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SEDUCTIVE LURES: SHIRAZEH HOUSHIARY

WE'RE GLIDING, AIRBORNE, OVER a nomadic encampment in the desert: now the tents are royal, now barbaric, now small and elegant, now vast and multipartite. Or are we above a valley of temples dedicated to alien divinities? Or are we gazing down at the flowering of plants on the mirroring surface of a still pool? Or maybe some subterranean fire has provoked eruptions through the earth, thrusting matter upward into chance formations, now cooled by the air into marvelous crystals. Or are these objects strange machines of war left scattered behind by a mysterious army marching toward another victory, or another defeat?

In a show organized by the Centre d’Art Contemporain at the Musée Rath in Geneva this spring, Shirazeh Houshiary exhibited a group of her copper, zinc, and brass sculptures, dating mainly from 1986 and 1987. Though some of the pieces in the show rose high above the floor, the

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