Saturday, July 12, 2014

About Farmanfarmaian (P.3)

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian

Born in 1924 to educated parents in the ancient Persian city of Qazvin, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Tehran (1944-1946). Her plans to pursue further education in Paris were derailed by WWII and instead she went to New York City where she attended the Parsons School of Design and Cornell University. During the 40's and 50's she worked as a fashion illustrator for the department store Bonwit Teller, alongside Andy Warhol and mingled with artists like Louise NevelsonJackson PollockWillem de KooningBarnett Newman, Frank Stella and Joan Mitchell. She returned to Iran in 1957 and the following decades developed her practice defined by a combination of traditional Persian techniques and geometric patterns reinvented in a modern abstract expressionist and minimalist aesthetic, in mirror mosaics and reverse-glass paintings. The resulting works are complex geometrical patterns that reference a range of influences in Islamic art, architecture and science. She reached international recognition and held exhibitions in Tehran, Paris, Venice and New York. After the Islamic Revolution of 1979, during which most of her works were confiscated, destroyed or sold, she took refuge in New York and settled back permanently in Iran in 2004.
With a career spanning over 50 years, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian is widely recognized as one of the most influential artist working in Iran today.

links to references:

book: "Monir Sharoudy Farmanfarmaian: Cosmic Geometry"

Haines Gallery
The Guardian
Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Solo Mosaico

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