Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian Untitled 1976

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Date 1976
Medium Mirror glass, stainless steel, plaster and wood
Dimensions Object: 1276 x 789 x 40 mm
Acquisition Purchased with funds provided by the Middle East North Africa Acquisitions Committee 2013
On loan to Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York, USA)

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This work presents a series of volumetric renderings of cubes, placed serially against each other to form an intricate geometric pattern that also reveals interlocking rhomboid and diamond shapes. The reflections formed within its fragmented mirrors can change dramatically, depending on the surroundings and lighting. Farmanfarmaian’s work relates to the geometric forms of American minimalist sculpture as well as the patterns found in Iran’s architectural monuments. Her use of geometric shapes is underpinned by her studies of Sufi cosmology, in which each shape has an intrinsic symbolic meaning.

April 2013

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