Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Haines Gallery: Monir Farmanfarmaian: A Mirror Garden High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA November 18, 2022 - April 9, 2023

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Gabbeh, 2009. Photo by Robert Divers Herrick
Monir Farmanfarmaian: A Mirror Garden
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
November 18, 2022 - April 9, 2023
One of the most influential Middle Eastern artists of her generation, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian (1922–2019) articulated her singular vision through mirrored mosaics, reverse-glass painting, and works on paper that recall both traditional Persian craft and the reductive abstraction of the 20th century. Opening at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA, Monir Farmanfarmaian: A Mirror Garden is the first posthumous exhibition at an American museum showcasing the work of the celebrated Iranian artist.


Curated by Michael Rooks, the High Museum's Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, A Mirror Garden marks the first time a US museum has highlighted the breadth and complexity of Monir's practice. The exhibition includes a selection of sculptures, drawings, textiles, and collages spanning four decades, including Farmanfarmaian’s cut-mirror sculpture Untitled (Muqarnas) (2012)acquired by the High in 2019, as well as lesser-known works, such as Monir's geometric carpets and her Heartache Boxes, a series of autobiographical, mixed-media sculptures. The exhibition’s title comes from Farmanfarmaian’s eponymous 2007 memoir, which evokes the visual splendor of the artist’s mirror-mosaic sculptures, as well as the dazzling life she led.
Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Untitled (Muqarnas), 2012, photo by Robert Divers Herrick; Heartache No. 16, 1992; Untitled, 2014; Untitled Carpet, 2012
Farmanfarmaian's work has been collected by institutions around the world, including the Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY and Abu Dhabi, UAE; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C; M+, Museum of Visual Culture, Hong Kong; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan; Tate Modern, London, U.K; Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia; Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE; Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Iran; and Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK. In December 2017, the Monir Museum, the first museum in Iran dedicated to a single female artist, opened in Tehran.
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