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Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian

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Image of Convertible Series, Group 10

© Estate of Monir Farmanfarmaian, courtesy Haines Gallery

Convertible Series, Group 10

47 x 47 x 1 1/4 in. (119.4 x 119.4 x 3.2 cm)

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian
Iran (Qazvin, Iran, 1922 - 2019)

Object Type: Sculpture
Medium and Support: Mirror and reverse glass painting on plaster and wood
Credit Line: Maurice R. and Maxine B. Forman Fund and Marion Stratton Gould Fund
Accession Number: 2015.7
Location: Currently on view
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Monir Farmanfarmaian is an Iranian artist who creates dynamic sculptural objects through the use of traditional Islamic geometric forms and mirrors. Born in a small city near Tehran, she studied art in both Iran and the United States. She lived in New York City from 1946 to 1957, where she moved in the same artistic circles as Jackson Pollock, Frank Stella, and Louise Nevelson.

Farmanfarmaian created her first mirror mosaic reliefs in the 1960s after visiting the Shah Cheragh shrine in Shiraz. Her experience of the interior, its walls covered by a mosaic of mirrors cut into geometric forms, transformed her art.

I imagined myself inside a many-faceted diamond and looking out at the sun….It was a universe unto itself…all movement and fluid light, all solids fractured and dissolved into brilliance....I was overwhelmed.

This fluidity of form manifests vividly in her Convertible Series. The example here is made up of four elements that can be arranged in five different configurations specified by the artist.

[Gallery label text, Summer 2015]

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