Mirrors in Mourning: Monir Farmanfarmaian Dies

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian (b. 16 December 1922 – Qazvin), one of the most internationally renowned Iranian artists passed away on 20 April, 2019. Monir was best known for her modern practice of traditional mirror art that amalgamates geometric patterns with cut-glass mosaic techniques as well as her Iranian art heritage with modern Western abstract art.

In 2017, two years before Monir passed away peacefully at age 97, the Monir Museum was inaugurated in Negarestan Garden of Tehran in her honor. She was the first female artist to have a museum in Iran solely given to her artwork.

Monir regarded her experience in Iranian spaces as reflecting in her art, although art critics have also remarked her friendship with prominent artists like Manouchehr Yektayi, Andy Warhol, and members of New York’s avant-garde figures such as Louise Nevelson, Jackson Pollock, and Joan Mitchell as influential on her modernist approach.

For a virtual tour through her fantastic mirror mosaics and other artworks, click here.

Photo from ARTNEWS

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