SculptureCenter presented Nairy Baghramian's first exhibition in the United States, RETAINER, in 2013. Baghramian's work examines political and social systems of power and encompasses questions of context, production, and reception within contemporary art. With the support of our Artist-in- Residence …

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Nairy Baghramian explores forms and concepts inherited from the history of art to address issues of functionality, decoration, abstraction, and feminism. Her work offers a reflection on the incessant cycle of aesthetic object production, cultivating an interest in marginalized art forms and spaces that are often considered territory of the “feminine”. Her sculptures —made from a wide range of materials including steel, silicon, resin, and leather— bring art historical references into the realm of the subjective: the human body is dismantled and recombined through the politics of interior design. The result offers a re-reading of the legacy of Minimalism and Surrealism in the shape of protuberances and cavities, lumps and spills, organs and body parts. Instability, also a recurrent theme in Baghramian’s work, becomes evident in the use of tenuous and flimsy supports to hold and display her sculptures: dangling or leaning, always on the brink of collapse. The strength of her practice lies precisely in revisiting the oft-overlooked and the delicate, using these tropes as a point of departure for sculptures that are aware of their own fragility while comfortably holding sway over the exhibition space.

Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Selected exhibitions
2021
Nairy Baghramian: MisfitsMarian Goodman Gallery
2017
Nairy Baghramian: SÅ LÆNGE DET VARER*Statens Museum for Kunst
2015
Nairy Baghramian: Hand Me DownMuseo Tamayo
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Snags, 2013

Cast aluminum, paint
Edition of 12 works of varied dimensions
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Location
Long Island City

SculptureCenter presented Nairy Baghramian's first exhibition in the United States, RETAINER, …

Medium

Nairy Baghramian explores forms and concepts inherited from the history of art to address issues of functionality, decoration, abstraction, and feminism. Her work offers a reflection on the incessant cycle of aesthetic object production, cultivating an interest in marginalized art forms and spaces that are often considered territory of the “feminine”. Her sculptures —made from a wide range of materials including steel, silicon, resin, and leather— bring art historical references into the realm of the subjective: the human body is dismantled and recombined through the politics of interior design. The result offers a re-reading of the legacy of Minimalism and Surrealism in the shape of protuberances and cavities, lumps and spills, organs and body parts. Instability, also a recurrent theme in Baghramian’s work, becomes evident in the use of tenuous and flimsy supports to hold and display her sculptures: dangling or leaning, always on the brink of collapse. The strength of her practice lies precisely in revisiting the oft-overlooked and the delicate, using these tropes as a point of departure for sculptures that are aware of their own fragility while comfortably holding sway over the exhibition space.

Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Selected exhibitions (3)
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