Published by Lehmann Maupin on the occasion of the exhibition:
The eye fell in love with the ear
October 30 - December 28, 2013
Designed by the artist and Step Graphics, Inc.
Shirazeh Houshiary (b. 1955, Iran) moved to London in the early 1970’s and graduated from the Chelsea School of Art in 1979, emerging with a group of artists that included Anish Kapoor and Richard Deacon. Houshiary is well known for her sculptures in which she investigates spiritual principles and abstract forms. In her first solo exhibition in New York, presented at Lehmann Maupin Gallery in 1999, she exhibited a series of paintings that explored her interest in Sufism and the 13th Century mystic poet Jalal al-Din Rumi. The calligraphy was implemented in graphite and repeatedly laced into the luminous surfaces. In her labor-intensive paintings she unites the word and the canvas into a meditative visual experience, which results in work that is about presence and experience.