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"Everybody is crazy, but me" april - july 2016

Born in Iran in 1924, she lives and works in Tehran.

Iranian artist Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian studied at Parsons The New School for Design, New York. She started her career as a fashion illustrator. While in New York, she became interested in the American art scene and became friends with Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, Joan Mitchell and Andy Warhol. In 1957, she returned to Iran, where she developed a passion for Iranian folk artistic tradition. At around the same time, she started creating her famous mirror mosaic artworks, inspired by the design of Iranian mosques. With these works, Farmanfarmaian brings together Iranian traditions and craftsmanship (the cut-glass mosaic technique is a craft that is passed on from father to son) and geometric abstraction. After another long stay in New York, during which she was unable to return to Iran because of the Islamic Revolution of 1979, she returned to Iran in 1992. Aside from her mirror mosaic sculptures, Farmanfarmaian also creates paintings, drawings and textile designs. She is also a noted collector of Iranian folk and tribal art.