifying and Dating Medieval  Islamic Potteries.”

2004      December 2nd,  University of London, SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), “The Dragons of Islamic Art and Literature,” Brunei Gallery Auditorium.

2004     December 3rd, University of London, SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), “The Astro-Cosmological Dragon,” Brunei Gallery Auditorium.

2004     December 6th, University of London, SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), “The Ruler in Cosmic Setting,” Brunei Gallery Auditorium.

2004     December 7th, University of London, SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), “Dragons in the Cult of the Saints,” Brunei Gallery Auditorium.