Janet Lazarian

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Janet Ikranuhi Lazaria

Tehran, Iran
DiedAugust 25, 2014(2014-08-25) (aged 82–83)
Cause of deathIllness
Resting placeArmenian cemetery, Tehran
  • Journalist
  • Art editor
  • Art promoter
  • Gallery director
Spouse(s)Najaf Daryabandari

Janet Dickranouhi Lazarian (1931-2014[1]) was an Armenian-Iranian journalist, art editor, art promoter and gallery director. Lazarian was previously married to writer and translator Najaf Daryabandari. She died in Tehran[2] at 83.


1970s Work as Art Critic

Lazarian began her journalism career in the late 1960s and by 1970 had a regular column covering the performing arts and fine arts scene in Tehran for the English-language daily newspaper Tehran Journal.[3] Her articles would also occasionally appear in the Persian-language newspaper Ettelaat.[4]

Gallery Lazar

In the 1980s, Lazarian turned to curating art exhibits for and with Tehran Museums and galleries. She founded Gallery Lazar in Tehran, exhibiting the works of many young and new artists, including Nargess Hashemi,[5] Niloofar Rahnama,[6] Bita Vakili,[7] Mahsa Shoeleh,[8] and Behnoosh Forootan.[9] A Charles Hossein Zenderoudi painting was acquired from Gallery Lazar in 1998 sold at auction at Christie's[10] (USD 125,000).[11] Also sold at auction from Gallery Lazar is one of Parviz Tanavoli's "Heech" sculptures.[12] which have been exhibited in many museums around the globe, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art[13] in New York.


Lazarian sponsored or co-sponsored artists[14] through her Gallery Lazar, such as veteran Armenian-Iranian artist Edman Ayvazian[15] Sirak Melkonian[16] and Armond Ayvazian[17]

In 2010, Lazarian made a public appeal[18] to establish a museum for housing the works and collection of artist Marcos Grigorian[19] in Armenia, whose work she had previously covered for the Tehran Journal.[20][21] His works are part of the collection[22] of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, but Lazarian advocated for him[23] to have a permanent collection in his homeland of Armenia,[24] where Grigorian had taken his vast collection of more than 5000 pieces before he died. Lazarian and Grigorian kept in touch throughout their lives[25]

Western Modern Art Collection of TMoCA

The Western art collection of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art was shuttered away for decades until 2008, when Lazarian helped News Journalist Lara Setrakian[26] gain access to the collection and film art that had not been seen for decades.


In 2003, Lazarian published 'Compendium of Iranian Armenians',[27] an encyclopedia of notable Armenians of Iran during the 19th and 20th centuries. A new and expanded edition[28] was published in 2009. An Armenian version[29] was published in 2012.

After she died in 2014, a "Final Farewell" was hosted[30] by artists and intellectuals in her honor.


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  2. "Obituary". Iran Wire.
  3. "Tehran Journal". library of congress.
  4. "Etellaat". etellaat newspaper.
  5. "Nargess Hashemi Gallery Exhibits". ArtNet.
  6. "Niloofar Rahnama". Art in Dream.
  7. "Bita Vakili". Mah Art Gallery.
  8. "Mahsa Shoeleh". Caroun Art and Cultural Center.
  9. "Behnoosh Forootan". Arthibition Online Art Gallery.
  10. https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/charles-hossein-zenderoudi-french-born-in-iran-5828027-details.aspx
  11. "Sold at Christie's". Christie's.
  12. Art auction site. "Tanavoli sculpture provenance". Tehran Auction.
  13. Tanavoli, Parviz. "Poet Turning into Heech". Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  14. "Iranian-Armenian artist Ayvazian brings solo exhibit home". Tehran Times.
  15. "London-based Armenian painter Edman Ayvazian passed away". Panorama.
  16. "Sirak Melkonian". Homa Art Gallery.
  17. "Armond Ayvazian". Caroun Art and Cultural Centre.
  18. "Artist Appeals to Create Marco Grigorian Museum". Asbarez. Asbarez. Aug 4, 2010. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  19. "Marcos Grigorian". Wikipedia. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  20. Lazarian, Janet (Nov 27, 1973). "From the Despair of Auschwitz to the Joy of Persian Soup". Tehran Journal. Etellaat. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  21. Marcos Grigorian, Earthworks. NY, NY: Leila Heller Gallery. Oct 29, 2011. p. 2. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  22. "Marcos Grigorian Iranian (naturalized American), born Russia. 1924–2007". Museum of Modern Art.
  23. "Artists invited to help establish museum for Grigorian's artworks". Tehran Times. July 29, 2010. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  24. "Marcos Grigorian Memorial in Yerevan". BBC News (Persian). Oct 27, 2007. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  25. "MoMA's subtle act of protest against Trump is a quiet but powerful show of resistance". VOX. Vox Media. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  26. Setrakian, Lara (June 6, 2009). "Iran: We Will Put American Art Treasures on Display". ABC News. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  27. Dānešnāme-je Irāniān-e armani. OCLC 749440704.
  28. Dānishnāmah-ʼi Īrāniyān-i Armanī. WorldCat. OCLC 811249974.
  29. "Iranahye Hanragidaran Iran Armenians Biography". Abe Books. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  30. "Last Farewell to Janet Lazarian". Hayern Aysor. Sep 1, 2014. Archived from the original on 2016-03-09. Retrieved 26 May 2020.

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