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Untitled (Muqarnas)

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Untitled (Muqarnas)

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Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian
Iranian, 1922–2019




Mirrors, reverse-glass painting, and plaster on wood

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59 x 86 x 12 inches


On View - Anne Cox Chambers Wing, Level 2, Gallery 214


Named for the ornamental honeycomb vaulting characteristic of Islamic architecture’s domed ceilings, niches, and corridors, Untitled (Muqarnas) seems to unfold like a pair of symmetrical mirrored wings. Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian’s work fuses traditional Islamic patterns based in sacred mathematics with the geometric abstract art she encountered while living in New York City from 1945 to 1957. The artist’s primary materials—mirror and reverse-painted glass—were used extensively in classical Persian architecture, which ranges from Spain to India.


Purchase with funds from the Farideh & Al Azadi Foundation

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© Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian