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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 recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions
2021
New Prints and EditionsGalerie Lelong & Co.
2018
New Work: Etel AdnanSan Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Etel AdnanZentrum Paul Klee
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Le poids de la lune 1, 2017

Oil on canvas
13 × 9 2/5 in
33 × 24 cm
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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.

Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)
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