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Shirazeh Houshiary

Iranian, b. 1955

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Shirazeh Houshiary

Iranian, b. 1955

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Shirazeh Houshiary, who emerged in the early 1980s with British sculptors like Tony Cragg, Richard Deacon, and Anish Kapoor, first became known for her allusive environments and biomorphic sculptural forms. However, in the following decade, Houshiary increasingly created drawings and monochromatic paintings of delicate geometric patterns composed of 13th-century Arabic poetry. Eschewing any fixed categorization, Houshiary’s works recall diverse artistic traditions, from Islamic architecture and calligraphy to the paintings of Western artists such as Kazimir Malevich, Ad Reinhardt, Mark Rothko, and Agnes Martin. Even Houshiary’s monumental spiral towers of anodized aluminum suggest Constantin Brancusi’s Endless Column (1938) and the four-screen video animation Breath (2003) draws on Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism and Sufism. “I set out to capture my breath,” said Houshiary, “to find the essence of my own experience, transcending name, nationality, cultures.”

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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
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Biography

Shirazeh Houshiary, who emerged in the early 1980s with British sculptors like Tony Cragg, Richard Deacon, and Anish Kapoor, first became known for her allusive environments and biomorphic sculptural forms. However, in the following decade, Houshiary increasingly created drawings and monochromatic paintings of delicate geometric patterns composed of 13th-century Arabic poetry. Eschewing any fixed categorization, Houshiary’s works recall diverse artistic traditions, from Islamic architecture and calligraphy to the paintings of Western artists such as Kazimir Malevich, Ad Reinhardt, Mark Rothko, and Agnes Martin. Even Houshiary’s monumental spiral towers of anodized aluminum suggest Constantin Brancusi’s Endless Column (1938) and the four-screen video animation Breath (2003) draws on Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism and Sufism. “I set out to capture my breath,” said Houshiary, “to find the essence of my own experience, transcending name, nationality, cultures.”

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
Tate Britain
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 4 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 3 more