Hamid Keshmirshekan is an art historian, critic and Senior Lecturer at the Advanced Research Institute of Art (ARIA), Iranian Academy of Arts. From 2004 to 2012, he was the Associate Fellow at the KRC, Faculty of Oriental Studies and History of Art Department at Oxford University. His interests are twentieth and twentieth-first century art from the Middle East, with particular attention to the recent developments in art practice and its relation to the context. Dr Keshmirshekan has taught art history and criticism in British and Iranian universities and has organised several international conferences and events on aspects of modern and contemporary Iranian and Middle Eastern art, and has contributed extensively to various publications. His latest publications include Koorosh Shishegaran: The Art of Altruism (2017), ‘Standardisation and the Question of Identity: On the Dominant Discourses on Contemporary Middle Eastern Art’ (2015), Contemporary Art from the Middle East: Regional Interactions with Global Art Discourses (ed.) (2015), Hunar-i mu’asir-i iran, risheh-ha va nazar-gah-hay-i nuvin (2015), Contemporary Iranian Art: New Perspectives (2013), ‘Reclaiming Cultural Space: Artist’s Performativity versus State’s Expectations in Contemporary Iran’ (2013).
- Contemporary Art from the Middle East: Regional Interactions with Global Art Discourses (I.B. Tauris, London, New York: 2015).
- Hunar-i mu’asir-i iran: rishe-ha va nazar-gah-hay-i nuvin (Nazar Publication, Tehran: 2015, forthcoming).
- Contemporary Iranian Art: New Perspectives (Saqi Books, London: 2013).
- Amidst Shadow and Light: Contemporary Iranian Art and Artists (Liaoning Creative Press, Hong Kong: 2011).
- Essays on Curating Contemporary Art (the case of Iranian Art Exhibitions), (Markaz Publication, Tehran: 2011), edited book (English-Persian).
- Theory, Methodology and History of Art (Iranian Academy of Arts Press, Tehran: 2010).
- Different Sames: New Perspectives in Contemporary Iranian Art (Thames and Hudson, London: 2009).
- Parviz Tanavoli’s Small-Scale Sculptures (Bon-gah Publication, Tehran: 2008) (English-Persian).
Articles and Book Chapters
- “Showcasing Contemporary Iranian Photo-based Art: A Critical Account”, in Contemporary Iranian Photography, ed. Abbas Daneshvari, (Mazda Publication, California: 2015, forthcoming).
- "The Contemporary Art Scene of Iran: Cultural Policy, Infrastructure, Dissemination and Exchange", in Didgah, New Perspectives on UK-Iran Cultural Relations, (British Council and Penguin: 2015).
- “The Crisis of Belonging: On the Politics of Art Practice in Contemporary Iran”, in Contemporary Art from the Middle East: Regional and Global Dialogue, ed. Hamid Keshmirshekan (I.B. Tauris, London, New York: 2015).
- “Historiography of Modern Iranian Art”, in Iran Modern, eds. by Fereshteh Daftari and Layla Diba (Asia Society, Yale, New York: 2013).
- “Reclaiming Cultural Space: Artist’s Performativity versus State’s Expectations in Contemporary Iran”, in Performing the Iranian State: Cultural Representations of Identity and Nation, ed. Staci Gem Scheiwiller (Anthem, London, New York: 2013).
- “Amidst Shadow and Light: Challenges and New Waves in Iranian Art”, Journal of The Iran Society, vol. 2, no. 11 (2012): pp. 32-44.
- “Textual Element in Modern and Contemporary Middle Eastern Art”, Art Tomorrow, (English/Persian, peer reviewed), no.5, (2011): pp. 112-125.
- “Contemporary or Specific: the Dichotomous Desires in Art of Early 21st Century Iran”, Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, vol. 4, no. 1 (2011): pp. 44–71.
- “Seeing Twofold: Locality and Trans-locality in the Art of Contemporary Iran”, Art Tomorrow, (English/Persian, peer reviewed), no. 3 (2011): pp. 144-151.
- “The Paradigms for Contemporaneity in Iranian art”, Art Tomorrow, (English/Persian, peer reviewed), no.1 (2010): pp. 112-125.
- "The Question of Identity vis-à-vis Exoticism in Contemporary Iranian Art", Journal of Iranian Studies, vol. 43, no.4 (2010): 489-512 pp.
- "The New Wave of Iranian Art: Tendencies and Origins", Art Press (bilingual (French/English), no.17 (2010): pp.22-35.
- “Modern and Contemporary Iranian Art: Developments and Challenges”, in Different Sames: New Perspectives in Contemporary Iranian Art (Thames and Hudson, London: 2009), pp. 10-37.
- “Neo-calligraphism and Its Different Varieties in Modern and Contemporary Iranian Art”, in Metalwork and Material Culture in the Islamic World: Art, Craft and Text, eds. Mariam Rosser-Owen and Venetia Porter (I.B Tauris, London, New York: 2012), pp. . 441‒460.
- “Globalisation and the Question of Identity: Discourses on Contemporary Iranian Art During Past Two Decades”, in Amidst Shadow and Light: Contemporary Iranian Art and Artists, edited by Hamid Keshmirshekan, (Liaoning Creative Press Ltd, Hong Kong: 2011), pp. 64-81.
- “Reproducing Modernity: The Art of Post-revolutionary Iran Since the Late 1990s”, in Amidst Shadow and Light: Contemporary Iranian Art and Artists, edited by Hamid Keshmirshekan, (Liaoning Creative Press Ltd, Hong Kong: 2011), pp. 44-63.
- "Hybridism: Contextualization of Contemporary Middle Eastern Art in the Early 21st Century", Nuktaart, Biannual, Contemporary Art Magazine of Pakistan, vol.3, no. 2 (2008): pp.49-61.
- “Phenomenology and Art: a Method or an Approach?”, Pazhuhish-nameh-i Farhangistan-i hunar (Iranian Academy of Arts’ Journal), no. 5, Azar-Dey 1386 (Dec.-Jan 2007/2008): pp. 117-133.
- “Contemporary Iranian Art: The Emergence of New Artistic Discourses”, Journal of Iranian Studies, vol. 40, no. 3 (2007): pp. 335-366.
- “Discourses on Post-Revolutionary Iranian Art: Neo-traditionalism During the 1990s”, Muqarnas, An Annual on the Visual Culture of the Islamic World, vol. 23 (2006): pp 131-157.
- “Neo-traditionalism and Modern Iranian Painting: the Saqqā-khāneh School in the 1960s”, Journal of Iranian Studies, vol. 38, no. 4 (2005): pp. 607-630 (selected as the best article of the year).
- “Saqqa-khana School of Art,” Encyclopaedia Iranica, Edited by: Ehsan Yarshater, (London & New York: Routledge & Kegan Paul), www.Iranica\Encyclopaedia Iranica.mht.