Roles in Archive: Artist, Speaker
Born in Iran in 1924, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian’s career has spanned more than five decades. Incorporating traditional reverse glass painting, mirror mosaics, and principles of Islamic Geometry with a modern sensibility, her sculptures and installations defy easy categorization. She studied at Cornell University and Parsons School for Design in New York in the 1940s, where she befriended many of her contemporaries, such as Louise Nevelson, Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock and, later, Frank Stella. Farmanfarmaian’s work has been exhibited widely in galleries and museums across the Middle East and internationally. Recent commissions include a large installation for the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Jameel Collection (2006) and a six-panel site-specific piece at the Queensland Art Museum, created for the 6th Asia Pacific Triennial (2009). She is represented by The Third Line, Dubai.