Siah Armajani


Dawn, 2010 Color pencil pencil on mylar 24 3/4 x 18 3/4 Inches framed 62.9 x 47.6 cm framed


Siah Armajani was born in 1939 in Tehran, Iran. In 1960 he came to the United States to attend Macalester College and has lived and worked in Minneapolis ever since, creating a body of work that incorporates architecture, sculpture, and literature. His visionary explorations of the built environment have resulted in artworks ranging from major public sculptural commissions to intimate works on paper. Throughout his career he has sought to locate the philosophical, political, and ethical implications inherent in structures of all kinds, and has made surprising connections between architecture, poetry, history, and democracy. Siah Armajani is represented in some of the most important museum collections worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the British Museum, the Stedelijk Museum, the Museum für Moderne Kunst, and the Walker Art Center. He has had recent solo exhibitions at MAMCO, Geneva; the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid. Over the course of his career, his work has been included in numerous exhibitions and institutions throughout the world, including the Venice Biennale; the Museu d’Art Contemporani, Barcelona; the Serpentine Gallery, London; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, among many others. In 2010 he was honored with the Chevalier de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. The same year he was the recipient of the McKnight Foundation Distinguished Artist award. In 2011 Meulensteen exhibited a  rare overview of Armajani's works from 1957-1964. His previous exhibition at the gallery was Murder in Tehran. Siah Armajani: Citizen Artist, a retrospective of Armajani’s work co-organized by The Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) and the Walker Art Center, will open at OCMA in November 2013 and at the Walker in March 2014. It is co-curated by Dennis Szakacs, Director of the Orange County Museum of Art and Joan Rothfuss, Adjunct Curator at the Walker Art Center.