Artist Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian passed away this week at age 97. Farmanfarmaian, a leader in the contemporary art movement in Iran mixed geometric abstraction with Persian and Iranian art and craft. Farmanfarmaians work of dazzling mirrored compositions were inspired by Iranian mosques.
Farmanfarmaian studied at the Faculty of Fine Art in Tehran before moving to the US in 1945, where she studied art at Cornell University in Ithaca and then fashion illustration at Parsons School of Design in New York from 1946-49.
She became a mainstay of the evolving art scene in New York in the 1950s and 1960s, and counted Willem de Kooning, Joan Mitchell and Andy Warhol among her friends.
In 2015 she became the first Iranian artist to have a solo exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum. The retrospective "Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian: Infinite Possibility" featured large-scale mirror sculptures the artist referred to as "geometric families," as well a series of mosaic mirror balls which were her homage to a disco ball, inspired by the glitz of the 1970s American pop culture.
Farmanfarmaian’s work has appeared in some major collections including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Jameel Collection, London; the Queensland Art Gallery, Australia; and the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art.