Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Untitled (Sculpture 2), 2008, mirror, reverse-glass painting, and plaster on wood, 28 3/4 × 28 3/4 × 19 3/4".


“Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian: Infinite Possibility”

Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art
Rua Dom João de Castro, 210
October 9, 2014–January 11, 2015

Curated by Suzanne Cotter

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian once traded Andy Warhol, for several of his sketches,a tiny ball she’d made from intricately cut shards of mirrored glass. Farmanfarmaian would move back to her native Tehran in 1957, but her diminutive sculpture would remain, decades later, carefully placed on a table in the late Pop artist’s flat. This fall, Farmanfarmaian’s elegant mirror ball, alongside some six dozen other pieces, including geometrically inflected drawings, vast etched-glass doors, and a new sculpture in stainless steel, will be exhibited in the most ambitious display of her work to date. Orchestrating a spectacular collision of incongruous aesthetic traditions, times, and places—from the sober lines of a familiar clean minimalism to the exuberance of traditional decorative arts in Iran—the ninety-one-year-old artist summons up a psychic space all her own. Travels to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Mar. 13–June 3, 2015.