Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian: Cosmic Geometry

The Third Line, Dubai / UAE

November 28, 2011

Edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Karen Marta

Published by The Third Line | Damiani

Hardcover, 9.75 x 11.75 in.
256 pages with illustrations
ISBN: 978-8-862081-75-7

“A role model for the artist of the twenty-first century.” —Hans Ulrich Obrist

Born in 1924 in the ancient Persian city of Qazvin, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian spent her childhood in a grand old house replete with stained glass, wall paintings, and nightingales. Coming of age during World War II, she left occupied Iran and audaciously set out for New York, where she was quickly absorbed into the city’s thriving avant-garde. In the decades to follow, during successive exiles in Tehran and New York, Farmanfarmaian developed an intuitive yet painstakingly crafted artistic practice in mirror mosaic and reverse-painted glass that weds the cosmic patterning of her Iranian heritage with the rhythms of modern Western geometric abstraction.

This book, edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Karen Marta and co-published by The Third Line and Damiani, is the first substantial survey of Farmanfarmaian’s acclaimed geometric works, and features an in-depth interview by Obrist; critical essays by Nader Ardalan, Negar Azimi, Media Farzin, and Eleanor Sims; warm tributes by Farmanfarmaian’s friends Etel Adnan, Siah Armajani, caraballo-farman, Golnaz Fathi, Hadi Hazavei, Susan Hefuna, Aziz Isham, Rose Issa, Faryar Javaherian, Abbas Kiarostami, Shirin Neshat, Donna Stein, and Frank Stella; an excerpt from The Sense of Unity: The Sufi Tradition in Persian Architecture by Nader Ardalan and Laleh Bakhtiar (1973); and an annotated timeline of Farmanfarmaian’s life by Negar Azimi.

About The Third Line

The Third Line is an art gallery that represents contemporary Middle Eastern artists locally, regionally and internationally, with a space in Dubai, UAE. In 2010, the gallery transformed its former office into a viewing space for individual artists projects and collaborations. In addition to ongoing exhibitions, The Third Line hosts non-profit and alternative programs to increase interest and dialogue in the region and publishes books by associated artists.

Represented artists include: Abbas Akhavan, Ala Ebtekar, Amir H. Fallah, Babak Golkar, Ebtisam Abdulaziz, Farhad Moshiri, Fouad Elkoury, Golnaz Fathi, Hassan Hajjaj, Hayv Kahraman, Huda Lutfi, Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige, Lamya Gargash, Laleh Khorramian, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Pouran Jinchi, Rana Begum, Shezad Dawood, Shirin Aliabadi, Slavs and Tatars, Susan Hefuna, Tarek Al- Ghoussein and Youssef Nabil.

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