Afruz Amighi

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Afruz Amighi
1974-
Emperor's Headdress
2017
Graphite pencil on graph paper.
24 x 16 inches (61 x 41 cm)
Gift of an anonymous donor.
2017.366
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Tehran-born and Brooklyn-based artist Amighi is primarily a sculptor, whose work mixes references to Middle-Eastern and Western cultures. Often inspired by architecture, her sculptures combine glass, steel, mesh, and jewelry chains, with great attention to effects of light and shadow. Emperor's Headdress belongs to a series of drawings made after sculptures of imaginary headdresses, inspired by headpieces and garments worn during solemn or festive processionals. The precision of the drawing--underscored by the use of graph paper--belies its fantastical subject. Amighi was the inaugural recipient of the Jameel Prize for Middle Eastern Contemporary art awarded by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London in 2009 and was commissioned to produce work for the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013.

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