Magazine article Sculpture

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Magazine article Sculpture

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

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New York

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian

Through June 3, 2015

For Farmanfarmaian, "everything is in geometry." Though the native Iranian spent her formative years in New York (1945-57), mixing with Milton Avery, Willem de Kooning, Joan Mitchell, Louise Nevelson, Barnett Newman, and Andy Warhol, the inspiration for her best-known works came from a different source-the high-domed crystalline hall of the Shah Cheragh mosque in Shiraz. She later compared that transformative, 1966 encounter to "walking into a diamond at the center of the sun." In Iran, she was a pioneer, studying traditional crafts, including Turkoman jewelry and clothing, coffee house paintings, and reverse-glass painting. The most celebrated, and perhaps the only, contemporary artist working in mirror mosaic, she established an atelier reminiscent of the collaborative Persian kitabkhana, in which designs circulated among craftsmen from different disciplines; her drawings (many included here) have informed works in a variety of media, from textiles to sculptural commissions, to interior design. …

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