Clearwater, Florida (PressExposure) January 20, 2009 -- "Dear Lady" is a rare award-winning piece of art created by the multi-disciplined Iranian/American artist, Iran Lawrence. It became a historical tribute to the American culture in 1986 for the Centennial Celebration of the Statue of Liberty in a national competition conducted by the American Museum of Folk Art in New York. It was chosen by a body of 28 regional and national judges representing Delaware, the first state in the union.
In the caption of her art at iran-lawrence dot com, she states the following: "In the spirit of unity and a renewal of a new hope and promise and a dawn of a new day in America, for this Inaugural Day of January 20, 2009, and in the honor of our new President, Barak Obama, I offer for sale "Dear Lady," my most precious possession, an aesthetic symbol of freedom and democracy, and a representative of the true spirit of America's forefathers.
As an Iranian / American who has been blessed abundantly with the fruits of freedom and democracy in this great nation, and on the dawning of this new era for change, hope and prosperity with which we are reclaiming and embracing the riches of freedom and fruits of democracy, I am very proud to participate in this revolutionary time in our history.
Aesthetics alone, when effective in a given direction, is what inspires a culture to ascend towards greater vitality and abundance. It is by lifting the spirit of Man that we inspire him into action and participation in a march toward his own greatest potentiality. It is in this spirit, that I have earmarked $50 million of the proceeds of this sale to help young artists and scholars through a non-profit foundation. As an Iranian / American who has been blessed abundantly with the fruits of freedom and democracy in this great nation, and on the dawning of this new era for change, hope and prosperity with which we are reclaiming and embracing the riches of freedom and fruits of democracy, I am very proud to participate in this revolutionary time in our history. It is in this spirit, that I have earmarked $50 million of the proceeds of this sale to help young artists and scholars through a non-profit foundation."
Lawrence is currently seeking a buyer to procure her Dear Lady for $120 million and possibly donate it to the Smithsonian Museum of Art in the nation's capital as an aesthetic reminder of the highest aspirations of our forefathers. This would be an achievement that will enable Lawrence to further help and support other aspiring artists and scholars to tap into the best of their own abilities and author the best of their own lives, rather than depending upon the exterior sources to determine their worth; as they are the pillars of a democratic society.
"Aesthetics inspire and beckon the wherewithal of humanity far greater than any other medium," Lawrence asserts with conviction. As a multi-faceted artist, she believes that although her skills and abilities are essentially rooted in her Persian heritage, she attributes her further growth and refinement to her Western education in the US and the genius of the American culture; a free society in which she has earned the luxury and the privilege of contributing to the humanities at a level that is befitting the forefront of the best civilizations in the world.
In 1986 - 1989, as a part of a collection, and under the auspices of the Museum of American Folk Art, Lawrence's "Dear Lady" has traveled across the nation to many museums and galleries and abroad, and since then, many museums have requested it to become a part of their permanent collection. Lawrence had spent 11 months to create the award-wining piece and has loaned the piece many times to various exhibitions across the nation, but has kept the piece as her own most treasured possession until now.
She believes that "art is the highest form of communication in uplifting humanity." She looks very much forward as an artist, to fulfilling her greater social responsibility through this project, by helping to cultivate the skills and talents of young artists and scholars of similar ambitions, and help to further the progress of humanity through the arts.