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Siah Armajani: An Ingenious World @ Parasol Unit – London
18/09/2013 @ 5:00 pm - 15/12/2013 @ 5:00 pmfree
This will be the first major UK survey of the Iran-born, American artist who is internationally renowned for his extensive public art commissions, which include bridges, reading rooms and poetry gardens. Curated by Parasol Unit founder and director Ziba Ardalan “An ingenious World” is willing to trace the artist’s early works on paper, made in Iran during the late 1950s, to his mature works, including his most recent structure, the Alfred Whitehead Reading Room, 2013, specifically created for the outdoor space at Parasol unit, London.
Armajani is responsible for controversial 2005 work ‘Fallujah’, a modern take on Picasso’s ‘Guernica’ pointing to the senseless bloodshed that took place in the city during the Iraq war and the possibilities for reworking and giving new meaning to past art. Not surprisingly, memory features strongly in his work.
See the Parasol Unit website for more information and an interview between Armajani and Serpentine Gallery’s Hans Ulrich last year, on how close he came to getting a lobotomy after moving to the US. **