When 8 Sep 2011 - 8 Oct 2011
Where Meulensteen
511 West 22nd Street
New York, NY 10011
United States
Enquiry 212 633 6999

Siah Armajani, Shirt, 1958. Courtesy of the artist and Meulensteen

September 8 – October 8 2011
Opening Reception: September 8, 6-8pm

Press Release:

Meulensteen is proud to present Siah Armajani: 1957-1964. The exhibition offers a unique opportunity to view work from the early period of Armajani’s oeuvre; it marks the first time that the works on view will be shown in the United States. An additional major piece from this period, Prayer (1960), will be on view concurrently at MoMA PS1 as part of the exhibition September 11, curated by Peter Eleey. Armajani’s early drawings and paintings are distinguished by a poetic use of Persian script, an enigmatic appropriation of sacred imagery, and a manipulation of traditional techniques. The works are influenced as much by Persian miniatures and folk tales as they are by the cultural environment of 1950s Tehran and Armajani’s personal experiences at that time. Palpable throughout is an acute political sensibility that has come to be a defining characteristic of his practice.

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