The Third Lines Inaugurates New Space

BY Harper's Bazaar Art / Jan 10 2016 / 15:30 PM

Acclaimed Iranian artist Monir Farmanfarmaian was on display for the debut showcase at the new location, with an elegant evening celebrating 'Infinite Geometry'

The Third Lines Inaugurates New Space
Infinite Geometry with Monir Farmanfarmaian at The Third Line in Dubai
The Third Lines Inaugurates New Space
Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian. Untitled. 1993 /2009. Naturally dyed silk and wool hand-woven in Tabriz. 99 x 172 cm
The Third Lines Inaugurates New Space
Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian. Untitled. 2015. Mirror and reverse glass painting on plaster and wood. 171.5 x 83 cm
The Third Lines Inaugurates New Space
Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian. Untitled.1993/2009. Naturally dyed silk and wool, hand-woven in Tabriz. 100 x 151 cm
The Third Lines Inaugurates New Space
Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian. Untitled. 2015. Mirror and reverse glass painting on plaster and wood. 165 x 165 cm
The Third Lines Inaugurates New Space
Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian. Sunrise. 2015. Mirror and reverse glass painting on plaster and wood. 130 x 100 cm
The Third Lines Inaugurates New Space
A crowd shot from the second floor of The Third Line’s new Alserkal Avenue space
The Third Lines Inaugurates New Space
Roshanak Aminelahi and Nasrin Maleki
The Third Lines Inaugurates New Space
Roshanak Aminelahi & Nasrin Maleki
The Third Lines Inaugurates New Space
Orchid Ganji and Azalia Ganji
The Third Lines Inaugurates New Space
Sarvi Nader-Sepahi and Nina Zandnia
The Third Lines Inaugurates New Space
Mahnaz Kia and Saram Asinaei

The geometric artworks of Iranian nonagenarian artist Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian have graced the walls of many a museum. Now joining forces with Dubai-based gallery, The Third Line, in celebration of their new creative space in Alserkal Avenue, Farmanfarmaian is giving viewers a front row seat to the ceremonious coming-together of Islamic tessellation and Western Abstraction. Running from the January 5th, the solo presentation featuring a range of drawings, carpets, and mirror works, will also incorporate drawings made in the early 90s, some which are being presented for the first time.

A master of her trade, Farmanfarmaian’s eminent career spans more than five decades and boasts an array of personal and professional revolutions including being exiled from Iran and becoming acquainted with Post-Modern visionary, Andy Warhol. All of this translates into the production of her recent exhibition, Infinite Geometry.

 Monir Farmanfarmaian 

Infinite Geometry with Monir Farmanfarmaian Monir at The Third Line in Dubai

Through a miscellany of glass paintings and mirror mosaics, Monir sparks important discourse over the melange of surface texture, light, colour and form in relation to Islamic art and contemporary sensibility. In addition, viewers can bear witness to Monir’s artistic shift from the whimsicality of her work in the 90’s – a result of her appreciation for Western art – to the roulette curves and calculated symmetry of her present work that recalls the precision and heritage of Islamic Geometry.

The exhibition runs until January 30, 2016