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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.”

Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2021
Shirazeh Houshiary: A Thousand FoldsLehmann Maupin
Shirazeh Houshiary: PneumaLisson Gallery
2016
Shirazeh Houshiary - "The River is Within Us"STPI
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Flare-up, 2018

Pigment, pencil, and black aquacryl on canvas and aluminum
74 4/5 × 106 3/10 in
190 × 270 cm
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New York, Hong Kong, Seoul, London
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Medium

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.”

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