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Etel Adnan

Lebanese, b. 1925

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Etel Adnan

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Lebanese, b. 1925

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Biography

Well known for her staunchly political writing, Etel Adnan’s visual production—which includes film, textiles, bookmaking, and painting—stems from a more spiritual engagement with the world. Although trained in philosophy, her abstract compositions contain a more poetic quality, their rhythm and warmth unbound from the rigors of formal thought and located more in sensory experience. She creates her paintings with a palette knife, shaping vibrant fields of colors on small, intimate canvases. These paintings find their roots in the geographies the artist has navigated throughout her life, most notably her native Lebanon and adopted home of northern California. “My painting is very much a reflection of my immense love for the world, the happiness to just be, for nature, and the forces that shape a landscape,” she has said.

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Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
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Solo show at a major institution
Serpentine Galleries, and 2 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 5 more
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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 5 more
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Included in a major biennial
documenta, and 4 more
Biography

Well known for her staunchly political writing, Etel Adnan’s visual production—which includes film, textiles, bookmaking, and painting—stems from a more spiritual engagement with the world. Although trained in philosophy, her abstract compositions contain a more poetic quality, their rhythm and warmth unbound from the rigors of formal thought and located more in sensory experience. She creates her paintings with a palette knife, shaping vibrant fields of colors on small, intimate canvases. These paintings find their roots in the geographies the artist has navigated throughout her life, most notably her native Lebanon and adopted home of northern California. “My painting is very much a reflection of my immense love for the world, the happiness to just be, for nature, and the forces that shape a landscape,” she has said.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Serpentine Galleries, and 2 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 5 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 5 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
documenta, and 4 more
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Articles Featuring Etel Adnan
Inside the Effort to Write Women into Art History
Dec 16th, 2018
Inside the Effort to Write Women into Art History
Painter Etel Adnan’s Career Didn’t Take off until Her Eighties—Now She’s an Inspiration to Young Artists
Jun 22nd, 2018
Painter Etel Adnan’s Career Didn’t Take off until Her Eighties—Now She’s an Inspiration to Young Artists
Why Old Women Have Replaced Young Men as the Art World’s Darlings
Jun 19th, 2017
Why Old Women Have Replaced Young Men as the Art World’s Darlings
Why Your Most Creative Years May Come after 60
Mar 31st, 2017
Why Your Most Creative Years May Come after 60
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