Once upon a time, the snob in me was a bit hesitant about art with mirrors. My concern was that much of it was so pretty that it would read like trendy, decorator art. However, I have learned the error of my ways many times over. There are some truly amazing artistic geniuses utilizing mirrored glass as their medium. Here are just a few that have had recent shows.

 

MONIR SHAHROUDY FARMANFARMAIAN

Convertible Group 10, Monir Farmanfarmaian

Convertible Group 10, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian

Someday I will master pronouncing her name correctly. In the meantime, I will certainly enjoy taking in her mirrored sculptures and reliefs. Farmanfarmaian is Iranian and spent the 1970s in New York with the likes of Andy Warhol, Milton Avery, Barnett Newman, and Joan Mitchell. She later returned to Iran, spent several years getting back to New York during the revolution, and then returned to Iran again in the early 2000s. Her geometric, magnificently crafted forms enjoyed their first United States solo museum exhibit at the Guggenheim Museum in New York this spring. I personally discovered the work at Prospect.3 in New Orleans last fall. At the risk of losing some integrity here, I knew I was on to something when my Instagram images of her pieces got more than 50 likes in the first few minutes of posting.

 

Haines Gallery
49 Geary Street
San Francisco
415-397-8114
hainesgallery.com

The Third Line Gallery
Street 6
Al Quoz 3
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
+971 4 341 1367
thethirdline.com

 

ORI GERSHT

On Reflection, Ori Gersht

On Reflection, Ori Gersht

Ori Gersht was born in Tel Aviv and works in London. I am not a huge photography collector, but have always loved his work because it has a painterly texture to it. Additionally, his labor-intensive process totally mesmerizes me. In his most recent series, he created artificial flowers that look like they were picked right out of an historical painting. He then surrounded the arrangements with mirrors, shattered the mirrors, and then photographed and filmed the process along the way. Brilliant! Always invoked with beauty and destruction, Ori Gersht’s work is in many museum collections throughout the world including the Tate Gallery, London; the Israel Museum, Jerusalem; the Getty Museum, Los Angeles; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

 

CRG Gallery
195 Chrystie Street
New York City
212-229-2766
crggallery.com

 

NICK MAUSS

F.S. Interval II, Nick Mauss

F.S. Interval II, Nick Mauss

This is arguably a digression, but I can’t help myself. When I designed my first home, I couldn’t have been less interested in the details. I was working a gazillion hours in my former life as an attorney and couldn’t be bothered. At that time, my designer (who you should know became one of my dearest friends) told me if I took away one thing from great design it should be verre églomisé. He was right, because églomisé is gorgeous! Nick Mauss has been using this old French technique in a very contemporary way in his latest mirror works. It is sort of a reverse painting process that ends up containing both the painted and reflected images simultaneously.

 

303 Gallery
507 West 24th Street
New York City
212-255-1121
303gallery.com

 

Xx Lottie Dottie